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Eva Kennedy takes a vacation from her job in Dublin, and goes off for a holiday in Melbourne, Australia. She leaves following the end of a second-rate relationship and a proposition to mull over from her Uncle. Uncle Ambrose owns the delicatessen where Eva works and wants her to think about taking over as he retires. She is going to stay with long time friend Lainey, who has transplanted her Irish self in Melbourne. Once there, Lainey talks Eva into literally letting her hair down from her daily business-like plait and taking on the personality of "Niamh"--from her Celtic roots, pronounced "Nee-av". "Niamh" is a sculptress and singer who has connections with celebrities the likes of Bono and Enya, in the two friends' imagination. Unfortunately, someone wasn't careful what they wished for because before we know it, Eva can't shed the "Niamh" personality and the game turns into quite a tangled web of delightfully decadent deceit.
In turn, Ms. McInerney introduces us to businessman Joseph Wheeler, who lives in London as a successful designer and owner of Wheeler Designs. He is off to Australia as a keynote speaker for a conference and then to follow up with a short vacation and search for a father he has never known. Quite by fortunate accidental encounters, Joseph and Eva meet and the sparks fly right away.Read more ›
I really recommend it.
The story follows Eva, a failed artist who has a break in Australia from her job in her uncle's delicatessen because of an ended romance and some rather large questions she has to answer; and Joseph, who is a successful business man on a business trip in Australia, questioning whether he's really living `The Dream'. Their paths intercept and they are swept up in an unusual, frustrating romance where the truth feels like it might break them apart.
From page one of this book, i was hooked. The story was lighthearted, romantic and yet kept me on edge. I couldn't read it fast enough - a definite page turner. It was refreshing to not read something completely predictable (i mean, the gist of it might be but there are some books that you just know every twist and turn that's going to happen, like every twist and turn). And Monica writes really well. It was really nice to read a book where you aren't faulting the author on their writing skills. I might sound like i am being really bias here, however these are the reasons why she is one of my favourite authors. I knew i could rely on her for a great read. And what's more she has her more in depth books if you want some more hardcore emotion and then she has her lighthearted books, which was just what i needed. I read this in less than a day, and it's not like The Lord of The Rings but it wasn't ridiculously short either (forty chapters).
There were some sexual references, however i didn't find them too much. They got to the line and then didn't cross it (another reason why i like Monica McInerney).
I do admit that the story was frustrating at times - at one point i exclaimed, "Just tell the truth already!" however it didn't go past the point where you couldn't handle it anymore. Almost, but not quite.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a funny, lighthearted romance.
Joseph is a workaholic who decides when a business trip takes him to Australia to take a few personal days and enjoy Down Under. He and Eva meet and are immediately attracted to one another; however, Eva pretends to be someone else to make her more attractive to Joseph. As they fall in love, their vacations are ending with neither able to tell the other the truth as to just who they are; each fears how their beloved will react yet know silence is as condemning.
The cast from the lead couple to the wonderful support players make for an engaging contemporary romance. Along with the two stars, readers discover little quirks and traits about Eva and Joseph. Fans of a warm tale of love will appreciate aptly named UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT.
I am, however, in quite a bit of a pickle as to what to read next!
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Good book couldn't put it down a good read I like Monica mcinerney booksPublished 10 months ago by diana
This book has a loely 'quirk' in it and I enjoyed it. It flows across countries from one end of the world to the other and reminds us that 'allwork and no play' just doesn't work!Published 15 months ago by Beth Saunders
I found this to be the most boring, trite book of Ms McInerney's that I have read. It was very predictable and not up to the standard of others of hers. Such a shame.Published 17 months ago by Pat Hawcroft
Loved it - I especially love Melbourne, Victoria and loved all the references to it. Because of our great advances in technology it has timed itself but it is fun to look back and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deb Van Daal
Like all Monica McInerney's books this was a good, easy read & thoroughly enjoyable. Just right for a chilly winter's evening.Published 20 months ago by Wendy Arend
It was easy reading. It was a happy, amusing and a bit tense at times. I enjoyed the happy ending.Published on May 14, 2013 by Heather Cantrell
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