I uite liked this novel It was light and easy to ead in spite of several characters anguish about their situationsThe ending was esolved fairly easily almost too easily but that didn t detract from the fact that I was looking for a pleasant ead and this was it Single Mum Louise McNeill and her son Oliver has made a fresh start and moved from Edinburgh back home to Ballyfergus Joanne her sister has found her a flat she is shocked at how much her Mum s health has deteriorated but she will be able to help out a bit with her parents However she is going to have to look for a job as she needs the incomeJoanne is stressed with her life and children is her marriage in troubleSian is the youngest she is engaged to Andy they are both Eco Warriors and they don t want children But do they eally want the same thingsI loved this book from the pretty cover to the end it was easy to ead and follow I would definitely Not Handsome Enough recommend This book was good I guess It was mostly about familyelationships and starting over It s not that I didn t like this book
But I Would Ve Prefered I would ve prefered ead something interesting I enjoyed this book The author is able to share the character s thoughts uite conversationally in eal language and in the ways people women actually do think I thought at times of a character gosh she s Busy Park really torturing herself thenealised I do exactly the same thingThe story is about 3 sisters whose lives and Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know relationships with their men and children are the central theme with break ups newelationships born and plenty of dramas along the way It was a light GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany refresingead and it is LOVELY to ead a book with a happy ending Thanks for the loan Sandie It s a family affairLouise McNeill arrives home to the idyllic Irish town of Ballyfergus hoping that it will provide the sanctuary she desperately craves Starting again with her three year old son Oli Louise s heart is full of apprehensionTo make matters worse Louise s three year old son Oli Louise s heart is full of apprehensionTo make matters worse Louise s Joanne seems far from happy as she watches Louise s little family blossom But as
Joanne grapples with her perfect marriage is everything as idyllic as it seemsMeanwhile Louise s youngest sister Sian has grapples with her perfect marriage is everything as idyllic as it seemsMeanwhile Louise s youngest sister Sian has she doesn t want children and wants to dedicate her life to ecological living with husband Andy But is this a mask to disguise a bigger issue And is Andy eady to sacrifice parenthoodJoin the McNeill family as they attempt to come together to provide the love and support that they all need whether they know it or not Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly Positively fabulous loved every page This book was nice enough not a challenging and it doesn t leave any loose endsThe story is about three sisters Louise Joanne and Sian Each sister is facing her own elationship challenges Louise after making the decision consciously to become a single mother moves home to Ballyfergus She clashes with the conservative members of her family for her non traditional family unit Joanne has been married for years to the father of her three daughters but feels as. Louise McNeill arrives home to the idyllic Irish town of Ballyfergus hoping that it will provide the sanctuary she desperately craves Starting again with her three year old son Oli Louise's heart is full of apprehensionTo make matters worse Louise's sister Joann.
Erin Kaye ¸ 5 eviewBeen arrested I m not a TV addict honestly or a food addict honestly and to me I do think parents nowawadays are PC over everything I mean a bag of Maltesers isn t going to make Oli fat but Louise pours him a few in a bowl and chucks the est away It was a bit too OTT for me that On the other hand though Erin presents the opposite of Louise as her sister Joanne allows her kids to watch TV and things so I suppose both sides of the coin are presented and I infinitely preferred Joanne s parenting methodConsidering Joanne Louise and Sian are all sisters I ve never met three people to be such opposites of each other can three be #Considered Opposites Well They Are For The Purpose Of This #opposites Well they are for the purpose of this Louise was a very strict ish parent Joanne let her kids get on with it whilst Sian didn t want kids If there s one thing I hate eading about in fiction it s eco warriors I understand the world is crumbling allegedly I understand global warming is happening allegedly but I don t want to hear about it in fiction If the world is going to end uite honestly it will end whether or not there are eco warriors about honest Well that s what I think anyway I found Sian s constant campaigning that people shouldn t have kids because it s overpopulating to be crass You tell your sister she s selfish because she decided to have a baby because it means one person in an already full apparently world I don t want to see the people who live their lives ecologically sound beat the people who don t across the head It could perhaps "be wrong of me to not want to ead about eco "wrong of me to not want to ead about eco but honestly It bores me I don t want to ead a long chapter on better living Nothing would put me asleep faster although for the most part I did find Sian s chapters to not be as heavy as I expected them to beI did find the book to be very eadable despite the long chapters and slow pace It wasn t a terrible book and I ve mentioned the issues I had with the novel and balanced them out with the other side of the argument It would be debateable if I d try another of Erin s novels I ve definitely learned Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness recently that I prefer my Chick Lit with pace to itather than the prefer my Chick Lit with pace to it ather than the to me before I offend anyone family dramas The Promise of Happiness will indeed be one that many people enjoy and I d definitely say that my eading experience was positive of the book Erin Kaye s writing style is fairly easy to follow and moves along nicely too The characters were diverse as I ve mentioned and the separate choices each sister has to deal with were interesting as they had to compromise and make big decisions I did guess what Joanne s husband Phil was up to It was blindly obvious to me so much so that I was surprised Joanne didn t see it I d definitely ecommend this to Cathy Kelly fans they ll eally lap it up Loved this book could nt wait to pick it up and ead it when it was uiet eally a lovely book A lovely heart warming story lots of twists turns that keep you guessing almost to the end about how their storieslives are going to turn out. Fe to ecological living with husband Andy But is this a mask to disguise a bigger issue And is Andy eady to sacrifice parenthoodJoin the McNeill family as they attempt to come together to provide the love and support that they all need whether they know it or ,
Though her husband is slipping away The baby of the family Sian Is Preparing To Marry preparing to marry fianc Andy but faces a difficult situation when she and Andy cannot agree about if they want childrenThe frustrating thing that I found about this novel were the obvious double standards which are too often applied to women If a man is a philanderer it s barely commented on But if a woman is involved in an adulterous affair it is treated as so much worse I should have known that I d find some of the characters grating on page 6 the narrator tells the eader that Louise liked to look her best of course
And Had Not Like Somehad not like some mums she knew let herself go For all that the main character seems meant to be progressive she spends most of her time doubting
ability to all that her son needs and looking for someone to fill the father ole for her child Erin Kaye came to my attention last year when I saw the beautiful green cover for her novel The Art of Friendship I managed to get my hands on a copy though I haven t yet ead it oops I saw Erin was due a new book out in July this year called The Promise of Happiness and I thought the novel sounded interesting and I accepted the chance to eview the novel It has a beautiful summery cover and the synopsis made it sound like a good family saga so I settled down to ead it hoping it would live up to my expectationsThe back cover of The Promise of Happiness says that the novel is perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly I ve not Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris read any of Maeve s novels and only one of Cathy s and after finishing this book I d say they wereight From what I ve Letters to Rollins read ofeviews of Maeve and Cathy s books their novels are slower than most Chick Lit novels even erring onto the Women s Fiction side The Promise of Happiness is not the novel you want if you like your Chick Lit fast paced with heroines who lunge from one catastrophe to the next in the most endearing way possible I m generally not a big fan of the slower family oriented novels but for the most part I liked The Promise of Happiness It s definitely not my kind of book it s only now two years on from Britain, Europe And The Third World reading Chick Lit that Ieally know my kind of Scotland Yard read but I enjoyed it nonethelessI did have some issues over the book I did think Louise worried a lot over her son Oli Not allowing him sweets not allowing him to watch TV it s obviously the thing now for kids to watch no TV and to not eat sweets I think because it s borderline illegal that s a joke as far as I m aware kids are still allowed to watch TV and eat sweets it just depends on theents I don t want to get all up on Erin Kaye for writing Louise like that because that is the way children are treated now it seems Unlike when I was a kid which wasn t that long ago things have definitely changed and I do find it hard to swallow when I ead of a mother who consistently talks about healthy living It might be proper and eal but I watched TV and ate sweets as a kid and many people would say I m doing a ok I haven t murdered anybody I ve never. E seems far from happy as she watches Louise's little family blossom But as Joanne grapples with her 'perfect' marriage is everything as idyllic as it seemsMeanwhile Louise's youngest sister Sian has decided she doesn't want children and wants to dedicate her li. ,her ability to