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Sunday, 7 March 2010
By Fiona O’Brien
This novel is the sort you can curl up with for a few hours and just forget the world.
Fiona O’Brien takes us straight into the world of waitress Carla Berlusconi and her boss, the lovely Dominic Coleman-Cappabianca. The developing relationship between these two underpins the plot, but along the way we are introduced to a whole raft of other characters.
My favourites included PJ the grieving widower who has been floating untethered since the death of his beloved wife, and his eccentric housekeeper Sheila. Charlotte, wronged wife of property developer Ossie, and her feisty mother Jennifer are also great sympathetic characters.
While loving them, you’ll also love to hate the spoilt Candy, the slightly ridiculous Shalom and her mother, and Tanya, Dominic’s scheming girlfriend.
Warmth bounces from every page of this book. I found it absorbing and intriguing and extremely well-plotted. In particular I was impressed with how all the various plot strands came together in the end.
As I moved towards the last chapter, I didn’t want the book to end. When it did I felt like I was leaving behind a group of close friends.
I’ll certainly be hoping to read more from Fiona O’Brien in the future.
Reviewed by Helen M Hunt