Every family has its ups and downs ...
Aisling Brady is miserable. So is her husband Mossy. The three kids are too. Yet nobody dares say a thing. Instead the Bradys keep their heads down and grimly look forward to another miserable Christmas in Dublin.
What Aisling doesn't know is that this year, they will get the most unexpected gift of all. One that will bring joy and heartbreak, hope and a string of sleepless nights.
As their world is turned upside down, questions have to be asked. But are the Bradys ready to face the truth about themselves? And what each of them has done?
Aisling is trying to hold her family together but her heart is breaking and she's not sure if she can face a second miserable Christmas. Mossy her husband throws himself into work instead of speaking to Aisling and trying to sort things out.
Thrown into that mix is a teenage pregnancy and all the issues that come along with it and a mum who feels she can't cope. With the family at breaking point just what will be the straw that breaks the camel's back?
I love a book set in Ireland and this one doesn't disappoint. Along with the trials and tribulations of the family is some humour in the shape of Aisling's Polish neighbour Zofia who is training to be a make up artist and practising her skills on Aising.
The story looks on teenage pregnancy from all sides. The young mum who's not coping,the teenage father who hasn't a clue as he's still being pampered by his mum and the grandparents who don't know what to do for the best.
I enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. I wanted to know what secret was tearing Aisling and Mossy apart. As a mother I empathised with Aisling and knew I would do exactly what she had done in similar circumstances. Mossy was a different kettle of fish. I really didn't like him at all through the book. I thought he was unreasonable,in fact he probably acted in the same way lots of men would but that didn't stop me wanting to throttle him.
After we find out the secret there is still one more surprise to come for the family but you'll have to read it to find out what it is.
The is the first book I've read by Claire Dowling but as I love Irish writers I'll be looking to see which one I'll read next.
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