Blog Tour: About Us by Sinead Moriarty

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I’m delighted to be taking part in the tour for About Us by Sinead Moriarty. The main action is taking place over on Instagram, so make sure you head over there to see what all the other bookstagrammers thought of the book. My thanks to Ellie Hudson at Viking Books for inviting me on to the tour and for my proof of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

I fell utterly in love with this book from the very beginning. Three intertwining love stories told from the perspectives of each couple through the therapist they share, it is a brilliant premise that is executed perfectly and charmingly, so you can’t help be completely engaged with each story.

The couples are all of different generations and facing different challenges in their relationships. Ann and Ken are facing retirement after decades of marriage, but wonder if there is any life left worth living in their future. Alice and Niall have four young children whose demands are sucking the life out of their relationship.And Orla wonders if she even dare let herself fall in love with Paul while she has demons from  her past haunting her. All of these people are sympathetically drawn and fully brought to life by the author, who really understands her characters and knows what is driving them. And because she knows them, we get to know and care about them too. This is the secret to writing great stories, drawing the reader into the lives of people who seem completely real to us, and whose troubles we care about.

The story of Niall and Alice spoke most loudly to me, and will be all too familiar to tired parents everywhere, but Ann’s experiences also made me think quite deeply about what might be looming on the horizon for me and my partner as we age. It certainly makes one determined not to let your life, and relationship, get stale. I haven’t been through what Orla suffers in the story, but Sinead probes and explores her problems with such tenderness that you can’t help but feel what she is going through acutely, and be willing her to take the chances that she needs to in order to be happy.

I devoured this book in almost a single sitting on a Sunday afternoon in front of a roaring fire while the wind howled outside and it was the perfect antidote to the drear January weather. This is a novel that stands up to all the great romance writing that has come from Irish novelists such as Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly, to name a few of my favourites, and I don’t make these comparisons lightly. I may have found a new favourite author and I can’t wait to get into her back catalogue after reading this.

About Us is out now and you can buy a copy here.

About the Author

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Growing up, Sinéad Moriarty was inspired by watching her mother, an author of children’s books, writing at the kitchen table. Her childhood dream was to write and her first novel, The Baby Trail, is a bitter-sweet story of a couple struggling to have a baby. It has been translated into 25 languages.

There are 4 books in The Baby Trail Series (The Baby Trail, A Perfect Match, From Here to Maternity and Mad About you)

Sinéad has written 14 novels including – The Way We Were (winner of the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction, 2015), The Good Mother, This Child of Mine and Me and My Sisters. Her latest novel The Good Mother will be published on 17th February.

Sinéad has won over readers and critics telling stories that are intriguing, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and three children.

Connect with Sinead:

Website: http://www.sineadmoriarty.com

Facebook: Sinead Moriarty

Twitter: @sinead_moriarty

Instagram: @sineadmoriartywriter

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