After the Wedding by Roisin Meaney

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Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Published: April 2014
Format: Paperback

After the wedding was provided by Hachette Ireland in return for an honest review.

Please note that this is the follow up to One Summer and may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book yet. Don't say I didn't warn you!!

I put off writing this review for quite some time. When the review is written, that's it, it's over....no more Roone...and that's depressing :( 

Let's face it. There was no way I wasn't going to love this book. I feel in love with Roone in One summer. I personally think A few fans should get together, buy an Island off the coast and name it Roone. It's just so perfect..

Okay enough swooning.

So here we are, back on Roone. Some familiar faces, some new. Some have come back...and some have not :(. I was saddened to hear that some of the characters would not be heard from in this novel. I can't say any more without spoiling but lets just say it tugged at the heart strings.

Tim is long gone..in Dublin with Katie  and everyone on Roone is trying to get on with life. Nell is preparing for her wedding, Laura has turned Walters house into a b&b and Imelda and Hugh are welcoming a new foster girl.

Life seems idylic until a young child goes missing while her family is visiting the Island. The community is ripped in too. This sort of thing just doesn't happen on Roone. Coming from a small town, I really could really relate to this. When the crime rate is low something like this can really make you question everything you knew about the place you grew up in. Weeks and weeks go by with no sign of the girl. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Could there be a murderer at large on Roone?

I would have loved to have more suspense and more of the novel focusing on the missing child but I understand that it must be hard to fit everything in and still have the novel be of a feasible length. 

Just like One summer, After the wedding is a character driven story. You will care about the inhabitants of this fictional Island. You will worry about them, cry for them and laugh with them. It's an incredibly authentic read.

Roisin's writing reminds me of Heaney's poetry. She can take the ordinary and make it seem extraordinary. She appreciates the beauty of simplicity, making me yearn for simple pleasures like a soft blanket on green grass under a sunny sky or a drink in a country pub with old friends.

A highly recommended read

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind and honest words, Amanda - and if you're setting up a real Roone, do let me know! Roisin xx

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