The Pink Pepper Tree by Muriel Bolger @HachetteIre


Published: July 2014
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Page count: 400
Format: Paperback

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A copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I really loved this book. It was so easy to get lost in. Perfect for summer. Plus I am just a little bit in love with the cover.

Jane has her whole life planned out. She has a loving boyfriend and a bright future. Together they are planning a huge re opening of they're award winning restaurant "The Pink Pepper tree" June notices that Peter seems to be drifting. Jane is the type to see the positive in everything so she puts it down to him just being distracted by the renovations.

He is distracted alright....but not by the renovations ( the fecker)! She thinks time away with her friend will give him some space and that all will be back to normal when she returns.

This was my turning point towards Jane. Rather than confront her problems she seems to just ignore them and hope they'll just go away. If you have troubles in your relationship you work at it you don't swan off on holidays!!

While on this holiday she experiences a life altering event (well for most it would be but again she sort of glosses over it and ignores it) . I felt this was a little unrealistic?

**Spoiler Warning**

While on holidays she is raped but she just passes it off as she has no proof. She was drinking but I still felt it was something that any woman would address. Or am I wrong? Would any woman really just faf off the fact that she was raped by aborting the pregnancy and never mentioning it again? I don't really know as I have no personal experience, thankfully

**Spoiler Ends**

After returning home Jane realizes that everything isn't just going to slot back into place, that moving on is incredibly hard but that moving on is sometimes the only way of finding happiness.

The Pink Pepper tree is a wonderful story of love and friendship. Highly recommended.

For anyone, who, like me was wondering what a pink pepper tree looks like here you go: 



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  1. Ok, I'll try again!

    The cover screams summer at me. And I thought this would be a light book but it sounds a bit grittier than that.

    And to answer your question (yes, I read the spoiler!), I don't know. The longer I live, the more I realise that everyone just deals with issues so differently. I wouldn't rule it out as a coping mechanism. Not a recommended one obvs.

    Sounds like an interesting read.

    1. I suppose your right. People do completely block things out as a way of coping

  2. I would read this! Besides looking like the ultimate summer read, it has a bit of a different situation, what with the restaurant and what happens to her--yes, I was naughty and read the spoiler :)
    Thanks for a good review!


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