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  • This is in many ways a familiar story but it is told in such a fresh, entertaining, funny and moving way, it felt like I was reading something brand new.

    Roddy Doyle
  • Two pages into this book you know you've unlocked something special . . . the book is brightened up plenty by sunshine characters and the magnificence of Tyrone nature . . . Tish knows what she's talking about.

    Irish Examiner
  • A really lovely book. I loved reading it.

    Mariella Frostrup
  • Delaney's writing is a beautiful wave flowing lyrically through the life of Mary Rattigan. A touching tale of how one woman survives a tough beginning to eventually end up exactly where her heart belongs.

    Anne Griffin author of WHEN ALL IS SAID
  • I did not expect this debut to turn into the most exquisite love story, but it did, and I was besotted.

  • Mary is an eloquent narrator, conveying her and her husband's pain with exquisite and moving precision. The loneliness, grief and long-lasting repercussions of trauma are achingly real. The graphically described Troubles provide a powerful backdrop to this arresting and moving novel.

    Daily Mail
  • Gorgeous prose . . . my heart broke several times . . . Mary's voice is so raw.

    Good Housekeeping
  • This hard-hitting book sets one woman's struggle with the hand dealt to her against the backdrop of the Northern Irish Troubles. This powerful debut examines the bonds of hate - and love - in a story of one family.

    The List
  • Tish Delaney's writing is engaging and she has a strong eye for character and dialogue . . . Mary's story of finding love in the most unlikely of circumstances will draw readers in and you'd need a heart of stone not to be moved by the ending.

    Daily Express
  • [T]here is much to admire about this debut, from the energetic voice to the way the Troubles are knitted through the timeline.

    Irish Times

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