Chick lit, Drama

The Book Club by Roisin Meaney

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Still available to request on NetGalley

The generic name and cover on this book do not do it justice. Or maybe in a strange way they do. One might go in expecting something good but not see the hit coming. If I haven’t been clear with my opening, I loved the book.
I started reading this sometime in the morning and had to see it all the way through. It wasn’t just the writing itself or the setting but the characters and their inner selves that drew me to it and had me weeping over its pages. The predominant focus, despite being an uplifting kind of tale, is grief. Maybe I thought one plotline was unnecessary and not to the same depth as the others, but it was easily forgiven (if you read the book, you will see what I did there and recognize which one I am talking about).
Grief is gauged and studied in its different forms and how people live with it or try to rise above it. As I mentioned earlier, however, the people in the town are the most enticing. Tom McLysaght arrives as a temporary lodger in a town completely new to him (and him to them). He also is planning to ply a trade that he is relatively new to. The town has its own history, and we have different threads showing us how the major players arrived there and how they find themselves in situations that they do.
On further introspection, I would not claim this to be a very unique novel, just a well written one. I devoured the sequence of events, feeling all the emotions they felt and more, tears for those they refused to acknowledge. The eponymous Book Club is what holds them all together and gives them a reason to gather.
I liked the writing enough to pick any other by the author that I might find!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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