Sometimes the end is only the beginning…
After ten years together, Carrie Nolan is devastated when she’s dumped by her hot-shot chef boyfriend, Kevin Mulvey, without even a backwards glance! But on reflection, she has sacrificed her own long-term happiness by pandering to his excessive ego in their successful Dublin restaurant (and out of it) – but not anymore!
While Kevin is ‘living the dream’ with his beautiful new Brazilian girlfriend, Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched strangers who need her as much as she needs them.
With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable.
How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…
I loved the Carries character, as she is caring, trustworthy, supportive, hard-worker and does not realize her self-worth. She is overweight and lacks confidence in all aspects of her life, and is emotionally torn between wanting to create a new life for herself and leaving Kevin and the Sea Pear in the past.
Kevin is a shallow, weak, self-centered man who believes he is the reason why Sea Pear is the successful restaurant that it is. Only realizing too late that its success is due to Carrie and not himself.
Faith Hogan has captured everyday life when relationships fall apart. The emotional turmoil that you go through and how you clear out the past to create a new future. Although this book is portrayed via Carrie’s views, there was clarity from Kevin that he was going through a midlife crisis and enjoying showing off his new girlfriend Valentina.
I found Valentina the most irritating, selfish person, even her pronunciation of words frustrated and annoyed me. By the end of the novel I realized I was skipping any conversation which involved her, but she is the other woman, which is her purpose throughout the novel, and she is there for you to dislike.
It was obvious from the start of the book the road the novel would follow, with Kevin recognizing that he had made a mistake leaving Carrie and her realization that the relationship collapsing was the best thing that ever happened to her.
To be able to see Carries confidence grow, develop her own understanding of what she wants from life, to have the love and loyalty from old and new friends was very heartwarming.
Although the book was without any major twists or plots, the novel was a good light afternoon read about love old and new, finding your own purpose in life, I would recommend for this reason.