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Monday 18 December 2017

Bookend:Love in the making

Roisin Meaney (Hachette Books Ireland) ¤10.99

Real romance?

True love in all its forms and varieties. Hannah is about to open a cupcake shop.

What? Why?

It's not the same way it takes all of us. Anyway, she's about to open her cake shop, when her adoring boyfriend, Patrick, ditches her for a pregnant Other Woman.

Doesn't sound that romantic to me.

Kind of guy who brings you to the airport to meet a flight and whisks you away to Paris. Or in this case, whisks himself away to live with a masseuse.

Ooh, I see his point.

Tut, you have no heart. Hannah, stunned with grief, sets up in business, baking pink cupcakes to soothe her troubled heart and feed her hungry customers. And Adam . . .

Who he?

Hannah's best friend and non-romantic love . . . Adam moves in with her.

And they fall in love?

Not my job to tell you that, honeykins. I will say this: it's a village story, so there are different storylines twining and twirling. There's the shy, clarinet player who's wooed by . . .

Who? Who?

Whoops! Nearly told you. Is it the ubiquitous taxi driver or the sexy, Scottish, sax-playing carpenter? Seven months later, life has changed for everyone.

Plenty going on there.

Too much at times, there's a drunken-car-crash subplot that seems to have been imported from a completely different book. But it's all as heartwarming as a cupcake sprinkled with silver spangles.

What'd she write before?

Kerry-born ex-teacher Roisin has six adult books and two for kids, selling worldwide. The Last Week of May, The People Next Door and Half Seven on a Thursday were all Irish bestsellers.

Worth a read, so?

Definitely, if you're off to the beaches of Marbella or the dentists of Mardyke, bring this with you and sink into a world of sweetness

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