Firstly I wish to thank Manatee Books for inviting me to read and review Let’s Talk About Six by Áine Toner
Love and relationships are tough in 21st century Dublin, as six characters, bound by circumstance are about to find out…
Beth – in love with boyfriend Adam, Beth thinks life coupled up is great – sex on tap, and no worries about regularly shaving your legs…but when Adam no longer seems interested and an unexpected web history shows he might be looking for something else, Beth starts thinking of revenge.
Adam – Adam loves Beth. Very much. But there’s something he’s hiding from her – something’s been wrong for quite a while and he’s scared to face up to the truth. Thankfully, he has support from his other woman…but how long can Adam keep his secret?
Declan – forty-something, shy, and ruled by his militant mother, Declan owns sex shop Firm to the Touch. Desperate for a romantic love affair, all he wants is for his dream woman to notice him…OK, so they have nothing in common, but opposites attract, right?
Lily – a woman who does things her own way, Lily leaves a trail of broken-hearted men whenever she goes. Only now, Kristian is on the scene, and Lily wants him – for good. With a reputation for making bad life decisions and being a fickle seductress, can Lily change her ways and get her man?
Johnny – the ultimate ladies man, Johnny leaves notches on every bed post, so when one night stand Kate falls pregnant with his baby, his whole world turns upside down. Now it seems, Johnny feels more for Kate than just lust…but will he get the opportunity to show everyone that a (saucy) leopard can change their spots?
Kate – a paediatric nurse who can’t remember the last time she had a five-minute shower, permanently tired Kate is juggling work, being a mammy to Matthew, and now the attentions of gorgeous doctor, PJ O’Malley. But is a serious relationship really what she wants…and is PJ O’Malley really The One?
Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean you always make the right decisions…
‘Quite simply, this is the freshest, zingiest and most hysterically funny debut I think I’ve ever read.’ – Claudia Carroll, author of Meet Me in Manhattan
‘This book is witty and a little bit naughty. Not for the faint hearted, it contains laugh out loud dry humour and is definitely for readers with a twinkle in their eye!’ – Emma Hannigan, author of The Wedding Promise
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well some books are a bit like Aladdin’s cave, you just know that it is going to be full of gems as soon as you read the first chapter and this is one of those. I was so looking forward to starting this book, as I just loved the title. It is exactly what it says but it has that cheeky play on words too so I just knew me and this author were on the same wave length.
Although it is set in Dublin it has that feel that it could be in any town and you could even see friends that you have in these characters. A group of people all connected and influencing each others lives in some way, directly or indirectly. Now the story does revolve round the intimate side of relationships, which at times had me in stitches. There are some pretty cool one liners in this book and some near to the knuckle statements that just creased me up. There is no holding back with one of the ladies in question being as blunt as is gets. I really had to admire her because if she wasn’t satisfied then she wasn’t afraid to say so, in as blunt terms as possible. Talk about making a little man even smaller!
Putting the comedy to one side there are some topics aired that need to be talked about more openly and the author Aine Toner did this in a superb way. She told the story how it was done in the wrong way and all the consequences that came with it. What better way to get a message across. OK this may have got you wondering what I am on about, well you will have to read the story to find out. You will know when you get there.
What I loved about this story is the everyday problems that couples face, so many are what readers could relate to with some of the characters. It is about communicating with each other, sharing fears and what you really want in life. You just can’t assume that a partner should know. That isn’t what love is.
A super fun read that will make you look back on relationships and current ones too. A great debut novel.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award winning editor Áine Toner has been at the helm of Ireland’s Woman’s Way magazine since 2008 and is also editorial director of Irish Tatler Man magazine. A Belfast native who lives in Dublin, her previous jobs included working for BBC Northern Ireland and a host of daily and local newspapers and magazines.
She grew up in a house where books were very important and it was no surprise her academic life and career led to be constantly surrounded by words. She loves how the right phrasing can make a story come alive on a page.
Áine has significant TV and radio experience, regularly contributing as a panellist on topics such as health, fashion, beauty, books and the soaps. She can be found on Twitter at @aineltoner where she uploads musings on television, stationery, books and cake.
Outside of journalism, she has been published in short story anthologies. Let’s Talk About Six is her first novel.