On the idyllic Pine Road, three women are looking for a fresh start…
Martha was a force of nature, but since moving to Dublin under mysterious circumstances, she can’t seem to find her footing.
Robin was the ‘it’ girl in school. Now she’s back at her parents’ with her four-year-old, vowing that her ex is out of the picture for good.
Edie has the perfect life, but she longs for a baby, the acceptance of her neighbours, and to find out why her dream husband is avoiding their dream future.
The friendships of these women will change their lives forever, revealing the secrets, rivalries and scandals that hide behind every door…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Pine Road is certainly the in place to live, where if you are a part of the in-crowd then you are also privy to the What’s app group that discuss all the cul-de-sacs comings and goings of its residents. Headed by Bernie, the Matriarch of this group of ladies, nothing gets past her, so when new arrivals move in it is all hands on deck to find out everything about them. As people come and go it is the houses that are referred not the occupants by name, the people at number 10 or couple at 14.
The story centres around three of the ladies in particular, Martha, Robin and Edie, as their lives entangle with each other. I loved this full-bodied story that seemed to cover every possible aspect of neighbours that it could possibly do. From secrets and lies to emotions bottled up like fizzy pop shaken and ready to explode. Shopping trips, hilarious Easter egg hunts, no sorry, Egg treasure hunts, rats and school dramas. This has it all. It was like watching a series of Housewives of Orange County, loved it!!!
The main story for me was that of Martha and her family, the reasons why they had moved and the toll it had taken on the whole family. I went from laughing so much to heartbreaking chapters in the flick of a page, where I felt outraged and frustration, fear and helplessness. The three main characters tell their own stories while all the time life goes on in the street.
What a tremendous ending, it couldn’t have been more perfect. A brilliant read. Highly recommended.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eithne Shortall is an author and journalist. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, was published in June 2017. Her second novel, Grace after Henry, will be published in the UK and Ireland in May 2018 and in the United States in early 2019. She is the chief arts writer with the Irish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper and a regular contributor to RTE Radio.
Eithne was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She studied journalism at Dublin City University and spent four months living in West Virginia. She lived in Paris for a year in her early twenties and vaguely thought about writing. She went to London to write her first novel, Love in Row 27, which is set there. Her follow-up, Grace after Henry, is set in – and is partly a love letter to – Dublin, where she now lives.
Eithne has been a regular contributor to RTE Radio for several years. She has worked as a presenter with RTE, BBC Northern Ireland and she fronted a music series, entitled Ceol ar an Imeall, for TG4.
Love in Row 27 has been sold into 11 territories and nine languages, while Grace after Henry was acquired by Putnam, an imprint of Penguin, in the US in a headline-grabbing deal. NBC Universal has optioned Love in Row 27 for a TV series.
Eithne is an avid cyclist, veracious reader, eater of sweets and lover of radio. Her Mastermind topic would be the life of Lucia Joyce, twentieth-century Irish visual art, 1980s teen movies or Dawson’s Creek. It depends on the day.