The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy Eleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother's handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she's returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there's one final ...Read MoreThe warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy Eleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother's handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she's returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there's one final journey she has to make! Lovely young actress Megan Bouchier didn't have to chase success -- it arrived effortlessly. Fame was what she always wanted until a disastrous affair made her the wrong kind of headlines -- now Megan needs a place to hide! Darkly beautiful Rae is a wonderful wife, a loyal friend and a dedicated community carer. From Titania's Tea Rooms she dispenses tea and sympathy to everyone -- until a painful secret from her past threatens everything she holds dear. Big-hearted teacher Connie O'Callaghan has given up on love. She's cheerfully approaching forty and besides, why does no man ever match the heroes in her beloved romantic novels? As Eleanor re-reads her mother's comforting words and watches life unfold from her window in Dublin's pretty Golden Square, she slowly becomes drawn into the lives of Megan, Rae and Connie. But can treasured wisdom handed down from mother to daughter really be relevant today? And what are the ingredients for a life well lived!?Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-05-09 Kelly (Lessons in Heartbreak) finds some life in the familiar setup of strangers brought together by fate to deal with tough luck. Eleanor Levine, an Irish-born, New York-bred psychologist in the twilight of her life, heads to Dublin after her husband dies; Megan Bouchier, a famous actress, lands there after her fling with an older, married actor is splashed across the tabloids. Already living in Dublin's Golden Square are two additional souls in pain: Rae Kerrigan, who runs a charming tea room and mourns the baby girl she gave up four decades earlier, and teacher Connie O'Callaghan, whose loneliness is underscored when her younger sister and roommate gets engaged and quickly married. The four come together in a series of believable real-life ways, and as the stories intersect and their lives become intertwined, each woman-sure before meeting the others that life as they knew it was over-comes to believe that there is a purpose and a plan for everything. Given the familiar terrain, it would have been easy for Kelly to drift into cliche; what she has done instead is create a thoughtful panorama of four women doing their best to soldier on through tough times. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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