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Breakfast at Darcy's - Ali McNamara

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Ali McNamara

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      27.01.2012 16:02
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      Must read.

      I got this book for Christmas and never got round to reading it until i broke my foot last week. I have just finished reading this book, I couldn't put it down, I read the whole book in a day. The story of how Darcy is a girl working in the city that is offered promotion of a lifetime but things don't work out as she expected when her Aunt Molly dies. Molly has left her entire fortune and estate to Darcy providng she follows her wishes in the will. Darcy has to live on an unhabited island for a year and convince 15 other people to join her and create a community. You could not imagaine a girl like Darcy going from being a city chick with her up to the minute fashion and all the latest technology to living on an island with no internet, phone or shops, and only strangers for company.

      It is a fanstatic read, I was hooked from start to finish, I could not fault this book, I loved the twist at the end. I love a happy ending and needed my tissues.

      I am going out now to buy her other book, from nottinghill with love actually.

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        12.01.2012 10:42
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        A lovely second novel from Ali McNamara

        When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island. Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit, and she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident Conor and ever-grumpy Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?

        After reading and absolutely loving Ali McNamara's debut novel From Notting Hill With Love... Actually which was released in 2010, her new book has been really high on my to-read list all year, and it's one I have really been looking forward to. When the cover was released earlier this year, I thought it was beautiful and although I still do, I struggle to think about how it relates to the story which is a bit of a shame, but I will overlook that minor detail considering it's so beautiful! I was expecting something that was going to be along the lines of McNamara's debut novel, but what I got was something completely different, and it was very readable and enjoyable, but very much not what I had expected, although believe me that isn't a bad thing!

        The lead character, as you may expect, is called Darcy. She loves her life in London, working on a big fashion magazine, with access to all the mod-cons she would ever want, and a wardrobe that any London girl would be envious of as well. However, when her Aunt Molly dies suddenly in Ireland, Darcy finds herself swept off to a remote Irish island called Tara, bequeathed to her by Molly before she died, and Darcy has to do the seemingly impossible in order to fully inherit - set up a community of people there for one whole year. I was curious about the concept, thinking it isn't something that would be easy, but as it is in all books, things go rather well for Darcy and plenty of people come forward to live on Tara. However, she was a lovely character, someone I really warmed to and I felt she was a good lead character for the book because she wasn't perfect, and you can see her fighting her conflicting emotions about everything all the way through.

        Darcy goes through quite a change on Tara, one I had expected if I am honest. She suddenly went from being looks obsessed to realising that really designer labels aren't all that important, and happy to rough it with the other new residents of Tara. She also adapts surprisingly well to a life without her much-needed mod-cons as well, but I suppose she didn't have much of a choice! Her friendship with builder Dermot was interesting to read about, and I really liked his character even though he did come across as a bit stroppy and dislikeable for the most part! He had an interesting story from around halfway through the book and I liked that McNamara introduced a very new plotline like this, it kept my interest peaked! My other favourite character was Darcy's solictor Niall, a sweet and unassuming man who doesn't quite know what to make of the London girl Darcy when he first meets her! His and Darcy's friendship was brilliant, and I loved how his character evolved throughout the book.

        One thing I loved about this book was the descriptions used throughout of the island Tara that Darcy and her friends are living on. McNamara manages to describe the landscape, the sea, the newly erected buildings and everything about the island so well that you can really imagine it in your mind. Many of the legends are spoken about by the island's only permanent resident Eamon, an old friend of Molly's and someone who knows about every legend of Tara. These were interesting to read about, and I felt they added a little bit of a magical element to the book, and I was left wondering how much of these legends were true and what effect they would ultimately have on the story. The plot isn't something I have ever come across in chick lit and while I was initially a bit unsure when I first read the premise, I have to admit it really had me hooked as I loved how the story slowly unfolded, revealing things about the characters slowly but surely, and turning Darcy into a whole new person. McNamara's writing is a joy to read, very descriptive yet fun to read at the same time, and you can feel she really gets into the heart of her characters. It's nothing at all like her debut novel, but it's a wonderful second offering, and McNamara is cementing herself as one of a new generation of chick lit writers to watch out for! Recommended!

        ISBN: 978-0751547405. Published by Sphere on 24th November 2011. Pages: 448. RRP: £6.99. Also available as an eBook.

        Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitchloe.blogspot.com

        Thank you for reading.

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          02.12.2011 22:10
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          A beautiful read

          One of the books which really played on my mind last year was Ali McNamara's debut novel From Notting Hill With Love...Actually. It was the one book I was undecided about so when I heard that Ali had a new book due to be released I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to see how my opinion differs with this book.


          Plot
          When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It's a big shock. And she's even more shocked to hear she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy must leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, she meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?

          My Opinion
          I am so glad I read this book as it was an adorable, charming read. There is no sitting on the fence when it comes to this book I loved the book from the beginning to the middle and the end. The main character in this book is the lovable Darcy, we really get a feel for her character and I think this is mainly because the book is told from Darcy's point of view. We see Darcy change during her time on the Island Tara and this only makes her character more loveable.

          The other characters that join Darcy on her new adventure on the Island, all bring their own little touch to the story and the community feel to this book is endearing to read. My favourite character alongside Darcy is Dermot, who at the beginning of this book I didn't take to him but as his time on the Island flew by he seemed to drop his guard allowing us to see his true character.

          This in my eyes is a very unique storyline and it worked very well. I have to say I am not aware f another book with a similar storyline so it felt like a great fresh read. I absolutely adored this book and I found it very hard to put down as there were no low points to this book at all. My one little problem would be that if I was to recommend this to someone I would say it is an "adorable little beach read" not really what you would expect when looking at the cover of this book!

          I loved this book and It is nice to now be able to say I love Ali McNamara's work. Do not hesitate pick up your copy of Breakfast at Darcy's today.
          Review also on my blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com/ and goodreads

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