“ Paperback: 396 pages / Publisher: Pan / Published: 6 July 2001 „
This book started really slowly going through a lot of different characters before getting to the real point. It could have in my opinion done with far less main characters and concentrated on the main stars which in my opinion were Lorna, Gloria, Maeve, the Millionaire Xavier or better known as the big man and Liam his pa.
This book is not to put a too fine a point on it boring until you get to about two thirds in when the whole thing starts to take shape. This only happens after you wade through all the various characters jobs lives and personalities. Which for me made the whole thing hard work as I found it hard to keep up with who was who and where did they all fit in to the whole picture?
Like I said not one of my best reads, certainly not one I would recommend to a friend, having been given it to me by a friend who in all eventuality seemed to have enjoyed it. So maybe it was just be that found it hard to get through.
The main character is a Business tycoon billionaire named Xavier Big, He has roots in Ireland but lives in America. He suddenly decides after a marriage breakup that he would like nothing more than a beautiful Irish colleen for his next wife and so sets his PA Liam a task of finding him this very person by putting an advert out to all colleens in County Ireland. This gets us a whole host of women who each have their own story to tell and by the way you get each and everyone's version on who would be the best wife for said magnet.
There is rivalry amongst the ranks and various other people trying to get in on the action. There are other love triangles going on at the same time which again in my view just adds further complication to the plot and would have been better used in different books. Perhaps using each life coupling as a series instead of ramming them all into one read. I found it hard to follow and was getting to the point when I had just about had enough when things about two thirds towards the end started to perk up.
I finally saw the wood through the trees. Bit hard going could have been much better shame she had to push so much into the one read to get a novel out of it as it had so much scope to be a whole heap better.