The Things We Do For Love
By Roisin Meaney
Sometimes it's worth the effort . . .
It's enrolment night for 'Life Drawing for Beginners' and each of the prospective students has their own reason for being there . . .
For friends Meg, Anna and Fiona the class is a welcome distraction: Anna's husband has just left her for a younger woman. As she struggles to come to terms with the end of the marriage, she begins to develop some strange habits. Fiona has just found out that she's pregnant but has to ask herself the reason why she hasn't told her husband yet. While Meg is just there to support her friends - or is she?
Then there's the handsome, mysterious James who has moved to Carrickbawn looking for a new start for himself and his daughter. With secrets to hide, he's vowed to keep to himself but then his interest in Jackie, the single-mum, life-drawing model takes a more personal turn.
Irene has a beautiful home, a handsome, successful husband and the perfect daughter. So why isn't this enough?
While Audrey, the teacher, has just fallen in love - with the adorable puppy in the window of the local pet shop. Will she be put off by the brusque pet shop owner or does she find out that his bark is worse than his bite?
As the weeks pass, do the members of life drawing for beginners find hidden talents, or at the very least some distraction?
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03 Feb 2011
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Hachette Books Ireland
'This book is like chatting with a friend over a cup of tea - full of gossip and speculation, and all the things that make life interesting. (...) This touching and intricate story will give back as much as you put in.' — The Irish Mail on Sunday
'This is a feelgood book you won't be able to put down.' — Irish Independent
Praise for Roisin Meaney — :
As sweet a tale as the cupcakes Hannah Robinson sells in her shop . . . Meaney weaves wonderful, feelgood tale of a consistently high standard. And that standard rises with each book she writes. — Irish Examiner
Her best book so far. Repeatedly and deservedly likened to Maeve Binchy, she is a master of her craft and a gifted storyteller. She has outdone herself with a skilful plot, memorable characters and the ability to leave the reader wanting more. The cleverly written plot-within-a-plot gives an interesting twist to this absorbing book. If you are a Binchy fan, I would highly recommend you get to know Meaney too. — Irish Independent
'The Last Week of May is a highly engaging and heartwarming tale populated with warm and loveable characters. Roisin Meaney's gentle storytelling is reminiscent of that of Maeve Binchy. I truly adored the book and devoured it within a few short hours.' — Melissa Hill
'Keenly observed and beautifully told. Lots of writers are compared to Binchy but Meaney really is ... Buy it now and put it in the beach bag.' — Irish Independent Review
'With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market.' — Irish Examiner
The plot will draw you in; and there is both laughter and tears along the way. Meaney is an accomplished storyteller. — Books Ireland
A heart-warming story . . . that readers are bound to devour — Irish Independent