For the past 33 years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled ‘Hello from the Gillespies’. It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself - she tells the truth....
The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping poorly with retirement. Her 32-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her 10-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.
Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together - and pull themselves together - in wonderfully surprising ways....
©2014 Monica McInerney (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind" (The Sydney Morning Herald)
"McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life" (Red Magazine)
I enjoyed this book, and engaged with the characters. I wanted to continue reading and find out what happened to them, overall a pleasant story.
I had imagined from the description, that this would be a fun story to read. I had no idea it would become one of my absolute favorites. The characters were developed so well and the writing had me emotionally involved w/ this whole family. I really enjoyed it!
I loved this book! It had so many twists and turns. Can't wait to read another one by McInerney. I could really see the story unfold in my mind. The character development was excellent. A delight to listen too on a long commute.
I recommend it to those who have not yet listened to it. It captured my interest quickly to the extent I looked forward to my daily walks so I could listen to the book. However I don't re-read books .....unless firm favourites from years ago.
I liked her sound. Good on the ear.
I liked the title as it captures where the whole story began, the premiss for the story.
I am a fan. The characters are each developed with care, so the listener has a v good picture of the key and subsidiary players.
This book is mindlessly entertaining. Nothing about it overtly turned me off, but, it was very predictable and cliché. The narrator was good, with a soothing voice, but, her accents were not great. Particularly her New York boyfriend, terrible. He sounded like a Russian mobster. So distracting. I can't recommend it, but, I didn't hate it, and listened to the whole thing.
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