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5.0 out of 5 starsSo sad book finished
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2017
Complete read. Lovely story of family, friends etc. It was a long but not long enough read - wished it went on further. Well done again to Sheila
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017
Really disappointed in this one. First books were ok but in this one I didn't care about any of the characters and there was lots of filling that just didn't add anything to the story. Speech was unnatural and I can't realty say anything positive except Thank God It's over.
5.0 out of 5 starsLike comfort food: irresistible, heart-warming and deeply satisfying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2019
Sheila O’Flanagan’s books are like comfort food: irresistible, heart-warming and deeply satisfying. And What Happened That Night is no exception; a moving family saga about decisions and consequences set against the glittering background of the jewel trade.
At its center are mother and daughter, Lola and Bey Fitzpatrick, both of them defined by choices made at a young age.
When 12 year-old Bey meets her father, Philip Warren of Dublin’s leading jewelry dynasty for the first time, the events that follow transform her from a happy, open-hearted and trusting girl into a young woman plagued by self-doubt and feelings of worthlessness. Her journey, as she struggles to discover who and what she is, is both compelling and convincing. And, of course, there’s a happy ending.
O’Flanagan does an excellent job of exploring the various relationships in the story, especially between Lola and Bey and between them and the Warren family.
She tackles themes such as guilt, fortitude, and determination, and highlights the forcefulness of inner strength in rising above adversity.
Her writing style is simple and fluid, so much so that time can easily run away from you, and you find yourself turning out the light an hour later than planned. To me, that’s always the sign of a good book.
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The only reason I carried on reading this book until 70% before giving up, was because if I read some before going to bed, I was guaranteed a good night's sleep, as it was so boring I would drop off in the middle of a chapter!! Just what was going on, I couldn't tell you, it was, as someone mentioned earlier, like an 'O' level student's essay, written circa 1970. It was not going anywhere, no plot, no storyline, no humour, (only in the sense it was so unbelievably awful) weak characters who I couldn't care less about, and it was a week of my life I won't get back, but the nights sleep was a bonus!!