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Publisher's Summary

On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. They're the perfect couple in every way, and Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72, however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she's lost it all...including her marbles, if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.

But appearances can be deceiving, and when Stella and Rea's worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in prisons of their own making.

Has help been next door without them realising it?

With the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy and the secrets and twists of Liane Moriarty, this is the utterly original and compelling new novel from Irish Times best seller Carmel Harrington.

©2017 Carmel Harrington (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

'A wonderfully, life-affirming book… Carmel Harrington writes with such honesty.' ( New York Times best-selling author Hazel Gaynor)
'Will make you see life in a different way.' ( Woman's Way)
'Heartwrenching and heartwarming.' ( Evening Herald)
'Guaranteed to brighten your day.' ( Novelicious)
'Carmel Harrington has done it again! Brilliantly written…it surpasses all expectations.' ( Chicklit Club)

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So much emotion, I was not prepared

This book appeared as a recommendation when I finished a Marian Keyes novel. So I thought this novel would be a light bit of fluff.

Well I was wrong! This book captured my attention from the start, the characters where great. The story held me in its grip.
I was on an emtional roller coaster the whole time! I cried a lot during this.
Narrated brilliantly. I really enjoyed this book even though I was a bit exhausted at times from all the emtion.

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Love the Narrator!

I definitely got more that I expected from this book, which I initially thought was a fluffy chick-lit. It's a thoughtful story told wonderfully from various viewpoints. The characters are multi-dimensional and real and the story both tragic and hopeful. Recommended!

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Surprisingly engrossing. Could not put it down.

I tend to like mysteries, not dramatic novels, but really loved this. The tragedy of the Thai Tsunami became very real, as did the real life struggles of the characters. Life is hard but it still goes on. Happiness is a choice, as are our friends, who may become family. I also enjoyed the narration a lot, much better than many. Glad I chose this book.

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Excellent Book

A very enjoyable book. Loved the Story and caracthers.
Will read more of her books.

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The 2004 tsunami writ large on Ireland

Neighbors in Dublin in 2014 learn they’ve all lost family in the 2004 Tsunami in Phuket. The story is less interesting than the characters who feel well drawn and appealing. Too much glib wife beating action (enough already!) and quite a bit too much “God moves in mysterious ways” but the reader has a lovely accent and just enough variation to delineate the characters well. Love of all kinds, amd especially family bonds, is well handled.

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Fabulous book!

Very entertaining and so well narrated. Great characters, interesting plot, a few twists - bravo!
Buy it.

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  • Mrs. R. Martinl
  • 11-24-17

Thank you

This book helped me leave an abusive relationship, l listened again and again to your advise and found the courage to go, thank you x

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  • amber
  • 12-24-17

absolutely brilliant <br />

great story from start to finish. fabulous narrator. absolutely brilliant writing . brilliant ...brilliant. ..brilliant loved it


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  • Ann D
  • 01-26-18

Nice story, well told, a little bit twee!

I enjoyed most of this book. It is a little overwritten, but the main storyline was quite strong and the characters compelling. Sadly, in the later chapters it became soft and chic lit (not really my thing). If I hadn’t been listening whilst on holiday, I might have returned it.

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  • bronagh
  • 01-22-18

Loved it!!cried so many times

I loved this story and as always fantastic narration from Aoife one of my favourites!
I loved at the characters and felt like I really got to know them, I miss them.

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  • D,E ARCHER
  • 01-03-18

The woman at 72 Derry Lane

I really enjoyed this book. Made me cry, and laugh sometimes at the same time. Looking forward to reading more from this author only wish more was on audible great read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-17

Favourite Book of 2017

This book was my favourite read of 2017! Read perfectly and such a heartwarming story that will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Rachel timms
  • 02-16-18

brill

Really enjoyed this best one I've listened to couldn't put it down . Good story and well read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-18-18

gripped...

first book ive ever finished on audible. Very well narrated, and an easy listen. 10/10!

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  • Chris
  • 09-25-18

loved this

Loved this book, the part about the horror of the tsunami was so well written, I feel the author must have been there. The whole book was good with a lovely heroine. Recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-18

Empowering! Emotional! Excellent!

This book had hope, sadness, laughter, heartache.....so much more than I expected. Lots of “plot twists” and one well told story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-18

Easy read

It’s an easy listen but felt it went on and on and was very predictable , got a bit bored half way through

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  • pamela lyell
  • 03-30-18

not a bad story

bit disappointing but still enjoyable with interesting twist, worth a listen will keep you interested.