The Transatlantic Book Club
A feel-good Finfarran novel
by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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Pub Date 02 May 2019 | Archive Date 19 Aug 2020
'I was utterly charmed - a pitch-perfect delight' Marian Keyes
'A sparkling, life-affirming novel' Cathy Kelly
Eager to cheer up her recently-widowed gran, Cassie Fitzgerald persuades Lissbeg library to set up a Skype book club, linking readers on Ireland's Finfarran Peninsula with the little US town of Resolve, where generations of Finfarran's emigrants have settled.
But when the club decides to read a detective novel, old conflicts on both sides of the ocean are exposed, hidden love affairs come to light, and, as secrets emerge, Cassie fears she may have done more harm than good. Will the truths she uncovers about her granny Pat's marriage affect her own hopes of finding love? Is Pat, who's still struggling with the death of her husband, about to fall out with her oldest friend? Or could the transatlantic book club itself hold the clue to a triumphant happy ending?
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Average rating from 14 members
I requested this book because I found the blurb interesting and thought I was going to like it.
As a matter of fact I loved it and I also discovered a new to me author and a lovely series.
The book is engaging, entertaining, and heartwarming.
I liked the concept of a transatlantic book club as much as I loved the well written cast of characters and the plot.
I think will look for the other books in this series and look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
Totally love this author her description is just out of this world I have read a few of her others and attention to detail is OUTSTANDING again in her new one as well this can be read as stand alone or part of her other works I can't praise it enough and deserves more stars than I can give
This is the first book in the Finfarran series that I have read, and I think it reads well as a stand-alone novel. It’s also the first of Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s novels I have read. But it definitely won’t be the last.
The reading was a little difficult due to the formatting being a bit all over the place (changing to bold or caps mid sentence and having sentence breaks in all the wrong places) but I’m sure that will be taken care of prior to official publication. That aside, it was an enjoyable read with well written characters and lovely details of their different personalities woven into the storytelling. I particularly liked the friendship between Pat and Mary, all the hallmarks of a lifelong friendship and the (at times) brutal honesty between them, always knowing their relationship could take it.
I loved that it was written about a real transatlantic book club too, what a great idea that is and proved to be a superb basis for the story.
I’m hoping that there will be a follow up to Cassie’s story, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the next Finfarran book.
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