Busy Being Fabulous: A Review of Greetings from Somewhere Else

There are films, fun films, that have a just-right attitude and tone (Four Weddings and a Funeral comes to mind), so that the time spent watching just seems to fly by.   This is the written equivalent of that type of film, a 415-page novel that reads fast and reads fun.   It’s also loaded with enough realistic people – not faux characters – that the reader wants to know the most important thing…   What happens next?

Some would probably view this as either a “woman’s book” or chick lit.   Maybe it is a Bridget Jones-style book, although I honestly wouldn’t know; the main character’s perspective never gets in the way of the all too human story.   The story is about Lainey Byrne, a Type A personality, who works like mad in a P.R. firm in Australia, often literally placing her chef boyfriend on the back burner.   A death in the family and a medical crisis make it imperative that she meet the terms of a late aunt’s will (so that the property formerly owned by the aunt can be sold).   This will require that a member of Lainey’s family live in and manage a broken-down B&B outside of Belfast, Ireland.   Lainey, who desperately needs to control everything and everyone in the world, is left with the assignment.

This is not Under the Tuscan Sun.   Instead it’s A Year Outside of Belfast in an Almost Bankrupt Bed and Breakfast!   A year in which Lainey learns valuable lessons about stepping back now and then and letting events run their course; about understanding that other people have their own instincts and sense of timing; about the fact that true love is not fantasy.

Very, very well done!

Thanks to Kathleen at Random House/Ballantine and Abby at Library Thing for supplying the review copy!

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One response to “Busy Being Fabulous: A Review of Greetings from Somewhere Else

  1. This looks like my kind of book!
    It’s on my list to buy on Friday! Thanks for the review! I wouldn’t have know about it without your blog!

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