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Greetings From Somewhere Else
Monica McInerney
Ballantine Books
Publish date: 2003-06-06
paper back
Review date: 08/05/09


What a sweet little book! McInerney, author of 'The Faraday Girls' and 'Upside Down Inside Out', has created yet another perfect little beach read. Set in both Australia and Ireland, Greetings from Somewhere Else is a humorous, romantic tale of self discovery. Upon the death of her aunt, Lainey Byrne finds her perfectly orchestrated Australian life spinning out of control. With a highly successful marketing career and an accomplished chef steady boyfriend, Lainey finds herself facing difficult decisions. The most difficult condition of her aunt's will is that a member of the Byrne family must return to Ireland and run her dilapidated B & B for a period of one year. To be blunt her family needs the money for medical bills after her father suffers a serious accident and of course the insurance company is fighting them all the way. From the sounds of these 'family' members it is quite clear Lainey is the only one with a snowball's chance in hell of pulling this off.

Completely lacking in any domestic skills and not well suited to rural living, you can't help but chuckle as Lainey struggles to reinvent not only the Inn but herself as well. Fate has its own path for her familial and romantic relationships. Lainey soon discovers that life is much simpler and less stressful if you just allow nature to occasionally take its natural course. All told with wry humor, sprinkled with sibling rivalry and family secrets, 'Greetings' is quite the entertaining novel and simply good, clean fun!

Reading Group Guide included.