For the first time in her life, Evie McCarthy sees Death coming for her. Clear as day. She just wants enough time to help her family realise the important things in life.
Her big-hearted granddaughter Rosie is in love again. She falls in love too quickly and this time it’s serious. Rosie’s married sister, new mum Molly, is sleep deprived, exhausted and wondering what happened to her life. Rosie and Molly’s mum, Yvonne, is hiding her own devastating secret. Something so shameful she can’t face the consequences.
Between the jigs and the reels, they pull one another up and over and come to understand that sometimes you have to give up the life you planned to get the life that’s meant for you.
Funny, poignant, real and engaging, Family Matters is a thoroughly captivating story of three generations of women, each facing down their troubles to find the power of family.
Ellie O’Neill is an Irish-Australian author of three previous novels, Reluctantly Charmed, which was a Top 10 Australian bestseller, The Right Girl and The Enchanted Island. All of her novels, including her latest Family Matters, are set in her home country of Ireland, and they are all imbued with the charm, humour and warmth that readers have rightly come to associate with her work.
Family Matters follows three generations of women in the McCarthy family, moving between four different protagonists, all of whom are engaging and relatable in their own ways. Like all great family dramas, the McCarthy’s are a slightly dysfunctional bunch and not without secrets. Grandmother and matriarch Evie is a traditional Irish matchmaker, while her more free-spirited granddaughter Rosie is launching a new dating app, DeLuvGuru. The clash of the old and new in the dating world is an entertaining thread throughout this novel.
Contemporary, warm-hearted, funny and poignant, fans of Monica McInerney, Cecelia Ahern and Josephine Moon will love Family Matters. This read is sure to inject some warmth into the chilly winter days ahead.