A Heart-Warming Family Tale: Read Our Review of Family Matters by Ellie O’Neill

A Heart-Warming Family Tale: Read Our Review of Family Matters by Ellie O’Neill

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.

Buy a copy of Family Matters here.

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        Publisher details

        Family Matters
        Author
        Ellie O’Neill
        Publisher
        Allen & Unwin
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        31 May, 2022
        ISBN
        9781761066306

        Synopsis

        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 and 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 her troubles to find the power of family.

        Ellie O'Neill
        About the author

        Ellie O'Neill

        Ellie O’Neill took the long way round. She sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin and worked in advertising in London. All the while, she had that niggling feeling she had stories to tell.So, at thirty-something, she made the brave leap and moved back in with her parents to get the job done. Swapping the dizzy disco lights of London for their suburban Dublin house, she scribbled away knowing that there was something about Irish fairies she needed to share with the world. Then, most unexpectedly, Ellie fell madly in love. The only catch was he lived in Australia. True to form, she couldn’t ignore the magic and followed her heart to Oz for what was supposed to be a long holiday.Five years later Australia is home to Ellie, her Joe and their fabulous baby (with an Irish name no one can pronounce). They live in Geelong and Ellie is currently working on her second book.

        Books by Ellie O'Neill

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