For a good tale that’s best read curled up in a lawn chair with a cold glass of your favourite beverage, Mary recommends The O’Hara affair by Kate Thompson.
The recession has affected the Irish village of Lissamore and everyone is grateful for a chance to earn some extra money. The village has been selected as the setting for a new movie about the life of Gerald O’Hara, of Gone with the Wind fame, before he emigrated to the United States.
This story centers around three women: Fleur, who owns a vintage clothing boutique and is happily involved in an affair with the movie’s financial backer; Dervla is newly married, but with her husband Christian working away more than he’s at home, she is left alone to care for her demanding mother-in-law who suffers from dementia; and Bethany, a young girl who is working as an extra in the movie. Fleur and Bethany become involved in a social networking fantasy called Second Life, and Fleur finds herself giving advice over the internet.
The village buzzes with activity giving the plot many unforeseen twists and turns in this great summer read.