Title: Greetings from Somewhere Else (aka Spin the Bottle)
Author: Monica McInerney
Genre: Chick Lit
Blurb: Lainey Byrne is a woman in control, juggling a hectic job, her boyfriend Adam and a family with more than its fair share of dramas. Things go into a spin when she is wrenched from her life in Melbourne to run a B&B in Ireland for a year. Bed-and-breakfast quickly tumbles into bed-and-bedlam, especially when a reunion with childhood friend Rohan Hartigan sparks an unexpected romantic dilemma. Meanwhile, back in Australia, her father’s taken to his bed, her mother’s up the walls, her three brothers are running amok – and as for Adam … It’s going to take more than a game of spin the bottle to sort this one out!
My Thoughts: GREETINGS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE is the USA title – and the title on the book I read. Elsewhere in the world it is known as ‘Spin the Bottle’ which I feel is a much more telling title! Whatever its name tags though, it is a delightful read. Lainey is your ultimate kindly control freak – kindly because she isn’t nasty with it she genuinely doesn’t even know she is organising everybody and everything to her own ideals. Her mother is the same, so it is decided by her mother that Lainey is to go to Ireland for a year without discussion – and Lainey in turn decides that it is best that she and Adam break up before she leaves – without discussion. Lainey arrives to find the B&B is rundown and neglected and that her late aunt had managed to upset every tourist promotional business so is off the B&B lists. This could be a good thing because Lainey can’t cook and most customers would expect a full cooked Irish breakfast. Slowly Lainey starts to turn the business around – if only she could turn her own life around as easily. Still when you have been bossy and pedantic for so long it is not easy to step back and let things unfold without a helping hand. I laughed out loud occasionally, chuckled frequently and there was enough tension in the subplots to please me no end. Monica McInerney is a lovely author to read, you know you are going to get a light and easy read with a pleasant blend of humour and emotions, and she never disappoints.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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Greetings from Somewhere Else by Monica McInerneyis book # 28 for AWW2013