Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Season to Remember by Sheila O'Flanagan

4 Star

In this wonderful collection of interlinked short stories Sheila O'Flanagan brings her own trademark sparkle to Christmas - a time when friends, families and lovers traditionally come together and when every person is hoping their wishes will come true…

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Kathryn - 4 Star

If you’re a fan of Sheila O’Flannagan’s writing then you will enjoy this one. I have personally spent some happy hours curled up reading her novels over the years and A Season To Remember certainly matched my expectations.  There are a host of varying personalities, story lines and characters that work their way together to form a novel that connects the dots with heart-warming conclusions.  While we are only given a snippet of each story there’s enough to give you a genuine feel for the people and display the warmth of personality we expect from O’Flannagan’s writing. 

I loved that the lodge itself was almost a character in the novel and that Neil and Claire’s purpose as inn-keepers was to try and keep their vision (and home) afloat through a difficult financial period.  I found the additional thread of Louisa absolutely fabulous, and it was so well presented that it came across as entirely plausible.  She drew the owners’ story out of the background for me and gave the building a life of its own.

There are so many different reasons for the various people ending up at the Sugar Loaf Lodge for Christmas. I was made aware of a number of things I probably had never thought of and there were a few situations that caused me to be very grateful for the uncomplicated family I am blessed with.  The whole thing sort of made me want to adopt another pet (a notion that was vetoed) and definitely got me into the spirit of the holidays.

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