Monday, November 7, 2016

The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon

5 Star

Nine Lives. Four Generations. One Family. The MacEntees are no ordinary family.

Determined to be different from other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their personalities. But when a series of misfortunes befall them over the course of one long hot summer, even the MacEntees will struggle to make sense of who they are.

As media storms rage about them and secrets rise to the surface, Deirdre plans a family party for her 80th birthday-and with it one final, shocking surprise. 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I have long loved Irish writers and am ecstatic to have discovered Kathleen MacMahon with this book. I particularly enjoyed the writing style and how the story of the MacEntee family played out.
Fairly successful and accomplished, Deirdre's children all have their own interesting stories that are told culminating in hers. I particularly enjoyed that the story was told from various viewpoints as I feel this always lends an authenticity to a tale.

Each character, from ex husband Manus, to their children bring their own distinct happenings to the book. And that is precisely what this book seemed to be to me. A bunch of happenings all wrapped together into a very enjoyable book. It felt like hearing about someone's day or week and catching up with them.

The book has some very funny moments and some bittersweet ones as well, much like life does. I was truly happy to have read this book and make no mistake, it isn't a short read but a rather lengthy one! But one that left me feeling rather nostalgic and almost like missing a friend.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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