*This book was sent to me for review purposes by Aria Fiction. All opinions are my own.
I was so excited when Faith Hogan contacted me to see if I would like to take part in the blog tour for her newest book, What Happened to Us?. I’ve reviewed one of her other books, The Girl I Used to Know, and I absolutely loved it so I had very high hopes for this book; luckily, I was not disappointed. I’m going to let you know all the information about this book and where you can purchase it then I’ll get into my thoughts. This review will be spoiler free.
About the author:
Faith was born in Ireland and currently lives there with her husband, four children and two fussy cats. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair- an international competition for emerging writers. When she’s not writing, she’s an enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger.
About the book:
Carrie Nolan is devastated when she is dumped by Kevin Mulvey after more than a decade without even a backwards glance! On reflection, she has sacrificed her own long term happiness establishing their critically acclaimed Dublin restaurant and pandering to his excessive ego. Meanwhile Kevin can’t believe his luck. Valentina, their new waitress is a stunner, the kind of girl that turns heads when she walks in a room and surprise, surprise she has chosen him! He is living the dream! Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched friends who need her as much as she needs them. Jane, who struggles to run the pub on the opposite side of the street, Luke, who has stopped drifting while his father settles in a nearby nursing home and Teddy, a dog who asks for nothing more than the chance to stay by Carrie’s side. With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable…
How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…
As I said above, this book did not disappoint me. One thing I love the most about Hogan’s writing style is how the characters are just so relatable and real. There is no totally perfect or totally evil characters, just flawed ones that are a mix of good and bad like people in real life. Hogan is also wonderful at pacing her stories well so that the reader is never bored. I finished this book quickly because I just couldn’t put it down. I also loved the realistic happy ending. Life isn’t always perfect and not everybody gets a total “happy ending.”
That is as much as I feel comfortable saying so that I don’t give away any spoilers. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction I highly, highly recommend this book and any book by Faith Hogan. Her stories, characters and writing in general is excellent. Let me know if you think you’d be interested in What Happened to Us?! Thanks for reading and have a great day!