by Michelle Vernal
Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
Wonderful, enjoyable read by Michelle Vernal that I finished in one sitting!!!
I felt drawn to Rebecca from the very first pages of the book. Yes, it opens after a hard night of drinking and fun, but something about her personality drew me in! Her family has always favored her older sister, Jennifer. Jennifer was always the “golden child.” She was more beautiful, had a wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and a successful business. Rebecca isn’t married, has no children, and works as a PA for a man whom she might be in love with! However, when her sister calls her from New Zealand and needs her to come home because her marriage is falling apart, she doesn’t hesitate. This one decision may just be the one that heals the rift between the sisters and puts her life on the course she was supposed to take.
Even though the book is told mostly from Rebecca’s POV, it is also Jennifer’s story as well. Both sisters somehow lost sight of one another, and this time together will open their eyes. Long held ideas they held about one another are broken, and they are trying to find their way to being not only sisters but friends.
There is a bit of a romantic side story with Rebecca’s boss, Ciaran. These two have some unfinished business between them, and the time apart will force them to move on either with or without one another. Not a great deal amount of the book is devoted to this, but it shouldn’t have been. The main story was about two sisters finding their way back to one another! Great, great read!!!!
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.
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