Green Giants–Irish Author Spotlight: Things We Never Say by Sheila O’Flanagan

May 19, 2014 Book review, Green Giants 2 ★★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, there is a great and exciting mix of books to choose from, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today, it’s Sheila O’Flanagan, an author that I have loved for years.  I feel like I have grown up with this author and I love how her characters seem to get older along with me so I always identify.

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When packing your books for the beach this summer, make room for this one! It’s a warm, gossipy, full of heart and meets all my criteria for an engrossing summer read.

Green Giants–Irish Author Spotlight: Things We Never Say by Sheila O’FlanaganThings We Never Say by Sheila O'Flanagan
Published by Headline Book Publishing on 4th Apr 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Womens Fiction
Pages: 512
Format: eARC
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Abbey Andersen's life in San Francisco is in serious danger of hitting a rut. She's pretty sure it doesn't get worse than being dumped by post-it note, and her current job is hardly the best outlet for her creative talents.

Meanwhile in Ireland Fred Fitzpatrick is finding it impossible to keep his grown-up children and their families on side, and they're a demanding lot at the best of times. But when Fred asks solicitor Ryan Gilligan to contact Abbey about a long-buried family secret, things start to change dramatically. And not everyone affected is happy about it...

First Line of Things We Never Say:

“Dilly was terrified but she was trying her hardest not to show it.”

My Thoughts on Things We Never Say:

I gobbled this one down one lazy Sunday afternoon. I love Irish chick-lit and I really believe that when it comes to chick-lit that Irish Authors do it better! Maybe because I identify so readily with the characters and situations, plus it’s easy for me to visualise the locations. I’m not sure of the why but I do know I love it. And Sheila O Flanagan is an author I’ve loved for years so a new book from her is always exciting.

Things We Never Say reminds me of the saying “where there is a will, there is a relative”. And this insightful look at a family fallout after an unexpected will throws a family into turmoil makes for entertaining reading. It is so easy to believe the scenario presented to us and the characters all seem very realistic. Painfully realistic at times. It is also quite topical but I don’t want to give too much away about the plot.

I really liked the main character Abbey who lives in San Francisco. She is in a rut but events are about to happen which throw her headfirst out of that rut and on a plane to Ireland. She is such a genuinely nice person that you want the very best outcome for her. Two of the other characters – Zoey and Lisette – are interesting characters! They do some not so nice stuff but they are lovable rogues and I can’t help but see why they do it. And that’s not to say I didn’t want to smack them once or twice, I did! But I still like them.

I think that is what I love about the book. The characters are sufficiently developed that I understand their moves both the good ones and the dubious ones. And none of them were stereotypes; all were well fleshed out and felt very individual. The pace was lively and I just flew through the book as I was engrossed in it. It was probably a bit predicable but as I enjoyed it all so much that didn’t bother me in the slightest. There was a little bit of mystery about Abbey’s mother which was easy to work out but still fun to see it uncovered.

The book is set between Dublin, Girona and San Francisco and all of settings are lovingly described and full of atmosphere. Being honest, I want to drop everything right now and jump on a plane to Girona in Spain as it sounds fab.

Overall a huge thumbs up for this one. There is lots of drama, family skeletons to be dug up, relationship dynamics to be explored and all in a fun, breezy writing style.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Things We Never Say?

I’d strongly recommend this one to fans of chick-lit especially if you like strong female characters and great settings. In particular if you enjoy family drama style books, then I think you’d enjoy this one.

Thanks to BookBridgr and Headline Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Green Giants–Irish Author Spotlight: Things We Never Say by Sheila O’Flanagan”

    • trish

      Thanks Ana 🙂 I’m all for strong female leads too and the fun locations of this book make it good fun.

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