I can’t believe I’m so late reviewing The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel Harrington, as it was another of my favourite books of 2017. I think my one word summary on Goodreads sums up my feels. “Outstanding”. Yet again, I’m wearing my emotions on my book-rating-sleeve. Because when a book stirs my heart like this one did, it has to get all the stars.
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington
Published by Harper on June 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Realistic Fiction
Source: Received from Publisher
Set on a beautiful leafy street in Dublin, the novel explores the unlikely friendship between two neighbours. Beautiful, serene Stella, who appears to have it all, and gruff, bad-tempered Rea, who seems to have lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving and both women discover that behind closed doors everyone has a secret they are desperate to keep…
First Line of The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel Harrington
“Stella held her breath as he circled her.”
My thoughts on The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel Harrington
This book will always be special to me. I read it the night before an upsetting hospital procedure, and I thought nothing would distract me from thoughts of what was ahead. Thankfully I had this book on hand, and it diverted all my thoughts and emotions into a pleasanter place. It clicked like a switch. Trish’s thoughts off. Book on.
I still didn’t sleep. And I cried and fretted, but if wasn’t for myself. Those tears and heart-felt reactions were for the characters in the book (but also gave my own emotions a welcome release). I’m so glad this book was there for me, as it delivered a badly needed time out. And I know that if it gripped my attention on that night, then it’s a truly engaging book.
Set in Dublin, it features two next door neighbours who are very different, but both are basically sleep-walking through their lives. They are existing, getting through the days, but not living. I loved how they struck up a friendship where age had no barrier, and how they encouraged each other to be better and braver. Books about empowering female friendships are a theme I love, and we had it here in abundance.
I really appreciated how the story unfolded via three different voices. I won’t spoil, it but it includes a world event that you will certainly have heard of. It was an emotional rollercoaster, full of gritty raw feels, but with plenty of belly laughs along the way too.
The bottom line: An emotional, heart-warming read that is packed with inspirational characters who are all battling their own demons. It gave me courage and made me feel if they can face adversity, then I can too. Which sounds a bit dramatic, but if you are a bookworm who uses books as comfort reads, then you’ll know just what I mean.
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Who should read The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel Harrington?
I’d highly recommend this to you if you love poignant storylines, uplifting outcomes and realistic characters that you want to hug. Fans of authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Sheila O’Flanagan and Patricia Scanlan should also enjoy.
Thanks to Harper Collins Ireland for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration (along with a much-needed packet of tissues!). As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.