Book Review : Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin

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Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today I’m featuring Anna McPartlin who mixes up funny and heartfelt with aplomb.

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It has been a few years since I read a book by Anna McPartlin and I had forgotten just how she can stab you right in the heart with all the feels. Her book worlds are skilfully built up so that you travel through every emotion right along with the characters.


Book Review : Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlinSomewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin
Published by Transworld Ireland on November 5th 2015
Genres: Family, Family Life, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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'And just like that my boy was gone.'
Maisie Brennan is standing on a podium on the twentieth anniversary of the death of her son, trying to find the first breath that will help her start talking to a room full of strangers. A daunting task at the best of times, but she's also menopausal and one hot flush away from totally losing it.
But as Maisie begins her story, she soon relaxes and word by word disappears into her past, back to 1st January 1995 – the day when one misunderstood action led to a chain of events that changed her life for ever...
If you laughed and cried reading Anna McPartlin's bestselling story The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, then Somewhere Inside of Happy will have you smiling and tearful all over again.

addictive BOOKLOVE Must-Read Page-Turner ReReadable Tear Jerker


First Line of Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin:

“The room was silent, but for the sound of shuffling, an unidentifiable clicking and Maisie’s own heartbeat.”

Five Great Reasons to read Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin:


heart iconAuthentic Dublin setting: The main character Maisie is a Dub and every word out of her mouth just rings true to me. The setting comes across so authentically in the book and it really added to the atmosphere.

heart iconEmotional Storyline: We know from the outset that Maisie’s son dies but we take a long time to discover exactly why. As there is a back and forth storyline, my heart was full of the dreads for what was ahead.

“My first-born, Jeremy, was conceived in violence and he died in violence, but while he was alive he was the light of me life.”

heart iconRelevant Coming-of-Age Plotline: I don’t want to reveal the plot as it’s a spoiler. But it’s an important one and it shows the struggle a teenager can have when they feel different. Again it all rang so true and I could see exactly how and why the book was playing out why it did. There is a powerful message behind the book and I loved it.

heart iconEngaging Characters: The characters, seriously I love them. Maisie has a heart of gold, she is a domestic abuse survivor and will do anything for her children; her son Jeremy is caring and takes his role of man of the house very seriously, her daughter Valerie is a bit of a moody rebel but very vulnerable underneath the brash exterior. And the side characters were equally charismatic.

heart iconGreat Balance: The plot covers a lot; life after domestic violence, caring for a mother with an Alzheimer’s disease, teenage struggles and the death of a child. But it does it effortlessly. It never feels too much, it just feels realistic and lifelike.


Overall huge thumbs up. I need to go back over Anna McPartlin’s back catalogue and see I have missed any of her previous books. Hopefully I have as I look forward to devouring them!


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


Who should read Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin:

I’d highly recommend this book to you if you like emotional plots that have a powerful impact, engaging characters and an Irish setting. Fans of authors such as Maeve Binchy, Sheila O’Flanagan and Sinead Moriarty should also enjoy this one. Warning it will make you laugh and it will make you cry.


Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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