Book Review: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney

August 3, 2016 Book review 5 ★★★★★

Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney was a book I read and flat-out loved years ago, long long before I started rating and reviewing books.  When I saw my library had the audiobook, I decided it was time I took a virtual trip to Tasmania and reacquaint myself with this charismatic family.

Book Review: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerneyThose Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney
Published by Pan Publishing on April 4th 2008
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Love & Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look after her - until, just weeks before Maggie's sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything.

Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faradays gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realize that the women she thought she knew so intimately all have something to hide . . .

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Emotions Felt while reading Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney:


This book just plain made me happy.  It is a warm, engaging, lively read and I loved picking it up.  I was listening every moment I could (and lots of moments when I shouldn’t be *cough, work, cough*)


There is a lot of humour in the book; some of it sarcastic, some of it ridiculous, some of it loveable.  But I know I smiled a lot while reading.


As fun as the cast are, this book also covers lots of serious issues.  It’s not all happy sailing, no one is allowed to have it all and I really felt for some of the characters (especially Sadie) and what they had to endure.


Yes I felt bothered at times. Just like my family bothers me in real life occasionally, this family also got under my skin when one of them did something stupid.  Just like family, I was able to love them while also wanting to shake sense into them.


I think sometimes people dismiss contemporary reads like this as light-hearted, fluffy reads.  Well I don’t feel that reading this book.  There are layered themes, complex relationships and difficult issues explored.  Issues such as infertility, self-worth and the difference between the face you show the world and the real you.   It’s a book about mistakes and choices and living with the consequences of your actions.  No fluff there.

Jet Lagged

I love travelling via books and this one clocked up lots of virtual air miles for me!  I went from Tasmania to London to New York to Ireland, with brief stops at a Greek Island and Antarctica.  Phew!


I don’t like perfect happy endings, I like realistic, brave ones.  I got it.
Overall I was surprised at how much detail I had forgotten from the first time I read this book.  Booknesia is alive and kicking in my brain.  But I hadn’t forgotten the characters, they were very much as I remembered them.  And I was delighted to spend more time with them all.  This book is a long one, clocking in at 21 and a half hours, and I was still sad when I came to the end.  Enough said!


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


Who should read Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney?

I’d recommend this to you if you love books about sisters, complicated relationships, fun locations and a theme of secrets.  Fans of Maeve Binchy, Diane Chamberlain and Cathy Kelly should also enjoy this one.


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5 Responses to “Book Review: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    This sounds amazing! I love all the travel and the family relationships and this is a book I haven’t heard of but need to read. I’m okay with realistic endings as long as there is closure to things that need it. I hate when a book just stops and there are tons of things left completely unanswered. I’m adding it to my TBR right this minute!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Fearless – Contemporary Romance Review

    • trish

      That’s great Sandra, it definitely has the same feel as those authors. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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