• Title: Somewhere Inside of Happy
  • Author: Anna McPartlin
  • ISBN: 9781848271951
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Somewhere Inside of Happy 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 ro
    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 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 everIf 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.

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    1. This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]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.  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 th [...]

    2. There are some books that take some time to really engage with, you need to learn a little about the characters and the plot before you can fully immerse yourself into the story. There are other books that totally embrace you immediately. Somewhere Inside of Happy is one of those books. I read the prologue and was instantly a fan of the lead character Maisie Bean Brennan. Those few opening pages are exquisite, they are the hook that snares you, and keeps you spellbound right up until the very la [...]

    3. Another wonderful book by Anna McPartlin. She writes with such humour and warmth that you feel all the emotions the wonderful Bean family are going through. Full of fabulous characters with a storyline etched in sadness and a thought provoking message.

    4. Ten years ago when I read Anna McPartlin's début novel Pack Up the Moon I remember thinking here is an author with real talent with plenty of excellent books to come in the future. This was clearly shown with Anna's remarkable release last year The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. When I started that book I was extremely wary as I thought the book was going to be a very hard read full of doom and gloom considering the subject matter. In fact it turned out to be the complete opposite as the book was a [...]

    5. Somewhere inside of Happy was a very enjoyable read,some funny moments but also a lot of sad ones. A heart wrenching story about Maisie Bean a mother of two who has survived so much from her abusive husband, And just as things start to feel somewhat normal to Maisie her son of sixteen goes missing and like all mothers she fights to the end. This book takes you on a journey of hope and heartbreak but it's a book well worth reading I so enjoyed it 👍

    6. Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.Wow. Right now, that's all I can think to say. Wow. This was absolutely stunning.I was blown away by Anna McPartlin's The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. I'm talking huge, gulping sobs that lasted for what seemed like an eternity. So, when I was offered the chance to read an eBook of her latest novel, Somewhere Inside of Happy, I couldn't say yes quick enough. The blurb reeled me in right away and I just adored the sound of this story. I have to admit, it's not wh [...]

    7. Those feels, oh, those feels! Anna McPartlin created characters you simply have to love - they're so real, full of life and they struggle with hardships with all their might. I couldn't believe how well the author managed to balance all the levels of this story - it's touching, sad, romantic, bitter, hilarious all at once. And the prose is so readable and feels so effortless! I guarantee you won't regret reading this gem.

    8. Time taken to read - 2 daysPages - 427Publisher - Black SwanBlurb from Maisie Bean is a fighter. A survivor. Seventeen years ago, she went on a first date that went so badly it was enough to put the girl off chips. The marriage that followed was hell but it gave her two children: funny, caring Jeremy and bullish but brilliant Valerie.Just as it seems everything might finally start going right, sixteen-year-old Jeremy goes missing. The police descend and a media storm swirls, over five days of se [...]

    9. Yet again, Irish author Anna McPartlin tackles difficult issues. Grief - as in the superb ‘The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes’ - dementia and homophobia. And there is laughter and tears. It is a thoughtful book with strongly drawn characters, Irish humour and a fair amount of ripe language. It is the story of Maisie Bean, a single mother who has fought bravely to escape a violent husband and raise her two children, Jeremy and Valerie. The story starts, on January 1, 1995, when Jeremy disappears.E [...]

    10. This was a strange one. If there was a 3 1/2 stars then I would have probably chosen it! I upped it to 4 purely for the ending! We meet Maisie who is looking after her two children and her old mother who suffers from Alzheimers. She was a battered wife many years ago until she plucked up the courage to leave her husband. Maisie's life is hard. She struggles to bring up her children on her own and care for her mother. Her elder son Jeremy helps her out a lot, especially with his grandmother. One [...]

    11. Thanks to netgalley and Random House UK for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.This is my third book by Anna McPartlin, one I liked and one I didn't like that much, so my expectations were high and low at the same time.Unfortunately "Somewhere inside of happy" is another of her books which I didnt't like.First, the language in this book was very annoying for me. Expressions like "me da" instead of "my dad" and several others just were grammatically wrong and hurt my love for the English la [...]

    12. The first book that I read in 2015 was Anna McPartlin’s „The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes” and believe me, I have never forgotten this novel. It made such an impression on me that I couldn’t stop talking about it every time when I had a chance, and I kept my eyes peeled for Anna’s next release. When my review copy of „Somewhere Inside of Happy” arrived I couldn’t stop admiring this book’s cover – it’s in a rather unusual yellow colour, but it’s beautiful and so very optimist [...]

    13. Ein bewegendes Buch, dass unvermeidlich auf ein tragisches Ende zusteuert. Mitunter hat es einige Längen und kommt nicht an "Die letzten Tage von Rabbit Hayes" heran - es spricht aber wichtige gesellschaftliche Themen wie körperliche und psychische Gewalt in der Familie, Verwahrlosung und die weiterhin weit verbreitete Tabuisierung von Homosexualität an.

    14. Nach dem emotionalen Buch „Die letzten Tage von Rabbit Hayes“ habe ich mich sehr auf den neuen Roman der irischen Autorin Anna McPartlin gefreut. Der Prolog des aktuellen Buches nimmt gleich das eigentliche Ende vorweg, sodass die Geschichte von Maisie und ihren Kindern quasi von hinten aufgerollt wird. Nach dem Prolog springt die Geschichte 20 Jahre zurück ins Jahr 1995 und Maisie Bean erzählt ihre Lebensgeschichte. Mittelpunkt ist dabei das Verschwinden von Jeremy sowie die verzweifelte [...]

    15. Maisie met an awful man who found a way to stay in her life for many years. Her two wonderful children are the only good thing she's got out of the relationship. Jeremey is sensitive, responsible and kind and Valerie is smart and outspoken. When her husband went too far Maisie finally left him and moved in with her mother. They had some really good years until Maisie's mother started to forget things. The dementia is now taking over her life and she needs constant care. Maisie works two jobs, sh [...]

    16. Originally posted on: albainbookland/2016/05We start this story already knowing the ending: Maisie's son died in 1995. What we don't know is who he was or why he died. So thanks to multiple points of view, we learn about Maisie and her family back then. She was a single mother with two teenagers and a mother with dementia to take care of. And all I can say is that theirs is a story really worth reading.Let's go back to 1995: Maisie has not had an easy life. Pregnant too young and married to the [...]

    17. I was super excited about this latest novel from Anna McPartlin, having absolutely LOVED 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes'. So it is possible that I went into this with my expectations set too high!For the most part, it's really intriguing - focusing on the Bean family, and their lovable matriarch Maisie, for whom life has been tough to say the least. The very first thing we learn about her is that her sweet and lovely son Jeremy "died in violence", and with this one fact front and centre in your [...]

    18. A book based in Ireland in 1990's. Massie has two children, Valerie and Jeremy. She had been in an abusive relations hip with their father for years but had got out when Jeremy's arm had been broken. The story tells of the family, which also includes Massie's mom, who has debenture. As Maise's life starts to open to new possibilities, the worst thing happens and Jeremy goes missing!! Maisie believes this is her fault as she was with her new male friend. Val believes that if she hadn't of lied wh [...]

    19. Funny, affecting, sad. I really enjoyed this novel, particularly the main character, Maisie, who was both vulnerable and fierce.

    20. I've just discovered a wonderful new (for me) author and now I have 6 more books on my "want to read shelf." Brilliant! Thank you Anna.

    21. I loved this book, Anna McPartlin is one of my favourite authors and I devour any of her books I pick up. This book stays with you long after you've read the last page.

    22. "Irgendwo im Glück" erzählt uns die Lebensgeschichte von Maise Bean,die alles andere als einfach ist.Der Hauptfokus liegt hierbei auf dem Verschwinden ihres Sohnes Jeremy.Jedoch bekommt der Leser ebenfalls Einblicke in die Gewalt,die Maise von ihrem Ehemann erfahren hat und die ihr fast den Tod brachte.Auch die Demenz ihrer Mutter,um die sie sich gemeinsam mit ihren beiden Kindern Jeremy und Valeria mit Unterstützung von Freundin Lynne kümmert,wird thematisiert.Das Buch hat einige Längen,de [...]

    23. This took longer to hook me than I thought it would, and at the beginning (before Jeremy Bean's absence is noticed) there was a whole lot of stuff happening that didn't interest me much.It picks up. And then we find out what happened to Jeremy, and it's heartbreaking. I'd figured out who was involved, by that time, but I was wrong about the how and the bizarre inanity of the surrounding circumstances and how utterly destroyed the other person involved is by it make it even bleaker than it alread [...]

    24. Wow, another barnstormer from AM tackling three difficult subjects in one book, Domestic Violence, dementia and homosexuality. Not done in a dramatic hard hitting way, you sort of realise you're reading about it as it creeps up on you. You become part of this family as they deal with what is happening to them. In the same way that "Rabbit Hayes" was about cancer and dying, this one will tear you apart but make you smile too. Wonderful read.

    25. Really enjoyed this book although it was an emotional roller coaster. The characters so well written I felt I knew them. Sixteen year old Jeremy goes missing and his devastated family are desperately searching for him. Everyone deserves a little happiness in life is the theme throughout this book.

    26. I loved this book.It's so well written and you just can't help but love the characters. The story kept me up til 2 a.m and I was devastated by the ending, bawled my eyes out. It's been a long time since that happened!! Brilliant book

    27. Sooooo.I finished this book at work today and I nearly cried. (because so many feelings I can't)I cry very rarely while reading books or watching movies.Need I say more?I don't think so!Clearly 5 out of 5 stars.

    28. I agree with the quote on the cover of this book it ripped my heart out. What a sad, sad ending. I will be recommending this to every one I know. The author is wonderful and I will definitely be reading more of her books!

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