READ & DOWNLOAD Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB â Sinéad MoriartyHow families are changed by eating disorders As a fan of Sin ad Moriarty I couldn t wait to get my hands on her new book Pieces Of My Heart and with good reason The story is told by Ava a working mother With juggling motherhood friendship work saving her marriage while trying friendship work saving her marriage while trying control her troublesome father Ava is oblivious to her eldest daughter s growing obsessionMoriarty tackles the serious subject of anorexia head on Although it s not a depressing read as it s balanced out with hilarious sub plots such as Ava s sixty eight year old father dating a pole dancer and Ava s best friend Sally looking for love and not to mention hilarious characters such as Ava s youngest over confident daughter Sarah and their bulky housekeeper MagdaIt s a heart warming read as it shows how important family can be in times of crisis Overall the book was clearly well researched realistic and highly recommended from me I have read many of Sinead Moriarty s books and I can honestly say this is my favourite of her books so far This book is a great readThe story is about Ava her husband and two daughters along with her father who is twice widowed and living with them temporarily while his new appartment is finished The story starts as a basic story of family life but soon turns to a storyline when her eldest daughter Ali is dumped by her boyfriend leading her to develop a serious illness anorexiaI was surprised that this was not mentioned on the book as it is a great read for showing how this cruel illness affects not only the sufferer but also the whole family and their struggle to treat her in the family home before admitting her to a eating disorder clinic where Ali stays for several weeks and it is a time of great sadness for her after friendships are formedAlthough the story is of a serious illness there are times of humour surrounding Ava s father and his Polish girlfriend and also Ava s other daughter Sarah and her continual spray tanning and adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in modern timesI found this book a great read and wanted to continue to read ntil i had finished the chapters are ite short and these lend themselves to an easy read The topics within the book are of a serious
Nature But As I Said Above There Were Also Timesbut as I said above there were also times laugh with the characters aswell as cry with them tooIf you are a fan of Sinead Moriarty s books I would recommend this to you allThank you to Penguin Books for sending me a copy to review 25 reallyIt s a perfectly enjoyable read but I couldn t help feeling it s a poor immitation of Rachel s HolidayThe characters are likeable but the key plot line is far too obvious very early on and one of the twists mid way was just a little too convenientI ve read worse chick lit by far so there s no real reason for you not to read this but just make sure you read Rachel s Holiday if you haven t alreadyand you ll see what I meanI would love Ava s job thoughexcept I ve Sally s attitude to kids Ava struggles to keep p with all the demands on her time from her workaholic husband Paul her eccentric father Charlie opinionated younger daughter Sarah and her friend and business partner Sally As. But feels like she's running on empty But when a crisis threatens everything she holds dear she reali. .
I wanted to like this book but it seemed to drag I
it took at 80 pages before it finally grabbed my interest It easily could ve been at least 100 pages shorter There was so much dialogue that just seemed repetitive and I couldn t keep reading the characters having the same conversations over and over again Honestly I skimmed through the last 60 or so pages 45 out of 5 starsWell I read this 430 page book in pretty much two days which goes to show you how much I enjoyed it Ava is a mum of two very different girls she had a workaholic husband an out of control dad and a sassy best friend So many people need her and she struggles but it s when her eldest daughter goes through a major trauma that she realises she can t do it all It is so hard watching the family struggle as they are all so different but loveable and I totally related to the how much a mum has to do I think that the writing is so good that you grow with it The only thing that let it down by half a star was that I could predict Alison s trauma before it was actually named which took away some of the intrigue Still it was a gentle and lovely chic lit that tackles modern day problems that both young girls and their mums face I have read three book by Moriarty and I have loved them all She never takes the easy way out with her characters or writing Moriarty chooses a challenging topic and through pain staking research writes about it with sensitivity and grace In this book she writes about eating disorders Ava the protagonist has two daughters Ali and Sarah with her husband Paul Her father Charlie lives with them Ava s best friend Sally is very close with the whole family Of course nothing stays peachy for very long Moriarty handles the family dynamic and trauma excellently Ali spirals out of control and no one knows what is wrong The whole family is in over their heads when they find out Ali is suffering from an eating disorder The frustration of the characters and how they all behave especially Ava and Paul is very realisticThis is where I feel Moriarty shines The road to recovery is long and arduous and the whole family suffers with Ali Isn t that how families operate I give this book 4 stars because of Charlie and Sally Charlie is Ava s overly sex driven father From the beginning he is the comic relief and a breath of fresh air His happy go lucky demeanor makes him instantly lovable What bothers me is his obsession with having sex He hits on young girls and even propositions the family s cleaning lady to sleep with him How is that all right I do not find it funny I find it ncomfortable If Moriarty toned Charlie down would have enjoyedThought It Took At
his presence Sally is Ava s in love best friend Eventually Sally meets a man They arepresence Sally is Ava s nlucky in love best friend Eventually Sally meets a man They are very much in love but there is a conflict because he wants children and she does not I will not ruin the storyline by mentioning how they overcome the dilemma but I feel that it is silly and nrealistic I do not know why Moriarty included this since she could have easily made Sally s love interest not want children All in all I throughly enjoyed the book It is an eye opening work about. Ava is juggling a life that seems to have too many pieces She is trying to do the best by her family. ,
If that wasn t enough to cope with she finds that elder daughter Alison the level headed of
her two daughters is suffering from an eating disorder While the nightmare of anorexia doestwo daughters is suffering from an eating disorder While the nightmare of anorexia does most of the story and my sympathies go out to sufferers and their families this book does have its laugh aloud moments from the over the top children s parties she and Sally are paid to organise for rich families to her father s misguided affair with a Polish pole dancer I did find the younger daughter s speech habits a bit too over the top especially when she kept saying Hello in such a way as to be disparaging Overall though an enjoyable novel One of the best books I ve ever read I was really engaged I couldn t let go of the book ntil I finished it The story felt so real truly eye opening of how people s live This Review s actually a 35 except of course there is no 05 option on GoodreadsI recieved this as a Blind date with a book and this really is something I would have grimaced at the cover and blurb description of had I seen it in a bookshop It s really not my sort of genreHOWEVER I was pleasantly surprised the book was well written and raised some very important issues that were clearly well researched and thought outIt is very much worth a read from everyone whether or not you like contemporary novels about the life of a middle aged woman something I normally can t standThe characters were relatable but never boring and it was easy to immerse yourself in the storyI nearly gave this a 45 but it was downgraded slightly by the ending which I liked but it seemed a little bit rushed and the fact that I personally would not gravitate towards this for a re read Although I suspect contemporary fans probably would It was realistic funny warm and in some places very emotional I thoroughly enjoyed this at least than I thought I would and I hope I learn not to 100% judge a book by it s cover andor blurb The book was interesting in the start This book felt kind of those mediocre booksExcept Ava and Paul all the characters are just extermly childish The book have alot of empty dialogues oh you dont know how to all the characters are just extermly childish The book have alot of empty dialogues oh you dont know how to meaningful reply just say OK instead making a proper replySarah seemed one of promising character but by the end of the book you wont even love herit s has if her character been overdoneShe was so infuriating by the end Manipulative and thearthing to her poor boyfriend ite self absorbedThere seem to be no proper ground for the characters One time they are sweet and all and next they are shouting over each othersaying bad names to each other Especially both sisters Alison they are told as sweet and kind but they keep fightingSally became annoying by the endcrying and acting like an immature women Dont think about Charlie he was just not acting like his age and his only goal was to have sex Like he is Old man and should be well aware to know which girl to date and who wont pull his leg againWounldnt really recommend it to be read by anyoneAlthough it was a good topic to shed light into Anorexia is senstive subject somehow admist the chaos of stupidity if the charatersthis one thing was done well. Zes she has to dig deeper than ever before and figure out a way to hold on to the pieces of her heart.