What the Publisher Says

THIS HAPPY introduces us to Alannah. When she was twenty-three, Alannah met a man who was older than her – a married man – and fell in love. Soon after meeting, the couple spend three intense summer weeks in rural Ireland, overseen by the cottage’s landlady.

THIS HAPPY introduces us to Alannah. When she was twenty-three, Alannah met a man who was older than her – a married man – and fell in love. Soon after meeting, the couple spend three intense summer weeks in rural Ireland, overseen by the cottage’s landlady. Six years later, when Alannah is newly married to another man, she sees the landlady from afar. Memories of those days spent in bliss, then torture, return to her. Along with the realisation that she has been waiting – all this time – to be rediscovered.

What I thought

This novel immediately captured my attention and my heart. The opening scene has Alannah walking down Cow’s Lane in Dublin when she spots the landlady of a cottage she stayed in during a passionate affair. The sighting immediately brings back memories, both good and bad of that time.

The story continues as we relive her memories of that affair, with Harry and her current life, six year on and married. Her husband has two daughters by two different women, a teenager living abroad and a one-year old child. He has political ambitions, needs a wife and she got married because she wanted something to happen in her life.

The book, split into seven parts, comes alive when she writes about her passionate affair with Harry. She describes the sex brilliantly and their three weeks in his cottage outside Drogheda is when she is happiest, she thinks.

Highly readable, intense and enjoyable debut novel. The book is graced by a stunning jacket.

W&N Books/ 9781474611664/Published June 2020

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