The Irish Village

Love and Shenanigans Book Cover Love and Shenanigans
Ballybeg
Zara Keane
romance, humour, saga
Beaverstone Press LLC
(16 May 2014)

A romantic comedy featuring a crashed wedding, a puppy with attitude, and a second chance romance. Falling for the groom… Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they're legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Gavin Maguire's life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn't reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancée and a job, and gains a wife and a puppy. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?

A fun light romance feel good story with a bookstore and a cafe in a small town. – what more can you ask? Drink your coffee and read a book?

There was a nice flowing style and just for a change, a Goth heroine with various piercings and tattoos.

She is tall and curvy curly with dark  hair versus straight  fair hair which trumps small and petite, in the story.

This is the first in a series of 5 books about the characters in the town.

There is one small wrinkle that – although it set the story line – I found unrealistic. The hip replacement element.

Hip replacements are not considered serious surgery. There are no such things as Nursing/Convalescent  Homes these days after hospital – it is considered much better to go home(after around 4 days)  as you recover better in familiar surroundings – with familiar germs! And a hip replacement is easy to recover from in that the physio is sit down and get up and walk. Repeat. Various leg lifting exercises of course.  I speak as someone who has had 3.5 (and counting) knee replacements and am reliably told they are more difficult to recover from. Yet within 3 months I was walking well – and 64 is young for a hip replacement.

 

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