A Message To Your Heart by Niamh Greene
Published by Penguin Ireland on May 30th 2012
Genres:Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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“Frankie Rowley is far too practical to believe in karma or fate … and her family and friends reckon that work-obsessed Frankie’s strongest relationship is with her phone. (And why not? At least it never judges her for cancelling dinner for the umpteenth time.)
When she loses that precious phone on a business trip to San Francisco, Frankie is forced to hire a replacement. Soon she’s getting texts meant for someone else – a woman called Aimee who seems like a lot of fun, and whose family clearly loves to keep in touch – and whose presence in her life is the last thing Frankie needs.
Frankie goes on the warpath, but she is in for some surprises when she blunders into Aimee’s world. And the biggest surprise of all is how your life can be changed forever by losing a phone. Frankie may not believe in karma or fate, but suddenly it looks like they’ve got her number .”
I’m always a little unsure when starting a book written by an Irish author. Not to sound bad or anything, but they are usually crap and even though I’m Irish I don’t go anywhere near those books. But I was happily surprised by this book, it was really nice to read and the story was great. I think the fact that it was set in San Francisco helped that it was an Irish author. I just find that it’s nicer to read books that are set in other places that I don’t know about or haven’t been to because it allows me to escape my own world.
I picked up this book completely by accident. I was in my local library and when I was looking at the books I happened to catch the eye of a kid through the shelves. Because I am a completely awkward person, I picked up the nearest book to hide behind because I didn’t want to be staring and I didn’t know quite what to do. Then I decide that since I was hiding behind this book I could at least give it the curtsy of seeing what it was about. And that is how I happened upon this book, it wouldn’t have been the type I usually pick up but chance made it so.
I liked a lot of the characters in this book, I felt like they were all really well-developed and seeing how Frankie changed throughout the story was a nice progression from the start to the end. I feel like I can’t say too much about the story than what’s outlined in the synopses because there would be a lot of spoilers. But basically Frankie goes to San Francisco to try and persuade an author to sign with her agency. The Rowley Agency hasn’t been doing to well lately and this trip is a last-ditch attempt to try to keep the agency afloat. On the plane she meets Rosie, an eccentric women full of hope and happiness. I loved reading about her, at first you think she is some crazy American who thinks she’s Irish, she doesn’t stop talking and comes across very in your face. But as the book progressed you came to LOVE her, and so did Frankie. When in San Francisco Frankie meets Aimee (sort-of), if you’ve read the book you will know what I mean, but I don’t want to give too much away. She gets to know Aimee’s family while there and discovers who she really is and through Aimee she gets the confidence to do with her life what she wants. John is Aimee’s brother and the relationship between him and Frankie is really cute and I love how it plays out in the book.
My favorite part of the book is when Frankie has come home and is with her mother. She hasn’t always had the best relationship and feels sometimes that her mom doesn’t appreciate her or believe in her. There is this great moment at the end when she is with her mum, talking to her thinking she’s asleep, telling her about all the mess’ she’s got herself into and the position of her agency. To Frankie’s surprise her mum has heard everything and tells her basically that she’s really proud of her. It was just such a sweet moment and was written really well. Overall I really enjoyed this book, which I didn’t realize till I was writing this review. The characters were all really well written with many sides to them, even some of the minor characters. There was good descriptive writing going on and I felt like I was in the story with the characters.
I would recommend this book to people who like a bit of Irish humor and a cute romance story. This book is suitable for anyone over 15 years old, but is an Adult book so would recommend for older readers.