I enjoyed The Sandycove Supper Club so much, that I’ve been reading one Sian O’Gorman book after another this last month!
Do what you love. Love what you do…
After a whirlwind courtship, Roisin Kelly ignored the sceptics and objectors and married aspiring novelist Brody Brady.
Fast forward one year and Roisin’s honeymoon is well and truly over. Brody has become her reclusive, freeloading lodger whilst he pens his masterpiece and she walks on eggshells.
Working in the Council Planning office, Roisin dreams to escape the mundanity of her life. Her true passions are cooking and entertaining her family and friends but she lacks the confidence to take it any further. When a charity supper club is suggested by best friends Jools and Richard, Roisin has no choice and is reluctantly swept along to be head chef for the fundraiser.
With the help of her friends, Roisin starts to believe that there is more to life that moody writers, hamsters and poor hygiene and that maybe she has a few dreams of her own.
And that just when you think life has nothing left to give, your whole world can change.
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My Review of The Sandycove Supper Club
Low self-esteem can lead to a lack of confidence and Roisin was a testament to that. Stuck in a job that she didn’t really enjoy, and pining for a love she had lost, she got married to a man she hardly knew, against advice from family and friends. Now she was determined to make the marriage work, despite Brody turning out to be nothing like the man she first met. She put up with all his ways and his lack of affection, thinking that she was supporting him in writing the great novel he talked of!
Meanwhile, she would ply her friends colleauges and family with the delicious food she made. When her friends decided to create a Supper Club to raise money for charity, Roisin reluctantly agreed to cook for strangers. With the encouragement of her friends, she tried out new dishes and began to grow in confidence with the feedback from the diners.
Redisovering her joy of cooking, she realizes that she’s been settling in other areas of her life. She begins to find the courage to reclaim herself and start to follow her heart and her dreams.
A lovely story, told with emotion and humour. It was easy for me to identify with Roisin in her choices and then in her slow growth in confidence and coming into herself. Roisin’s soft heart and generosity of spirit made her a very loveable character. I had to read through to see what she would decide to do with her life!
The other characters of this story, Roisin’s friends, colleagues and family are very well drawn and the conversations and interactions are entertaining and endearing too. There are so many smaller stories of love, discovery, community and friendship within the larger story that move you to smile and tug at your heart!
This is a beautiful story of self-discovery and finding love within yourself, before you find romantic love. Sian O’Gorman is fast becoming one of my favourite writers!
Meet The Author
Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway and now lives just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer alongside writing contemporary women’s fiction inspired by friend and family relationships.
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