Review: Now That I’ve Found You by Ciara Geraghty

The Blurb

Vinnie is an ordinary man. Ellen is an ordinary woman.

Ellen is unable to move on after a terrible accident that left her mentally and physically scarred.

Taxi driver Vinnie is struggling to cope with bringing up two children on his own.

Everyone deserves to find that one person who’s meant for them, don’t they?

Fall in love with the story of Vinnie and Ellen. Because ordinary lives can be extraordinary.

The Review

Meet Vinnie – taxi driver and full time parent to troublesome teenager Kerry and youngster Finn. He is struggling along for the past fifteen months since his wife – Paula – up sticks and left. Paula is suffering with Bipolar disorder and has left a wake of fury in her absence – mainly with Kerry who does everything she possibly can to rebel against Vinnie’s parenting.

Meet Ellen – one of Vinnie’s regular pick up clients. He picks her up and drops her off every Friday at her physiotherapist’s office. He doesn’t ask her why she goes there, he doesn’t comment on the scar that runs along her face and he doesn’t ask questions about her accident. This is just how she likes things to be between them.

Until the day that they stop being customer and taxi driver; Vinnie and Ellen start to become friends.

Now That I Have Found You is a lovely story of two people who are both a little lost and a little lonely finding one another. It is about people letting their guard down and letting people in. Geraghty has created a very warm story one that pulls at your heartstrings. You empathise with Vinnie as he has his daily struggles as a single parent and you are intrigued by the mystery of Ellen’s accident and what has left her feeling so broken.

The narrative is told from Vinnie’s point of view but is regularly broken up with letters from Ellen which help give a much more rounded perspective.

Honestly, I normally find stories about parents and parental problems a little difficult to relate to. I’m not enough of an adult to be able to know the problems that parents go through but I didn’t feel alienated by the storyline. I felt completely included.

Ciara Geraghty’s Now That I’ve Found You is one of those stories that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. I found that the 400 pages went far too quickly. I had started Now That I’ve Found You and without me realising it the book was finished. For me, that is the sign of damn good story telling.

Now That I’ve Found You by Ciara Geraghty is available now.

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