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Title:
Two for joy
Author:
Scanlan, Patricia.
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
480 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312328955
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Oliver Flynn's wedding is the social event of the year, and the creme de la creme of Kilronan are happy to boast of being invited.Noreen, his new wife, has finally outclassed her two sisters, who think they are better than her in every way. Not any more! But there is one nagging doubt: does Oliver really love her? Would he have married her if she hadn't done the proposing herself?Cora Flynn, Oliver's bitter mother, has boycotted the wedding. She is determined that her detested new daughter-in-law will not become the number one woman in her son's life.Wedding guest Lorna Morgan can't wait to shake the dust of Kilronan off her shoes. She's destined for bright city lights, unlike her stick-in-the-mud cousin, Heather Williams, who was only invited to the 'afters' with her clodhopper boyfriend, Neil. But then, in Lorna's eyes, Heather's just an 'afters' sort of person and always will be.But worms turn, and what a difference a year makes. In Dublin, London and New York there is no respite for Noreen, Lorna or Heather. Only in Kilronan can the Pandora's box that was opened at Oliver Flynn's wedding finally be closed.


Author Notes

Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. She worked as a librarian and now has a career as a full-time writer. Two for Joy follows Francesca's Party as her second novel to be published by St. Martin's Press.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Noreen and Oliver Flynn's wedding is a big event in the small town of Kilronan outside Dublin, Ireland. Noreen left her successful career as a nurse in London to take care of her dying mother, and consequently met Oliver, a successful builder. Both were lonely, and Noreen, a take-charge kind of woman, asked Oliver to marry her, leaving her uncertain if he would ever have asked her. Cousins Lorna and Heather envy the pageantry of the wedding, and embark on a new life of their own in Dublin. Lorna loves city life, but Heather misses their small town, and problems develop in each of their lives as their expectations are not met. Readers will form an attachment to all of Scanlan's extraordinarily believable characters, making this an exquisite gem of a novel about human foibles and happiness. Scanlan should have wide and increasing appeal as word gets out about her books. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Dublin author (and former librarian) Scanlan (Francesca's Party) has written another winner. Reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends, this work follows the camaraderie, dramas, and jealousies of a close group of young women in the small town of Kilronan as well as in Dublin. Heather is an unpretentious girl who simply aspires to a meaningful job and a kind "fella." Her cousin Lorna, in contrast, is a "user"-all about appearances and impressing others. Noreen, scarred by past secrets, has recently married workaholic Oliver and is desperate for a baby. The reader is plopped into the middle of an Irish soap opera told through the alternating perspectives of these characters as they move through their domestic dramas. And anxious for each continuing episode, the reader will want to read nonstop. In her usual style, Scanlan contrasts big-city life with village life and takes her heroines' disastrous situations and turns them into opportunities for growth. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.