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Better Together by Shelia O’Flanagan

With winter almost upon us, it’s time to start reading books that you can take to bed with you and snuggle up under the blankets with. And Better Together, the latest release from bestselling Irish author Sheila O’Flanagan, is just that book.

Sheridan Gray thinks she has it all: a dream job as a sports journalist, a hunky boyfriend and a fabulous flat in Dublin. However, Sheridan’s life is about to be turned upside down. Media baron Paudie O’Malley takes ownership of the paper where Sheridan works and starts slashing and burning, making her redundant along the way.

Meanwhile, Nina Fallon, owner of the Bawnee River Guesthouse, is undergoing a significant change of her own. Her actor husband Sean, the handsome star of soap opera Chandler’s Park, is caught cheating with his much younger co-star.

When news of the tawdry affair is splashed across the newspaper Sheridan has just been dumped from, Nina boots her philandering hubby out. Determined to erase this soap-opera-esque episode from her life, she hunkers down at her rural retreat, turning her back on the wider world.

When Sheridan takes a job in Bawnee – which also happens to be the home town of the evil Paddie – she’s on a crash course with the man who “ruined” her life, and with Nina.

Like her compatriots Cecelia Ahern and Maeve Binchy, Sheila has the knack of mixing light and frivolous with the tender and the real.

While Better Together is hardly original in its style or content, it has just enough meaty stuff to warm the brain and the soul.

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