Book Review: A Special Delivery, by Clare Dowling

A family. A dark secret. And a little bundle of joy.

A Special Delivery by Clare Dowling

Aisling Brady is miserable. So is her husband Mossy. The three kids are too. Yet nobody dares say a thing. Instead, the Bradys keep their heads down and grimly look forward to another miserable Christmas in Dublin. What Aisling doesn’t know is that – this year – they will get the most unexpected gift of all. One that will bring joy and heartbreak, hope and a string of sleepless nights. As their world is turned upside down, questions have to be asked. But are the Bradys ready to face the truth about themselves? And what each of them has done?


Firstly, I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never read any Clare Dowling before, but the cover caught my interest and the blurb intrigued me – so much mystery! So I hit request and was thrilled to have it accepted.

I therefore wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but was thrilled to discover a beautifully rounded book, full of a colourful cast of flawed, believable characters and a sweet story line.

Each character is unique and well rounded with good and bad qualities. Each relationship between the characters has depth, reason and believability. I absolutely loved this book. It is sweet, funny and warm, but also honest and real. Nothing felt overly romanticized or dressed-up.

Clare has successfully written a charming book about the problems families can face and the consequences that occur. The plot itself was original and well planned with good twists, and overall the book is a delight to read.

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Release date: 23 October 2014
Publisher: Headline
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