Book í Mr Lynch's Holiday Ë 272 pages

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Book í Mr Lynch's Holiday Ë 272 pages ¾ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Mr Lynch's Holiday Author Catherine O'Flynn – Welcome to Lomaverde a new Spanish utopia for those seeking their place in the sun Now a ghost town where feral cats outnumber the handful of anxious residents A place of empty pools long afternoons aIng and bickeringAs Dermot and Eammon gradually reveal to one another the truth about why each left home both get drawn further into the bizarre rituals of ex pat life where they uncover a shocking secret at the community's heartMr Lynch's Holiday is about how families fracture and heal themselves and explores how living 'abroad' can feel less like a holiday and like a life sentenc A wonderful charming read by the funny talented and wise Catherine O'Flynn Eamonn's wife Laura has left him and returned to England to rethink their relationship Left him alone in their near empty new development home in Spain surrounded by unfinished houses current residents unable to sell after the corrupt developers left everyone in the lurch Eamonn's father Dermot has recently buried his wife Kathleen Eamonn's mother Dermot spent his life as a bus driver in Birmingham and decides to go to Spain and visit his son Go abroad as the Brits like to sayEamonn doesn't know his father is coming to visit as the post is slow and Eamonn hadn't received his dad's letter Eamonn struggles to hide the fact that Laura has left him that his life is in tatters while Dermot struggles to understand why his son sleeps till one in the afternoon and constantly stares at a blank computer screenThe story is actually not depressing it is very thoughtful and laugh out loud funny sometimes There is a cast of characters also stranded in the unfinished Spanish sub division mostly Brits who immigrated and they are thrilled to meet Dermot and have him attend their BB's A new face amidst the dozen or so constant ones is a delightful diversionThis is a sweet story of love and understanding that provides insight and a deep sigh of satisfaction by the end

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Dermot's letter announcing his trip Just like he can't uite get out of bed or fix anything Mr Lynch's eBook #182 or admit Laura has left himThough neither father nor son knows uite what to make of the other Lomaverde's Brits Roger and Cheryl Becca and Iain see in Dermot a shot of fresh blood Someone to enliven their goat hunting trips their paranoid speculations the endless barbecu This is my first reading of Ms O'Flynn's work and I found it an incredible blend of insight and humor It deals with several subjects that continue to confound us as we age Feeling of being disconnected with our lives feelings of having made terrible choices that we can't rise above feelings of having lost our closest family members over time inability to cope with actual loss The author brings such a refreshing reassuring viewpoint to the ageless mystery of fathers and sons she held me spellbound I often read passages aloud to my wife as some were the most clearly stated explanations for things we often prefer to ignore I have yet readShe also has a very well formed idea of some of the pitfalls of retirement getaways and expat villages in sunny climes Having my own experience with an attempted relocation to a sunnier locale with unfettered opportunity I found her words answering uestions I still hadn't confronted about my own ideas and mistakes It's very hard not to heap so much blame upon yourself for having made really major mistakes that you can have real trouble digging out the other side Fortunately if you settle down with this uick absorbing read you'll find the burden gets much lighter along the way Thank you Catherine O'Flynn for this wonderful book

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Mr Lynch's HolidayWelcome to Lomaverde a new Spanish utopia for those seeking their place in the sun Now a ghost town where feral cats outnumber the handful of anxious residents A place of empty pools long afternoons and unrelenting sunshineHere widowed Midlands bus driver Dermot Lynch turns up one bright morning He's come to visit his son Eammon and his girlfriend Laura Except Eammon never opened I often think of Catherine O' Flynn's superb debut What Was Lost a captivating poignant mystery about a missing teenage girl Mr Lynch's Holiday is her third novel and my GR pal Canadian Reader recently reminded me of its existence with an excellent review I plucked it from my teetering TBR pile last week so as to reacuaint myself with this writer's indubitable talentsThings are not going well for Eamonn Lynch A few years back he and his partner Laura dropped everything to begin a new life in Lomaverde a luxury new development in rural Spain The young couple were excited about the possibilities of this fresh start and Eamonn had big plans to write a novel But these days he can barely get out of bed Lomaverde is an unfinished mess Laura has left him and the long awaited novel is a whole pile of nothing So when his 76 year old father arrives from Birmingham on an unexpected holiday the timing couldn't be worse But Dermot is a lot savvier than he lets on and sets about lifting his son's spirits in his own inimitable wayEamonn is a difficult character to warm to pessimistic and full of self loathing granted we are not seeing him at his best Dermot on the other hand is a very endearing fellow good natured and outgoing even though he has endured his fair share of hardship I know many an older Irishman just like him He uickly introduces himself to the entire neighbourhood entertaining the locals with tales of his days as a bus driver Though he is recently widowed he is content and has a positive outlook on life He soon realises that Eamonn is not doing at all well and the exploration of the father son relationship is the strongest aspect of the book A tender moment between the two on an eventful swim was a standout scene for meThough I enjoyed this novel it is maybe a little insubstantial for me to truly recommend It's a pleasant read but I just don't believe it contains the invention or insight of O'Flynn's earlier work I also thought that the story's resolution was a bit too neat and contrived Dermot however is a wonderful creation and his comic exploits ensure plenty of memorable scenes Mr Lynch's Holiday is a charming breezy read and a touching examination of the bond between father and son