Ali McNamara

Breakfast at Darcy’s [Ali McNamara]

10231797When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn’t expect any sort of inheritance – let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn’t been lived on for years, but according to Molly’s will, Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It’s a big shock.

And she’s even more shocked to hear that she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies.

Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot – but who will make her feel really at home?

My thoughts on the book: Let’s start with the positive side: Breakfast at Darcy’s is an entertaining chick-lit book with rather endearing characters and somewhat enticing descriptions of a wild, yet fictional, Irish island called Tara. Filled with Irish legends and a fair share of love triangle drama, it is a fun, easy read. However, it was not always very credible to me…

I have some reservations about the title “Breakfast at Darcy’s” which, I feel, doesn’t reflect properly what the book is about. It does include a reference to Truman Capote’s famous novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but it’s such a quick reference in the book that it isn’t relevant enough to convey a proper feeling of what it is about. The title and cover are quite misleading. I really think the editor should really have gone for an all-out Irish flavour (leprechaun, clover, green stuff, and whatnot). That would have made sense!

Other weak element: the main trigger — Darcy inherits an almost deserted island off the Irish coast and is supposed to establish a prosperous new community. But here’s the major flaw in the project: The previous communities died out over the years because they couldn’t grow crops or take care of any regular cattle! And for some baffling reason, the dead aunt Molly thought it was a good idea to challenge Darcy with the following mission: establish a new community in order to qualify for a major money inheritance! You want to be rich? Then, try and succeed where everyone else failed! Of course, it’s a work of fiction AND a romance, so Darcy comes up with a solution to ensure the tight-knit community can earn a living. But, it kind of seems far-fetched to me.

Overall, yes, I kind of liked it because it’s a quick and easy read (relevant for a relaxing beach day)… but I wasn’t enthused by it. I thought it lacked some grit and credibility to deliver on the chick-lit promise.

My score: ♥ ♥ (= I kinda liked it)


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