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Love Is the Easy Bit

Love Is the Easy Bit - Mary Grehan 3.5 Stars for Love is the easy bit by Mary Grehan.

I was quite surprised by this book as it is the author's fist novel and it is really well written and certainly kept me turning the pages with interest.

The novel tells the story of Sylvia, a mother who suffers from post natal depression after the birth of her daughter and eleven years later she knows that her relationship with her husband and daughter has suffered. She believes she has been simply going through the motions. Coming close to the edge shocks Sylvia into facing the truth about who she was and who she is now.

You really get a sense of who Sylvia is as the novel progresses and sympathise with her struggles in trying cope with depression and to fit into society as a mother and wife.

This is a short novel and I read it quite quickly. The writing is intelligent and descriptive and author draws the reader in from chapter one. Mary Grehan handles the sensitive subject of depression and suicide with great maturity that manages to give the story an air of hope and leaves the reader feeling satisfied by the novels conclusion.

Thank you to Penguin Ireland for letting me read this in return for an unbiased review.