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Book Review: Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty

Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty

This is a charming novel with memorable characters and a plotline that is both moving and gently humorous. The book opens with a horrific car accident, one that leaves one woman dead while another woman miraculously survives. Living in Dublin, Kat Kavanagh is the survivor, but instead of feeling grateful to be alive this 39-year-old feels as though life is closing in on her. Her boyfriend Thomas wants to marry her – but she wants their relationship to go back to how it was and she feels suffocated by his constant care and consideration. An abrasive personality who leads a reclusive life, she has made a successful career writing crime novels under a pseudonym – her real identity hidden from nearly everyone in her life, and certainly the wider world. But after the accident she can’t write. The only person she can bear to see anymore is her brother Ed, a young man with Downs Syndrome.

Milo McIntrye is nearly ten and he counts his Mam, his best friend Damo, the muffins from the Funky Banana cafe and the lifesaving class he does after school as constants in his life. But then his mum dies in a car accident and his life changes forever. His older sister Faith is the only one left home to look after him, and things becoming bewildering for them all when she discovers documents in the attic that prove she was adopted, a surprising and shocking discovery that has her questioning her life.

This book captures the grief of losing a loved one, but also life’s possibilities of being open to change. Kat and Milo’s individual stories collide in a surprising and ultimately uplifting way. This is a book about family, relationships, love, and daring to believe in a better

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