It’s That Time of Year by Roisin Meaney

A story of friendship, love and family, the perfect festive read!

I was kindly gifted this to take part in the Tandem Collective readalong.

It’s That Time of Year by Roisin Meaney
352 Pages
Out Now

Three strangers arrive home to Ireland to the house that gave each of them refuge when they needed it most. They are there to celebrate the winter wedding of their beloved Annie, the woman who fostered them in their childhoods.

Now Julia is a world-famous singer living in luxury in Paris and Eddie is a chef in London, while Steph spends her days on a remote Greek island, running a writers’ retreat with her older lover.
All three have moved on from the past, but as the wedding celebrations get underway, certain truths come to light. It turns out that some hurts last longer than others …

As Annie says ‘I do’, with an unexpected twist for her wedding party, will Julia, Eddie and Steph discover their own happy-ever-afters in time for the big day?


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is just so lovely that the best way to describe it is as a giant hug in a book!

It’s told from the points of view of Annie and her foster children Steph, Eddie and Julia, along with flashbacks to before Annie started fostering children.

I especially loved the flashbacks to Annie when she was younger and everything that happened to her. It was very emotional at times and I couldn’t help but warm to Annie, she was just the most loveliest of characters and I wanted nothing but happiness for her.

Each of the characters, especially the foster children, all have their own secrets / issues they are dealing with from their lives and essentially it takes this trip back to Annie’s to help every one of them. Honestly, every single character in this book I cared about and it was so lovely to see them all work out their differences to help them all achieve happiness.

Overall this was such a heartwarming story that will bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart. Wonderful characters and a gorgeous setting with a sprinkling of Christmas magic – a perfect read for the festive season!

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