Hello From The Gillespies, Monica McInerney

Hello From The Gillespies opening line: It was December the first.

Hello From The Gillespies
Hello From The Gillespies

And Angela Gillespie is doing what she has done for the past 33 years, she is writing her Christmas letter. But this year, everything is different. Her daughters are not growing up to be the adults she thinks they should be, her ‘late arrival’ son has not outgrown his childhood imaginary friend and her husband is not talking to her about what is going on. Instead, he is talking to another woman on Skype, and becoming wrapped up in his family tree, rather than being a part of their family. Life is no longer as she knows it and Angela writes the truth but only to vent, and not to send out. However, things don’t happen as she plans and the letter goes out to the hundreds of people on her mailing list and the result kept me turning the pages wanting to read more about this family.

I can highly recommend this book which took me no time at all to work my way through. The family are believable and the situations each one finds themselves in so totally relate-able. It will introduce you to life on an Australian sheep station situated in the middle of nowhere and how complicated life can be and how a community can rally together.

First published by the Penguin Group Austrlia in 2014

ISBN 978-1-405-91415-4

Paperback – 516 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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10 thoughts on “Hello From The Gillespies, Monica McInerney

  1. Hello Tandy! This book sounds really interesting & cool too! 🙂

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    1. I thought it was good!

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  2. Hi Tandy, this book sounds very entertaining, put it on my list of must reads.
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Flower Child ScrambleMy Profile

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    1. Enjoy it!

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  3. Love the sound of this book – am going to seek it out – thanks Tandy.
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    1. Enjoy it!

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  4. i wish i can found that book here in Indonesia…

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    1. Have you tried The Book Depository?

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  5. That sounds like a great book! 😀 I think many people can relate to that (and I’ve accidentally sent out emails to people too :P).
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    1. me too!

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