Lola's Secret

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Penguin Group Australia, Sep 28, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages

Magic can happen in every family

At the Valley View Motel in South Australia's picturesque Clare Valley, eighty-four-year-old Lola Quinlan is up to her usual mischief. She's sent her family away for Christmas and invited a number of mystery guests to come and stay. But who are all these people, and why aren't they spending the festive season with their own loved ones?

As the big day draws closer and Lola's personal family dramas threaten to unravel her plans, she discovers that at a special time of year, magic can happen in every family – especially your own.

From the bestselling author of At Home with the Templetons comes a funny, sad and moving novel about memories and moments and the very meaning of life.

Praise for Monica McInerney

'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this author is, here it is.' West Australian

'An exquisite novel, which combines well-crafted characters with a captivating story.  Focusing on love, friendship and family, McInerney's latest offering is guaranteed to enthrall her legions of adoring fans.' Ulster Tatler, Ireland


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User Review  - Sheila1957 - LibraryThing

I loved this book! I loved Lola! She is feisty and up-to-date even if she is 84. She's great! This is probably my most favorite read so far this year. The character development is fantastic. I have a ... Read full review

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User Review  - mchwest - LibraryThing

This was a good book with good reading speed but I feel a little left flat at the end. I just feel like the start of the story could have been better intertwined with the events that followed ( it's ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories and a short story collection, All Together Now.

Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

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