Sunday 18 February 2018

Remember the holiday romance that might have lasted?

Book Review: The Man of Her Dreams, Kate McCabe

Kate McCabe specialises in holiday reads
Kate McCabe specialises in holiday reads

Ann Dunne

Former journalist Kate McCabe is the bestselling author of several novels like Hotel Las Flores and Forever Friends, all with dreamy covers of heroines lost in thought on holiday in somewhere like the Algarve. It's not just chicklit, it's holiday chicklit and it's a very successful formula.

McCabe's latest offering, set in Howth and Spain, may appeal to anyone who has ever had a holiday romance and wondered what might have happened if there had been the possibility of a happy ever after.

Piper McKenzie's father is fabulously wealthy and she has a beautiful young daughter. Her handsome husband Charlie is a successful rock promoter and one of the most sought-after men in Dublin.

With her stunning good looks and an important job in her father's hotel chain, Piper has a charmed life and everyone loves her, including the social diary pages in the papers.

On top of that, she is a virtual Mother Theresa. When her father sends Piper to Marbella to purchase yet another hotel for his empire, she goes about like a fairy godmother doubling staff wages and helping the chauffeur get a better job so he can marry his fiancée.

This fairytale princess has it all. She even had an iPod back in 2000 although they weren't invented yet. It all seems too good to be true – and it is.

As she jets back and forth to Marbella with her daughter and the nanny, she bumps into Eduardo, the boy she met at 18 on a holiday romance. Eduardo is now a doctor and she finds there is still an attraction between them, although she remains faithful to Charlie.

But Piper's world begins to fall apart. Her errant brother and his scheming wife have designs on the company and Charlie's successful band is keeping him away on tour.

Cracks begin to show in the relationships and suddenly her holiday romance looks very inviting. But we have to wait until the end of this escapist summer read to see who really is The Man of Her Dreams.

Ann Dunne

An earlier Kate McCabe book set on the Costa del Sol called Magnolia Park is now out in paperback from Poolbeg.

Irish Independent

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