Moran was not the woman she used to be. Or rather she was not
just the woman she used to be. She was at least one other woman
as well and their combined weight sat heavily on her overburdened
bones. Where her breasts had been generous twenty years ago, they
were now magnanimous, munificent… If that cleavage was any
closer to the ground you could stand a bicycle in it.’
years ago, when Father Barry ruled the Tullabeg roost, Bernadette
Teegan and Monica Moran vied for his attention. Life was a maelstrom
of mixed emotions and misplaced extremities – two young
girls with plenty to learn. Then Monica went away and life settled
Monica is back.
Bernadette has no intention of making hers a happy visit. She
has plans – to snare the most eligible bachelor in town,
Cormac Hegarty, Estate Agent, and keep nephew Michael’s
soul (and overalls) spotless.
Monica has plans too.
comedy of errors, misdirection and cross-wired agendas, Toppling
Miss April is a triumph of flesh over fantasy, when menopause
is just a pause between men and experience counts for everything.
‘A melange of hilarious misunderstandings and risqué
innuendo, which makes it a pleasure to read.’
laugh-out-loud screwball comedy featuring lust, mistaken identity
and knitting. This is humour sized 44FF: uncontainably funny.’
last - a REAL book for real women who've lived long enough to know
that love is never perfect. This funny-sad Irish novel will restore
your faith in human nature and make you realise that the wobbly
bits don't matter!'
Kendrick (Mills and Boon)
Profile : Adrienne Dines
Dines was born in Dublin in 1959, which qualifies her as a 'woman
of a certain age' today. She is very proud of this fact.
She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1981 and moved to
Weybridge, Surrey to teach in a convent school. Marriage to a BP
oilman saw her packed off to Aberdeen for ten years where she taught
in a variety of secondary schools, wrote poetry and speeches and
gave birth to three sons.
back in Weybridge, she is a contributor to parish and diocesan publications
and a member of the American Women of Surrey Writers' Group. She
is still a speechwriter - for world champion canoeists, social functions
and even ordinations. Many of her speeches are delivered in verse
as it affords her the freedom to 'blame it on the rhyme'.
Toppling Miss April is her second novel and was written in response
to the observation that her first, which is about a nun, didn't
have naughty bits.
by this author
Jim Nealon walks into Lizzie Flynn’s shop and proposes
that she help him make jigsaws, Lizzie agrees. Putting together
one person’s memories so that another person can feel
part of them seems like a good idea – and a project
that she can fit into her humdrum life without making too
many changes. She’s about to turn fifty, heading for
her first hot flush. She could do with the distraction.
out more here.