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Belfast Girls: Three girls, from different backgrounds, growing up in post-conflict Northern Ireland (English Edition) di [McCullough, Gerry]
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The #1 best-selling debut novel from award-winning Irish author, Gerry McCullough



The story of three girls – Sheila, Phil and Mary – growing up into the new emerging post-conflict Belfast of money, drugs, high fashion and crime; and of their lives and loves.

Sheila, a supermodel, is kidnapped. Phil is sent to prison. Mary, surviving a drug overdose, has a spiritual awakening.

It is also the story of the men who matter to them –

John Branagh, former candidate for the priesthood, a modern Darcy, someone to love or hate. Will he and Sheila ever get together? Davy Hagan, drug dealer, ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. Is Phil also mad to have anything to do with him?

Although from different religious backgrounds, starting off as childhood friends, the girls manage to hold on to that friendship in spite of everything.

A book about contemporary Ireland and modern life. An Irish story which both men and women can enjoy – thriller, romance, comedy, suspense – and much more ....

Meet some other Belfast girls in Gerry's romantic thriller, Danger Danger

L'autore

Gerry McCullough is an award-winning short story writer, born and brought up in north Belfast. She is married to media producer, Raymond McCullough, has four children and lives in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. 'Belfast Girls' is her first full-length novel.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1181 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 316
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1456387103
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  • Editore: Precious Oil Publications; 2 edizione (8 luglio 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008J4NISK
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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle not great, but entertaining 5 gennaio 2013
Di Anna Miranda - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I wanted to like this book as it was sold to me as historical fiction. And it did tease here and there, which I thought enough reason to forgive the somewhat juvenile plot and less than stellar writing. However the only thing I learned about Irish history was that Ireland's former freedom fighters all ended up becoming drug dealers. I did not know that!

Most of the book centered around Sheila, who's fairytale story is disappointingly cliche and not very believable. I wonder if the author did any research on the fashion industry? I couldn't really sympathize with Sheila, who apparently has no sense, and no boundaries. She's madly in love with John, yet can't seem to keep other men from grabbing/kissing and/or nearly raping her. She can hardly keep her boss Delmara at bay, who I found sickeningly condescending, constantly calling Sheila "beautiful" as if she didn't have a name. I wanted to slap him. There were a few times when Shiela showed some fortitude, like certain moments during the kidnapping, but ultimately she'd revert back to being frustratingly passive and submissive. Ugh.

Phil is slightly more sympathetic, yet such a sad young woman with clearly no self esteem. I don't get what she sees in her drug dealing boyfriend, Davy, who seems to have no redeeming qualities. Her loyalty and commitment to him is exasperating, especially when she takes the fall for his crimes. And how could he possibly not know she had been arrested, nor ever learn the circumstances that landed her in prison? Doesn't he read the paper? Have friends? What about the internet? In this novel where everybody seems to have a connection with everybody else, his total ignorance of her circumstances strikes me as very unlikely. This thread is even less believable than Sheila's fantastic modeling career. I did feel for Phil, though, and wonder what might have become of her in an epilogue.

Mary's story showed promise, but unfortunately was barely developed. Arguably the most touching scene in the book is when Mary receives Phil's confession in prison. So much more could have been filled in about Mary's life.

All in all, the novel moved along at a decent pace, although I found myself skimming through many redundant passages and irrelevant details. The kidnapping/rescue sequence jazzed things up, but died off much too quickly in yet another failed connection between John and Sheila. Ultimately I think the author got bored with it all herself, and so finally dashed off ending in a few short paragraphs - which was so completely ludicrous my eyes were literally rolling and I had to laugh/groan out loud.

I didn't hate this book. It was an easy quick read, and I welcomed something light, being home with the flu and a foggy noggin. But so many five star reviews? I don't get it. I might recommend this book to teenage girls. But please don't bill this as historical fiction.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Fun, heartfelt, and the story rings true. 29 aprile 2011
Di R. Acoya - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Starting in early childhood, we meed Sheila and Phil, next-door-neighbors who become fast and lifelong friends. We follow them into early adulthood, adding their other BFF Mary to the mix. As with many girls, we meet their true loves: John, who can't decide if Sheila is his true love or a distraction; and Davy, who tries to keep Phil separate from his burgeoning drug business.

Sheila falls into the life of a highly sought-after model for a dear friend's fashion business, with its late nights, early mornings, parties, money, and glamor; she is kidnapped during one of the season's biggest runway shows, leading to yet more confusion about John.

Phil rather muddles along, loving Davy but trying to stay in denial about his drug involvement; to protect her love, she would go to jail rather than implicate him in a set of circumstances that may or may not be of his doing.

Mary parties hard, and after a near-death overdose, finds peace and meaning in a new life dedicated to serve.

The three girls are true-to-life characters, well-developed in a modern Belfast setting. It is through this current state of the country that the girls are first exposed to the ugliness of bigotry and hatred, yet they find the strength within themselves and each other to remain true to who they are.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Captivating 26 maggio 2011
Di V. Henry - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I was first interested in the book because of the title, being from Belfast myself. My niece Janice Donnelly, who has a new book coming out very soon called, "Buying Time", also set in Belfast,told me of this new Author. Janice's book will also be the same Publishing Company. I read a chapter of Gerry's book on Nightreading (Night Publishing.com) and was so engrossed that I couldn't wait to get the book.

It is very well written and very interesting, as the Author moves flowingly from one character to another. It takes place after the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland and the changes in life for some of the characters. Three childhood girlfriends, now grown up and how they are adapting to life in the New Belfast. Gerry, captivates you with the insight into each character and the story flows so easily that you cannot wait to turn the page. It has a mixture of Suspense,Friendship,Love and about Ireland as well.

Truly a good read.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable and Interesting Saga 15 agosto 2014
Di ValleyGirl - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is the first book I’ve read set in Ireland and the first by this author. It was well-written and interesting. I found the setting to be intriguing, and I enjoyed the experience of following the saga of these women growing up and apart and back together again. The story showed how no matter how much our lives change over the years, it’s those first deep connections that stay with us and welcome us home when we need comfort and support. I especially like the ending and its sweet sentiment.
4.0 su 5 stelle Passing good 18 marzo 2015
Di J. M. Macomber - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The story was interesting because it did take place in Belfast (and other places in Ireland). Certainly some of the politics at play in Ireland were in the story. The three girls weren't given equal time; definitely Sheila's story dominated those of Mary and Phil. Fate played a big role in keeping John and Sheila apart, and that was getting a little monotonous (I was reminded of Thomas Hardy) when the happy ending swooped in suddenly and almost unbelievably. I was not so wrapped up in this book that I couldn't put it down, but I did read it to the finish.
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