Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty



About the Book

The simple fact of the matter is that Iris loves life. Maybe she’s forgotten that. Sometimes that happens, doesn’t it? To the best of us? All I have to do is remind her of that one simple fact.

Tuesday morning starts like any other – until Terry discovers her best friend Iris has gone missing. Finding her takes Terry, Iris and Terry’s confused father Eugene, into an extraordinary journey – one that will change all of their lives. And, along the way, what should be the worst six days of Terry’s life turn into the best.

Because friendship teaches us all to be brave. And, sometimes, the rules are made to be broken.

What I thought

I was invited to read this book by Harper Collins via Netgalley and I am so glad I accepted the invite, it is such a fantastic book. I enjoyed it so much from beginning to end.

The story centres around two middle aged very good friends Iris and Terry. Terry has a husband and two daughters. Terry has been a stay-at-home mum but now her daughters are almost grown up she wonders what she will do with herself.  She still has her Dad Eugene to think about although he’s now in a care home after succumbing to dementia.

Iris is Terry’s best friend of the last 7 years.  Iris has MS, lives alone and doesn’t have children but she is fiercely independent and tries to live life to the full in spite of her MS.

When Terry becomes a little concerned that she hasn’t seen her friend for a few days she decides to pop round to her house and check everything is OK. However en route she calls in to see her father only to find the care home is having to temporarily evict him due to a problem at the home. When Terry calls into her friends home, with Dad in tow she stumbles across some shocking news about her friend. This is how this little motley crew of two middle aged women and an elderly gentleman in the throws of dementia come to be making their way from Ireland on a journey through France and onwards through Europe.

It’s a truly funny story in the main with many laugh out loud moments. Terry and Iris are like chalk and cheese, with Terry being the worlds worst worrier ( though to be honest I can give her a run for her money in the worrying stakes) and Iris a true couldn’t give a toss type person with the attitude of people can take me as they find me.

As they journey on, some of Iris’s blasé take on life rubs off on Terry. Though Terry most of the time doesn’t have much choice but to put her angst aside and just dive straight into things if she’s to keep up with her friend and try to put her off her plans.

There’s a serious and touching thread running right through the story but it’s told with great sensitivity and there’s so much fun and mad cap capers going on that it’s so much easier to laugh along with these wonderful characters than to cry over the underlying sadness.

I absolutely loved it. It has some great supporting characters that they meet along the way and it all adds up to a fun and thoroughly entertaining read.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The paperback for this title will be released on 20 February 2020 or you can read it right now on Kindle.

With thanks to Harper Collins for my invite to read a copy of the book via Netgalley

2 thoughts on “Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty

  1. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I’ll be looking through her other books. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one, a brilliant book.


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