About Us
by Sinéad Moriarty

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley for giving me a free electronic ARC of About Us by Sinéad Moriarty in exchange for an honest review.

About Us was published on August 31, 2021 – OUT NOW!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be such a pleasant surprise.  About Us is an extremely relatable romance novel (family drama/contemp. fiction) that highlights the various issues and common hurdles that can arise in relationships, marriages, and families.  Although it was a long-‘er’ book, I found that as soon as I was invested in the characters and their relationship dynamics I flew through it.  It was surprisingly* a good, quick, and engaging read.

In About Us, Moriarty tells us the story of three very different couples: Ann and Ken; Alice and Niall; and Orla and Paul.  Ann and Ken are a married couple in their 60s (married for 38 years) who are in a bit of a rut—Ann wants a bit of excitement in her life now that the kids have grown up and moved out and on with their lives, while Ken is stuck in his ways, unwilling to leave his T.V. chair and hardly wanting to go out or do anything fun.  They don’t even sleep in the same bed anymore and haven’t for three years.  Alice and Niall, on the other hand, are younger (40s) and the parents of four young, demanding children.  Niall is a workaholic while Alice is a stay-at-home-mom who priorities her children’s needs above her own—leaving her with very little energy to take care of herself or spend time with her husband after his work day.  With Orla (24) and Paul (30s), they have just met, are getting to know each other, and are quickly falling for one another—however, Orla’s past traumas seem to be getting in the way of their blossoming relationship.  All of these different relatable real-life situations are what eventually lead each couple to Maggie: an American relationship and sex therapist.  With Maggie’s help and advice, each couple slowly finds their way to a resolution, even if it isn’t the outcome they were hoping for.

I really enjoyed how real the struggles of each relationship were and how I could see myself in different ways, through Ann, Alice and Orla.  I also just LOVED Orla—she was such a sweetheart and by far my favourite character.

*I say surprisingly because I recently read another romance novel (Ghosts by Dolly Alderton – you can read my review here) that wasn’t at all what I was expecting it would be and was extremely disappointed by it—whereas with this one, I wasn’t expecting anything at all with it and I was surprised to see just how much I enjoyed it, especially when compared to the other novel.


ABOUT ABOUT US:

Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

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