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Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now and A Place Called Here. PS, I Love You, starring Hilary Swank, was made into a major motion picture. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? which stars Christina Applegate. Cecelia lives in County Dublin. Thanks for the Memories is her fifth novel.
Contrivance and a multitude of sitcom mixups drive Ahern's fifth novel. When Joyce Conway gets a blood transfusion after a tragic accident that caused her to miscarry, she strangely picks up the memories of her donor. Upon release from the hospital, she moves in with her father to try to cope with her impending divorce and the loss of her baby, but ends up instead on a wild goose chase after feeling a connection with a mysterious, smoldering stranger in a hair salon. Their relationship is obvious to the reader immediately, which makes the following several hundred pages a less than satisfying exercise in delaying the inevitable. Fans of Ahern's earlier work won't be disappointed with the fairy tale-like feeling, but readers not already in the fold might not stick around to the obvious conclusion. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Cecelia Ahern: 'Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale!love, magic, happy endings. And most of all, hope.' Irish Times 'The legendary Ahern will keep you guessing what binds these stories. A classic.' Company 'The key to Ahern's success is her ability not just to tell a good story, but sprinkle it with plenty of laughs, tears, and a little bit of magic' Mirror 'A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies' Cosmopolitan 'Heartwarmingly good' Heat 'Wonderfully warm and witty!This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting' Express
After falling and suffering a miscarriage, Joyce moves back in with her aging father when her marriage dissolves. Suddenly, she starts having the strangest daydreams, finds herself able to speak Latin, and spouts academic facts regarding architecture and Irish history. Justin, a visiting professor at Dublin's Trinity College, wants to feel important-he imagines saving someone's life and having that person forever in his debt. After giving blood one afternoon, he keeps running into a mysterious woman wherever he goes and can't understand why he's attracted to her. Turns out, his donation went to Joyce during her hospital stay, and now the two are inexplicably linked. The secondary characters of Justin's family and Joyce's amusing father help to keep this tale grounded. Ahern (P.S. I Love You) has a knack for getting to the heart of human emotions-Joyce's emotional pain is palpable, as is Justin's longing for meaning in his life. The author started out writing chick lit before venturing into decidedly fairy-tale terrain. This title manages to blend the two elements smoothly. For all fiction collections.-Rebecca Vnuk, Glen Ellyn P.L., IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.