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Spin the Bottle

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,076 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Lainey Byrne is a master at controlled chaos, juggling her hectic, demanding job, her chef boyfriend with his crazy hours, and her roiling family with all its daily dramas. But her life truly threatens to spin out of control when her aunt May, who owns a B&B in Ireland, passes away. In order for the Byrnes to collect their inheritance, someone from the family must take ...more
Paperback, 479 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Pan Publishing (first published 2003)
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Jun 24, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I can finally shout it: I'm totally in love with United Kingdom's writers (British, Irish, etc.), they are just amazing!!! They're unique way of writing is marvelous, exquisite, and totally opposed from American ones (well, I have my faves there too!).

This novel is more than a romantic one: is about finding yourself in that long, hard, anxious, delirious, happy, magical journey called "introspection", thru meditation and thinking what you do really want to have in your life.

Lainey is a br
Sep 11, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
4.5 stars. What a wonderful book!! I liked this even more than its predecessor, Upside Down, Inside Out. This one focuses on Lainey, a successful events planner in Australia who's suddenly called back to her home country of Ireland after her aunt dies to run the aunt's bed and breakfast.

First of all, the scenery sounds beautiful. Reading this made me want to travel to Ireland and see all the sights for myself! I felt completely immersed in the setting and fell in love with the area the way Lain
Jul 18, 2009 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pleasant, sweet, breeze of a book about a likeable young woman who has problems that most of us would consider a bargain. She has a very successful career, a nice boyfriend, a supportive family and some good friends. She has to return to Ireland to take care of an inherited B&B for a year before the family can sell it. Oh darn! She leaves her boyfriend behind and struggles through a couple of quirks that get wrapped up in some gentle personal-growth lessons by the end. In fact, thi ...more
Jul 03, 2009 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, obscure
This is a pleasant beach read, though not the type of book I normally go for. My only big issue with this book is that I felt some of the dialogue was unrealistic, although I admit I don't know what a 'typical' Australian/Irishman sounds like in conversation. The premise was unique and the characters were cute. I never felt there was a slow point in the book, the author did a good job keeping the readers interested by moving along the plot. A couple things took me by surprise towards the end, an ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Mikkee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay, but it was very formulaic. It was particularly formulaic at the conclusion with a very moral of the story ending. I don't mind a moral, but not when it is spelled out and not woven into the narrative of the story.
Feb 27, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable, except sometimes I skipped over the introspective bits, and kind of lost impatience with Lainey's little erotic fantasies. Wished there would be more about the B&B but I liked how it all worked out in the end.
Dec 29, 2014 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to finish this book because I just couldn't get into it. I found this book utterly predictable and boring, which is a shame because I have heard good things about this author. :-/
Nov 08, 2012 Yvonne rated it liked it
I have been a fan of Monica's for a number of years but I was a little disappointed by this novel. I didn't find the plot or relationships had as much depth as usual.
Mar 16, 2010 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Australia this novel is called "Spin the Bottle".

This book was ok and easy to read chick lit, but the protaganist got on my nerves a bit, which is usually a sign I won't like the book.
Nov 12, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second one I have read by this author. It is set in Australia and Ireland, so I enjoyed that about it. The characters are well developed, and the plot runs smoothly. I'm looking forward to reading another book by Monica McInerney.
Nov 18, 2016 Lynette rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. Although not her best
Jul 25, 2009 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2009
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Jan 04, 2017 Catsalive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww-previous, 2016
An entertaining read. I fail to see how Lainey got to her age without anyone telling her to back off & get over herself, but I enjoyed the journey.
Bronwyn Rykiert
I quite enjoyed this book though at time I was exasperated with Lanie, like when she broke up with Adam so quickly and without much thought to him.

Lanie Byrne and her family of 3 brothers and her parents migrated from Ireland for a better life in Australia. Life is fine and the children all have good jobs, the oldest boy Brendan is married, the rest, Lanie, Declan and Hugh are single. Their father has an accident at work and breaks his back and the insurance company is slow to pay so they are st
Jul 12, 2009 Willa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Lainey is an event planner--highly organized, energetic, ambitious, a bit bossy. Her father is bedridden after an industrial accident and her mother is getting a bit fed up with the situation. Her three brothers are all a bit eccentric in their own way. And she and her boyfriend seem to be more or less ships passing in the night--he's a chef with his own restaurant, and with their schedules, it seems they hardly see each other at all.

Into this chaos comes a new wrinkle -- an elderly aunt in Irel
Apr 27, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greetings From Somewhere else is a novel about relationships with family, friends, and significant others. Lainey is the main character who has to leave her current life in Australia behind and run a Bed and Breakfast in Ireland. Her aunt stipulated in a will that a member of the family run this B&B before they can inherit it. The family desperately needs the money because of a long term illness that Lainey's father has. So, Lainey leaves behind a boyfriend, friends, family, and the life she ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like untraditional chick lit, people interested in Ireland
Shelves: 2009
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Aug 20, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I really, really enjoyed this book! First time reading this author and will definitely be reading more. Found out today characters in this book are also in another book but appears to be a stand alone story. We have Lainey and her family, who are from Ireland, but moved to Australia years ago They are estranged from her father's Aunt May, who owns a bed and breakfast in Ireland. Aunt May dies and leaves the B&B to her brother on one condition; one member of the family must move to Ireland an ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GREETINGS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE is the USA title – and the title on the book I read. Elsewhere in the world it is known as ‘Spin the Bottle’ which I feel is a much more telling title! Whatever its name tags though, it is a delightful read. Lainey is your ultimate kindly control freak – kindly because she isn’t nasty with it she genuinely doesn’t even know she is organising everybody and everything to her own ideals. Her mother is the same, so it is decided by her mother that Lainey is to go to Ire ...more
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Feb 23, 2013 Carinya Kappler rated it liked it
This novel centers on the day to day trials and triumphs of an Irish immigrant family now residing permanently in Melbourne. The father of the family, Gerald Byrne, has suffered a workplace accident and is being subjected to the delaying tactics of his insurer which has caused depression and hardship in his life. His wife and grown up children are sympathic and loving but everyone is tiring of the ongoing battle for money, good health and dealing with a chronically depressed invalid.
When Gerald’
Aug 12, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from a First Reads giveaway and wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying it. I appreciated that it was a light story, but not one of those chick lit books that is dumbed-down. I felt Lainey was a very realistic portrayal of a career-minded woman in her early thirties, as well as the Byrne family's dynamic. They are a loving family, but not without their own issues which I found very relatable.

My favorite part of the book though was learning more about the Irish
Jul 04, 2009 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through GoodReads and felt that it would be a perfect poolside read - and I was right!
I really enjoyed the overall storyline, though at times it was predictable. It was a sweet love story/self realization of a girl who has to leave Australia and go back to Ireland to run her aunt's bed & breakfast for a year in order to inherit the property. The family intends to sell it after the year so they can take care of their recently injured/out of work father. The story takes you thr
Mar 27, 2011 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick light read about an Irish family who emigrated to Australia many years earlier. Now as a condition of the inheritance left to them by a spinster sister, a family member must return to Ireland to run a B&B for a year or forfeit. Of the 4 adult children, efficient, organized, dependable Lainey is selected to go. She takes a leave of absence from her job (as an events coordinator) and breaks up with her boyfriend, Adam, a chef and new restaurant owner (because it wouldn't be fair to be ...more
Nov 30, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
Greetings from Somewhere Else follows the Byrne family - particularly Lainey Byrne. After her father has a terrible accident at work and is bed-ridden the family falls on financial hard times. Things look up when their aunt May passes away in Ireland leaving a B&B to the family - selling the B&B would ease all the family's financial problems. But, there is a catch, someone from the family must run the B&B for a year before it can be sold. Lainey ends up being the reasonable choice an ...more
May 16, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Lainey Byrne lives in Melbourne, she has a boyfriend Adam a good job
and a busy life with her family.
After a death in the family she has to leave and run a B&B in Ireland
for a year, which is harder than she thought it would be.
She meets up with Childhood friend Rohan Hartigan but are they just
friends? Her Mum is fed up with her Dad as he has taken to his bed and
Adam is missing her did she do the right thing to split up with him?
Can life get any better for Lainey?
This is the first book I
Feb 01, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Monica McInerney at her best - successful woman struggling with life (but probably in denial), gives up the lot and flees to Ireland. There are the same themes we've seen before from McInerney, but don't think this is a bad thing because we all know that these are the reasons we read and love her books. McInerney has found a successful formula, and I really hope she sticks to it.

This book is a lot predictable, a lot enjoyable and very easy to read. It certainly falls into that 'beach/holiday re
Jun 30, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Won this book from First Reads and was pretty excited- it's the first book I won! Starting the book I knew it wasn't quite what I normally read but I stuck with it. I ended up really enjoying it and read the second half of the book in about a day. The characters were overall genuine and likeable, although there were some moments I rolled my eyes at... The story was great- I generally love reading about other cultures and this gave me a bit of that in Ireland. I really liked the youngest brother ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ONLY thing that I disliked about this book had more to do with me... as your typical egocentric American, I assumed (and you know what they say about that) that Lainey lived in the U.S. So I was a little confused at first. There is some jargon I had to kind of translate since it's Australian or Irish lingo, but that just served to expand my vocabulary. (Woohoo!). I thought this was a terrifically well developed book. It was a smooth read (I won this in a Goodreads contest and began reading i ...more
Jul 03, 2009 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I won this book through GoodReads and it isn't my normal type of book, but the premise sounded rather intriguing, so I gave it a shot. To my surprise I found that I rather enjoyed the story and the characters. It isn't the usual chick-lit story where boy and girl fall in love, have some sort of falling out, and then girl finds THE man of her dreams and lives happily ever after! The story enveloped me so much that I want to travel to Ireland to experience the places and sights that Ms. McInerney ...more
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of eleven novels including Hello from the Gillespies, The House of Memories, Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls (which was named the General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.
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