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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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Sara
Sep 11, 2009 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Anita
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
Sarah
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Gabby
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...more
Robin
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
Laura
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
Sally906
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
Melissa
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...more
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...more
Victoria
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
Carinya Kappler
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’...more
Willa
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...more
Jess
Jun 26, 2009 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like untraditional chick lit, people interested in Ireland
Shelves: first-reads, 2009
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Marian
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Faith
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...more
Msdot
I'm surprise of my own verdict of this book. I normally loved all her books. But this one just such a drag to read and there are many occasions that i found myself thinking "what was the point of this?" throughout my reading.

I didnt like the main character one bit. I found it hard to empathise with her or any of the other characters in the book. I'm glad it is not my first Monica McInerney book.. because if it was, it would have put me off her so much and wouldnt have attempt to read her other b...more
Hayley
This was ok but I feel that Monica's writing has progressed over the years and her later stuff is much better. This is an enjoyable light hearted read if not just a little unrealistic. I must also add that I have the pleasure of meeting Monica last year at a library talk and that she is very much like the characters in her book. Warm empathetic and feeling like you are having a cuppa win an old friend.
Pat
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
Jessica
Nov 30, 2009 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Aileen
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...more
Deb
The first half of the book drove me insane - or rather the main protagonist's behavior drove me insane

While the ending was predictable, it was still enjoyable.

I liked Eva's character more.

I listened to the audio book version which is why I finished it. Not sure if I would have persevered reading a print copy though.
Sarah
This book was a little different (better) than I expected. Monica McInerney avoided a lot of the more obvious cliches, but succumbed to others. My main criticism was that it was too long by about 100 pages, but otherwise an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
Andrea Marshall
Very predictable story, and very slow-moving. Doesn't really start to get interesting until the middle of the book and continues to drag from there. The only really interesting part is when she describes the bed and breakfast. Disappointing to say the least.
Kelly
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
Angie
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
Carrie
I thought that this book was entirely too long for the subject matter. But it was cute. I enjoyed the scenes between Lainey and Adam, I felt like they were a really great (if somewhat unrealistic, because he was so sweet) couple. I've always dreamt about opening up my own B&B, so I really enjoyed that part of the book as well. I wish someone would give me a B&B in Ireland to take care of for a year! My complaint with this book was just that I felt like there was entirely too much whining...more
Barbie
Another First Reads book. After realizing that not all of the First Reads books are going to hit the best-seller list, I tried not to get my hopes up with this one. First of all, YAY to winning free books! Second of all, I loved it! The characters were so well-drawn and realistic, all with their foibles and quirks. Nobody was terribly predicatable, and I like that in a book. I also appreciated the fact that the plot was pretty inventive, surprising but not too far-fetched. It was great to be abl...more
Jennifer
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
Jen
My current favorite author is Monica McInerney so went it was time to go on vacation, I obviously had to pick up one of hers as a treat.

The problem that I had with this book was that I just didn't identify with the main character, Lainey, and the others I found somewhat unsympathetic. I liked the plot idea lot but just felt frustrated with most of the book because it was really hard to relate to and also didn't immerse me in the story. I appreciated that it was about her development and how she...more
Meagan Sinclair
The second novel to upside down inside out was a great read. I really enjoyed it!!
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of ten novels including 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.) Her new novel, Hello from the Gillespies, will be published world-wide in late 2014.

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