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Mad About You

(Emma Hamilton #4)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  143 reviews
'The inevitable comparisons with Marian Keyes are justified and well deserved - Moriarty's characters are likeable, well developed and funny ****' Heat

Sinéad Moriarty's riveting new novel, Mad About You, will make every reader stop and think about the importance of trust in relationships - how fragile it can be, how easily damaged, how hard to repair. Sinéad combines the s
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Penguin Ireland (first published July 25th 2013)
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Emma and James Hamilton are one of those couple who are very much going through their mid-life crisis, but fortunately, no matter how bad the storm gets, they won't let their ship sink to the bottom of the ocean. Their spirit and determination to keep the broken ship afloat amidst of all the wild tsunami in the ocean is remarkable and it gives us a lesson to make it work and hold on to each other even in the worst time of our lives. James's elder brother, Henry, thinks that we are not entitled t ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
I’m really enjoying this authors stories. My teenage years was spent reading chic reads by irish authors and I’ve added Sinead to that list.

Like Emma I found myself leaving Ireland to live in the uk with my kids. Away from my family and everything I know I found myself insecure at times so I did feel for Emma.

Great storyline. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is classic chick-lit, set in a suburb of London. The thing I didn't like about it was that it felt very predictable. Emma, mom of two, moves with her rugby-coach husband from Ireland to London. She has all the stresses you would expect: trying to make their rental feel like a home after the move, getting her two young children settled into a new school, finding a job (easy, thanks to her sister Babs), finding a nanny/babysitter (again, surprisingly easy after a referral from a neighbor). Bu ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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This was was a nice surprise when I heard about it as I didn't know another book for the Emma Hamilton series was in progress. I did like it, but found it to be w bit lacking the passion and entertainment value as much as the last three books. I look forward to more from Sinead.

Thanks goes to net galley for providing a copy in exchange do an honest review.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by Sinead Moriarty and I cannot believe this is her ninth book! Where have I been?

Once I started reading this book I realised that it was from a series of four, this being the latest book. This however did not take away my enjoyment of the book, and if there was going to be another story in this series I would like to read it.

This is a story about Emma and James, they have two small children and move from Ireland to London for James' job. He is the coach of
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mad About You starts off when Emma and her family leaves to London for her husband, James’s new job. Settling in is a huge challenge for Emma and her children, Yuri and Lara and to top it off, the mums at their school gate aren’t exactly very friendly. Suddenly, James and Emma receive strange, explicit texts from an unknown number which seem to want to drive them apart but coincidentally, these texts are a bit too personal, but who would want to destroy Emma’s family?

As I’ve mentioned, Mad About
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyable book , predictable plot. A husband caught flirting multiple times, a wife worried about getting old and getting into mid-life crisis, two kids who wants a young sexy girl as a nanny.The moment Emma hired Claire I knew where the action is going to lead and eventually the end of it.

On the other hand , the book is easy to read and I really liked Moriarty's writing style. My favorite character remains Barbara because she was the only one who was interesting and who actually animated the

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3.5 stars.

Mad About You is a funny chick-lit full to the brim with zany characters. Hidden beneath the humour though is the serious theme of trust and how easy it is to shatter it.

My Recap:

This is the forth book about Emma and James however each one can be read as a standalone. Previous books covered their battle with infertility, an adoption journey, the stress of parenting two young children. And now in this one they face yet another uphea
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In Sinéad Moriarty's ninth novel, Mad About You, she revisits Emma Hamilton and her family. First introduced in The Baby Trail, we followed Emma and her husband James in their quest to become parents in A Perfect Match and then From Here to Maternity. In their ten year marriage, Emma and James have weathered the heart break of infertility, the joy of new parenthood and the stress of unemployment but when the family is forced to move from Ireland to London cracks begin to form. James is working a
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anne Brooke
The plot involving the mad nanny really needs to be put to sleep now, on a permanent basis - it's very 1980s and very dull. And actually, I have no idea why it appears as such a main item in this book as it doesn't need it - I had the feeling that Moriarty was trying too hard to jazz the chick lit genre up a little, but adding a (boring) thriller element to it just isn't the answer.

It was also strange that all the characters are dull, flat and whine a lot up until p242 (in my paperback copy) whe
I received a free copy of the book.

The book is about Emma who moves with her family to London for her husband's new job. The whole family encounters quite a lot of difficulties when they try to settle in and suddenly things start to get worse.

I was really intrigued by the story although I expected a slightly different outcome. I also moved to a foreign country and know what kind of problems are connected with such a decision - this made the book even more interesting for me.

I've fallen in love
Zita K.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
---I received a free copy of this book from Penguin Ireland.---

First of all, I suprisingly really like Sineads writing style, because I sometimes have problems with it in other contemporary books, - it is light and nimble.

Mad About You is about Emma and her family, when they moved to London because James has new job there. They have little bit a hard time get used to new place, new people and new challenges. And when they become slightly acclimatized, then there occur strange texts from number
Jean Brown
I didn't think I would finish this book. I picked it up because a blurb on the cover said the characters were well-developed likeable and funny. At the start when I realized how much of it was the moment to moment of a young mother's day to day life I almost put it down. But scenes with the characters of Babs and the sister-law Imogen did get me laughing. Like other readers I did find Emma to be preachy, especially towards Babs. The suspense was disappointedly predictable. I did enjoy some of th ...more
Julie Cohen
Fast-paced and often funny; a nice summery read.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit the thing that attracted me to this book aside from the cover which I love, was the fact that the characters had the same name as me and my other half. The fact that there was a rugby element to this novel as well was just icing on the cake for a rugby fan like myself. 

From the beginning I warmed to Emma, she seemed very down to earth, and I absolutely sympathised with her during her move to London, the fear of not making new friends, and what she was going to do about getting a
Tara J
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt Emma was highly annoying. I didn't like her as a protagonist at all. She is not very bright, immature, judgemental and whiny. If she had just put half a brain cell of thought into it, just looking at the situation would have told her it was the doings of a psycho and James had nothing to do with it. And more importantly, who the stalker was. For the author's sake, I hope this was not meant to be a suspense because from the very first moment it was mentioned, it was painstakingly clear and ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the Emma Hamilton series! Absolutely loved it! It was different from the other books in the series which was great. Although I have to say, after reading four books about this character, I've come to the conclusion that her family members are assholes. With the exception of her brother. Her mother can't keep her 2 cents to herself and her sister is one of the most self centered characters I've ever read. If I was Emma, I would've never helped her out like that. With everything Em ...more
Sue Lilley
Not really for me. The characters were all a bit cardboard and the main character was just annoying. Can’t believe anyone in a previously stable marriage would jump to such ridiculous conclusions. Poor James! The identity of the stalker was obvious from the outset. Emma couldn’t possibly be that blind.
Very good read, funny at times . I liked Emma , James and Babs a lot which kept the book alive as I cared about Emma & James's relationship problems. I did work out who was the instigator of their marital problems very early on sadly , so no real suspense at the ending.
Dianne Portelli
Liked the beginning of book.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had a great exciting storyline, but I felt like it was slightly dragged out.
cat graveston
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved the finale in this sequel with the final twist that made you want to read on to the end
Julie Harrison
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliant
Lovely book. Does go into a lot of detail but that is what makes it lovely to read.
Madeleine Ellison
I found this a light read which was well presented and covered the terrible subject of stalking, however I worked out who the stalker was within the first few chapters.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but a decent funny read
Lauren Sheppard
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read book In three days it’s a good read but very predictable
Sylvia Clail
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books is quirky, different have some suspense in it.

The authors style is brilliant. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in a day.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
so obvious...and too long!
My told me when you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything...
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Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while wo

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