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 readingfrom this author. 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 tofrom Sinead Thanks goes to net galley for providing a copy in exchange do an honest review. 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 But then someone starts stalking Emma through text messages and inappropriate packages and convinces her that her husband is having an affair despite the fact that the man seems to be completely likable and loyal Very early on, I figured out who the stalker must be All the feminist themes are here the way men are expected to spend long hours at work while their wives pick up the family slack, how difficult it is when those tables are turned as Emma s best friend Lucy is completely involved in her career rather than home with her family , the way women are supposed to present themselves, etc It s well written, but overall, pretty forgettable. If not for Richard and judy book club, I wouldn t read this book very slow to get into it ,Emma is irritating character she was judging her friend for working hard and same time judging her neighbour for being a stay home mom But Lucy was different She was quite masculine in the way she able to separate work from parenthood I don t want to be harsh but this book is , I love to read books with twist and real life problem , but I would like to love the main character , not dislike her Emma was hysteric lady , of course the husband didn t help Oh and other character were very selfish the sister and the best friend. 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 You is my first Sinead Moriarty book and I went into it without much expectations, that s the best thing about reading books from authors you ve not read before the thrill and excitement really gets to me OK, I ll get to the point I really enjoyed Mad About You It s gripping and engaging The characters are well written and I really liked Emma, she s kind, funny and a lovely mother.I ll be honest, the intrigue of the mysterious sextexts really got to me and I was really determined to find out who it was Though, halfway through the book, I had a niggling feeling of the person behind it, but I kept going because I wanted to know why Mad About You definitely kept me awake at the night, flipping pages faster than I could read the words It s got mystery, intrigue and ultimately, betrayal.I warmed up to Sinead Moriarty s style of writing almost immediately and it s easy to read and understand She describes with such familiarity, that you couldn t help but enjoy reading the story through Emma s narrative It s funny, crisp and sometimes really sharp I really felt for Emma when she struggled to adapt to the different surroundings and how she dealt with her crumbling marriage The plot flowed pretty well and it kept me engaged.Mad About You in three words Emotional, heartfelt, compelling I couldn t stop reading it and I really enjoyed the company of the characters, especially Emma s adorable children I wouldn t say this is funny and light, but it s definitely on the darker side of chick lit.Rating 8 10 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 the London Irish Rugby club and has been head hunted from Ireland to help bring the level of the club up Emma reluctantly agrees to go, she knows she will miss Ireland immensely but understands that in a marriage you need to compromise and give up things for your husband Once in London James cracks on with going to work, leaving Emma to sort out the kids and figure things out Luckily Emma s sister Bab s lives in London, only round the corner and regularly spends time with her, helping her settle in Bab s encourages Emma to go back to work and helps her by offering her a job Emma has to hire a nanny to look after the children in order to take the job, but Emma likes to work and feels this will help her settle in After a few weeks Jame s begins to receive sextexts on his phone, who thinks its some of the lads at work having a laugh Emma then begins to receive some too from the same person and then presents start arriving at her house I really, really enjoyed this book, I think the way that Moriarty writes is brilliant The language flows so well and the book was such a quick read as I really got into it The only down side of the book and the reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5 is because I guessed just a little under half way through the book Because of the way the book was written and I was enjoying it so much I continued to like the book All the characters were written extremely well, I particularly loved Imogen, Emma s sister in law, who is stuck up and thinks she is perfect I loved the banter that goes on between her and Lara, the daughter and Bab s Bab s is another character I loved and actually at times I preferred her story that was going on in the story I really felt that I could connect to her, I feel if I was an auntie I would be like ha ha I feel that this is not your usual chick lit and offers something a little bit different I only wish I had read the others in the series before this one and I would have liked to have read them in order This book however does not need to be read in a series, just I enjoyed her writing style so much that I would have likedI was really pleased I had the opportunity to read this story and I do hope I can readfrom Moriarty in the future I would like to thank the publisher for supplying me with a copy in exchange for a honest review. 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 story and brought some colors and fun to it Emma And James Hamilton Have Weathered Lots Of Storms In Their Ten Year Marriage From The Heartbreak Of Infertility, To The Craziness Of Then Becoming Parents To Two Babies In One Year, To Coping With James Losing His Job, Somehow They Have Always Worked As A TeamHowever, The Pressure Of Moving From Dublin To London For James S New Job Away From Familiar Surroundings And The Family Emma Loves Puts Them Under Stress Like Never Before So When James Starts Getting Texts From A Stranger Texts That Show Startling Insights Into Their Lives Emma Is Not Sure What To Think She Is Far From Home, Isolated And Before Long Finds Herself Questioning Everything About Their RelationshipMaybe Those Texts Are Telling Her The Truth And The Life She Believed To Be Solid And Secure Is Just A Mirage Somehow She Has To Get A Grip, But How Can She Do That When A Stranger Is Set On Driving Emma Out Of Her Home And Her Marriage All posted on 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 upheaval as they have to up sticks and move to England for James s new job Isolated, lonely and facing an outside threat to their marriage, this could be their toughest challenge yet.My thoughts I have loved the previous books by Sinead especially the first two in this series as they have mirrored my life to a certain extent I understood the pain and heartbreak that Emma and James went through and this has given me a strong attachment to both characters However the main reason I love these books is for the humour, they take a sad theme and turn it on its head These books just make me giggle out loud at Emma s ridiculous antics.Emma is a character that it is hard not to like She is impulsive, feisty, blundering and often suffers from verbal diarrhoea James is solid as rock and is the ying to Emma s yang However in this book, Emma starts getting texts and messages that make her doubt everything that she thought she knew about James The theme of trust and how quickly trust can be shattered is a theme that makes you stop and think how you would react in a similar situation.It is always fun to spend time with Emma s mother She is a typical Irish mammy bossy, interfering, full of contradictory advise and with a heart of gold You want to strangle her and hug her all at the same time.Emma s sister Babs is featured in this book a lot as she is Emma s only family apart from in laws in England As always Babs is a character that annoys me she is selfish, self absorbed, self centred She has her moments of seeming human but never enough to win me over She has her own problems to cope with in this book so for a few short minutes I did manage some sympathy for her but only a few minutes as it wasn t long before she was rubbing me up the wrong way again.Mad About You is great fun and perfect for a few hours escapism The characters bubble with life and you won t forget about them easily The pace holds up well and it keeps you eager to keep reading Fun and silly but with moments of sadness, confusion and introspection, it really kept my attention.However I do feel at times, that it gets a bit OTT Like the comments Barbara makes on her reality show, it just feels too much It borders on the ridiculous and while it s fun, I would like to rein it in a bit Don t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed the book but this issue stops it being a great book for me.Who should read this book If you like chick lit that is heavy on humour then you should like this one Fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Sheila Flanagan would also enjoy.Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. In Sin ad 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 all the time and Emma is lonely, despite finding a job with her sister, so when James begins to receive racy texts, and Emma threatening messages, Emma grows increasingly suspicious of her husband and their marriage begins to buckle under the strain.The tension in the novel isn t sustained by identifying the stalker but by the question of if the marriage can survive the suspicion and mistrust that eats away at Emma Who is responsible for the texts, notes and packages is glaringly obvious from the moment the perpetrator is introduced into the storyline I found that disappointing to be honest since it renders the plot entirely predictable even if it makes sense that she is the one person Emma would overlook.I liked Emmain the previous novels than in Mad About You Here she tends to be a little self righteous, especially when she lectures Lacey and Babs about their choices, and later becomes rather shrill and hysterical in response to the stalker s harassment I understand her distress but Emma seems determined to believe the worst of James.The novel also addresses the challenges of motherhood, especially in regards to juggling the needs and demands of children with individual desires and career ambition The marriage of Emma s best friend Lacey to Donal is disintegrating under Lacey s indifference to motherhood and the satisfaction she gains from her demanding job Babs, Emma s sister, ends a pregnancy that could derail her career Emma is slightly horrified by her neighbour s choice to never use babysitters, something that Emma has no qualms about whether it is to provide care for her children while she is at work, give her time alone with James or just a few hours to herself.I did enjoy Mad About You, it was a pleasant day s distraction and an easy read though ultimately offered nothing particularly memorable.