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June 30, 2017

The Importance of Being Me By Caroline Grace Cassidy Published by Black and White Publishing

Pages 304

Paperback Waterstones and Amzon £7.99

Sometimes you need to put yourself first
When was the last time you put yourself first?
Thirty-eight-year-old divorcee Courtney Downey has no idea who she is any more. She has devoted her life to bringing up her beloved 15-year-old daughter Susan, but Courtney just doesn’t get the celebrity-obsessed, Snapchat-filtered teenage world Susan is part of, and they’re growing apart. When Susan announces she wants to live with her dad and his new, younger girlfriend, Courtney is devastated. But could the end of one life be the beginning of another?

When Courtney is offered a job in beautiful, sun-kissed Cornwall, she and her vivacious best friend Claire follow their hearts and leave their problems behind for a summer of sand, sea and second chances. And when she meets sexy but infuriating builder Tony, Courtney rediscovers her passions for life, for cooking and for love. But just as Courtney is finally looking to the future, a crisis with Susan pulls her back to Dublin, and back into old habits. Will she ever be able to let go of the past and embrace the importance of being herself?


Caroline Grace-Cassidy’s writing shines with sparkling wit and warmth. An absolute treat. I don’t want to spoil your reading fun time so I decided to keep this adult coming of age tale a secret.

Courtney and Claire had been best friends since their college days. Claire met her boyfriend, Martin Carney, when she was fourteen.  Claire and Courtney both got married the same year. Claire was bridesmaid to twenty-two year old Courtney and Courtney of course was bridesmaid to Claire’s.

With delicious writing David made no attempt to have sex with Courtney, as getting her going was like trying to jump-start a rusty old farmyard tractor. This is a first ladies, it wasn’t David’s fault he did try with books and DVD’s and even various colourful vibrating toys, that she so rightly refused to even try.

With messy affairs Courtney’s best friend Claire had not forgiven Courtney for having an affair with a married man, neither had she forgiven David for having an affair while being a married man.

Although Courtney’s and David’s marriage had not been great for sometime, will bitchiness creep up when Courtney’s husband David leaves her for Mar-nee a local beautician?  The sad part is that Courtney and her fifteen-year-old daughter Susan have been left on their own.

I highly recommend reading The Importance Of Being Me as the author Caroline Grace Cassidy walks readers straight into this charged dilemma of love, friendship and motherhood and about how you sometimes need to focus on the relationship you have with yourself before you can focus any other relationship.








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