If You Could See Me Now
Now in paperback: In this
charming novel, internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern shows that
sometimes not seeing is believing!
Readers and critics alike
adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern
women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes
that theme a step further, offering us a heroine who is entirely believable,
and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so.
Elizabeth Egan's life runs
on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room
for spontaneity. It's how she counteracts the chaos of her family — an
alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father,
and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother's
footsteps, leaving her own six-yearold son, Luke, in Elizabeth's care. When
Ivan, Luke's mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth
doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and
colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth's eyes to a whole
new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real?
If You Could See Me Now is a
love story with heart — and just a touch of magic.
In her third novel, Ahern
(P.S., I Love You and Love, Rosie) employs an imaginary best friend to breathe
distinctiveness into an otherwise stereotypical Irish tale. Living in her own
house in a small, posh Irish town, 35-year-old Elizabeth Egan is an uptight
interior designer and adoptive mother to her six-year-old nephew, Luke, whose
mother, Elizabeth's 23-year-old sister, Saoirse, prefers boozing to parenting.
Saoirse's behavior reminds Elizabeth of a painful past-the alcoholic mother who
abandoned the family, leaving Elizabeth to care for her baby sister and forgo
her own childhood, and the emotionally distant, controlling father still
waiting for his wife's return. Unlike the other women in her family, Elizabeth
adheres to a fastidiously well-ordered existence-no mess, no complications, no
love. But all that changes with the arrival of Ivan, a goofy and spontaneous
man intent on infusing much-needed fun and tenderness into Elizabeth's frigid
persona. The catch is no one can see this ageless man from the land of
"Ekam Eveileb" save Elizabeth and her nephew. Through Ivan, Elizabeth
becomes the woman she's always been too afraid to be. He helps her reclaim the
childhood she never had and, most importantly, to forgive those who have let
her down. Ahern tempers heartbreak with hope and playfulness in this uplifting,
sentimental tale. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Elizabeth is a successful
thirtysomething businesswoman living in a small town in Ireland. In an effort
to establish some control over a chaotic, dysfunctional family, she has a
clean, rigid, and lonely existence with her six-year-old nephew Luke. Into her
bleak existence comes Ivan, a magical and somewhat disrupting presence who
delights and inspires Elizabeth and Luke. Ahern's characters and landscapes are
beautifully developed in this modern folktale, and the whimsy is charming
though not especially profound. Apparently the rights to the book have been
sold to Disney for a musical version that is sure to be popular. Production
values are excellent in this audio program with Susan Lynch and Rupert Degas
giving dimension to the female and male voices. Highly recommended for light
fiction collections in public and high school libraries.-Barbara Valle, El Paso
P.L., TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Edition description: REPRINT
Sales rank: 234.375
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