Mhairi McFarlane has done it again. This was such a good read and it was so hard to stop once I got properly into the story.
Georgina is thirty years old and is fired from her job as a waitress then goes to see her boyfriend of six months only to find him in bed with another woman. This isn't a particularly unique trope in the romance/women's fiction area. But the rest of the story has plenty to recommend it. Through a family connection she gets a one-off gig helping to tend bar at a wake and is offered a job by the end of the night. The offer comes from one of two brothers who have bought and renovated the pub. She's met the one brother but the other arrives much later and turns out to be her first love from high school. But he behaves as though he is meeting her for the first time.
This is no shallow story and it delves into some deep-rooted issues in several areas of her life and it ends up with quite a few touching scenes by the end.
I wouldn't say it's a solid five stars but it's pretty close. I don't give such high ratings often but this surely deserves a strong one.