This Is How It Ends


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Bibliobeth.


THIS IS HOW IT ENDS tells the story of two people who collide with each other just as the whole world seems to be caught between the hope and promise of Obama’s election and the catastrophic collapse of the global economy.

Bruno is a middle-aged American banker who has come to Ireland to escape the financial meltdown in his own country. Addie is an out-of-work Irish architect. Childless and isolated when she meets Bruno, her life seems to be on a downward spiral.

Addie and Bruno’s story is one of nationality and identity, of the power of optimism to defeat despair and the unstoppable march of time. It’s the story of two people who find joy together when they were least expecting it. It’s about the past and the future and the elusive skill of living in the moment. It is a love story for our times.


This is another book out of the Richard and Judy Summer Read 2013 selection. You can see the summer choices HERE and my reviews of them so far.

This Is How It Ends is a very sweet book from Kathleen MacMahon. It’s incredibly easy to read. It’s set in Ireland, where two characters Bruno and Addie are brought together and share a romance. It’s quite odd how Bruno knows of Addie, but not odd in too weird a way!

I thought the characters were good, but some more powerful than others. I thought Addie was the stand out character and Bruno got left behind a little bit. I think something that slightly annoyed me was the lack of information there was in the book about the characters or how slowly the information was given. There’s suspense and then there’s just dragging it out.  In some books, it’s nice to have the mystery, but for me, in this book it didn’t work. I didn’t feel as deeply for the characters as I would’ve hoped, because I didn’t feel like I knew their history.

I think this is a decent read though. It’s got a very emotional ending, which I found touching. I think some readers will love it, some readers will hate it and then those like me, somewhere inbetween.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
Autumn- Sierra Dean


WWW Wednesday #21

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!


What are you currently reading?


I am SO excited to begin this book. I finished Hopeless last night, so I’m literally just starting this book. I’ve heard great things about it.

What did you recently finish reading?


This is the second choice of book from last week’s selection for me to read next. I really enjoyed it, but found it an incredibly emotional read. It was good that there were some laugh out loud moments though, they were much needed. My review will be published tomorrow.

What do you think you’ll read next?


This is another book from a book club selection that I’m participating in. I’ve heard good things, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts in the comments and I’ll come and visit you 😀

Stacking The Shelves #22

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to the books Goodread’s profile.

This week I have borrowed a lot of books for a Summer Book Club!


I’ve already read this book. You can find my review HERE. I expected it to be a typical post-war ramblings tale. However, it’s much more than that.


I’m really looking forward to reading this thriller.


I haven’t heard much about this book yet. Intrigued by the cover!


This looks like a great mystery!

13158800I love the cover of this book!

17697997 This one really appeals to me. I love the cover and the little quote.


The title itself really appealed to me!

17611169I love the cover and I love the sound of this book!

I hadn’t heard of any of these books before they were announced for the book club. Have you heard of any of them?

Please feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves post, so I can see what you’re reading soon!