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Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 60's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 60's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she know he cannot afford. Maria has no one to advise her as Leo's family are in Italy and her mother's family in Ireland rejected her when she married a foreigner. Having carefully guarded her father from female attention, Maria's attitude alters when the elegant Diana Freeman comes into their lives. She hopes that Diana's presence may distance Leo from his addictions. Then Leo is tragically killed. In the dark days that follow it emerges that he has left them deeply in debt and their home and her beloved Leonard's are in jeopardy. Maria has no choice but t o turn to her estranged Irish Family. Still reeling from her loss, she fins she has yet another challenge to face, In Ireland, as she uncovers a bitter legacy of secrets and lies, she comes to realise that their mother was not the person she's been led to believe she was.


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Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 60's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 60's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she know he cannot afford. Maria has no one to advise her as Leo's family are in Italy and her mother's family in Ireland rejected her when she married a foreigner. Having carefully guarded her father from female attention, Maria's attitude alters when the elegant Diana Freeman comes into their lives. She hopes that Diana's presence may distance Leo from his addictions. Then Leo is tragically killed. In the dark days that follow it emerges that he has left them deeply in debt and their home and her beloved Leonard's are in jeopardy. Maria has no choice but t o turn to her estranged Irish Family. Still reeling from her loss, she fins she has yet another challenge to face, In Ireland, as she uncovers a bitter legacy of secrets and lies, she comes to realise that their mother was not the person she's been led to believe she was.

30 review for Music from Home

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Peterson

    Simplistic writing with underdeveloped, lifeless characters. Very wordy with unnecessary descriptions and conversations that added nothing to the story. (Made me think perhaps it was unedited.) I kept reading only to know where exactly this story was going after so many sub-plots. Sadly, it went nowhere.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane Houle

    5 th grade level writing. Boring and predictable. No real character development. No romance or intrigue

  3. 5 out of 5

    Merewyn

    Meh. I am not sure if it was because the book description told you everything that was going to happen (seriously, 70 percent of the book was covered in the description) OR if it was just that the characters weren’t very memorable or developed but I struggled to keep going with this one. I thought at least the last 30% would kick it up a notch since that was the one part that had a bit of mystery but nope, it was just as bland as the rest. I finished the book wondering why I had bothered...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    English heroine is introduced to family in Ireland Maria is a sixteen year old girl living in Manchester, England, with her widower, restaurateur father. Her fairly typical life is filled with school exams, ballet and horseback riding lessons and going out with a new boyfriend. Unfortunate circumstances lead to her having to relocate to her deceased mother's home in Ireland to live among relatives she has never met before. In Ireland, she learns the true story of her mother's past. The story is English heroine is introduced to family in Ireland Maria is a sixteen year old girl living in Manchester, England, with her widower, restaurateur father. Her fairly typical life is filled with school exams, ballet and horseback riding lessons and going out with a new boyfriend. Unfortunate circumstances lead to her having to relocate to her deceased mother's home in Ireland to live among relatives she has never met before. In Ireland, she learns the true story of her mother's past. The story is rather ho-hum, but gets more interesting when Maria travels to Ireland. Not a bad book, but not a real page-turner.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I enjoyed this story about Maria and her father, at first I felt it should be a story for a teenager, I am glad I kept reading and getting involved in the story line. It is a good family story and I was surprised on why Anna left Ireland and that her family in England didn't know anything about it. I enjoyed the ending and how Maria found her mother's family gave them a chance and learned to love them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Guilfoyle

    Enjoyed this book For me the book started out slow, but did pick up as more characters were brought in. I enjoyed the interaction between them and how their lives intersected. Maria, the main character in the story has many difficult times in her life, but continues to grow and mature, well. Life has thrown many curves for her, but she has also found that she has many people who care for her.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I must say that these characters kept me involved in the story. Having come from Irish-Italian roots, I linked to the main character. A good philosophy for one so young to embrace and understand: Do not spoil today with the past. There is no point in worrying about the future. For today, live in the present and be grateful for your daily blessings,

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liesbeth

    Although some people might like the incredibly slow pace of this book, it wasn’t for me. Long, drawn out descriptions for no reason. A plot which wasn’t really a plot. It could have been condensed into a quarter of the book and still I might have struggled. The only thing I can say for it is that’s the writing style is good. Apart from that I wish I hadn’t bothered reading the whole thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

    The title does not seem to fit the story; every time I looked at the title I couldn't remember what the story was about. The story takes place in England in the 60's so the setting was interesting. The main character is a high school girl and she is being raised by her widowed Italian father. The author is compared to Maeve Binchy and her stories; I would agree.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Campbell

    Pleasant Pleasant enough story. Thought it lacked substance. Ending was disappointing. I thought there was a follow-up book to further flesh out the story, but sadly that's not the case.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nina Lockett

    Good o!d fashioned storyline This was an easy to read novel, romantic and sad at the same time, the ending was a bit too sudden I think and I wasn't ready for it to end when it did but I enjoyed it and it was a very easy book to read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mr A Ingersent

    Good Really enjoyed reading this book ,very well written never read any book by Geraldine o Neill but will do again

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Felt unfinished I really enjoyed this book until the ending. It felt like there should be more. It would be nice if there was a follow up story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kayt Rabold

    Totally enjoyable. Very realistic descriptions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruthnn

    Music from home Another book about how life can change in a minute. How change is sometimes good and can help you heal

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Aucutt

    Very good read I loved the twists and turns in the story. An all in all good story. The characters were well developed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Did not finish. Kindle Unlimited

  18. 4 out of 5

    anne

    Simplistic writing. Incomplete character development. Plot slightly contrived.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Lounsbury

    I thought it started out slow, but I kept reading and enjoyed the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Baldwin

    Lovely story which could be continued with a further book. Disappointed with the many mistakes, should have been proof read before publishing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I just could not finish this. Everything was so blah and surface level.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miss A

    Beautifully written, had me in full on years, encapsulated feelings of loss as well add the good memories. Definitely worth reading!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hammond

    A very emotional read. I cried a lot but did enjoy it. I found it ended too soon though as I really wanted to know what Maria would go on to do as she got older.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Marie

    Excellent book Well written book. Wonderful characters. The plot moved well, and the real-life issues added depth to the story. I really enjoyed this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Raby

    I really enjoyed this book but wish it hadn’t ended when/where it did. I just found the ending rushed compared to the rest of the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This was a delightful book about sweet and kind people.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Barbour

    Easy winter read Nice enough English novel to curl up with on a winter day. I like to add good, mindless reading in between nonfiction books

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This book is in serious need of editing...it is way too wordy. I also can't picture 15 year-old girls doing some of the things as described in this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Great book I want to read more books by this author I loved this story More books please Wonderful author. Wonderful writing

  30. 4 out of 5

    Delores Ann Clemons

    Outstanding read Excellent plot, I enjoyed every minute reading this book. Relaxing entertainment well worth the time. I strongly advise this read.

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