Three school chums move from their sleepy sea-side Irish village to
up-all-night London in search of love, excitement, and the fulfillment of
all their dreams.
The flamboyantly "out" Fintan
seems to attain this lofty goal by the ripe old age of 30, but "Ice Queen" Katherine and appetite-challenged Tara
have yet to make it, and continue to struggle
valiantly on, trying their best just to keep their heads above the murky
water that is their dreary existence.
Only when the shadow of death looms
over one member of the close-knit circle of friends, do they come to terms with the fact that
their lives are not all they could be.
Can this sad event help them to let go of
their unattainable ideals, and exit "The
Last Chance Saloon" in triumph?
worked for me:
I found myself drawn into this story fairly quickly, though had it not
been peppered with funny quips and come-backs I might have given up on it.
It really needed that lightness to counter-balance the anxiety of being
single coupled with the fear of dying.
There was a fairly large
cast of characters, some of whom I
found myself worrying over their lot in life, and others whom I really
The plot had some predictability
here and there, but I have to admit that the author threw just enough curveballs
to keep the story exciting for me.
Size-wise the girls were all very
different. Friend and former roomie Liv was classically Swedish in
that Barbie doll sort of way. Katherine was very slender.
And Tara was a yo-yo dieter who swung from voluptuous to plump and back,
depending on how she was feeling about her life. The more her awful
emotionally abusive boyfriend harangued her about her weight, the more she
ate out of sheer misery, the poor girl!
What didn't work for me:
shallowness of the character's lives can make a reader want to smack
herself repeatedly in the face with this book (and I was reading the
hardcover version!) But eventually they redeem themselves enough
that one can feel good about having picked up the story. (Personally, I can't
read multiple Singleton novels back-to-back as it's just too much angst
With its clever
"coming full circle" theme, the witty and
wistful "Last Chance Saloon" is an interesting entry into the Brit Chick
Lit category of fiction.
Warning: there is some coarse
language and a few steamy scenes in this book.
If you liked "Last Chance Saloon" you might also enjoy:
"Love at Large",
"Coffee and Kung Fu",
"What a Girl Wants",
"Good in Bed",
"Bridget Jones's Diary", "Jemima J.", "Having It and Eating It",
"Getting Over It",
"Tara Road", and
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