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Beautiful Dreamer

Liz Ryan

13 Reviews

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Fiction, Sagas

A captivating story of a woman searching for her true identity, from the highly-acclaimed Irish journalist whose novels of life in Ireland speak for a generation.

Ciara has never needed to stand on her own two feet. Since she married handsome pilot Jake Lunny nearly twenty years ago she's devoted her life to running their attractive home, cooking, socialising and playing golf to further Jake's career. She spends Jake's money on keeping herself as beautiful as the day he met her: endless gym classes, diets and beauty products. After all her most important role is to look the part. And if beauty is only skin deep, then Ciara is the perfect wife.
But her secure world crumbles after she witnesses a secretive glance between her husband and twenty-one-year-old Roisin at a dinner party. Ciara is bewildered to discover her husband's interest in this plain, mousy girl. When Jake leaves home to 'find himself' Ciara embarks on plastic surgery to entice him home.
It takes her neighbour, independent fashion-designer Lee Warner, to teach Ciara that Jake might be looking for more than mere beauty in his wife. And for the first time, Ciara is forced to ask the question, 'Who am I '.

'Liz Ryan understands not only a woman's heart but a woman's mind' Terry Keane Sunday Times

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Praise for Beautiful Dreamer

  • 'ONE MORE CHANCE is about feelings, friendships and dreams. It's an enjoyable read.' Sunday Independent

  • 'Liz Ryan is smart and funny and she writes well.' Irish Times

  • 'Look out Maeve Binchy, Liz Ryan has you in her sights.' Liverpool Echo

  • 'Liz Ryan's language and style is as fresh as the French landscape and the action whips along with all the verve we have come to expect from the journalist. It's a scintillating helping of fiction to savour on these dark winter nights.' Ireland on Sunday on One More Chance

  • 'Liz Ryan is fast becoming a household name . . . a witty and light read. Like a perfect beach book.' Irish Tatler on A YEAR OF HER LIFE

  • 'Look out Maeve Binchy, Liz Ryan has you in her sights.' Liverpool Echo

  • 'Liz Ryan is smart and funny and she writes well.' Irish Times

  • 'ONE MORE CHANCE is about feelings, friendships and dreams. It's an enjoyable read.' Sunday Independent

  • 'Liz Ryan is fast becoming a household name . . . a witty and light read. Like a perfect beach book.' Irish Tatler on A YEAR OF HER LIFE

  • 'Look out Maeve Binchy, Liz Ryan has you in her sights.' Liverpool Echo

  • 'ONE MORE CHANCE is about feelings, friendships and dreams. It's an enjoyable read.' Sunday Independent

  • 'Liz Ryan's language and style is as fresh as the French landscape and the action whips along with all the verve we have come to expect from the journalist. It's a scintillating helping of fiction to savour on these dark winter nights.' Ireland on Sunday on ONE MORE CHANCE

  • 'Liz Ryan is smart and funny and she writes well.' Irish Times

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Liz Ryan

Having been a journalist with Independent Newspapers in Dublin for nearly twenty years, Liz Ryan continues to comment in print and on radio on Irish tourism and current affairs, dividing her time between Ireland and France.