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Beautiful Dreamer

Liz Ryan

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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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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.

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