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Publisher's Summary

Meet Greta.

She’s funny.

She’s flawed.

She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.

But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is...being you.

Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?

Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.

But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped.... 

©2020 Carmel Harrington (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Funny, warm, heartbreaking - and so real and honest, it made me squirm in recognition at times. You've never met a heroine quite like Greta Gale and you are going to LOVE her." (USA Today best seller, Catherine Ryan Howard)

"Move over Bridget Jones, step aside Little Miss Sunshine, because Greta Gale has landed! Greta is as real as women come." (Caroline Grace-Cassidy)

"There's something about Greta we can all relate to, and her story has, perhaps, never been more relevant or important. This is a novel full of heart, wisdom, and courage, and you're in for a real treat!" (New York Times best seller Hazel Gaynor)

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  • Mary J Keaney
  • 2021-05-05

Charming, funny and real

Greta Gayle is authentic and her life is full of challenges and triumphs. A Dublin actress who experienced fame as a child in a biscuit advert, Greta is plagued by night terrors and develops an addiction to sleeping pills. Her family is imperfect and loving and her Uncle Ray has had her back since the day he ended up delivering her. The characters in this book are endearing and listening to it was like enjoying a visit with a dear friend. Loved this book!!!