In her second novel, A Perfect Match, Sinéad Moriarty tells the story of Emma Hamilton who embarks on the path to adopting a baby when she and her husband can't conceive. It manages to be both hilarious and incredibly moving is comparable to the writing of Marian Keyes in its ability to balancing of light and shade.
After two years of being deafened by the TICKTOCK of her biological clock and tormented by Mother Nature's refusal to grant her a baby, Emma Hamilton decides to go for the instant solution: finding a Russian baby in need of a home.
But Emma hasn't reckoned on the route to adoption being so complicated. Between proving that she's fit to be a mother (by inventing an unblemished past and discovering an unsuspected talent for housekeeping), driving her long-suffering husband insane with madcap schemes to make them the perfect would-be parents (a few Russian verbs a night and they'll be fluent in no time), and tripping over red tape every step of the way (who knew social workers could be so terrifying?) Emma finds out that adoption is far from the easy option - and that perfection has very little to do with finding the perfect match.
A touching tale with just the right amount of humour
A thoroughly likeable, warm heroine
Both an enjoyable easy read, while also managing to chime with subtle emotional resonance around an original and thought-provoking subject
Moriarty's realistic dialogue and plot, her engaging multi-faceted characters, and her humour and sensitivity in the face of complex issues quickly drew me in
Moriarty has a gift for seeing the lighter side of things
A funny and poignant read
Moriarty writes with a brash and spontaneous eloquence