Review of A Special Delivery by Clare Dowling


Published: 13th February 2014
Publisher: Headline



Every family has its ups and downs …

Aisling Brady is miserable. So is her husband Mossy. The three kids are too. Yet nobody dares say a thing. Instead the Bradys keep their heads down and grimly look forward to another miserable Christmas in Dublin. What Aisling doesn’t know is that this year, they will get the most unexpected gift of all. One that will bring joy and heartbreak, hope and a string of sleepless nights.

As their world is turned upside down, questions have to be asked. But are the Bradys ready to face the truth about themselves? And what each of them has done?


Thank you to Headline for kindly sending me a review copy.

With the build up to Christmas, the Brady family are rather miserable but we don’t know why. Aisling, one of the main characters, is hiding something and once again, we don’t know why. No clues were given which was deeply frustrating.

Readers then meet Nicola, an 18 year old girl who has just had a baby. I couldn’t help but think: where is this going? But then it all clicks. However, for me, I thought the narrative progressed well but at times, I had to re-read a couple of the pages because it felt a little bit all over the place. Too much was happening at once.

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