A very poignant and moving story about two people who find love where they least expect it. 16 year old Sonny is a schoolboy who works in the local butcher’s shop in Dublin. His father is a labourer, his parents argue a lot, his mother seems permanently frazzled. When Sonny goes with his father to the wealthy side of the city to help on a job, he meets the beautiful Vera. She lives alone in Montpelier Parade and is old enough to be his mother. But Sonny is instantly drawn to her and after a series of chance meetings in Dublin, their lives become intertwined. It’s an unconventional love story written in an unconventional way. But the writing is wonderful, the characters are so vividly drawn and their ‘forbidden’ relationship is incredibly moving. Both are lonely for different reasons, yet they both find shelter and comfort in each other. It’s another debut novel that I read in just a couple days. Loved it.