Review: Aisling and the City takes on NYC and leaves one serious cliffhanger

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Can you believe it’s been nearly two years since we have gotten a dose of Aisling?

While we would have moved mountains for a new book of Ballygobbard drama during all the lockdowns over the last 18 months, we are nonetheless thrilled she is back in the fourth instalment of the OMGWACA series.

Following the roaring success of Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling, The Importance of Being Aisling, and Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are back with Aisling and the City.

The fourth instalment of the Aisling novels hits Irish bookshops on October 8, which sees our main gal swapping her small Irish town for New York City. So, it is any good?

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In short, yes, it really is.

AATC sees Aisling take an unexpected job offer in New York, where she leaves behind BallyGoBrunch to live out her Carrie Bradshaw fantasy in the Big Apple.

As Ais finds her feet in the city that never sleeps, she throws herself into the dating game, begins a seriously high-pressure job, forges and fights for new friendships, and, most importantly, begins seeing a sexy fireman.

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But is NYC really the right place for our Aisling? The penultimate book in the series serves up a lot of stellar moments, including Aisling ripping apart cacao ceremonies, going into the unknown with online dating, and entering the seedy world of politics.

Frankly, we loved seeing Aisling dating in the Big Apple and swapping out her Brown Thomas bag for a Bloomingdales one, but there were some downsides.

Thanks to Ais’ new address, this book has less Majella in it than we would like, and while the actual pandemic doesn’t happen in Aisling land, a serious situation goes down in BGB that is just slightly too reminiscent of all we have been through lately.

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Some plot points are a little preposterous, like Aisling suddenly saving the day through the medium of Riverdance, or, her newfound expertise on farmyard animals (we don’t want to spoil too much but it is bananas).

Overall though, Aisling and the City is an uplifting hit, and a welcome change to see Aisling out of her wellies and in the big city, battling through Bumble and the subway system.

Some of our previous guesses about what could happen in Aisling land seem to have come true, and like the book’s name, it really is all a bit Sex and The City.

While we cannot spoil much else of the plot, this book ends on one serious cliffhanger that left us wailing. We can’t wait to see what the final book serves up now!

Aisling and the City by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (Gill Books, €11.99) is out on October 8.

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