When the Boys Are Away...
When Meg returns to Dublin after three years trailing Simon around the globe with their toddler, Lily and Dan, her 11 year old son from a previous relationship in tow, she realises that all her friends have moved on.
Now she only has her kooky family, her sex-obsessed sister, Hattie and Dan's flaky but dangerously gorgeous father, Sid, to rely on for help and support. Her new neighbour, Tina is in the same boat. Tina's a work widow. Her workaholic husband, Oliver, works in London from Monday to Friday, leaving Tina with only her permanently stressed sister, Gerry, for company during the week. Meg is worried. Without Simon's job to define her, she doesn't know who she is any more.
But just when she finds a new job and starts to get back on her feet, Simon throws her another curve ball. Meg finds that having a man around all the time isn't all it's cracked up to be and that sometimes living apart is easier than living together. Because when the boys are away ...the girls can play! Take A Chance 'Abbafab', the hugely popular Abba tribute band are in trouble. Gemma Redden has just broken her ankle and finding a new singer to fill her white platform boots at such late notice isn't going to be easy. But desperate times call for desperate measures and the youngest Redden sister, Mia, reluctantly agrees to don the blonde wig and sky blue hot pants. For Mia, a shy piano teacher who has felt third best all her life, this is her big chance to prove herself to her two older sisters, Gemma and Wendy.
Meanwhile, Mia's oldest friend, Alva Ryan, is having a life crisis of her own. Her builder boyfriend and all round good guy, Sean Malone, has just walked out and this time he swears he's not coming back. Alva's sister, Kerry, is having rather unusual problems of her own.
Things come to a head when Wendy has a terrible accident. Wendy is harbouring a secret that could blow the band apart and devastate the close bond of the Redden sisters. But secrets have a way of coming out when you least expect them to. Sometimes even the best of sisters gets it horribly wrong.
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