The Break
**The Break is the brand new novel from Marian Keyes, out on September 7th 2017 - preorder it now**'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.''A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?'If only.Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her.He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . .However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge.For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she?The Break isn't a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.'A born storyteller' Independent on Sunday'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express

The Break Details

TitleThe Break
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 7th, 2017
PublisherMichael Joseph
ISBN-139780718179724
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

The Break Review

  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Well - I feel as if I've been put through the wringer with this one and hung out to dry! Yes I've gone through the whole gamut of emotions along with protagonist Amy. Amy and Hugh are having a break. Not a romantic weekend kind of a break, no this is much more serious. Hugh has decided that he needs a 6 month break from his marriage, his family and his home. He flies to South East Asia on an 'anything goes' backpacking vacation. Amy is completely devastated - she was married previously, and her Well - I feel as if I've been put through the wringer with this one and hung out to dry! Yes I've gone through the whole gamut of emotions along with protagonist Amy. Amy and Hugh are having a break. Not a romantic weekend kind of a break, no this is much more serious. Hugh has decided that he needs a 6 month break from his marriage, his family and his home. He flies to South East Asia on an 'anything goes' backpacking vacation. Amy is completely devastated - she was married previously, and her first husband also walked out on her, and it took a long time before she felt confident enough to trust another man. Hugh WAS that man, the one who was stable, loving, and trustworthy. He tells her he'll be back after 6 months, but even if he is, will he just slot back into family life as if nothing has happened? Or will there be massive repercussions?The storyline follows Amy through that traumatic 6 months and beyond, but it's not all gloom and doom. There are lots of laugh out loud moments - after all, this is a huge Irish family, full of crazy and interesting characters. I sort of guessed which way this was all going to end, but it was fun getting to the destination. Marian Keyes isn't a top author for nothing - she really knows her craft!*Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK, Michael Joseph for my ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    For some reason, I really was in place where I loved reading this latest offering from Marian Keyes set in Dublin and London. I spend a lot of time reading dark fiction, that it is often necessary to have a book like this - comic, quirky, light and pure entertainment. Amy is 44 years old, married second time round to Hugh for 17 years. Neeve, with her youtube channel, Bitch, Please, is her daughter from her short lived marriage to footballer, Richie. Kaira, is her ultra mature and ethical daught For some reason, I really was in place where I loved reading this latest offering from Marian Keyes set in Dublin and London. I spend a lot of time reading dark fiction, that it is often necessary to have a book like this - comic, quirky, light and pure entertainment. Amy is 44 years old, married second time round to Hugh for 17 years. Neeve, with her youtube channel, Bitch, Please, is her daughter from her short lived marriage to footballer, Richie. Kaira, is her ultra mature and ethical daughter with Hugh. Living with them most of the time is heartbreakingly fragile niece, Sofie, whose messed up parents are unable to care for her, who they love as their third daughter. The premise holding this novel together is the fallout from a 6 month break from their marriage by Hugh, during which he backpacks round South East Asia. Hugh has endured two recent deaths, including that of his father, which has left him depressed and drowning in existential angst where he feels this is what he needs to do. Amy is not so happy,she is shocked and devastated as we follow her through Hugh's time away.Amy makes a precarious living working in PR, at the Hatch Agency run with her womaniser colleague Alastair and the more taciturn Tim, who are there for Amy when her world collapses. Every week, Amy travels to London for a couple of days, representing her clients and trying to recruit new ones. Two years ago Amy met the married Josh Rowan, a features editor, and the two of them get emotionally involved and obsessed with each other, meeting regularly but matters come to a conclusion because Amy loves Hugh. Whilst going crazy with buying clothes and other items in an attempt to distract herself, she sees Josh again and the two of them fall headlong into a passionate love affair, temporary in nature, but fulfilling Amy's desires. Amidst all this are the increased pressures and responsibilities that fall on Amy's shoulders for the girls and the antics of her uproarious family and friends. The main strength of the novel are the fabulous characters that Marian Keyes creates and develops aside from Amy. These include the man-hating Steevie, Posh Petra with her monstrous children, commitment phobic Derry who will ditch a man for the way he may say a word, selfish ex-husband Richie, her vlogging sensation of a mum, Amy's serial killer obsessed, cantankerous dad, and handsome client, Matthew Carlisle. Amy's mad and chaotic household of daughters with their strong support and love for each other, along with her oddball family members are a joy to behold. There are serious issues such as how to keep a marriage together as the years go by, the understandable times when needs are not met, and the much to be desired Irish attitudes to abortion. If you are looking for a class act in entertaining reading, look no further, this novel fits the bill. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ Compelling, Funny, Emotional..Loved it!This is my first book by Marian Keyes and it definitely won't be my last! I was gripped from the first few chapters!The Break is a book about Marriage and the struggles of life and trying to make it work through the ups and downs. Its about Family, Love, Grief, Relationships, and starting over.When Amy is suddenly told by her husband Hugh he needs a break as he can't take it any more. He loves Amy he just needs to be free with the understanding there wil 5☆ Compelling, Funny, Emotional..Loved it!This is my first book by Marian Keyes and it definitely won't be my last! I was gripped from the first few chapters!The Break is a book about Marriage and the struggles of life and trying to make it work through the ups and downs. Its about Family, Love, Grief, Relationships, and starting over.When Amy is suddenly told by her husband Hugh he needs a break as he can't take it any more. He loves Amy he just needs to be free with the understanding there will be no contact and he is free to be 'Single' meaning he can have no strings attached guilt free sex with other women!. So what better way then to leave her and go on a trip to South East Asia for 6months without her. Promising to come back and start over!Poor Amy is absolutely devastated and who wouldn't be. If it was me and he wanted a guilt free pass, believe me he wouldn't be returning to me ever!!Hugh is struggling with grief and depression and can't see anyway out.He doesn't give Amy a choice his booked the tickets.How is she going to explain it to the children and their families.So Hugh goes leaving Amy to pick up the pieces, be a single parent, work, and still worry what the hell he will be up too whist he is away.I adored Amy I felt for her so much. I was so mad at Hugh just leaving her like that just because he can. Never mind her feelings.I loved watching Amy blossom throughout the book.I also want to mention Amy's large Irish family. The atmosphere and family nights were so humbling. I don't have particularly a large family but my grandparents lived with us all my life and we was a house of 4 generations so when I see books where family time is important it warms my heart!Marian's writing style was so easy to get engrossed in. Her relaxed and witty sense of writing and humour made the Characters even more relatable. Yes the story is particularly long but don't let that put you off. Before you know it your half way through.The Break will have you exploring all emotions, laughing, crying, anger, upset, happy.. it will keep you thinking long after reading. This is a fabulous read with emotional subjects but plenty of humour and Irish Charm! I highly recommend The Break!Especially for readers who love Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, humour, gripping and Compelling reads! I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley in which I voluntarily reviewed.My Review is also on my blog website:https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2017/1...
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  • Dem
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThe Break by Marian Keyes is just one of those lazy summer reads that you know you are going to relax have a giggle and just go with the flow. I read quite a bit of Non Fiction and War related books and every now and again I need a book just for a giggle and having read Rachel's Holiday kand Watermelon many moons ago and knowing this author is good for a story as well as a laugh I was looking forward to her latest novel. and the The blurb alone had me intrigued.A Mid Life Crises but h 3.5 StarsThe Break by Marian Keyes is just one of those lazy summer reads that you know you are going to relax have a giggle and just go with the flow. I read quite a bit of Non Fiction and War related books and every now and again I need a book just for a giggle and having read Rachel's Holiday kand Watermelon many moons ago and knowing this author is good for a story as well as a laugh I was looking forward to her latest novel. and the The blurb alone had me intrigued.A Mid Life Crises but he STILL loves her. He just needs a little time alone to find himself, So six months in South East Asia should do it............but a lot can happen in six months.Set in Dublin and London with a host on entertaining characters and while you are guaranteed many laugh out loud moments there are also some serious issues tackled here in the story as well.An enjoyable read that has put Keyes firmly back on my reading shelf after a too long of an absence.My thanks to Penguin books for an opportunity to read this book in return for an honest option.
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  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't loved Keyes last two, three books, though I gobbled up all of the others eagerly. I am happy to report, The Break did not disappoint. Without giving too much away, this is the story of a couple who goes "on a break" - cue Ross and Rachel. Like Keyes other books, this one offers a dose of themes like coping with mental illness, complicated family structures, humorous social critique, and romance. It is quite a long book for this genre, but Keyes has a chatty voice and very real characte I haven't loved Keyes last two, three books, though I gobbled up all of the others eagerly. I am happy to report, The Break did not disappoint. Without giving too much away, this is the story of a couple who goes "on a break" - cue Ross and Rachel. Like Keyes other books, this one offers a dose of themes like coping with mental illness, complicated family structures, humorous social critique, and romance. It is quite a long book for this genre, but Keyes has a chatty voice and very real characters which make it readable. I especially liked the last third of the book, and the way the characters develop through the course of the story. While I was sometimes frustrated in the beginning with the slow pace, by the end I had grown attached to the characters and now it feels strange that they are out of my life again. Keyes is very good at creating multi-dimensional characters and a deeper plot than most chick-lit authors, which makes her stand out to me. If you enjoy books by authors like Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty or Roisin Meaney, I think you will enjoy this author as well. Always looking forward to what this author comes up with next!Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Amy, and how she copes with life when her husband, Hugh, decides to take a break He goes off travelling, and Amy is left to cope with everything, her family, paying the bills, and sorting out in her own head why Hugh has left.I was quite a way into the book before I warmed to Amy, I must admit, and I did not agree with every decision she made. I did like the journey that she went on though. I loved Amy's family, they were wonderful, warm, supportive, just the way that a fami This is the story of Amy, and how she copes with life when her husband, Hugh, decides to take a break He goes off travelling, and Amy is left to cope with everything, her family, paying the bills, and sorting out in her own head why Hugh has left.I was quite a way into the book before I warmed to Amy, I must admit, and I did not agree with every decision she made. I did like the journey that she went on though. I loved Amy's family, they were wonderful, warm, supportive, just the way that a family should be. Their issues were very real, and I thought the author dealt with the family life really well, it was very real as I was reading.I will be interested in reading more of this author's books, as I did enjoy the writing. I did think however, that the book was a little too long.I found that I really disliked Hugh. But as I got further into the book I realised that was because we only know Hugh through Amy. The whole book we are in her head, so we only know and feel through her. By the end of the book, I liked Hugh more, but I did think the ending was a little predictable. That said, I felt the ending did fit the book.I also found the issue of abortion a bit of an eye opener, I must admit. I had never really thought about what it meant to live in Ireland and not have this option easily available, and I thought that the author did this really well.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors and I was eagerly awaiting her new book 'The Break'. You can guess how happy I was to receive an ARC copy.Amy's husband has announced that he is taking a six month break for his job, his marriage and his children. How will she cope without him? I loved this book about a dysfunctional family and how they cope with what life throws at them. There was plenty of laugh out loud moments too. This book reminded me of her earlier books Watermelon and Rachel's Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors and I was eagerly awaiting her new book 'The Break'. You can guess how happy I was to receive an ARC copy.Amy's husband has announced that he is taking a six month break for his job, his marriage and his children. How will she cope without him? I loved this book about a dysfunctional family and how they cope with what life throws at them. There was plenty of laugh out loud moments too. This book reminded me of her earlier books Watermelon and Rachel's Holiday. A book I will want to read again and again. I would like to that NetGalley and Penguin UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebecca Carter
    January 1, 1970
    Marian Keyes is an author on my auto buy list. I love her style and have been a huge fan of her for many years now! So when I was approved a copy of her new book to review, i was like an embarrassing fan girl whooping away like a mad 'un. What I love about Marian is her writing really makes you feel like she's one of your mates. Her books are funny, heart warming, down to earth, wise, full of the dramas of families, never fail to make you fall in love with her characters, witty yet also touching Marian Keyes is an author on my auto buy list. I love her style and have been a huge fan of her for many years now! So when I was approved a copy of her new book to review, i was like an embarrassing fan girl whooping away like a mad 'un. What I love about Marian is her writing really makes you feel like she's one of your mates. Her books are funny, heart warming, down to earth, wise, full of the dramas of families, never fail to make you fall in love with her characters, witty yet also touching on some serious subjects. It's the characters that make every book she writes feel as if she's writing about one of your close friends. The quick quips and insightful remarks, balanced by the overwhelming importance of family and touching moments. Other authors may try to imitate her style, but in my opinion, can't come close. So I'll try to write an impartial review, but as I've adored everything she's written so far, unless she's written a book about watching 10 layers of paint dry, I'm practically guaranteed to be enthralled. The Break is about trying to stay in love. Even with all that life has to throw at a marriage - death, sorrow, step families, illness, temptation, ageing parents, money struggles - it is a book about how many hurdles, and trials and tribulations marriages and partnerships have to overcome to stay strong and together. When Amy's husband Hugh announces he is off travelling around South East Asia and wants "a break" for six months, Amy is naturally devastated. As if she hasn't enough to juggle - work, home, her three girls, ageing parents, troublesome siblings, finances and an obsession with online shopping - she now has to cope with everything by herself. Including all of the gossiping locals. Hugh is adamant he still loves her, doesn't want a divorce and will return. But Amy thinks he's going to meet some young carefree backpacker and not want to come back to her and their hectic, and at times, monotonous life. What follows is the six months leading up to the end of Hugh's "break" but also the months leading up to his shock announcement. Staying true to her typical style, Marian Keyes writes in her usually witty and insightful way, yet also touches on some deeper topics. Such as pregnancy and abortion still being illegal in Ireland and many women having to travel to the U.K. Although this is a serious subject, and she treats it as such, the writing is still fabulously Marion. This is one of the reason Marion Keyes is the Queen of "chick lit, "women's fiction" "drama". She's hilarious, yet also introduces topics such as depression, suicide, addiction, dementia etc into her books and manages to get the balance perfect between wit and serious. Would i recommend this book? Oh yes! Would I reread it again? Yes! I just loved the characters as a reader we grew to "know", and can only hope that we revisit the O'Connell family in future books. When this book is published I will be purchasing it to proudly add to my collection of Marion Keyes books. She's still in a class of her own with her own unique spot on blend of chick lit, humour, warmth, wit and seriousness. If her books were a recipe on Masterchef, she would win with the prize for the perfect blend. Huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Penguin U.K - Michael Joseph and Marian Keyes for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com*3.5 starsIt seems like a significant amount of time has passed since I last read a Marian Keyes book. Keyes was one of my favourite authors in my late teens and early twenties and her books have always been on my auto buy list. When this one hit shelves, I admit to rushing out to the shops to immediately purchase a copy. The latest from Keyes, The Break, takes an introspective look at a 40 something couple’s marriage that falls into a deep rut and the fallo *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com*3.5 starsIt seems like a significant amount of time has passed since I last read a Marian Keyes book. Keyes was one of my favourite authors in my late teens and early twenties and her books have always been on my auto buy list. When this one hit shelves, I admit to rushing out to the shops to immediately purchase a copy. The latest from Keyes, The Break, takes an introspective look at a 40 something couple’s marriage that falls into a deep rut and the fallout from this, delivered with an injection of Keyes’ trademark wit and emotional insight.Forty four year old Amy knows something is up with her husband of seventeen years Hugh. Since the death of his father, followed by the unexpected death of a close friend, Hugh has been out of sorts for months. Eventually things come to head when Hugh proposes a radical scenario to Amy. He wants to take a break – from the responsibilities of family life, his marriage and career. He hopes that a six month break away from life in Ireland, with no contact while he travels around South-East Asia, will cure him of his overwhelming sense of hopelessness in his life. While Hugh sets off on his life affirming solo adventure, Amy is left to hold it together on the home front. She must deal with wayward daughters, ailing parents, a crazy extended family, gossiping neighbours and friends. At the same time, Amy must keep her head above water and maintain her high flying PR job, which involves a weekly commute from Dublin to London. In six months a lot can happen and change. The Break considers if a marriage on the rocks can withhold a test, such as a six month sabbatical and if this situation can help a couple grow stronger together or draw them further apart.I was pretty excited about the prospect of a new Marian Keyes novel to read, as I am long standing fan of her work, since I read Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married . Since the first book I devoured by Keyes I have read nearly all her novels, bar one. I have always loved her warmth, wise cracking wit, focus on family drama and light touch approach to serious topics. Readers will find The Break contains all the elements that have made Keyes’ books so successful and readable in the past. But I will say that although I enjoyed most aspects of The Break, I didn’t love this book and unfortunately it isn’t up there with my favourite novels from this author.I liked the opening concept that Keyes begins with in The Break. The marriage between Amy and Hugh is in crisis and the proposal for husband Hugh to take a break from life in general was a radical one. It is also the prime reason why I stuck with this book. I just had to know if this couple would eventually come back to one another and if Hugh would honour his promise by returning to Amy. The suggestion of a break in a seventeen year long marriage was an curly one. The scenario is tough one and it is a situation that Keyes explores well.The leads in The Break, Amy and Hugh, are relatable and well formed characters. They are in no way perfect and as a result, we are able to sympathise with them quite readily. Amy was a little weak at times for me and I found it frustrating that she accepted the situation Hugh presented her with little fight. Perhaps this is true of most relationships, we are so scared to lose that person we love so much and ensure their happiness that we are willing to resort to such drastic measures. Hugh was infuriating and selfish for most of the book, but I did feel an overwhelming sense of sadness for him. The leads are supported by an eclectic array of side characters. These include the couple’s own blended family, Amy’s crazy extended family, colleagues and friends. Keyes representation of these characters is rich and humorous. However, their interactions at times had me scratching my head and feeling like I was on the outside, looking into this wild family from the sidelines.Keyes is unafraid of tackling some fairly serious issues in The Break and I admire her for this great examination into some important issues in modern life. Whilst the focus is on a marriage that hits the skids at almost the twenty year mark, Keyes also looks as grief, loss, care of ageing parents, affairs and social media issues. One of the most eye opening side narratives explored in The Break deals with abortion laws in Ireland. Keyes certainly raised my awareness of the strict controls that exist in Ireland in relation to unplanned pregnancy options. All these issues are handled with just the right blend of emotion, insight, authenticity and wise cracking wit that also demonstrates Keyes’ long standing appeal. The journey Hugh and Amy go on is a push pull, through the wringer style emotional wreck of a ride and I didn’t pick the final outcome.The pace of The Break was quite slow to be honest and I often felt like it was dragging. It does pick up a bit in the latter parts, especially in the ‘after’ section when Hugh’s break draws to a close. In general, I felt like The Break was a little too long and it seemed to ramble in places, thus my attention waned somewhat. What also struck me was the sexual content which was much higher than usual for a Keyes novel but was in keeping with the overall direction of the narrative. Despite some areas of this novel being a disappointment, there were segments of The Break that I hold in high regard. However, my loyalty to Keyes remains. I will read that one last book in her collection I have left to discover, while I will also continue to buy her books when they are released. This one just didn’t quite hit the Marian Keyes magic spot for me.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Marian Keyes' work - her books are always guaranteed to make me laugh! 'The Break' was another fantastic read from this wonderful author, I absolutely loved this book. Amy is 44 years old and has been happily married (or so she thought) to her husband Hugh for 18 years. Hugh has been struggling after the death of two family members and decides he needs a 6 month break from his marriage, job and kids. Amy is convinced by family and friends to date other men, I mean if Hugh is on I am a big fan of Marian Keyes' work - her books are always guaranteed to make me laugh! 'The Break' was another fantastic read from this wonderful author, I absolutely loved this book. Amy is 44 years old and has been happily married (or so she thought) to her husband Hugh for 18 years. Hugh has been struggling after the death of two family members and decides he needs a 6 month break from his marriage, job and kids. Amy is convinced by family and friends to date other men, I mean if Hugh is on a break, why can't she be on a break too? The story that follows is hilarious and heartbreaking at times. With some very loveable characters, including Amy's fragile mother going through some big changes, I found myself unable to put this book down. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! :)
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    Oh what fun!!! I listened to the audio and the narrator was perfect. I used to love all Marian Keyes books, but stopped a few years ago, when I read one or two that felt more depressing than uplifting. I am so glad that one of my friends convinced me to try her newest offering. I fell in love with the whole extended family, and laughed and cried with Amy. I especially loved that her colleagues formed such a big part of her support structure, and enjoyed the office banter. Yes this is light and f Oh what fun!!! I listened to the audio and the narrator was perfect. I used to love all Marian Keyes books, but stopped a few years ago, when I read one or two that felt more depressing than uplifting. I am so glad that one of my friends convinced me to try her newest offering. I fell in love with the whole extended family, and laughed and cried with Amy. I especially loved that her colleagues formed such a big part of her support structure, and enjoyed the office banter. Yes this is light and fluffy but it does make you think how you would react in the same situation, and it also looks at the abortion ban in Ireland. Perfect if you need some escapism.
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  • Linda Sims
    January 1, 1970
    I've not read anything by this author before and I'm not sure I will in the future.The two lead characters in this have been married some time they have a family, and everything seems okay till Hugh the husband has a mid life crisis and wants to go off on his own backpacking somewhere remote for 6 months and experience life, I just got the feeling he just wanted to have some new experiences with other women. Amy his wife doesn't really seem to know how to handle this, she doesn't seem to do much I've not read anything by this author before and I'm not sure I will in the future.The two lead characters in this have been married some time they have a family, and everything seems okay till Hugh the husband has a mid life crisis and wants to go off on his own backpacking somewhere remote for 6 months and experience life, I just got the feeling he just wanted to have some new experiences with other women. Amy his wife doesn't really seem to know how to handle this, she doesn't seem to do much at all about it IMO. She's weak and a doormat. I had problems with the two leads she liked to play the victim while Hugh is just a self absorbed twat. It was obvious where the story was heading right from the get go. I found this a rather long winded tale with characters that were annoying. Maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea. But it was slow and took ages to get anywhere.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    This book owned me, took over my thoughts and stayed with me until I managed to find more time to pick it up again. Despite it being mega -angsty and gut wrenching it was the best book I've read in ages.The author totally nailed the slightly boring, average, going through the motions family dynamic in this. I'm a similar age, been married a similar number of years and I recognise all too well that slightly depressing sense of watching life go on elsewhere while you taxi the kids around, go to wo This book owned me, took over my thoughts and stayed with me until I managed to find more time to pick it up again. Despite it being mega -angsty and gut wrenching it was the best book I've read in ages.The author totally nailed the slightly boring, average, going through the motions family dynamic in this. I'm a similar age, been married a similar number of years and I recognise all too well that slightly depressing sense of watching life go on elsewhere while you taxi the kids around, go to work, get the boiler fixed and put the bins out week after week. So that really resonated with me. That's why Hugh's decision to take off around Asia with his backpack to find himself while leaving Amy to deal with their life and his kids alone kind of incensed me. That he was open about the fact that he was fully open to putting it about during his sabbatical tipped me that bit further over the edge.I cannot lie, while I was fired up with rage, I was totally gripped. This story absolutely consumed me. Totally monopolized my thoughts, had me wondering what if...I can't remember the last time a book broke into my thoughts like that.It's challenging to read about someone - who could be me - trying to keep her life together in those circumstances. Fortunately Amy had a quite fascinating job, a crazy family and lots going on at home to keep me riveted. What I really loved, aside from the emotional torture, witty observations and bittersweet moments was what an uplifting read this was. Amy starts out as the downtrodden, slightly bored working mum, but she really comes out fighting and that made me feel so proud.An absolutely cracking read that has left me with a big old book hangover as everything I've picked up since has seemed pretty ordinary by comparison. Highly recommended.**Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the arc**
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  • Marian
    January 1, 1970
    Me encantó.- Muy bien armados los personajes y las situaciones.- Con temas tan reales y dolorosos como la rutina en el matrimonio, las infidelidades y las segundas oportunidades.- Entre medio hijas adolescentes, padres enfermos, hermanos inútiles y Dublin y Londres como escenario.-
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  • Margaret Madden
    January 1, 1970
    Forty-four-year-old Amy is gobsmacked when her husband, Hugh, declares that he wants to take a break from their marriage. He plans to travel through South East Asia and sever all contact for six months. Leaving Amy and three children behind, he heads off with a rucksack, a quick-dry towel and a newly discovered sense of freedom. Amy is devastated but, in true Irish style, she picks herself up and carries on, regardless. With some words of (not your average) wisdom from her daughters, sisters and Forty-four-year-old Amy is gobsmacked when her husband, Hugh, declares that he wants to take a break from their marriage. He plans to travel through South East Asia and sever all contact for six months. Leaving Amy and three children behind, he heads off with a rucksack, a quick-dry towel and a newly discovered sense of freedom. Amy is devastated but, in true Irish style, she picks herself up and carries on, regardless. With some words of (not your average) wisdom from her daughters, sisters and feisty mother, Amy slowly learns what it is like to be a separated mother and struggles to adapt to her new role, albeit in great vintage clothes.It is twenty two years since Marian Keyes burst onto the fiction scene, with her debut, Watermelon. Twelve worldwide bestselling novels later, she returns with a fresh and zingy new host of characters. Amy is an extremely likable and well-rounded personality; in her prime, yet delightfully immature; attractive, yet insecure; career confident, yet equally happy to be at home. She has raised three very unique children and is a loving aunt to many. Her eldest daughter, Neeve, (who's father is a virtually-absent former footballer) is a make-up vlogger, even managing to rope in her Granny for the odd session. There is her quiet and contemplative niece, Sofie, who has been living with Amy and Hugh since her early childhood and is rarely seen without boyfriend, Jackson. Finally there is Kiara, a dream-child who gives her parents no worries. This houseful of females is awash with ongoing shenanigans and all-round mayhem which builds up momentum for the weekly extended-family meal. Add in Amy's regular commute to London, for her celeb clients requiring media-makeovers, and the story line never dips.Keyes has come back with a bang. She has deposited some of her own insightful, warm wit into her characters and let them come to life in their own unique way. Fans will recognise many familiar topics dotted throughout the narrative; a love of all things cosmetic-related; a monthly cheese-subscription; a wife who is weary with the arduous task of caring for her husband with dementia; a fear of hairdressers; the joy of seeing a baby car seat being removed from a sibling's car. However, there are more universal moments. The delight of the first sip of crisp, white wine at the end of a crappy day; the 'mean-girl' effect on on adults who need friends, not enemies; the pre-date preparations required to make an older-woman feel confident enough to strip-off. There are also very valid and serious issues addressed. The ongoing Repeal the 8th campaign is tackled head-on with a character needing to travel abroad to end her pregnancy. Women, on this island, have no rights to their own bodies. Under Irish law, it is a criminal offense to procure abortion pills or seek termination in Ireland. In The Break, a female has made her choice, but cannot legally do anything about it. Choice is the key word. It may not be a story line that everyone will be comfortable with, but it is a reflection of our times. Unfair treatment of females in the workplace is also alluded to: "These days, my friends of child-bearing age, who work any sizable company, tell me that life is like a dystopian novel, one where women have to swallow their pill in a public ceremony every morning in the workplace. ('They watch over you like a hawk. You can't sneak off to puke from a hangover or put on even an ounce. If they suspect you're pregnant, you're immediately sidelined onto the worst project ever, to make you resign.')But, there are lots of laughs. Bucket-loads of laughs. Amy is the kind of friend that you would want at your party. She's fun, sassy and you know she would have your back. Her ability to laugh and enjoy life, even through the darker moments, are endearing and despite being kicked in the teeth, she does not wallow in self-pity. (Instead, choosing to shop online, despite dwindling finances.) She is a great mother and a fantastic daughter. She gets her chance for her own 'mid-life crisis' and Jaypers, she gets right up on that horse. The sex scenes are real and raunchy, without being gratuitous, and are all the better for it. The body-shaming and 'things you should never wear over the age of forty' lists get the middle finger from Marian Keyes, and rightly so. There are some amazingly astute one-liners, all the way through:"A soul-mate is like one of those seventy-nine-euro flights to New York - a lovely idea but they don't exist.""There are times when your heart is bursting with love for them and there are spells when you tense up at the sound of them entering the room."Flashbacks give the reader a chance to know more about Amy and Hugh, allowing more depth to their relationship. The pacing is great, the language is a balance of the colloquial and generic and all emotions are examined; grief, anger, joy, surprise, despair, excitement (sexual and retail - YES!) and acceptance. Amy's mother is a breath of fresh air and like The Walsh Family novels, the diverse personalities within the family unit are the making of the story. I cannot fault this book at all. I am delighted to see Ms. Keyes back in flying form and spreading the joy to her readers. We are definitely a better nation for her. An outstanding look at life for the modern Irish woman. Highly Recommended.
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    January 1, 1970
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a rough week for our family and I needed a book that I would enjoy but was a bit lighter and required less thinking thank my usual thrillers and serial killers. Marian Keyes did not let me down.This book made me laugh and it made me cry. It gave me the distraction that I needed. Great characters and story. Very enjoyable
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Another enjoyable book from Marian Keyes. I just love the way she manages to blend humour and serious issues in a light hearted manner.This is told from the POV of Amy a mother of three in her forties who is going through a bad patch with her husband...in fact he is leaving her...only for 6 months though!Yes it's a bit predictable but aren't we all sometimes?!Lots of laughs and a few tears I would recommend this comedy/family drama.
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  • Claire Allan
    January 1, 1970
    It's not news to anyone who has ever asked me about writing and who I admire that I am a huge fan of Marian Keyes. Like - I even embarrass myself with how gushing I am about her - and having now met her a few times, I have made a complete gom of myself on each occasion. You would think then that being such a huge fan of Marian Keyes would mean reading this book and reviewing it would be a breeze; but it hasn't been for a number of reasons.1) Before I started to read I took the fear that I wouldn It's not news to anyone who has ever asked me about writing and who I admire that I am a huge fan of Marian Keyes. Like - I even embarrass myself with how gushing I am about her - and having now met her a few times, I have made a complete gom of myself on each occasion. You would think then that being such a huge fan of Marian Keyes would mean reading this book and reviewing it would be a breeze; but it hasn't been for a number of reasons.1) Before I started to read I took the fear that I wouldn't like it and then I would be all embarrassed around Marian and when she asked (if she asked) if I liked the book I'd have to do that awkward cough and stare at the floor thing or change the subject or feign sudden onset muteness.2) Second of all, I knew if I reviewed it, there was a chance herself would read the review and therefore the pressure for this to be well written and not stalker-y levels of gushing is high.3) Thirdly of all, as soon as I heard what this book was about I felt tight knot in the pit of my stomach because already I knew that I would relate to Amy. I would get that person in a bit of a rut and not sure what she wants-itis about it all. I've made a number of huge life decisions in the last year and while they don't directly mirror Amy's - I knew there would be a resonance there. And it scared me a bit.I was almost scared to start reading - but when I did, I had to fight between the urge to read-it-all-now and the urge to eek it out in little treat size pieces because I didn't want it to end. I didn't want it to end because Keyes writes characters so well you feel as if you know them - they are real, and raw, and flawed, and funny and they fuck up sometimes. They become friends you become heavily invested in. What this book brings the reader is a marriage in a state of flux - and a woman who has always been there for everyone else finding that the rug has been pulled resoundly from under her feet. She doesn't know how to cope - she lurches from day to day, trying to hold family, friends and work together - managing other people's crises with aplomb while enduring the biggest crisis of her life.That might sound a bit grim - but it isn't. As with the likes of Rachel's Holiday - Keyes has a way of writing on very serious subjects in a way that pulls the reader in without pulling the reader down. While Amy exists in a void of grief and loss, making some suspect decisions along the way - the reader never feels as if she is wallowing. She is a strong woman - one of those "didn't know how strong she was until she had to be" characters who you cheer for and want to hug.Similarly as with the magnificent Walsh family books, Keyes has created such a memorable cast of supporting characters that the book never feels overwritten, padded out or feels as if it has too much focus on Amy. From her daughters, to her mother (Lillian O'Connell, Mother of Five) to her work colleague Alistair (I love him, I really do. Everyone should know an Alistair) - the characters are brilliantly drawn. They will have you laughing out loud one minute, sobbing the next and cheering the minute after that.With her finger very firmly on the pulse, Keyes also tackles some pretty heavy issues in this book. She has spoken before how this book involves a take on the Eighth Amendment and the impact it has on women in Ireland. These chapters are strong, emotive, angry even. That Keyes has used her celebrity to speak out so strongly for the 12 women a day who leave Ireland to travel to England is admirable - but it doesn't feel preachy. It doesn't feel shoe-horned into the book to make a point.I have to admit as much as I LOVE Marian - I would hate to be her. The pressure that she must feel as she releases each new book - with hoards of fans waiting eagerly must be immense. I think I would find it particularly crippling. Has this latest book hit the mark? Will it live up to the greatness of her previous books? Will it help her maintain her position as Queen of Commercial Fiction?For what my opinion is worth - yes.This book, more than any other of her's, profoundly touched me. I felt as if Marian was in my head - actually reading my thoughts, my fears, my worries - and putting them on a page for everyone to read. (Killing me Softly with her Books! Sing it if you know it!)I stayed up until 5am to finish reading it - and when I did, I cried because it was done. And it was brilliant. No one writes like Marian. No one should even try - her voice is unique, strong and distinctive. Her ability to pull away the layers of the human condition is remarkable.This book is, simply, brilliant. Her best yet. It has what I thought was impossible was surpassed Rachel's Holiday in my estimation. It will be the must read book of Autumn 2017. (And the dirty bits are fecking brilliant too!).
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  • Kindling Micky
    January 1, 1970
    THE BREAK was a strangely refreshing read considering that it was, at times, difficult to read in terms of storyline. What Marian Keyes managed to accomplish was narrating the heartbreak of a seemingly solid marriage breaking up, with wit alongside real, tough emotional pain. There are a number of key characters in this book, but Hugh and Amy are at the fore, it's their marriage on a break after all. I went through many changes in how I felt about both these characters. There were times I could THE BREAK was a strangely refreshing read considering that it was, at times, difficult to read in terms of storyline. What Marian Keyes managed to accomplish was narrating the heartbreak of a seemingly solid marriage breaking up, with wit alongside real, tough emotional pain. There are a number of key characters in this book, but Hugh and Amy are at the fore, it's their marriage on a break after all. I went through many changes in how I felt about both these characters. There were times I could not stand Hugh but also moments where he had my compassion. Amy was frustrating in the main but I could see myself being equally stupid in the decision making line, if I was in the same situation. As with all Marian Keyes books, families are prominent in the story and I loved the teenage girls in this book and their narrative. THE BREAK made me emote hugely. There was barely a time where I wasn't feeling some strong emotion as I read; the writing was that powerful. This isn't the most comfortable of reads but I love being put into a real situation even if it does discomfort me. I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Marian Keyes and I've remembered what I love so much about her books. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through netgalley, in return for a honest review. Reviewed for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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  • Sonja Arlow
    January 1, 1970
    I started listening to this book over a weekend, and the weirdest thing happened.While I was at the shops I had complete strangers coming up to me and just starting a conversation out of the blue. I figured out later that I was probably walking around, earphones in, with a big smile on my face, making me look way to approachable.This is old school Marian Keyes at her best, but with a slightly more mature voice. There’s a big, eccentric Irish family that feels similar to the Walshes that featured I started listening to this book over a weekend, and the weirdest thing happened.While I was at the shops I had complete strangers coming up to me and just starting a conversation out of the blue. I figured out later that I was probably walking around, earphones in, with a big smile on my face, making me look way to approachable.This is old school Marian Keyes at her best, but with a slightly more mature voice. There’s a big, eccentric Irish family that feels similar to the Walshes that featured in other Keyes books, but with enough differences not to feel like a carbon copy.The story is definitely not all laughs and tackles quite serious issues and if you are/was married or in a long-term relationship you will be able to relate and wonder how YOU would react if you were in Amy’s shoes.There was also a lot more “sexy time” between characters than what I am used to in her books. It made listening to this in public a little awkward even if no one could hear.The audio narrator did an excellent job and this deserves a place in my favourite audio shelf.If you like Marian Keyes you won’t be disappointed, if you have never tried her I think the audio would be a perfect way to start.
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  • Bex Rees
    January 1, 1970
    A great beach read.Not my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyable.I have had a long stretch of intense thriller/dark novels and wanted a fun read.This definitely fit the bill,although there were times I felt so bad for Any I wanted to give her a hug.Amy was left suddenly by her husband Hugh, who had decided he wanted 6 months off their marriage to go galavanting around the world.What a bad egg!However,Amy picks herself up for the good of her family and you learn what had happened in the lead-up to A great beach read.Not my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyable.I have had a long stretch of intense thriller/dark novels and wanted a fun read.This definitely fit the bill,although there were times I felt so bad for Any I wanted to give her a hug.Amy was left suddenly by her husband Hugh, who had decided he wanted 6 months off their marriage to go galavanting around the world.What a bad egg!However,Amy picks herself up for the good of her family and you learn what had happened in the lead-up to their split.Marian Keyes wrote the character Hugh perfectly.Sometimes I thought he needed a knee in the balls, other times I was desperate for them to get back together.Amy was exactly the kind of girl you wanted to have a few drinks with too.Overall, a solid 4 stars.A cracking read but I would have liked it even more if it was condensed just a little bit.
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  • G.J.
    January 1, 1970
    A modern day Irish family/ relationship drama. I have read books by Marian Keyes in previous years and liked them. This one was OK ( I would give it a 2.5*). I found the excessive use of swearing to be unnecessary, nor did I think the sex scenes added anything to the whole angst driven drama. A pity really , as the author does tackle some very valid and interesting themes, the power of social media, fidelity, abortion laws in Ireland, and the dilemma of ageing parents, however I felt the story t A modern day Irish family/ relationship drama. I have read books by Marian Keyes in previous years and liked them. This one was OK ( I would give it a 2.5*). I found the excessive use of swearing to be unnecessary, nor did I think the sex scenes added anything to the whole angst driven drama. A pity really , as the author does tackle some very valid and interesting themes, the power of social media, fidelity, abortion laws in Ireland, and the dilemma of ageing parents, however I felt the story to be too long winded and at times repetitive.
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  • María Montesinos
    January 1, 1970
    Me ha gustado mucho. Supongo que solo escritoras de romántica consagradas como Marian Keyes se atreven a escribir una historia cuya protagonista es una mujer de 44 años, madre de tres adolescentes, casada dos veces, a quien su marido le pide un "descanso". Es el relato de una crisis matrimonial de libro (nunca mejor dicho!), pero Marian Keyes lo hace tan bien, con tanto acierto y maestría al describir sentimientos, pequeñas decepciones y pequeñas ilusiones, e incomunicaciones varias, lo hace tan Me ha gustado mucho. Supongo que solo escritoras de romántica consagradas como Marian Keyes se atreven a escribir una historia cuya protagonista es una mujer de 44 años, madre de tres adolescentes, casada dos veces, a quien su marido le pide un "descanso". Es el relato de una crisis matrimonial de libro (nunca mejor dicho!), pero Marian Keyes lo hace tan bien, con tanto acierto y maestría al describir sentimientos, pequeñas decepciones y pequeñas ilusiones, e incomunicaciones varias, lo hace tan auténtico, tan divertido, tan en su estilo de familias tipo "gabinete de los hermanos Marx" que no puedo sino admirar su talento, una vez más. Por cierto, también se mete en el mundo de las redes sociales y los youtubers (el personaje de la hija mayor es tan real...), en el odio que generan y la irracionalidad de la gente, en los problemas de dependencia de los mayores, y le da un tirón de orejas a la sociedad irlandesa por su penalización del aborto. Ahí lo dejo. Muy recomendable.
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  • Karina Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Brillante.Es el primer libro que leo de esta escritora saliendo completamente de mi zona de confort y que gusto!
  • 🔮⚡️Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a long time since I've read Marian Keyes, so I was eager to get my hands on her forthcoming book 'The Break'. Whilst the book was entertaining, I felt as I was constantly waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did and at around 50% I started to get a little frustrated with the storyline. Perhaps it's because this book was so far out of my usual comfort zone of crazed killers but to me, it just didn't seem anything other than bog standard domesticity and I had predicted the ou It's been a long time since I've read Marian Keyes, so I was eager to get my hands on her forthcoming book 'The Break'. Whilst the book was entertaining, I felt as I was constantly waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did and at around 50% I started to get a little frustrated with the storyline. Perhaps it's because this book was so far out of my usual comfort zone of crazed killers but to me, it just didn't seem anything other than bog standard domesticity and I had predicted the outcome pretty much from the start. It was very well written and yes, I did laugh out loud at several points along the way but it just wasn't the exciting read I was expecting it to be. That's not to say I've been put off of Marian Keyes other books and I'm eager to read some of her others. I think this was a good book, who was perhaps on this occasion, read by the wrong person. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Poppy fairy
    January 1, 1970
    Review by Suzanne www.ireadnovels.wordpress.com [email protected] Mariane Keyes is one of my favourite authors. It doesn’t matter what story she tells in her novels I am always totally booked out with my reading schedule glued to the story. I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. As readers should know by know one of my favourite subjects I like to read about is fiction marriage problems. Here’s the problem poor Hugh needs to take a break from his marriage to Amy and the kids, Review by Suzanne www.ireadnovels.wordpress.com [email protected] Mariane Keyes is one of my favourite authors. It doesn’t matter what story she tells in her novels I am always totally booked out with my reading schedule glued to the story. I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. As readers should know by know one of my favourite subjects I like to read about is fiction marriage problems. Here’s the problem poor Hugh needs to take a break from his marriage to Amy and the kids, but to matters worse he only wants to go to swanning of to South East Asia for six months. Yes I say poor Hugh as I feel that men can’t take what happens in life like us women have to hold everything together. For men everything just falls apart. So Hugh is off for a break for a whole six months. What if he doesn’t come back? I’d have put my foot down hard telling him he can’t just leave me and the kids for six months. Seems like husbands can walk all over their wife and do whatever he wishes too, but of course a wife can’t possibly go jetting off any where, she’s the children and the home to look after. But Amy sees it as letting Hugh go to save their marriage. In my view what’s good enough for any husband is good enough for a wife. If Hugh is on a break then so is Amy, right? The question is will Amy see it that way? All the characters are bold as life and real joy to read about and I truly mean that. I loved every word, ever sentence, ever chapter. For me The Break was so much fun to read with serious scenes. I couldn’t even pick out my favourite line as I loved all the funny lines. The Break should be at the top of your list to read with very funny lines to chuckle over.
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  • Hildy
    January 1, 1970
    It was so great to be back into Marian Keyes' head. She does Women's Fiction right. The issues she deals with are so real but she always injects humour to help with the tough stuff. I'm always a little nervous when I see the length of her books. It stresses me out that there is so much time before things (hopefully) work out. As always, once I get a little farther along into the story, I realize how much I'm just so happy to be there, and I don't want it to be over. I love her spin on things. I' It was so great to be back into Marian Keyes' head. She does Women's Fiction right. The issues she deals with are so real but she always injects humour to help with the tough stuff. I'm always a little nervous when I see the length of her books. It stresses me out that there is so much time before things (hopefully) work out. As always, once I get a little farther along into the story, I realize how much I'm just so happy to be there, and I don't want it to be over. I love her spin on things. I'm in need of some re-reading of her stand-alones.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Marian Keyes was one of the first "grown up" female authors that I read. I was a big fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice in my early teens, but it was Marian who taught me about families, friendships, loves, losses, and real life experiences. Life (and being a stroppy teenager) got in the way, and I hadn't kept up with her books. I follow her online, and love her on Twitter, YouTube and Podcasts - but I hadn't read any of her newer books in YEARS. Reading this was like catching up with an old frie Marian Keyes was one of the first "grown up" female authors that I read. I was a big fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice in my early teens, but it was Marian who taught me about families, friendships, loves, losses, and real life experiences. Life (and being a stroppy teenager) got in the way, and I hadn't kept up with her books. I follow her online, and love her on Twitter, YouTube and Podcasts - but I hadn't read any of her newer books in YEARS. Reading this was like catching up with an old friend after not seeing them for years. I remembered how warm and comforting her writing can be - how I always see myself, or a family member, in there somewhere; how it's like a warm hug; how it's just - engaging. On the surface, there doesn't seem like there could be enough of a plot to keep a book going for 400 pages. Amy and Hugh are married (happily), with an almost-grown-up family of young women. Hugh suddenly declares that he needs six months off - a break. A break from family life, from Ireland, from his marriage. Amy is left behind to pick up the pieces while he's off doing who knows what with who knows who - will she cope? And what happens if she copes too well? That's the story - but this author writes Irish families like nobody else. There's a brazen vlogger determined to see Hugh off once and for all; a sweet, adorable teenager who is wise beyond her years; a young woman facing the horror of a crisis pregnancy in a country where abortion is illegal; a hoard of "friends" who really just want all the gossip; a couple of dream work colleagues, a Granny who is trying to enjoy herself while looking after a spouse with dementia; and, at the heart of it, a woman who is trying to figure out who she is, what she wants, and how it's going to happen.I loved this - and I instantly remembered why this author used to be my go-to when things were a bit shitty at home. Recommended.I received a digital ARC via Netgalley, so thank you to whoever approved that request for me! That has no bearing on my review (check my review-copy shelf if you don't believe me, if it was shite I'd say so).
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin books for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I was so excited when I realised Marian Keyes had written a new book. I devoured chic lit books in my twenties, but as I got older I lost interest in the genre. Now I am older, Marian Keyes is one of the few chic lit authors I still read. I loved the books featuring the Walsh family it felt like meeting old friends. I hope The Break will be the first book featuring the O'Connell family, Marian has With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin books for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I was so excited when I realised Marian Keyes had written a new book. I devoured chic lit books in my twenties, but as I got older I lost interest in the genre. Now I am older, Marian Keyes is one of the few chic lit authors I still read. I loved the books featuring the Walsh family it felt like meeting old friends. I hope The Break will be the first book featuring the O'Connell family, Marian has created a family with plenty of strong female characters to create new books.Hugh and Amy have 3 almost grown up children Neeve, Kiara and niece Sofie. The book starts with Hugh telling his wife Amy that he wants to take a break for 6 months backpacking around Asia. Hugh lost his father and brother in quick succession, now deeply depressed he wants time to clear his head. During that time he will not contact Amy and wants to be free to sleep with other women. Amy is devastated, Hugh is adamant that he will return to Ireland in 6 months but she is not so sure.During Hugh's break Amy finds out he is sleeping with a younger woman, angry and humiliated she swears it is over with Hugh.In flashbacks from two years earlier she came close to an affair with married journalist Josh Rowan. When Amy and Josh meet again at an industry award dinner she finds she is still attracted to him. Convinced Hugh will not be returning, she starts an affair with Josh with no strings attached. Amy is happy with this until he wants to leave his wife for her.Like always Marian Keyes books have plenty of Irish wit whilst covering subjects like depression, dementia and abortion. I enjoyed the chapters when Amy's mother Lilian O'Connell did a series of appearances on Neeve's You Tube channel and become an internet sensation. I also loved Amy's friend Alastair from work who is seeing her sister Derry.I hope to read more books from the O'Connell family in the future.
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