‘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?
Amy comes from an Irish family of five children now all grown up and, with a much extended family, she has to find time for her children, other people’s children, her elderly parents, her wild and wonderful array of friends alongside a manic PR job which entails spending 2 days of her working week in London.
The characters are fabulous creations and frighteningly true to life, warts and all. I have been working my way towards this one in my tbr list and the wait was sooo worth it! From family disasters in Ireland to scandals in the UK capital, Amy lives her life at a flat-out pace. Welcome to the world of every working mother, although I’m not sure they have the same madness.
Marian Keyes is an author who always gives great value in her novels; they suck you in, chew you up and spit you out having filled you full of laughter and tears. She injects her writing with humour and pathos and in The Break she has excelled herself. Weirdly, I find I read her books in an Irish accent – hers, having watched her on Strictly’s It Takes Two spin-off and I find she writes as she talks!
This is a packed read, lurching from hysterically funny to sobbing sadness in a heartbeat, but oh so worth the emotional cost.. I loved each and every word and wouldn’t have missed it for anything. Highly recommended reading!
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my original, honest and unbiased review.
Tags: family life, humour, marriage, sadness
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