After her husband, James, leaves her on the day she gives birth to their daughter, Claire returns home to Dublin to her family: her man-eating sister, Helen; her soap-watching mother; her bewildered father. There she gets so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of surprise!After her husband, James, leaves her on the day she gives birth to their daughter, Claire returns home to Dublin to her family: her man-eating sister, Helen; her soap-watching mother; her bewildered father. There she gets so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of surprise!Read Less
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Claire can?t believe that the very day that she gives birth to her first child is the same day that her husband decides to leave her. What Luck! Marian Keyes pulls out all the stops in the development of the story and the characters. Claire and her husband James have been married for a few years and are living in New York. She thought things were going just great, then out of nowhere James announces that he?s fallen for someone else and is leaving their home to move in the with the other woman.
Claire is devastated and decides to move back home to her family in Ireland. Once she gets there, her parents and her sisters (there are five girls altogether ? poor Dad!) try their best to help her deal with her abandonment and pitch in to help take care of the baby ? she even has to name her baby girl without James? input. So she?s down but she?s not out and after a bout of depression in which she terrorizes her family ? she finally decides to move on with her life and she?leaves the house ? for the first time in weeks!
She meets Adam, one of her sister Helen?s college classmates who although a little older than the average college student, is still a little young for her, but he?s hot and she can?t help being drawn to him and he seems to have a fondness for her brand new baby. Claire is still heart-broken over her husband?s betrayal, but maybe she can find a way to see the good in mankind by befriending Adam. Claire discovers a lot about herself, about her marriage and finds out the truth about her husband and comes to a crossroads and makes a decision about the way she?s going to live her life and raise her daughter.
This is my first Marian Keyes novel and I was instantly swept up in Claire?s personality and the humor that?s infused in her books. I especially enjoyed listening to the battles that would go on in Claire?s head between the good vs. evil ? masterfully done. I was engrossed in every page and read it quickly and was sorry to have it end and then was so pleased to learn that there were more books in this series ? I would like the chance to get to know the Walsh sisters better and I know that I?ve found a favorite author in Marian Keyes.
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