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Watermelon (Walsh Family, Bk 1)
Watermelon - Walsh Family, Bk 1
Author: Marian Keyes
ISBN-13: 9780380796090
ISBN-10: 0380796090
Publication Date: 7/1999
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 141 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
I am not generally a chic lit kind of girl, but this book is really good. It is a perfect book to read on a rainy Saturday afternoon while eating a big bowl of ice cream. When I read this one, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend to anyone of the female persuasion who has ever felt fat, ugly, hopeless, tired, or any of 100 other negative emotions. You will be able to relate because Keyes style is very personal and easy to identify with.
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Helpful Score: 7
This book started off good and it got my attention right away, then it sort of slowed down and I was getting bored, but then BOOM!! It just started to get soooo good once again and I couldn't put it down. I loved the way the book was written. I will continue to read the other books about the "Walsh" sisters!
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Helpful Score: 6
I have completely fallen in love with Marian Keyes's writing style! Watermelon is about Claire, a young mom of 29, and what happens to her after her husband abandons her and their newborn baby. Keyes manages to take a weighty topic and add just enough humor to keep if from being depressing but not so much that she dismisses the gravity of what happened to Claire. Watermelon is all about Claire learning to live again and figuring out what she really wants in life. The ending is so sweet and unexpected. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you'll like Marian Keyes.
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Helpful Score: 4
Veeeeery addicting. I was lugging this around to work and all over the house. I loved it! I love most of her books.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first book I've read by Marian Keyes and I really enjoyed it. I could really relate to a lot of the things that Claire was feeling as far as being confused about her husband who cheated on her and the new guy she finds in her life. It was very witty and funny. The ending was something different than I expected, but I was still pleased with how things turned out. I'd highly recommend this book. =)
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Helpful Score: 3
Marian Keyes writes the most fun books and Watermelon is no different. Fun & witty with great characters that you really empathize with.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this to be a funny story and I could relate with the main character. However I found the ending to be a bit predictable. Fun read though!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is my first Marian Keyes read. The best thing about this book for me was the way the author had with her words. She writes very well, and draws you in easily. I appreciated that. And I really enjoyed how she made her secondary characters, Claire's family-to be specificly, so lively and funny and very warm personalities. Even when they were being silly or mean or whatever other emotion, the characters wrapped around me like a warm blanket. The only reason this novel isn't a favorite of mine is because of Claire's situation with her husband. I could not like the storyline or how she developed it and its conclusion. While it ended well, I wanted more from the plot. But I am glad I tried Marian Keyes. I may read another.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful story. Couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 2
Fun read, a woman learns to live again and stand up for herself after her husband leaves. I enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This wasn't my favorite Marian Keyes novel but it was a good one nonetheless. As usual, Keyes spins an insightful, amusing story about a jilted woman that manages to regain her self-respect and cobble together a new and ultimately better life for herself from the shambles of a broken marriage. Told with this author's trademark incisive wit and self-deprecating humour, this book will be enjoyable for those who enjoy the branier side of chick-lit.
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Helpful Score: 2
I had to read this for a light read for a book club. I actually enjoyed it. Very witty and sarcastic. You have to enjoy English/irish humor to get this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well-written story of a woman whose husband abandons her on the day she gives birth. Does not sound like it would be a funny story but this author is hilarious. I could read it again.
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Helpful Score: 2
For those of you readers who enjoy a good "Chick Lit" funny romance novel, then you really love this.
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Helpful Score: 2
Watermelon was great plane reading! I've now read 2 of Marian Keyes' books, and I've had similar reactions: I expect 'light and fluffy' chick lit, but her stories always seem to dig a little bit deeper, deal with issues more realistically, and give me more satisfaction than other books in this genre. I also find myself annoyed with the flightiness and weakness of her characters sometimes, but they seem to come out stronger on the other end - as Claire did at the end of this book. I think that's a testament to her writing and understanding how real people might behave when faced with crappy situations in the real world.
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Helpful Score: 1
It looked pretty good but I must have been in a mood and just couldn't get into it! happy reading!
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Helpful Score: 1
Witty and enjoyable, with a richer plot than many of its chick lit peers.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book from the beginning as the writer's style is very unique and very entertaining. As soon as you hear her humor it's hard to put the book down. I did get a little discouraged as I neared the end because it seemed to drag a bit and Claire's lack of self-esteem was just dizzying. All in all though, a very good book and very funny. I laughed out loud all the way through.
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Helpful Score: 1
Laugh-out-loud funny, easy but engaging, read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the writing style...the main character talks directly to the reader.

The book had an abrupt ending. When I got to the end, I first thought some pages were missing(none are missing). It just seemed like there was a better point in the story to wrap things up.
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Helpful Score: 1
Marian Keyes writes a wonderfully light read - smart and funny and touching at the same time. I always enjoy her work!
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Helpful Score: 1
I absolutely LOVED this book!! Claire reminded me of myself and my friends - I loved her humor and wit! I will be reading all of Marian Keyes' books now!
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Helpful Score: 1
I've read 2 of this author's books--I'm having a hard time with the main characters. I just want to yell 'You are a moron! Get a clue!'
They are very shallow-I guess I like the people in the books I read to at least LEARN something by the end instead of falling into a new relationship with another shallow male.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book. First of Marian Keyes' books that I've read. Love her characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
I read my first Keyes book - her more recent "Angels" and found it quite enjoyable. I'm not a chick-lit fan, but it was such a fun book to read that I went back to the first of the series of stories of these sisters. "Watermelon" was a delightful summer read. (Note: the next one in series, "Rachel's Holiday," was very boring and I would recommend skipping)
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Helpful Score: 1
Found this book to be rather amusing. Really just the run of the mill story with a cute twist here and there. Was well written, but doubt if i'd read it again, to much else out there with more depth. If you are looking for something to just sit, read, and not get into to deeply,{ as we all want sometimes} you will like this.
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Helpful Score: 1
What do you do with a sad, lonely woman and her baby, whose husband left on the day of their daughter's birth? Why, you plop her and her baby in Ireland, with a group of witty, unique, and supportive people!

Her emotional wounds slowly heal, as she discovers the strength to continue with life. She has found love in the unlikeliest of places, with an unexpected bunch. The author uses dark humor, clever dialogue, and intriguing situations to tell Claire's story. To anyone who's ever felt abandoned, lost, and alone I recommend this read.
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Seeing the world with a wry sense of humor and a strong sense of self, this author created a character to whom I could really relate. Claire is a woman who believes she has it all - right up to the day she gives birth to a beautiful baby.....the same day her husband tells her he has fallen in love with another woman - "and - oh by the way - I'm leaving you. Have a nice life. Ta-ta."
Where she goes, how she copes - or sometimes does NOT cope makes a wonderful story.
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Cute story of single mother on the rebound of being left by her husband. As sad as it sounds, its actually quite funny!
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Keyes is a very good writer of 'chick lit', Great Brit style. I like her sense of humor...
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I laughed and cried with this book. I really felt with Clair her feeling after her husband left on same day their child was born for another woman. Marian Keyes really hit the nail on the head with this book about lossing love, find self esteem and find yourself and center again after devistaing lost.
I myself has something similar happen to me, tho, thank goodnes there was not a newborn. But I felt just the same. I felt Marian Keyes was looking into my life a bit. LOL.
A great read, there are some very funny part, the family seem a bit like my own. I don't know if it is an Irish thing or if all families are like this. The Youngest sister Hellen is a dead ringer for my younest sister and she even has that for her middle name, spookie.
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I read this book shortly after having my baby. Keyes has a very sarcastic sense of humor which left me laughing out loud in parts. The book is about a woman and her self discovery after she gives birth to her first child and the man she is married to announces he is leaving her.
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Simply delightful.
Revenge is sweet has never been more true as in the story's ending.
I felt all the anguish, anger and angst that the main character experienced.
Easy read, holds your attention and great story.
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GREAT story--loved it all the way through! Recommend it highly!
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Marian Keyes brings much more depth to her writing than the typical "chic-lit".
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This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It is chick lit, which isn't my favorite genre of reading. The character/author rambles on and on. It is story that could be told in much fewer pages. All in all it was a good read and I was able to connect to the characters well. If you are a fan of chick lit this book is for you.
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Marian Keye's first novel, and the first in a series about the Walsh sisters. Funny and thought provoking. Her characters are outrageous, flawed, hilarious, and real.
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This book was okay - good beach read. Very predictable and the main character tended to go on and on and on about one thing or another, but fun enough.
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Cute book. About another member of the Walsh family, Claire, sister of Rachael (Rachael's Holiday) and Margaret (Angels).
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There were some funny moments in the book, her descriptions in some cases are spot on. Overall I dont think I truly enjoyed this book. I became frustrated with the characters and annoyed with Claire. I struggled to finish this book and that isnt something I usually have trouble with. I've tried to come up with an eloquent way to express that i simply wanted more from this book, I kept turning the pages thinking something would make Claire more vibrant or there would be more depth to be the men.
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I could not even make it through the first 100 pages, I tried and tried. It was so boring. I stopped after 130 pages, I could not read anymore, it kept putting me to sleep. The story sounded good and there were a couple of good parts but it was like listening to a friend you have not seen in a long time and lost touch with and not really caring what they have been up to. You are only half listening. I see that there are many reviews and all say the book is good, maybe after the first 150 it gets better but it took forever for me to get to 130 and I could not see wasting my time on a book till I got to page 400.
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I've gotta say this was one of the worst marian keyes books i've ever read...
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I almost stopped reading this book because of how whiny Claire was at the start of the book, but I pushed on and was pleasently surprised. She really comes into herself and finds a backbone. I did not like how the book just ended though, wished for more of a closure.
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Great book!
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Great book! By far my favorite Keyes book.
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I know Keyes is "hip," but I don't enjoy her writing much.
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Good book. Not a great title and not sure why I picked it up but I'm glad I did.
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Laugh out loud good.
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Not my favorite by Marian Keyes, but it was still a fun read.
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The first by Marian Keyes, fun and light.
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Not too bad a book. Just a little strange how the author is constantly writing what the main character is thinking - more than usual. That part was a little annoying. The book itself was pretty predictable in alot of ways but the characters in the book were very interesting.
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A good story with interesting characters and amusing situations. I enjoyed it.
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The book is about a wife who just gave birth and her husband left her. It is a wonderful book that I couldn't put down.
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Hilarious! Typical of Marian Keyes, whom I think is a great author : )
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Really great book. Marian Keyes is a talented writer, with a gift for capturing the humorous in the lives of the five Walsh sisters.
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Loved it!
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I really enjoyed this one.
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I laugh all the way through her books
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Loved it!
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Keyes is a great author and I usually find her books irresistible, but Watermelon somehow fell a little short: the book was good, but lacked that magnetic appeal that keeps you from putting it down. A good summer read.
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very good book
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This book was funny and kept my interest. I am now reading her next book, "Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married", and find that here she also mixes everyday life with humor.
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Book Description
February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.
Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.

She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.

My Review
This book was hard to put down. Marian Keyes writes in a way that is very relatable. She has a way of expressing humor in tragic experiences that makes you feel exactly how her characters are feeling. The plot is very realistic and the characters are well-drawn. I have never read Marian Keyes before but I look forward to reading the 2nd book in this series, Rachel's Holiday, and I would highly recommend Watermelon to those who love to read chick-lit.
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I thought this book was hilarious, there were many LOL moments. A true gem!
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This is my first book by Marian Keyes but certainly not my last. A wonderful story filled with lots of laughs!
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Pretty darn funny.
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I loved this book!I would recommend this book as a must read!
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Another great read by Marian Keyes about another sister in the Walsh family. This was my second time reading this and enjoyed it once again. Great characters that are easy to relate to.
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A really cute book. Would make a great beach read!
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A very cute story. Hard to put down. A good summer book.
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Very witty book.
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This is the first I've read of Marian Keyes and I cannot wait to read another!!!! I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes, her inner dialouge was a little annoying but none the less I thought the book was great.
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Another great one by Marian Keyes. Her books are totally addictive and this one is no exception!
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This was really cute. I enjoy most of her books.
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Keyes' best! I read it at a very rough time in my life, but it really lifted my spirits. One of my all time favorites!
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Cute story..fast read.
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I laughed out loud and cried at the same time...great weekender book...the one you pick up friday evening and waste away your whole saturday finishing
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I've read other books by Marian Keyes and have enjoyed all of them. In this one, Claire gets dumped by her husband on the day she gives birth to their daughter. She decides to go back and live with her parents while she is taking her leave of absence from work. Her very dysfunctional family manages, in their odd way, to help her get through. And when her husband decides he made a mistake, well, read the book and see!
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This is a good summer read. It's about Claire who has the perfect life--until her husband leaves her after she has their baby daughter. She goes back home to her family to recover. Sounds sad, doesn't it--but the book is actually funny. You will laugh while reading it.
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Great chick lit, quick reading.
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Loved this book!
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From the back cover: "February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated." Another fun and satisfying chick-lit read from Marian Keyes!
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Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving ehr. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at. She decides to go home where she gets better, but when her husband comes waltzing back into her life he's in for a bit of a surprise.
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I have not completed reading the book yet. It has gone visiting for a while, but when it returns I will finish reading it. So far it is sad and funny at the same time. It seems to be a life lesson for this woman Find out the rest for your selves!!!! Lol!!!! For me this one is a keeper.
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Read all her books!
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At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recover room to inform her that he's leaving her. Clarie is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror.

In the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father.. And there, sheltered by the love an (albeit quirky) family, she gets better. A lot better.

In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.
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Pregnant and her husband leaves . . .
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5 star book.
Claire Webster, heroine of this breezy Irish bestseller, thinks hubby James is the man of

her dreams until he ditches her for an older woman (Claire herself is 29) two hours after

their daughter is born. Mother and child repair to Dublin, where there's hope of solace and

sustenance in the bosom of an eccentric family, while Claire downsizes from watermelon to

wisp and struggles over the hurdles of blues and booze. When she attracts a handsome young

lover and considers dumping the suddenly repentant James, it's clear a happy ending's in

sight. Or is it? There are a few surprises that you wouldn't want to miss.
Claire Webster's got it all-a perfect marriage to a handsome husband who provides well and

now a darling baby girl-until the morning after she gives birth, when her husband, James,

informs her that he's having an affair with their downstairs neighbor and deserts her and

his child. Claire flies back to Dublin and the dubious security of her wacky family to sort

out her life.
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This is light summer reading about love, relationships and single parenthood
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I love Marian Keyes! So, of course I loved this book too. I can totally relate to everything she writes.
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February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.
Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.
She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.
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My book has a different cover than this one....but it doesn't affect the cute story. =)
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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!