I ordered this book since I am quite anal when it comes to reading series books, I want to read them all at once rather than one here, one there etc. This is the fourth book in Marian Keyes' Walsh Sister Serial. Now the only sister without her own book is the youngest, Helen, whom I am sure is soon to have her own turn. This story is the best so far, going into a bit darker places than the previous three novels, but still kept things light-hearted enough not to deter from Keyes' typical narrative. This book is about the next-to-youngest sister, Anna, whom has managed to pull herself out from the perpetual cloud she was in to get a real job, move to New York and get married. However the fairy tale she was living comes to a screeching halt and Anna finds herself back home in Ireland, bruised, broken and being taken care of by her Mum with no recollection of how she got there or where her husband, Aidan, is. She eventually makes it back to New York and to her PR job, dressing quirkily and promoting Candy Grrl while searching desprately for Aidan. The story is so good that when I got it yesterday I didn't do anything else but read it and only had one chapter left this morning which I quickly ate up. I think it's due to the fact I can relate a lot more to Anna than any of the other Walsh sisters, but this book really hit it for me and I'm now sorry it's over. Great dialogue, sad without being too depressing and funny without making fun of the sad bits that aren't funny. It is a definite keeper and I'll probably still be re-reading this one when I'm 80!
I love Marian Keyes, and I love reading about the Walsh sisters. But this book is incredibly sad. For the first 260 pages of the book you have no idea of what is going on. I was so curious I even went to Amazon.com to see if any of the reviews "spilled the beans" (they didn't). When I found out, it was like getting bonked on the head, really really hard. This is a serious tearjerker. Great book, but I promise you will cry.
I can't express how much I loved this book!! I picked it up because I really enjoy Marian Keyes, especially her previous books about the kooky Walsh family, but this is no doubt the best! Anna's journey to discover herself and a new life after tragedy broke my heart. I literally laughed and cried at the same time :)
I love Marian Keyes and I love her Walsh family charaters... Having said that, this novel is not as lighthearted as the others. It was sad... There were moments where I laughed (How can you not w/ Keye's humor?) but for the most part, it was more of a sad than a happy book.
AWESOME plot and nice twist would have NEVER guessed it