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    Marian Keyes(Author)

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‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy’s marrying – because although she’s his girlfriend, she definitely isn’t the bride-to-be. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will Lola’s retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. She wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can’t she forget him?

Grace’s sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past. Her family is wonderful but they can’t take away memories of her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. What will it take for Marnie to be able to move on?

And what of the future Mrs de Courcy … Alicia is determined to be the perfect politician’s wife. But does she know the real Paddy de Courcy?

Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all …

It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry . . . the story will stay with you long after you've read the last page (Heat )

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  • PDF | 688 pages
  • Marian Keyes(Author)
  • Michael Joseph (30 April 2008)
  • English
  • 8
  • Fiction

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  • By S. M. Malone on 23 May 2016

    Have discovered the joy of Marian Keyes books quite late in my life (not sure why) but so glad I have. This book seems to be about lots of different women but they all have one thing in common - a very charming but (secretly) abusive politician. Having Irish roots myself I can just see the countryside & the old houses & people just as they're written. A fantastic book with a great twist at the end. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

  • By Leanne Ronald on 6 March 2017

    Im not entirely sure this is a marian keyes book, it doesnt seem like her style at all, her other books are great, funny, witty and well written but this book seems odd and its not an enjoyable read with short sentences and a lack of Is, mes, and mys, iv never read a book quite like this and i dont really think il be able to finish it, it just seems to be getting worse as i go through. Also the storyline, what a way to make women sound pathetic when they have been dumped, ruining her career and running off to stay in a cabin seems a bit dramatic.

  • By Annie Banany on 8 July 2015

    What a great read! I've come to Marian Keyes recently and found This Charming Man very funny, deeply moving and so well written in terms of alcoholism and domestic violence. Don't be put off - there is so much fun in this book too!My favourite character was Lola and laughed out loud several times when she was rattling round Knockavoy. I simply could not stop reading it and got very irritated when my life intervened.So, for me, the best Marian Keyes yet.

  • By fizz boot on 7 February 2009

    I, like many others, have enjoyed Marian Keys from her Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday etc days. There WERE things about this book which I found difficult - Lola's style of writing took some getting used to, but this was a book about REAL women who are disempowered by an attractive but controlling man. Unlike other readers I wasn't looking for the formulaic - woman has bad time with bad man and then good man rescues her novel, I was wanting to read an author who CLEARLY understands real life - in Marian's case, if I'm not mistaken, the life of an alcoholic (which was portrayed in all it's frustrating realism), but also the process of recovery which was shown in a sometimes funny sometimes painful way. I am really looking forward to my second read of this book (in probably a year's time - I read all my books a number of times) when I will be able to enjoy this book from another angle, and relax into knowing the characters more. Marian please - if you read this please keep moving forward and don't be tempted by those who have said they were disappointed to move back to the formulaic style which often characterises first novels. You have a real talent and I look forward to whatever you bring us next.Emma S-K

  • By Imelda.... in Surrey on 2 April 2017

    A good read but some chapters much too long and then gets a speedy ending. Appropriate for a holiday read, however don't think I would have "stuck with it" had I not been on the beach and had lots of time to fill. This is first Marian Keyes book I've read, and when next on holiday perhaps may try ano of her books but won't rush into it. A very popular writer but ......

  • By Not Pepys on 14 July 2008

    While I agree with many of the points made by Blonde Bookworm's review (and particularly her comments about other authors - cool review) and many other critical ones, I enjoyed myself (if you can describe reading a book about such dark subject matter as enjoyable). This is a very clever book. It tackles a very hard subject with aplomb, and leads you neatly to the end. I found Marnie's story heart-breakingly realistic, unsurprising as Marian Keyes has suffered the same way herself, and I didn't have any problems with the style of Lola's diary. I loved the characterisation of Grace.But yes: the novel needed to be tightened. I imagine that if you're an author as successful as MK, it takes a brave editor to cut a book up. And I also agree: what's with the 'molichino' highlights mentions at weird moments?!

  • By CAB on 27 March 2017

    I rarely stop reading a book but think I will probably give up on this one. It is so bizarrely written, in a sort of shorthand slang style. At first I thought this was just when the story was told in the first person, but it is used throughout the book and just comes across as if an immature teenager has written the book. Such a shame as I suspect the story itself is good, I just can't stand how it is written.


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