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Summary

At 29, Claire is full of the joys of life - that is, until her husband leaves her on the day she gives birth to her baby. With a broken heart, a beautiful newly born and an expanding mirror image, she decides to visit her eccentric family in Dublin. There she starts to feel better. So much better, in fact, that James is in for a surprise when he decides to slither back into her life.

©2000 Marian Keyes (P)2002 WF Howes Ltd

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Disappointed in this edit of a favourite book...

I love this story - one of Marian’s best. I first read it nearly 25 years ago. The narrator is great but I’m halfway through and am irrationally annoyed at the way the vocabulary has been Americanised! The book is set in Ireland and London. We don’t have sidewalks and diapers!!! Should have been left as it was!

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Amazing book but why the American substitutes???

Obviously Marian Keyes is incredible but I don’t understand why loads of words are substituted for American ones? Like subway instead of tube, diaper instead of nappy, butt instead of arse. Arse is a great word! A plea to the publishers to stop doing this in books, surely Americans aren’t so unintelligent as to not be able to work out what the author’s original words mean? Performance was fantastic.

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I'm not American

I loved this book. I was thrilled to see if released after waiting years. Thrilled to see Geri Halligan reading it.....but why has it been Americanised? Diapers pacifiers and pap smears? Irked me a lot. Issue with sound in chapter 40 also. Clicking over dialogue near end.

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Another Keyes triumph

Loved the story. My only dislike was the American language, diapers, subway, apartment etc. Otherwise a great time spent with the Walsh Family.

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Shallow and cliche- exactly what I was looking for

Quirky and unoriginal, exactly what you want from these sorts of books. Screw it, I enjoyed it. Narrator was very good.

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Disappointing

I was going to write an appalling review about how implausible the plot is / how unbelievable the characters are, but then I discovered that this was Keyes' first novel. So, I'm feeling a bit more magnanimous. All her other works are much better than this one. I'd leave this one til last for ardent fans only.

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Not the greatest...

I think this is one of the earliest by the author and I had worked the end out with about 6 chapters to go. Performance was great and there were some laugh out loud moments but the author gets better with her more recent work so try those 👍🏻

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fabulous

An entertaining look at life which had me bursting out laughing and listening with delight and anticipation from start to finish. The characters must be taken from real life people because they are so believable and funny.
I love this author and the narrator would have you believe that its Marion speaking directly to the reader. Im off to buy the next one.

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Funny. Easy listening

I’m now a mirian Keyes fan, can’t wait to listen to her next book. This story is funny as it is so relatable . It had a kind of Bridgette Jones feel to it. I loved it

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Infuriating!!

What an exasperating book. SO unnecessarily long and repetitive. I got really fed up with the main characters idiotic meanderings on even the smallest point. And the Americanisms! Irish people speaking of diapers, subways, apartments and elevators. A weak and predictable story line too. A poor offering from the later excellent author. God knows how this got published....if I had been the editor, 3/4 of it would have been crossed out!!

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