At least, that's what he promises. He is just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.
Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . .
It's been a long time since Amy held a briefcase in one hand and a baby in the other. She never believed she'd have to go it alone again. She just has to hold the family together until Hugh comes back.
But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?
Because falling in love is easy. The hard part - the painful, joyous, maddening, beautiful part - is staying in love.
Fabulous book and Marian Keyes is back to her best. I still enjoyed her previous novel but I feel that The Break is the Marian Keyes we all know and love. Her humour is there, her brilliant insight into people’s relationships is there and well, the book has it all.