Monday, 9 October 2017

The Break by Marian Keyes


Amy's husband Hugh isn't really leaving her.

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.

My review:

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.

I loved Amy and Hugh. Well….I hated Hugh for a while, but with Marian’s magical descriptions of the turmoil of emotions people go through in a lifetime of one relationship, I had to grow to love Hugh too.

Hugh and Amy were far from perfect, but they had it all. Until they didn’t. This book shows perfectly how easy is to jump on the bandwagon and throw blame at the obvious person, the one that has left everyone else behind. But life is never that easy and both Hugh and Amy are brilliant examples of how self-growth is important for people to be able to invest their true self in the relationships they have with all people around them.

I loved the book. It brought me to tears quite a few times as I think most people will be able to identify themselves with some parts of the story. Is shows quite clearly that things are never what they seem and that we have to put to correct effort and work into our lives to feel fulfilled.

Thank you to the author and NetGalley for access to this book in return for this honest review.

My rating: 5/5

Available to purchase from:
Amazon US (24 October 2017)

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