Welcome back, Marian Keyes! Oh how I didn’t realise I had missed you.
It feels like it’s been years since I read a book from this fantastic lady and on re-cap I realise it has been 10 years since I finished “Anybody Out There?”. That book was truly a wonder to read and was one of the few books I have openly cried while reading.
But… we aren’t talking about the book. We are talking about ‘The Break’.
We are introduced to Amy and Hugh – married, kids, living in Dublin and very much a blended family with some beautifully odd family members. Don’t laugh we all have a couple and if you can’t think of them they are probably you! haha!
Hugh has been having a tough time after his Dad passed away and he decides the only way to get out of his slump is to take a break from his life in Dublin. 6 months to travel and to find himself again. The break includes from his marriage, so if he meets a nice lady then so be it. (wink, wink)
I want to say Amy takes it in her stride but she doesn’t. She represents us all. She is a mess and goes through every emotion before, during and after ‘the break’.
The way this story is told is with 2 timelines running. One with flashbacks of Amy’s life when she was younger, how she met Hugh and what she was up to a year before ‘ the break’. The second timeline is what is happening in the current with Hugh and her daughters. Once we are all caught up the flashbacks stop. But they are informative and tell us a lot about Amy.
I really loved Amy and she was written beautifully. I felt I was along for the ride with her and at times I totally understood where she was emotionally.
This book is what Marian Keyes does best. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and show us a character who isn’t perfect and who is going to make mistakes. Amy may make some interesting choices and be a complete mess at other times, but she always dusts herself off and gets right back up again. She’s a fighter and she’s to be admired.
Thank you Marian Keyes for coming back and giving us this book, I loved it. It has inspired me and yes I will admit a few tears were shed on this one too.
“Yes, you were great. You couldn’t have been better.”
My rating 5/5.