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Author: Marian Keyes / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 02 August 2012 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd / Title: Angels / ISBN 13: 9780241958421 / ISBN 10: 0241958421 / Alternative EAN: 9780718144661

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      02.04.2011 07:46
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      A really good book.

      After a really good "rootle" through my bookcase I was ashamed to find a selection of books lent to me by my sister.....two years ago, yes I have started reading them so she can have them back!

      One of those books is subject of this review!

      The book in question is - "Angels by Marian Keyes".

      Maggie Walsh has always been considered (by her Mum and Dad anyway) as the good girl of the family, compared to her three other sisters this is not a difficult task!

      She married her first boyfriend from school, and is in a good job, with savings (an important thing for her Dad, sounds like mine!), and in general has what her family consider as a good life, a fact that her Irish mother will boast to anyone that will listen!

      So when Maggie realises that her relationship and marriage with Garv may well be at an and, she surprises everyone by just upping and leaving, eventually finding herself staying with her friend Emily, a script writer living in LA.

      LA is a very different place to live than Ireland, and soon the partying catches up with Maggie, is this really the end for her and Garv, and has Garv really found someone else?

      This is an a amazing book, and I still can't understand how it has sat on my bookcase for so long without being read!

      Maggie is a fantastic character to read about, the book at the start makes Maggie sound like a real flake, not really appreciating what she has at home, but more sounding like someone who has lost their way through their marriage, actually this is so well written that many long married couples (myself included) ill recognise many traits of how a married couple can end up being with each other, the sitting together in front of the telly at night barely speaking due to exhaustion struck a particular chord!

      As the book progresses you do start to feel an empathy with Maggie, from her madcap families antics and constant put down of her (when asked what food each sister would be Maggie was distraught to think that her sisters thought so little of her, describing her as "room temperature plain yogurt!), through to her absolute conviction of Garv's infidelity.

      Once in the setting of LA, you see Maggie's character change into a trying to be a party animal, after convincing herself she is in fact a bad girl stuck in a good girls body, small pieces of Maggie's previous life start to come out (as part of daydream sections in the story), and once read you actually understand why Maggie and Garv had got where they did in their relationship, but also, maybe start to see a little light at the end of the tunnel for them.

      There are some fantastic support characters in this book, at home (Ireland) there is Maggie's family, which are a real eccentric bunch of people, but (if you look closely at the dynamics) is pretty much like many peoples family!

      The support cast in LA again is fantastic, with Emily being of Irish descent, the rest of her friends are from America, I loved reading about the self obsessed and vain people, all who have an over flatted sense of themselves, with the extremes they go to daily for their appearance and careers making me feel exhausted just reading about them!

      This really was a great book to read, and even though it was what I would deem as "chick lit", was still deep enough emotionally for me to really start rallying along for the two main characters towards the end, absorbing me enough into the storyline (from the first page too!) enough to make me finish the book in two days, good for me, though my husband was getting annoyed with me carrying the book around with me!

      Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for £4.99, though my sister was lucky enough to get this free in a magazine!

      This was a really good read, that held all the emotion of a true love story, but with just as much humour too, recommended!

      Thanks for reading x

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        01.06.2010 11:22
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        Maggie hits LA after husband has a fling. She finds out she is not as angelic as she thought.

        Angels

        I always enjoy reading a Marian Keyes book. They nearly always (with the exception of Under the Duvet which I didn't enjoy) follow the same formula, and engross me as the reader, into the lives of the characters in the tale.

        They are very Irish, and wrap me up in the strong Irish family warmth, which reminds me of my large family and I find this helps me relate to her stories. Huge 'feel good factor', even if the stories deal with some difficult subject matters, as it is always done very sensitively.

        Angels was Marian's 7th novel, coming after Watermelon; Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married; Rachel's Holiday; Last Chance Saloon; Sushi for Beginners, and the afore mentioned, Under the Duvet (short stories).

        Maggie Walsh is our heroine. She is a woman who likes to control her life, and has always been 'very well behaved'. Or so everyone thinks. Maggie tries to tell her family that she isn't that well behaved, and hates the tag, but nevertheless, she is always considered Well Behaved. That is, until her husband who thinks he is laughing about a shared joke they both have, suddenly realises that it wasn't Maggie who shared the joke, but his girlfriend. Maggie is devastated, and leaves her home to return to the nest. The family are in disbelief. How could this happen to Maggie of all people.

        Maggie, rather than enjoying the warmth of the bosom of her family, escapes to her friends in Los Angeles, hence the name for the book.

        It is in LA that Maggie starts to have the opportunity to explore who she really is. Is she really that well behaved daughter that everyone can rely upon? Did she ever really know her husband, Garv? Did she ever really get over her first love, Shay Delaney? Marian Keyes has a knack of writing from the heart, and this transfers to the different characters, although more so in her more recent novels than this one. We do really get to the heart of Maggie Walsh, and why she has made the choices in her life that she has.

        My only gripe, is that I didn't really get to know all the characters as well as I wanted to. They weren't explored and I sometimes found myself thinking, ie, who's Mike? when he had been in the story for the most part. This was only with the 'also rans' and not the main characters, but I do like to visualise everyone who is in the room, and I found that I couldn't. Having read subsequent Keyes' books, she has improved in this over time.

        Marian Keyes has a sense of humour, and this is evident through her novels. They have you in tears, but there is always a lot of laughter and female jokes, some of which make you laugh while cringing, too!

        She also has the knack of weaving her prologue through the course of her books, so that while the story unfolds, you are relating it to the past, and have Ureka moments of 'so THATS why!'. I have never guessed the end of her stories for that very reason, as I have not had the benefit of knowing what went before. Very clever.

        So a bit about our author. She is from a strong Irish family, born in 1963 i Limmerick. Her family moved to various parts of Ireland, and she then spent time in London. She now lives back in Ireland with hubby, Tony. Although she always engaged in telling stories, she didn't start writing until 1993, after she had studied Law and Accountancy. She is now considered one of Irelands greatest novelists.

        She has her own website, simply mariankeyes.com with various interactive bits and pieces on there, such as voting for your favourite novel etc.

        I bought my copy of this book, (hardback, running to 478 pages) from a local library who was selling old books. It is a very brown paged book, despite only being published in 2002. Been through many hands, I would think, and will soon be passing on its way to the charity shop!

        I heartily recommend having a read of this, either new or used, as it is an excellent page turner.

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        01.02.2010 14:56
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        Like eating Haagen Daas

        Reading a Marian Keyes novel is akin to veging on the sofa watching Dirty Dancing and eating Hagen Days ice cream out of the tub with a spoon. Before you realise it the tub is empty or in this case the book is over and yet the movies is only half way through. Angels is very much like this, theres a whole lot of story left to be told but you've run out of pages.

        I don't recall having read a Marian Keyes novel before but this one was like curling up with a best friend. Within the first chapter you felt familiar with the characters, they were all variations of the sort of people you bump into in every day life.

        The book focuses on Maggie and her mid-life crisis as she discovers her husband has been unfaithful and turns her world upside down. Temporarily Maggie moves back to her childhood home before jetting off to Los Angeles, the city of angels, to spend a month with her best friend Emily an aspiring Hollywood screenwriter.

        Maggie seems to lurch from disaster to disaster with a lot of sex along the way and a fair amount of lesbian snogs thrown in for good measure. She undergoes the transformation of the newly single and literally chops that man right out of her hair.

        Surprisingly I rather enjoyed this. Theres no complicated plot to follow, no unexpected twists just a schmaltzy feel good story with a syrup sweet happy ending. Its well written, mildly funny in places in a been there, done that kind of way. Mostly its just a very light hearted look at the stresses and strains that people endure when a relationship ends.

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          04.12.2009 19:31
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          An excellent novel from Marian Keyes

          I had recently read my first book from Marian Keyes (Sushi for Beginners) and I had enjoyed it so much that I had to read some more. Therefore, thanks to a local friendly freecycler, I found myself reading 'Angels' also by the said author. This is also a very enjoyable book although I have to admit that it did take me a while to get into it.

          The central character is Maggie and the story is told from her perspective. She is one of five sisters and has always been the 'good girl'. She is the one out of all her sisters with a safe marriage and a good job. However, all of this changes within a matter of days when she discovers that her husband, Garv, has been seeing someone else and she is also sacked. Feeling very cast adrift and at odds at what to do with her life, she ends up back at her parents' house moping around. This looks like being her long term prospect until her friend Emily, a struggling scriptwriter, invites Maggie to spend a few weeks with her in Los Angeles.

          Finding herself in a strange country amongst a whole host of colourful characters, Maggie decides that she has no choice but to let her hair down - which she does! She throws caution to the wind and starts to thoroughly enjoy herself - that is until she falls for Troy and also discovers that an old flame is in the area. As time goes on she starts to wonder who she really is and what she really wants out of life. The question is though - will she get her happy ending? To find out you will just have to read the book!

          The more I think about it, the more I realise how much I enjoyed this book. It has a lovely relaxed style and has a good balance between humour and pathos. There are lots of very funny moments particularly as this is set against the phoney backdrop of Hollywood. There are some great descriptions of all these 'movie folk' who really are all stereotypes of each other.

          Maggie is a great central character and as this is written in the first person, the reader is really able to get inside her head. You do really sense her despair as she struggles to come to terms with her marriage breakup and also as she starts to fall in love with all the wrong people. You also discover experiences from her past which are very sad and we find these out through a series of flashbacks. Much of this sadness comes from two miscarriages which are described quite painfully and, having had two myself, I could really feel for the character especially how she describes that, after the miscarriages, everywhere she looked there were blooming pregnant women or bouncing babies. I don't think I would recommend this book for any woman who has recently gone through a similar experience, although these parts are so well written that the sense of loss of not trivialised at all. What was particularly poignant was the way Maggie's and Garv's relationship fell apart after this with them being unable to talk to each other.

          This makes the novel sound heavy which it is certainly not. There is a wonderful assortment of characters who provide much light relief from Maggie's dysfunctional family to all the 'wannabee' actors and actresses who are Emily's friends. If I have one slight criticism, there were perhaps a tad too many minor characters that I had to keep reminding myself who they all were!

          Overall, this is a most readable book that will soon have you hooked. I really loved getting involved in Maggie's life and kept wanting to know what happened next. It is about 480 pages long which is probably just the right length.

          The book is available on Amazon for £4.66.

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            09.06.2009 20:53
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            Well written and easy to read, aimed at women, but doesn't mean us men can't read it!

            Now, I know this book REALLY isn't aimed at me, and I don't know what on earth I was doing reading it, but my wife has a plethora of chick lit floating around the house, and every now and then, curiosity gets the better of me.

            This is Marian Keyes' sixth novel, and it's actually very funny. If you're a bloke, reading this, wondering what on earth I'm doing not only reading it, but reviewing it, too, then there is a reason: insight! In a very funny way, it provides a gripping story, with comedy, anger, and a variety of other emotions, as we see Keyes' lead character, maggie, adjusting to life without a husband and on the other side of the Pond in the States!

            What it does is, I suppose, appeal to women who go about daily routines, and whisks them off in a literary world to a care-free land where it's all about partying, long nights and late mornings. I suppose the key thing here is that keyes has written a book filled with fantasy. And I have to say, this can occasionally go for men, too! No matter how happy we are in our lives, there is always the appeal of reinventing yourself and what you do.

            Maggie's decision to jack in her current life as the 'sensible' one in the family, leaving her unfaithful husband to stay with her friend, Emily, is very well written by Keyes, and actually flows incredibly quickly. The style of writing is very easy to follow, and doesn't require a great deal of concentration. The words seem to flow off the page, and part of this is the appeal you get and the ability to relate, not necessarily to someone in this situation, but to the desire to just up and leave to do something different, to make things that bit mroe interesting.

            I'm sure we all think about it, some of us even talk about it, no doubt, but Marian Keyes' Maggie has actually done it. The book is 468 pages long, and really doesn't take long to read at all. It is easy to read quickly - I know my wife skim reads a lot, particularly when she has already read it once. Quite often, she'll take a couple of hours to get through a book. Me, it took just a couple of days.

            Angels is readily available in bookshops. Although it retails at £6.99, it is a book I have seen in charity shops as well as online for much cheaper. A recommended read, even if not aimed at me, and I don't think I could read this sort of book too often, but once in a while is pretty enjoyable!

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              20.05.2009 15:38

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              loved it

              Maggie Walsh is the 'good girl' of the Walsh family - with bunch of wayward sisters, Maggie has always done things the sensible way - so it comes as a shock when her life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband had an affair and she is sacked from her job!

              So she flees to LA to take some "downtime" with her best friend Emily who is a struggling scriptwriter out there. This is where the book comes into its own as the craziness of LA and Angelenos are the real stars of this book!
              You can honestly believe that the stuff Maggie discovers about LA really goes on as well, which makes it even funnier.

              Follow Maggie as she meets sexy bad boy Troy, gets involved with Lara the lesbian, meets anorexic dogs and definitely shakes off her good girl shackles!
              One of the funniest parts of the book is when her family comes to visit her in LA (anyone thats familiar with Marian will aslready know the mad Walsh family!).
              As with many of her books, there is a sadder side to Angels, when you find out why Maggie's marriage dissolved and what caused her husband to have the affair.
              Excellent stuff all round.

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              15.01.2009 15:01
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              A great book for your bedside cabinet or suitcase!

              now it was a long time ago that I read this book, and to be honest, I had actually forgotten that I'd read it until I read the reviews and remembered the story line!!!! It was then I rememberd it was VERY funny!!

              The story follows Maggie Walsh who is fed up of her boring life, she is known as the "sensible" daughter of the Walsh family, but when her husband is found to be having an affair, she quits her job in the legal trade, and runs away to LA to live with her friend Emily.

              While in LA Maggie breaks her good girl mould and starts to live her life to the full, going to parties having her hair cut (hillarious part where she has her "bangs" cut slanted!!!), and drives an SUV.

              the book leaves you with a very warm and happy feeling at the end, and does have a happy ending for all concerned.

              Its not exactly a book we can all relate to, but it is a book which you can read and have a good giggle at, some of the characters are hillarious and the book gives you a better feeling about the "beautiful people" who have such a happy facade in LA, the actors, the rich, the gorgeous....the book scratches the surface of the perfect, and reveals the truth, which is very endearing for someone whose life is the opposite of theirs!!!

              The book, like all of Marien Keyes books, is a very easy read, perfect for your suitcase or bedside cabinet. It will have you giggling away like a school girl, and might even bring a tear to your eye!!

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                21.12.2008 00:04
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                Not the best Marian Keyes book for me...

                Angels is the third story in the Walsh family series, and while many say it's there favourite, is the weakest out of the bunch in my opinion. Saying that, it's still an interesting funny read, but it just doesn't seem to compare to the rest of the series favourably.
                The story starts with a typically good girl, Maggie Walsh, having a crisis. Always seen as the 'goodie two shoes' of the family (called a few other choice names throughout the story!), Maggie decides to leave her husband and run away to LA to live with her best friend instead. The story that follows includes lots of highs and lows, as well as the much loved humour that Marion injects into all her stories!
                A personal favourite for me is when the Walsh family come to stay, with Mammy Walsh becoming a sort-of cult leader, and Helen becoming a private detective!
                The only thing I found with this story is it seems to work backwards-with Marion Keyes normally she seems to show you the problems up front and then let the characters develop, whereas with this story we start with the character and find out more of her problems as the book goes on.
                Still a really good read though, and a must-have for any fan.

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                  23.09.2008 10:42
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                  a great lightweight read

                  Marian Keyes is the master (or should that be mistress ?) of chick-lit so - as long as you pick this book up with that in mind, you'll love it.

                  Browsing along the spines of the books on the shelf in the bookshelf, you'll just come across yet another pale pink book with a vaguely romantic drawing of a girl in a little black dress and, inkeeping with the title, a pair of feathery angel wings drawn on. *Big yawn ! *

                  I was expecting tales of girls out on the town, with a healthy dose of romance and probably heartbreak on the way, but all finishing up with a happy end, as usual. And thinking about it, you could basically define it as that. But somehow there seems to be a bit more to it this time, there's a slight undercurrent in the story with a bit more to get your teeth into. The romance is there, and the soul-searching, and the girlie laughs (it wouldn't be chicklit if there weren't) but as well as the laugh-out-loud moments when you really identify with the character, there are also some more poignant moments that will surely strike a chord with many of the female readers.

                  The story revolves around Maggie Walsh, the "nice sensible daughter" of the family, who suddenly finds out that her husband is having an affair and takes off to Los Angeles (hence the title) to stay with a friend while she decides what to do. Her decision to break the mould and be wreckless for a bit leads her to meet a wealth of colourful characters, several of whom she has romantic dalliances with, as she goes out partying and discovering the American lifestyle in Los Angeles ... but when her real life catches up with her (on a direct flight from Ireland), she has to face her demons and decide what to do for the best.

                  The book is just like Los Angeles, where it is set - on the surface, everything is "shiny, happy people", fun and frolics, nothing is serious and the sun always shines, but scratch away the surface and there is also pain and suffering, depression and heartache and life not always turning out the way you want. Some of the minor characters are hilarious and the dialogue is so realistic and believable, that at times you could imagine being on a girlie night out and listening to your mates telling you all about their latest escapades.

                  I wouldn't go as far as to say there is any suspense at the end, but you do wonder who she'll end up with (if anyone) and you have a real "awww that was nice" feeling at the end.
                  Flicking through the pages at the end that advertise Marian Keyes other books, I noticed that Maggie's sister Rachel, who only has a bit part in this story, is the central character in another of Marian Keyes' books, "Rachel's Holiday". I'd heard of this book and always taken the title at face value, assuming it related the usual romantic adventures of a girlie holiday, but from reading the blurb, I see that it actually tells the tale of Rachel going into detox.

                  And that, I suppose, is why Marian Keyes is so successful - all the classic chick-lit elements are there, you'll get what you expect, but there is also a healthy dose of realism and grittiness along with the romance and humour. It's a great novel for when you fancy something a bit lightweight and gives you a real "feel-good" feeling at the end.

                  482 pages, £7.99, published by Penguin

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                  09.08.2008 17:06
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                  You'll love Maggie and admire her bravery and therefore love this book of her adventures!

                  First published by Michael Joseph in 2002, published by Penguin books in 2003.


                  Decided to review this book as it was one of the first I read when I switched from horror stories at the age of 15!! Still a favourite and read often, really do need a new copy as its falling apart!



                  ---About the author---

                  Marain Keyes is an internationally bestselling author, this book Angels was a Sunday Times number one bestseller soon after its release.
                  She is published in 19 languages and also brought out a collection of journalistic pieces titles 'Under the Duvet' and since then 'Further under the Duvet'.
                  Marian Keyes lives with her husband in Dublin.



                  ---The Characters---

                  Margaret (Maggie) Walsh: The main character, works for a legal firm; good job, good husband, a steady life or so she thinks!

                  Paul (Garv) Garvan: Maggies husband of 9 years.

                  Emily: Maggies best friend, a struggling scriptwriter in LA. the kind of great friend everyone needs!



                  ---The plot---

                  This is a story of self discovery! Maggies own self discovery, after being married for 9 years in a steady job she was happy with her lot, or so she thought! the world suddenly tips upside down (her own doing) and everything changes.

                  Suddenly without the reliable husband and job, she comes out of her shell to say the least!

                  She runs off to LA (this is after quitting her job AND marriage) and stays with her best friend Emily. Along the way of self discovery meets a lot of strange and interesting people and does things she never dreamed she would do!

                  There are a lot of men (and one woman!) you wonder will she.. won't she..? and obviously I'm not gonna spoil it and tell you if she does! you find yourself for routing for certain ones and hoping she'll do the right thing!!



                  ---My opinions---

                  A really surprising read, more twists than any book i've ever read.

                  I love the unpredictability of Maggie and you really end up wanting the best for her whatever that may be!

                  Once you start this book you won't wanna put it down as every page contains a new surprise you totally weren't expecting!



                  Also by Marian Keyes:

                  Watermelon
                  Sushi for beginners
                  Anybody out there?
                  Last Chance Saloon
                  Lucy Sullivan is getting married
                  Rachels holiday

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                  25.04.2007 18:03
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                  A good girly read, great for the beach.

                  I managed to get hold of 6 Marian Keyes books, which I have wanted to read for a long time, at a boot fair for £2.00!!

                  Angels was the first one I read as I liked the sound of the blurb on the back and haven't read the others yet so I wont be able to compare to any others she has written.

                  More often than not, I tend to read Suspense/thriller/crime/murder sort of novels but I do sometimes like to read a good girlie book in between to make a change and have something lighter and less gory!

                  About the Author:

                  Marian Keyes was born in the West of Ireland in 1963, brought up in Dublin and then spent her twenties in London. She left school and went to college to get a law degree. She started writing in 1993 and her first book Watermelon was published in Ireland in 1995.

                  Her books are an unusual blend of comedy and darkness and cover subjects like depression, addiction and love. Her books are published in 35 countries worldwide and have been translated into several different languages.

                  About the Book:

                  Angels by Marian Keyes is definitely a girlie book but it has all the right elements that I like and therefore makes it an enjoyable read. It made me laugh, it made me ALMOST cry, it made me smile, it made me feel compassion and sympathy for the characters and above all, it made me want to continue reading it.

                  The story begins with 33 Maggie Walsh telling the reader about the minute she realised her marriage was over and predominately it had to do with her husband Garv (real name Paul Garvan) cheating on her with someone Maggie likes to call 'Truffle Woman!'

                  She thinks it can't get any worse but then she gets fired from her job. She is at a loss and feels like she is in a rut in her life so decides to accept an offer from her best friend Emily to stay with her in her house in LA.

                  You, as the reader, then follow her on her journey not only to LA but her journey within herself discovering who she is and what she wants. She has a complete change in character by attending fancy parties with her fancy friends, getting pedicures and manicures and eyebrow waxes, which was something she never would have considered back home in Ireland. She drops the good girl image for one night stands, has an encounter of the female kind and lots of alcohol intake.

                  But has Maggie really changed? Can she ever be a bad girl? & Is it really over for her and Garv? You'll have to read it to see!

                  As much as I loved the book, there were a few times that I found it slightly boring as there were a couple of chapters where nothing much happened. Also, there were a few flashbacks in the book explaining about her marriage with Garv and where it may have started to go wrong and I wasn't really interested in that - I just wanted to know what was happening with Maggie and her lesbian love affair!! It was important to the book though to have those flashbacks as it did give you an insight into their marriage and that it wasn't all as black and white as it may seem at first.

                  I thought the ending was a bit of a surprise and think I would have liked it to end a different way but I still thought it was good. As I said before, it's the first thing I've read from Marian's collection but I ca't wait to move on to the other 5 I've got, just don't know which one to read first!!

                  If you love a good girly book that you can read in the bath or on the beach then I would recommend this book but the fact that it tackles real life issues and not just, 'girl breaks up with boy, goes on holiday, has affair with Italian waiter sort of book' makes it even more memorable and deserving.

                  As I said, I got mine at a boot fair but you can buy Marian Keyes books in most book shops for around £5.99 but you can get hold of a copy on Amazon from about £1.00 and Ebay from about £2.00 including delivery.

                  Thanks for reading and have a good day.

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                    I have to admit that this is the first book by Marian Keyes that I have ever read, despite her being popular at the moment as a new author from Ireland and a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller.

                    I am not one for spending a fortune on books, and often rummage through piles at boot sales and stalls willing to pay a few pence for a novel. Therefore I was pleased to recive this book free with a magazine when waiting for the train.

                    ~The Plot~

                    Maggie Walsh comes from a large Irish family and is always described as the "sensible" one
                    - compared to her sisters living a boring and predictable life. Married to ‘Garv’ Maggie realises that her marriage is going wrong and to get over the disappointment of her husbands infidelity she boards a plane heading to Los Angeles in order to stay with her friend Emily a struggling scriptwriter.

                    The quiet normality of Ireland is suddenly overshadowed by the world of face lifts, new lingo and fantastically good looking men and women who all appear to be in movies or trying to be. Maggie finds herself attending glitzy parties, having regular beauty treatments, and surrounded by people who don’t eat, all the time trying to help her friend pitch her newest script to the various film companies throughout the city.

                    Maggie realises that her life is in tatters and feels uncomfortable having bumped into her first love Shay Delaney who she thought she had finally got out of her system. Each new person she meets is questioned on their marital status as she tries to find divorcees rather than newly weds so she is more normal. She meets plenty of characters on the way, Lara the lesbian, Troy the gorgeous commitment phobe with whom she has a fling believing this will help to get over her failed marriage and Mike and Charmaine Emily‘s neighbours who are into readings.

                    As the book continues Keyes returns us to Ireland to fill parts of the jigsaw which explains how and why things went wrong. We see a much clearer picture of what her marriage was really like.

                    ~Conclusion~

                    The book unfortunately is quite predictable but none the less satisfying. There are a few red herrings thrown in to make you question what Maggie’s outcome will be. I would not say that the plot of this book was great but the observations about life in LA did have me laughing in places and she is very good at describing everyday normal relationships and discussions which couples and friends might have.

                    Overall the book is a good, light hearted read with useful tips from LA.

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                      All who know her know Maggie Walsh as a dependable, safe and ?good? girl. She has a great husband who just so happens to be her first ever boyfriend and she has a great job, which looks like it could set her up for life. However, if they looked more closely they?d see that not everything is quite as it seems. Maggie and her husband Garv (real name Paul Garvan, but Garv?s his pet name), have been going through quite a few of what most people call ?Set Backs?. In fact to Maggie, that was the understatement of the century. They were barely on speaking terms, sex was definitely out of the question and neither of them seemed to want to talk about anything. So basically life was just plodding along steadily for them, until one day, Maggie finds Garv has been cheating on her with someone she likes to call ?Truffle Woman? (you have to read the book to know why!). Then as if that wasn?t bad enough, she also got fired from her job. That was the main thing that made Maggie realise she really didn?t want to be where she is anymore, in fact, she wanted to swap Ireland for LA where her best friend Emily was. What follows is a complete change in character with fancy parties to attend, attractive people to meet, and lots of time taken in her appearance. Actually, to say Maggie has a change of character is an understatement! She goes quickly from her good girl image to having one-night stands and not just with men either! But has Maggie really changed? What about her husband? Can failed marriages really end as clear-cut as theirs? After all, she was only staying in LA for a month, and then she had to sort her divorce out. *** My opinion of the book *** There were times when I found the book quite boring but I gather this is only due to the fact that I am too impatient. This meant that when the book skipped certain sections, like when a film switches to past and present, I found myself not caring about the past and wanting to know more abo
                      ut the present. After finishing the book however, I realise it was important to have the book set out like that because it revealed information about how Maggie?s marriage had broken up slowly, rather than telling you everything at the beginning and ruining the plotline. I think the book covered the issue of failed marriages quite well. There was a surprise twist at the end, or at least it was a surprise to me, and that really finished the book for me. Sometimes I?m left wanting more and feeling that the author hasn?t given enough information away but this time the book was finished with excellence. The Epilogue was fantastic. I always love to know what happens to characters when the book has ended and Marian Keyes definitely tied it together well in a couple of pages. I was left happy and enthusiastic about the book whereas if I?d have stopped halfway through I?d have felt disappointed. It really is a book you have to read to the end. I have to say it didn?t get too boring, it still had me wanting to read it to get to the best bits. So don?t be put off by me saying it got a little boring, as I said, I?m just impatient. *** About the Author *** This book is written (obviously) by Marian Keyes. Marian has quite a few bestsellers under her belt including ?Sushi for Beginners?, ?Last Chance Saloon? and ?Watermelon?. Her books are published in nineteen different languages and she has recently put together and published a collection of her journalism called ?Under the Duvet?. For those of you who don?t know Marian was born in the west of Ireland in 1963. She spent her twenties in London and gradually became more and more depressed until her life hit rock bottom and she turned to drink for comfort. After a suicide attempt she managed to get a place in rehab and for her, that was the best thing that could have happened to her. In 1993 she started writing and her first book ?Watermelon? was published in 1995. Now you?
                      ll find that not many people haven?t heard of her. She has over 5 million copies of her books sold to date worldwide and she shows no sign of stopping yet! In her books she writes about certain issues such as depression, illness and addiction. This makes her stand out from a lot of authors because she actually has been there and doesn?t need to do much research about how the characters would feel under certain situations. She tackles issues which can inspire people when they read how the characters handle the issues. *** My final word *** I really do like this book and it?s the first thing I?ve read from Marian?s collection. I?m definitely going to get myself some of her other books as I think she is a fabulous writer. It just goes to show you can do anything if you put your mind to it, even write a few bestsellers! So if you?re into not just fiction and modern women?s lit, but books that tackle real life issues, get yourself a copy of this book. I guarantee you will not be disappointed! The book costs £6.99 in most book shops but prices will vary depending on where you shop. You can also buy online from places such as Amazon and Ebay. No excuse not to get it now is there (unless of course you?re out of money! lol). Aimee xxx

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                        "I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and ran away to Hollywood, I'd hardly ever put a foot wrong". This is the first line from the 6th Marian Keyes novel ?Angels?. If you are a ?Chic-fic? (or ?modern romantic fiction? if you prefer) fan and/or you really enjoy Marian Keyes, this book will have you laughing, crying and cheering from this first line to the last. When you start to read this book you will be drawn into the life of Maggie Walsh, you?ll find out how it all started?what went wrong?and then what went right again. Maggie Walsh is one of five girls in a large Irish family. What I find really interesting and exciting when I start reading a Keyes book is that characters are sometimes linked by the sisters. Keyes first book ?Watermelon? was about Claire, another of her books, ?Rachael?s Holiday? is about (funnily enough) Rachael. This time it is Maggie?s turn. Although our main character is featured in the other two other novels, I must say that you will not lose anything by reading this one first (although I recommend you do read them because they are good!). ?In Watermelon? and ?Rachael?s Holiday?, we got to learn a little about each sister (although, the opinions were generally biased). Maggie was described as the one who never did anything wrong. She got married to her first boyfriend (Paul Garvan), left home and lived a happy life with her husband, never causing her parents or siblings any worry. So, to everyone, it was a big shock when she upped and left for LA. Maggie has suspected Paul of having an affair with a truffle eating woman and instead of trying to work it out, she jumps on a plane to Los Angeles to go stay with her long time friend Emily, has ?romantic liaisons
                        ? with two of Emily?s friends ? Troy (with the big nose and weight obsessed girlfriend) and Lara (the stunning lesbian with huge breast implants), she bumps into her teenage ?first love? who turns out to be a prat and she helps save Emily?s career as Script writer. Amongst all these goings ons, Maggie?s family come over from Ireland to stay for two weeks. This book is funny, immensely moving and ultimately completely uplifting. The Walsh family are as usual fabulous in all their dysfunctional glory. Maggie herself is a typical woman, with typical hopes and dreams and we can all relate to her shock at her broken marriage. Anyone who has ever had their heart broken will cry with her as she comes to terms with what has happened. But unlike some novels set around a separation, never at any time does this book descend into self-pity and depression. Keyes strikes the balance of letting you understand the characters without making them into caricatures. The women in Angels are fighters and they keep going no matter what is thrown at them, sometimes with hilarious consequences. In my opinion, ?Angels? is well written, funny; you can't help but turn the pages and I would definitely say this book was worth a read. Marian Keyes is a fantastic author and is amazing at using creative language but some may say the plot isn?t really anything new. As a big fan of Marian Keyes, I have read all her books. I enjoyed this one and found myself unable to put it down (as with all the others) but I would not say it was my favourite. There is nothing ?lacking? from it ? it?s just that I personally preferred the storyline in a couple of her other books (?Rachael?s Holiday? and ?Last Chance Saloon? to be precise). All in all, Keyes has written another excellent 'chick-fic' novel, and
                        she may be sticking to a formula but it is one that works. This book will brighten up your darkest of moods and leave you feeling as cheery as anyone could be. Have I anything thing else to say? Yes. Read it. ** ?Angels? is available on hardback and paper back from your usual well-known bookshops or online from Amazon. The retail price is £6.99 for paperback and £16.99 for a hardback copy, but there are many deals around so you probably won?t pay this much. ** ISBN: 0-718-14466-x

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                        Maggie Walsh has always done everything right. Sensibly, by the book. Until the day she leaves her husband and runs away to Hollywood, that is.