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A heavenly escape!
Angels - Marian Keyes
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Angels - Marian Keyes
Date: 04/12/09, updated on 17/08/11 (160 review reads)
Advantages: very enjoyable book
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.
Summary: An excellent novel from Marian Keyes