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Rachel's Holiday Mass Market Paperback – Aug 30 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; Open market ed edition (Aug. 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024479
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 4.1 x 18.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story of 27-year-old drug addict Rachel Walsh, who is sent to The Cloisters, an Irish Betty Ford Clinic, is hardly a holiday as Keyes details virtually every moment of addiction, struggle, and denial. Not that one expects quick cures, but the novel suffers from an agonizingly slow pace as almost 60 chapters (ten of the 12 tapes) unwind before Rachel begins to acknowledge her problems. The romantic subplot with fellow addict Chris, battling her love/hate memories of New York City hunk Luke, is predictable. Rachel herself evokes little sympathy. The humor is appropriately dark and ironic, while Gerri Halligan's reading balances Rachel's inner turmoil and the group therapy rhetoric and banter well. Of limited interest, except for very patient Romance audiences. Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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A gripping tale of self-discovery Giovanna Fletcher Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page Company Gloriously funny The Sunday Times A born storyteller Independent on Sunday The voice of a generation Daily Mirror --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for the type of storyline that will take the character through a journey - then this is the book for you. Rachel Walsh, sister to the other Walsh characters (Claire from Watermelon, Maggie from Angels), has to come to terms with her drug addiction while she is in rehab at the demands of her family. This book is unique because it doesn't hide the ugly truth of drug addiction, and you also get a good idea of Rachel's progress through Marian's description of her thoughts and physical withdrawal symptoms. If you are looking for a book that isn't about the will she / won't she get the guy - then pick up Rachel's Holiday. It's a good read on a uncommon topic.
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By A Customer on June 10 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the second book of Keyes' that I read (after Watermelon) and it was absolutely fantastic. Way better than I was expecting after being disapointed by Watermelon. The story of Rachel and her drug addiction is real-life, inspiring, hilarious and heartwarming. I could not put this book down! It was also the icing on top of the cake to realize that Rachel is part of the same family (the Walshes) as Claire in Watermelon (and as I later found out, Maggie in Angels). Its really neat to hear of updates on the other members of the crazy Walsh family! While Rachel's Holiday is an easy read, it is also completely different from your usual girly "lay-on-the-beach" read. It tackles a completely different topic but still manages to be funny and gripping! I totally LOVED this book!!!!!!!
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This book has been purchased and given away to 12 different friends. I recommend it to anyone that has seen the addictive personality up close and have had addiction professionals use it as a fun guide to recovery. I love all of Marion Keyes books, but this one and Last Chance Saloon are my favorite rereads. I haunt the bookstores waiting for every new book to hit the shelves and share my joy with my reading girlfriends. Thanks for the joy!
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By A Customer on June 10 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marian Keyes has struck again. Last Chance Saloon is yet another wonderful book, in a slew of greatness by Marian Keyes. Her ability to write real life drama is highlighted by this work.
Meet Tara, Liv, Katherine and Fintan, all friends. They have a pretty simple life, enjoying themselves just as any other singles in their early thirties. But, things change, and something amongst this group of friends sparks this change.
The way the four react and bond with one another, how they support one another, and how they live, is a beautiful vision of what friendship should be like. Their friendship is a deep, beautiful one, and its wonders are made very clear by Keyes. Her ability to write human reaction, characterizations and amazing situations is highlighted by Last Chance Saloon.
Anyone who needs a pick-me-up, easy-to-read book with some meaning will enjoy Last Chance Saloon. If you are feeling a little bit low, this book will lift your spirits, and have you enjoying your life to the fullest.
6/10/02
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Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough about Marian Keyes and her ability to write funny, yet thoughtful fiction. Last Chance Saloon (like all of Keyes' books) has all the elements of girly fiction - love, sex, conflict, nice clothes, insecurities about (fill in the blanks), food, booze, bad boys, nice boys. But don't confuse this with all of those other light and fluffy trifles that are out there now. The writing is razor sharp, the characters - while often really, really "out there" - are believable and incredibly well done. You can tell from the synopsis ...the basic three characters (Tara, Fintan, and Katharine), but the secondary characters really move the plot along - Lorcan, aside from being King Rat, is such a clever plot device. Ultimately, you'll pick your favorites. Mine was Joe (I know, no imagination on my part, the classic romantic hero!) I absolutely loved the email exchange over the bath mat "Not soon enough, fear I might slip and fall". It's daffy, but sweet. And, along with everyone else, I was horrified at the reactions of all three (Fintan with his surliness, Tara with the hopeless lack of self-esteem, and Katherine with - well, I won't spoil the end), but isn't that like real life? What isn't like real life is that all's well that ends well for the good guys (including Lorcan's hopeless sidekick!) and the baddies get their just deserts. Keyes always has a bit of a morality play going on with her writing and the lessons learned here are priceless. Another fabulous effort - read it! And if you haven't read her others, read them. Rachel's Holiday is my favorite, but you can just pick at random and be rewarded.
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Format: Hardcover
Rachel Walsh the middle child of the Walsh clan is here and boy does this girl have more problems then any of her family could imagine.
When Rachel goes to New York to live her family didn't expect that she would turn into such the party girl she is. But when Rachel's screws up they soon realize that Rachel needs help and that the only way to help her is to take her back Ireland and take her The Cloisters.
Rachel belives that The Cloisters will be a place here she can relax and take some time away from her life and feel better, but she soon finds out that it is nothing like that. She realizes that she is going to have to make some choices in her life that she doesn't want to make and doesn't want to admit to them.
Marian Keyes is such a talent writer the way she makes Rachel feel like it is someone you could know. She makes Rachel out to be a real person with problems and a real life.
Overall this book is funny, but also it makes think about what is happening to Rachel..
This book is one of the best Marian Keyes books I have read.
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