Rachel's Holiday Mass Market Paperback – Aug 30 2005
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This was a first time read for me with author. I found it to be humorous, tragic and loving all rolled into one. Good job!Published 21 months ago by Lori
Not my favourite Keyes by far. It seems too dated; whereas, other older novels have not. I didn't find the characters as compelling as I usually do.Published 21 months ago by Jon V
Yet again another story by Marian Keyes that I could not put down. I am always eager to read one of her books.Published on May 1 2014 by Helene Makowiec
I don't know what it is about these characters but I am absolutely in love with each and every one of them. Read morePublished on May 10 2011 by Addisons Mom
Keyes does an amazing job at taking drug addiction, and turning it into an engaging, funny and heartwarming story. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2009 by Carrie
This book was selected for a Book Club review and we have yet to meet to discuss the book. My impression is that it is not going to be well received. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2009 by Jade
A lovely read that took me for a loop to start - I was expecting a vacation story and got one of addiction recovery (I do not read the back covers, so this was my own fault!). Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2007 by Loraxp
This, like all her other books is a great read. I laughed out loud and at the same time my heart ached for Rachel. It's one of those books you will re-read again and again. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2006 by Cash
This is a great book, but unfortunately I have a hard time putting it down! The story of Rachel is just wonderful as she battles drug addiction, beginning with denying there is a... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2004