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Rachel's Holiday

Rachel's Holiday [Kindle Edition]

Marian Keyes
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RACHEL'S HOLIDAY, Marian's classic novel about addiction, is being given a new lease of life with a fantastic new jacket treatment.

Here's Rachel Walsh, twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs. Until she finds herself being frogmarched to the Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's outraged. Surely she's not thin enough to be an addict? Heartsick and Luke-sick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris, a Man with a Past. A man who might be more trouble than he's worth.


Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven, infatuated with Luke, and has a drugs problem. When forcibly taken to the Cloisters, a drug rehabilitation clinic, she is outraged, not believing she is really an addict. Depressed, and missing Luke, she seeks comfort with Chris, whose past may cause further trouble. From the author of WATERMELON.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060090383
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (26 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9HUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 21 Dec 2005
By A Customer
I was given a dog-eared copy of this book while in a rehab centre in Dublin and found it wonderful. The book is written on Marion Keyes own experiences and manages to give an incredibly accurate account of "life inside" without being bogged down with sentamental tales of suffering or sounding like a martyr. It is uplifting, funny and very honest. I for one found it a great help in my recovery, and would even go so far as saying, the fact Rachel is so funny and normal she helped me admit I had a problem and not feel like a freak ! I also lent it to my mum and sisters to help them understand my state of mind at the time. If you or anyone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol please buy this book, and if you don't, buy it anyway. It's really good. I have read everything she has published since, she is a fantastic storyteller !
ps and that original copy is still doing the rounds as far as I know !!!
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never tire of this book 11 July 2004
By A Customer
Having read Rachel's Holiday for the first time 5 years ago, I've since read and re-read it and I just never tire of it. It's more than a girly read. It has more depth than that. I've read all Marian Keyes books and this one by far is her best and strongest novel. However if you plan on reading Rachel's Holiday (which I strongly urge you to do) first read Watermelon,Rachel's Holiday and then Angels. They are a triology of (what I hope will be 5 books) 5 sisters. The Walsh sisters. Claire (Watermelon), Rachel's Holiday (Rachel) and Angels (Maggie). I'm already looking forward to reading about Anna and especially the hilarious Helen.
(PS There was a tv drama based loosly on Watermelon which was awful and not a patch on the great read that it is - that's just by the by!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Holiday - my first Marian Keyes read 8 May 2006
This was the first time I came across Marian Keyes - Rachel's Holiday (a birthday present).

This was also the first time I had read a girlie escapist novel and laughed out loud - not sniggered or smiled to myself, but roared with laughter at the selfish and misguided well portrayed character, Rachel. Highly recommended introduction to Marian Keyes writing.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best I have ever read 7 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Rachel's Holiday is about another sister in the Walsh family written about in Marian Keyes' Watermelon. Rachel is the middle sister, an Irish emigree living in New York with Brigit, her best friend from Dublin. They seem to be having a normal time in NYC, partying away while taking the occasional drugs ....
Then Brigit finds Rachel overdosed on drugs and her family takes Rachel back to Ireland to rehab at a place called the Cloisters. She does not understand why she is there, it's all a big misunderstanding, she's not really an addict, but the Cloisters has a reputation for having celebrities and there should be a gym, sauna, massage .... heck, she'll stay to please everyone and leave in 2 weeks.
Through a series of flashbacks by Rachel and visits from her parents and friends in her group therapy, the true extent of Rachel's problem unfolds to both the reader and Rachel herself. Intertwined in this is her relationship with Luke from NYC and how drugs destroyed it as well.
In short, a great read, written in a fun style, which you wouldn't think you'd get with such serious subject matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and witty 15 Aug 2004
Rachel Walsh is the middle child from a family of five, is abnormally tall, has size 8 feet, and is fed up. She's left Ireland, and is sharing a flat with Bridgit, her best friend in New York. She's bagged herself a gorgeous boyfriend called Luke, and has a dazzling social life. Or does she?
When she wakes up in hospital the next day, she can't work out why she's there. Surely Bridgit didn't call an ambulance because she took a few too many drugs the night before? (just to make herself feel better of course).
It soon emerges that Rachel has a serious drug problem. Her parents are understandably worried, so decide to send her to the Cloisters, a drug rehabilitation center. Of course Rachel doesn't need to go, she's just doing it for everyone else. Or is she?
Rachel is contracted to stay at the Cloisters for two months, and she soon realises that it is not going to be a piece of cake. No celebrities, gym or health spa, just her, the other inmates and the tough councillor.
As Rachel goes back in time to establish the cause of her addiction, we see what she really is inside: a lonely, low self esteemed young woman. We see how her actions have affected people around her, and we see how far she has to go to really quash her addiction.
This book was absolutely brilliant, and I could really understand how the characters felt due to the clear and accurate writing of Marian Keyes. Rachel's holiday is a must read, as it is chick-lit on a new level. I would say that is the best book that Marian Keyes has written, far better than Angels and Watermelon. Buy it now!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY, WITTY AND TERRIFYINGLY TRUE TO LIFE! 13 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I first read Keyes in hospital during my pregnancy. it was Watermelon, and I hadn't laughed so much in years. After reading Lucy Sullivan, I eagerly grabbed my copy of Rachel's Holiday and tucked in. This book didn't disappoint. On the contrary, I could not put it down. The story grabs you. Having read Watermelon, I felt as if I already knew the family and the old familiar feel helped to jig the story along. Rachel seems so sweet, but a bit like every girl I've known. Where Keyes really excels is that Rachel is an addict and we see life from her point of view. It is scarey. Like a rollercoaser out of control at times. Yet Rachel has a problem and Keyes really gets at the heart of it. This is a truly wonderful read. it is therapeutic, and should be given to all people trying to quit a habit. perhaps doctors should prescribe it on the NHS! BUY, BUY, BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read. An insight into life with a bad ...
A very good read. An insight into life with a bad habit.
Published 7 days ago by Rosemary Palethorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and well written
I really liked this.
Teary in places as very well written.
The characters are portrayed very well.
I would recommend this.
A thoroughly good read!
Published 13 days ago by H. Jackman-morrissey
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, terrible ebook formatting
Love Marian Keyes and the Walsh family. Funny, witty, thoughtful...a great series and a great talent. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Pengwen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking writer !
Very good read, nice holiday book you get involved in the story, but ending a little bit disappointing, but still a good read.
Published 18 days ago by fantsci-fi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books about recovery I've ever read
I love all Marian Keyes' books anyway, but this one particularly resonates. Rachel Walsh is a fun-loving, free-spirited Irish girl living in New York, until her family force her to... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Anna Buttimore
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of all time - ever!
I've read this book so many times - I adore it. It makes me laugh in public places, as well as cry.

I recommend this book time and time again to everyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Sbardella
5.0 out of 5 stars hillarious
loved it. made me laugh out loud in parts but also unexpectedly serious and honest in others. defo worth a read.
Published 2 months ago by vikki
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it
Having read many Marian Keyes books and already feeling quite attached to the Walsh family, I was looking forward to learning more about Rachel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jade Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars just fantastic
Took a little while then, THEN couldn't put it down! Characters you love and hate in equal measure! Nice little twists and turns. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SMARTY 9
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book is the perfect holiday beach book. The delivery was very fast, price was good and i would definatley buy from here again!!
Published 3 months ago by sophie wilkins
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