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Not what it seems, just like its characters,
This review is from: The Brightest Star in the Sky (Hardcover)
Right away I should say that this doesn't provide the same amount of laughs as other Marian Keyes books, but so what? It took me a little while to get into this, but I got so engrossed that I read over half of it in one sitting today (the snow was good for something at least!), so it's worth sticking with.
To begin with most of the characters seem fairly straightforward (Jemima, an 88 year old woman who lives with her dog Grudge and dotes on her foster son, bolshy Lydia and her Polish flatmates who are scared of her, career woman Katie and loved up married couple Maeve and Matt) but once you read on and get to know them none of their lives are really as simple as they seem, especially Maeve and Matt's.
Forget about the 'magic' element which quite a few people seem to be griping about (no, I don't think she is trying to copy Cecelia Ahern's style - there's a short story that appears in either 'Under the Duvet' or 'Further Under the Duvet' which is about an angel who's come to earth so it's not like it's a radical departure from anything she's ever written before). I hate that sort of thing too and yes there's a slight mystical element to it but, like her other books, at its heart this is still very much a story about ordinary people and their lives.
Please do read it, but make sure you put the effort into sticking with it and hopefully you'll end up loving it as much as I did.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2010 13:36:06 BDT
Great review, and thank you! I'm also a big fan but I'm really struggling with this one. You've inspired me to pick it up and have another go! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2010 13:23:30 BDT
I'm glad you carried on with it - I hope you ended up enjoying it as much as I did :-)
Posted on 17 Dec 2011 17:21:59 GMT
Melissa W says:
Thanks for the review. I'm going to give it a go.
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