Amy O’Connell is living your typical modern life – harried, overfull and totally stressed out (more-than-occasional glasses of wine notwithstanding). Between a husband who has become withdrawn following the death of his father, three girls with various degrees of independence, a high-stress job commuting between Dublin and London, and the distraction of a colleague who may or may not be making moves on her – what’s a girl to do? Then Amy’s husband announces that he is taking “a break” – six months to go to the other side of the world and “clear his hand”. What the everlasting…..?
Your husband wants a break. What do you do? Do you flip your top? Do you push him to go and enjoy his break or do you make him stay?
A break for me says someone in a marriage/relationship isn´t happy and needs time for themselves. I mean, that´s the only logical explanation I have because I, myself, have never been on one before so…. I got curious when I saw the book and read the synopsis.
It´s scary when you´re married or in a relationship to think about a break when you don´t even need one. But what would happen if I or my husband would reach that point? Hof would either of us react? Would we survive? Or would we split up and go separate ways?
The ride home from the bookstore was gruesome, to say the least. I had so many questions and needed answers from the chick-lit I had bought.
I love Marian Keyes books. She has an amazing writing style. It´s truly a pleasure to read her stories because they´re so easy-going with the perfect amount of depth.
`The Break`was a fun and exciting read with so many feels. I had so much love and hate boiling inside me but then again- I felt alot of understanding for the characters and their actions.
( Not the break part. That crushed me.)
Without wanting to give anything away I would say this is a relatable read. The idea of a couple that loved each other to bits, even after so many years of being together, suddenly being challenged by one tiny life choice… plus the involvement with kids and work and everything else that comes with life is really not too far fetched.
My kind of Chick-Lit!
I did not only enjoy reading this relationship romance because it made me go through the „what if´s“ afterwards… I also enjoyed `The Break`for what it was- Entertaining.
It took me 2 days to start and finish 568 pages, and boy… was my heart all over the place.
The only complaint I have it that the end was a bit „So, this happens,… color out the rest for yourselves.“. The end didn´t quite get as much attention as I hoped for.
A reader gets alot of well written scenes on what happened before the break, during the break, and after the break. It felt like the real closure didn´t get a proper spotlight moment.
Nonetheless- I still enjoyed reading `The Break` by Marian Keyes.
Would I reread the story? Sure. Sometime in the future, most definitely.
Would I recommend this read? Absolutely. Although it´s a rather larger book it´s well written and the reading flow is great. Chick-Lit lovers will definitely get a kick out of this one.
The Cover – 5 stars ( A total eye-catcher. Simple, in-your-face subtle…. I love it )
The Story – 4 stars ( As a whole I´d say it was really enjoyable. But the end didn´t really do it for me. I expected more.)
The Characters – 4 stars ( Great. All aside from Amy´s husband, Hugh. Would have liked for him to have more… more…. more.)
My emotional state after finishing this read- Satisfied and waiting to read something new from the author.
I´m giving `The Break` by Marian Keyes 4 out of 5 stars.