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The Woman Who Stole My Life - August book club

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 04-Aug-15 14:54:35

Copies have been sent out so should have arrived/be arriving shortly. Find out more about Marian Keyes' latest bestseller HERE and if you've received a copy (or if you've read it anyway) do add questions and comments for Marian on this thread.

If you'd like to purchase a copy, you can go here.

Gagagran Fri 07-Aug-15 09:02:22

My copy came yesterday - I got the usual pleasure from a new book - such a lovely gift. Thank you GN and I look forward to reading it starting today. Marian Keyes is one of my all-time favourites.

Jane10 Fri 07-Aug-15 09:11:51

I have already read it so didn't apply for a copy from GN. I always enjoy Marian Keyes writing style. Her use of rather Irish words and turns of phrase give it such character and authenticity. She's funny and warm and that shines through .

ninathenana Fri 07-Aug-15 09:51:55

I'm currently reading and enjoying this book. As I have every Marian Keyes book I've read.

downtoearth Fri 07-Aug-15 10:47:10

I have read all Marian's books but found this one hard to get into at first,but once into it loved it just like all the others....I had already bought mine ages ago and just got round to it.

janerowena Sun 09-Aug-15 12:11:08

Mine was waiting on the doorstep when I got back last night, thank you! I shall take it away with me this week, perfect timing. smile

Teetime Sun 09-Aug-15 12:15:34

I read this some months ago and although I generally enjoy MK's books this one just didn't hit the spot humour wise although the plot was interesting the book went on too long without getting anywhere.

Supernan Mon 10-Aug-15 09:21:30

Waiting for me when I returned from holiday. Thank you Gransnet. Already enjoyed a couple of chapters. Looking good.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 10-Aug-15 09:58:10

Yes like several of you I am a fan of Marian's writing - she has a wonderful tone. I must reread some of the earlier ones (if I ever get through the teetering stack by my bed that is grin

rocketstop Mon 10-Aug-15 13:23:28

Thankyou for my book which arrived today,I shall look forward to reading it and posting back here when I have !!

sunseeker Mon 10-Aug-15 14:22:42

Thank you for my copy which arrived this morning. I hope to get down to reading it later this week.

NanSue Mon 10-Aug-15 20:16:20

Thank you for my copy that arrived today. I'm hoping it is on the lines of Marian's earlier books that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially "The Last Chance Saloon".

Ana Mon 10-Aug-15 20:28:27

I read this a few months ago, and although I have thoroughly enjoyed all Marian Keyes' previous books, I found this one hard going and actually gave up about two-thirds of the way through.

I couldn't engage with any of the characters and didn't find myself caring what happened to them - skipped to the end just to see if anything unexpected had happened, but it hadn't...

Anne58 Mon 10-Aug-15 20:46:43

Came home to find a copy through the letterbox, along with other (boring) post!

Thank you, lifted my day! smile

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 10-Aug-15 21:30:31


Buddie Tue 11-Aug-15 17:07:50

Thank you for my copy Gransnet. It was delivered yesterday on a rather wet and dreary Monday morning and I read the first 50 pages between chores! Not an author I have read before although I had heard of her books of course. I have certainly njoyed what I have read so far.

EmilyHarburn Tue 11-Aug-15 19:43:05

Penguin delivered my book on the day after my son and grandchildren had left after a week in residence during which I ran a ‘hotel’ culminating in a party and barbecue for 40 people.

It arrived on Monday at 11 am. The first book I have read by Marion Keynes. I did check on the internet and see she is much admired for her chick lit plots and her humour.

I was looking forward to a book that would relax me, that I got lost in and that I would not be able to put down. First part of the book I found hard to follow. Time frame and place did not seem to be clear. I was captivated by Stella’s experience of being in ICU for months but this sub story seemed to be broken up too frequently. Even in the here and now sections of the book Stella was dreaming about her past life in America and Gilda’s role. I was soon fed up with hearing about carbs, jaffa cakes & fairy cakes. Then Stella was shopping with her sister Karen for lady chinos. Carbs, fair cakes, jaffa cakes, lady chinos kept repeating themselves throughout the book. And at one point medical services are paid for in euros and then discussed in quids.

At last on page 200 of 531 pages the novel gets started. A national publication in the US has featured a photograph of Annabeth Browning in a convent reading a book written by Stella and self published by Mannix. From then on, for me as the reader, the book got interesting and started to make sense in terms of place and time. However Mannix’ brother Roland seemed to come and then go within the story, fading away having had a stroke and then turning up at the end in pink and orange trainers. I was not sure that this character was needed. Nor was I sure that earlier on we needed Dr. Montgomery whose behaviour seemed out of the ordinary, not really believable. And later on Ned Mount, the broadcaster appears looking for Stella. He seems a bit superfluous.

I found that I did start to care about Stella, her family, her love life and her career as a writer; but I did not find anything funny. From page 427 events moved at a good pace, the book tours and meetings with the publishers etc. All gathered pace with brief but sufficient descriptions.

Occasionally with dialogue I lost the plot as to who was saying what so had to count the lines from the first speaker so as to make sure. At page 522 we are home at last Georgie has pulled it off enabling a reconciliation for our main characters, with a warm finish a year later on page 528 but by then I have forgotten that Chad is the name of Stella’s father and have to go back to find out, because the speech sentence seems to be by two different people, all of which diminishes, for me, the impact of the ending.

I have, however, looked through Marian Keyes list of publications and downloaded on my Kindle a sample of Sushi for Beginners, which I will read some time. Marian may be a writer whose publisher is asking her to produce a novel a year rather than allowing an excellent story teller to develop her work in her own time.

Anne58 Tue 11-Aug-15 19:45:35

I have not read the previous posts, as my copy only arrived today, but just wanted to say thank you GN! smile

Ana Tue 11-Aug-15 19:49:23

I thought it arrived yesterday, phoenix - at least that's what you told us! grin

shysal Wed 12-Aug-15 12:23:48

Mine has just arrived, thank you.

Greendorrie Wed 12-Aug-15 16:32:54

My copy arrived this afternoon. I was sat outside in the sunshine and the postman handed it to me, so I took it out of the envelope and started to read it. The joy of being retired! The story is good and I will be continuing with it tomorrow.

dartmoordogsbody Wed 12-Aug-15 17:24:49

My copy arrived this afternoon, thank you. It's a sizeable book so I shall have to get started later on, or I'll never finish it in time!

Greenfinch Wed 12-Aug-15 17:45:40

Mine also arrived this afternoon thank you.
I was beginning to think I had missed out !

annodomini Wed 12-Aug-15 17:50:21

I found mine waiting for me when I got home after lunch. Read the first chapter and am already hooked.

Maggiemaybe Thu 13-Aug-15 14:25:13

My copy has just arrived. I just wanted to say thank you - I thought I'd missed out this time! I'd better crack on straightaway, as it's quite a big book! smile