The Break by Marian Keyes

The Break

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 Between a husband who has become withdrawn following the death of his father, three girls with various degrees of independence, a high-stress job commuting between Dublin and London, and the distraction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 husban...

Details The Break

TitleThe Break
Release DateSep 7th, 2017
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreRelationships, Love

Reviews The Break

  • Maureen
    Well - I feel as if I've been put through the wringer with this one and hung out to dry! Yes I've gone through the whole gamut of emotions along with protagonist Amy. Amy and Hugh are having a break. Not a romantic weekend kind of a break, no this is much more serious. Hugh has decided that he needs a 6 month break from his marriage, his family and his home. He flies to South East Asia on an 'anything goes' backpacking vacation. Amy is completely...
  • Paromjit
    For some reason, I really was in place where I loved reading this latest offering from Marian Keyes set in Dublin and London. I spend a lot of time reading dark fiction, that it is often necessary to have a book like this - comic, quirky, light and pure entertainment. Amy is 44 years old, married second time round to Hugh for 17 years. Neeve, with her youtube channel, Bitch, Please, is her daughter from her short lived marriage to footballer, Ric...
  • Dash fan
    5☆ Compelling, Funny, Emotional..Loved it!This is my first book by Marian Keyes and it definitely won't be my last! I was gripped from the first few chapters!The Break is a book about Marriage and the struggles of life and trying to make it work through the ups and downs. Its about Family, Love, Grief, Relationships, and starting over.When Amy is suddenly told by her husband Hugh he needs a break as he can't take it any more. He loves Amy he j...
  • Dem
    3.5 StarsThe Break by Marian Keyes is just one of those lazy summer reads that you know you are going to relax have a giggle and just go with the flow. I read quite a bit of Non Fiction and War related books and every now and again I need a book just for a giggle and having read Rachel's Holiday kand Watermelon many moons ago and knowing this author is good for a story as well as a laugh I was looking forward to her latest novel. and the The bl...
  • Malia
    I haven't loved Keyes last two, three books, though I gobbled up all of the others eagerly. I am happy to report, The Break did not disappoint. Without giving too much away, this is the story of a couple who goes "on a break" - cue Ross and Rachel. Like Keyes other books, this one offers a dose of themes like coping with mental illness, complicated family structures, humorous social critique, and romance. It is quite a long book for this genre, b...
  • Mandy
    This is the story of Amy, and how she copes with life when her husband, Hugh, decides to take a break He goes off travelling, and Amy is left to cope with everything, her family, paying the bills, and sorting out in her own head why Hugh has left.I was quite a way into the book before I warmed to Amy, I must admit, and I did not agree with every decision she made. I did like the journey that she went on though. I loved Amy's family, they were won...
  • Pauline
    Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors and I was eagerly awaiting her new book 'The Break'. You can guess how happy I was to receive an ARC copy.Amy's husband has announced that he is taking a six month break for his job, his marriage and his children. How will she cope without him? I loved this book about a dysfunctional family and how they cope with what life throws at them. There was plenty of laugh out loud moments too. This book reminde...
  • Rebecca Carter
    Marian Keyes is an author on my auto buy list. I love her style and have been a huge fan of her for many years now! So when I was approved a copy of her new book to review, i was like an embarrassing fan girl whooping away like a mad 'un. What I love about Marian is her writing really makes you feel like she's one of your mates. Her books are funny, heart warming, down to earth, wise, full of the dramas of families, never fail to make you fall in...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    **3.5 starsIt seems like a significant amount of time has passed since I last read a Marian Keyes book. Keyes was one of my favourite authors in my late teens and early twenties and her books have always been on my auto buy list. When this one hit shelves, I admit to rushing out to the shops to immediately purchase a copy. The latest from Keyes, The Break, takes an introspective look at a 40 something couple...
  • Tania
    Oh what fun!!! I listened to the audio and the narrator was perfect. I used to love all Marian Keyes books, but stopped a few years ago, when I read one or two that felt more depressing than uplifting. I am so glad that one of my friends convinced me to try her newest offering. I fell in love with the whole extended family, and laughed and cried with Amy. I especially loved that her colleagues formed such a big part of her support structure, and ...
  • Linda Sims
    I've not read anything by this author before and I'm not sure I will in the future.The two lead characters in this have been married some time they have a family, and everything seems okay till Hugh the husband has a mid life crisis and wants to go off on his own backpacking somewhere remote for 6 months and experience life, I just got the feeling he just wanted to have some new experiences with other women. Amy his wife doesn't really seem to kn...
  • Jacqueline
    This book owned me, took over my thoughts and stayed with me until I managed to find more time to pick it up again. Despite it being mega -angsty and gut wrenching it was the best book I've read in ages.The author totally nailed the slightly boring, average, going through the motions family dynamic in this. I'm a similar age, been married a similar number of years and I recognise all too well that slightly depressing sense of watching life go on ...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
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  • Margaret Madden
    Forty-four-year-old Amy is gobsmacked when her husband, Hugh, declares that he wants to take a break from their marriage. He plans to travel through South East Asia and sever all contact for six months. Leaving Amy and three children behind, he heads off with a rucksack, a quick-dry towel and a newly discovered sense of freedom. Amy is devastated but, in true Irish style, she picks herself up and carries on, regardless. With some words of (not yo...
  • Lisa
    Another enjoyable book from Marian Keyes. I just love the way she manages to blend humour and serious issues in a light hearted manner.This is told from the POV of Amy a mother of three in her forties who is going through a bad patch with her fact he is leaving her...only for 6 months though!Yes it's a bit predictable but aren't we all sometimes?!Lots of laughs and a few tears I would recommend this comedy/family drama.
  • Claire Allan
    It's not news to anyone who has ever asked me about writing and who I admire that I am a huge fan of Marian Keyes. Like - I even embarrass myself with how gushing I am about her - and having now met her a few times, I have made a complete gom of myself on each occasion. You would think then that being such a huge fan of Marian Keyes would mean reading this book and reviewing it would be a breeze; but it hasn't been for a number of reasons.1) Befo...
  • Kindling Micky
    THE BREAK was a strangely refreshing read considering that it was, at times, difficult to read in terms of storyline. What Marian Keyes managed to accomplish was narrating the heartbreak of a seemingly solid marriage breaking up, with wit alongside real, tough emotional pain. There are a number of key characters in this book, but Hugh and Amy are at the fore, it's their marriage on a break after all. I went through many changes in how I felt abou...
  • Sonja Arlow
    I started listening to this book over a weekend, and the weirdest thing happened.While I was at the shops I had complete strangers coming up to me and just starting a conversation out of the blue. I figured out later that I was probably walking around, earphones in, with a big smile on my face, making me look way to approachable.This is old school Marian Keyes at her best, but with a slightly more mature voice. There’s a big, eccentric Irish fa...
  • Bex Rees
    A great beach read.Not my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyable.I have had a long stretch of intense thriller/dark novels and wanted a fun read.This definitely fit the bill,although there were times I felt so bad for Any I wanted to give her a hug.Amy was left suddenly by her husband Hugh, who had decided he wanted 6 months off their marriage to go galavanting around the world.What a bad egg!However,Amy picks herself up for the good of her family ...
  • Sharon
    Marian Keyes was one of the first "grown up" female authors that I read. I was a big fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice in my early teens, but it was Marian who taught me about families, friendships, loves, losses, and real life experiences. Life (and being a stroppy teenager) got in the way, and I hadn't kept up with her books. I follow her online, and love her on Twitter, YouTube and Podcasts - but I hadn't read any of her newer books in YEARS. ...
  • I read novels
    Review by Suzanne [email protected] Mariane Keyes is one of my favourite authors. It doesn’t matter what story she tells in her novels I am always totally booked out with my reading schedule glued to the story. I absolutely loved reading every page of The Break. As readers should know by know one of my favourite subjects I like to read about is fiction marriage problems. Here’s the problem poor Hugh needs t...
  • 🎄Voracious
    It's been a long time since I've read Marian Keyes, so I was eager to get my hands on her forthcoming book 'The Break'. Whilst the book was entertaining, I felt as I was constantly waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did and at around 50% I started to get a little frustrated with the storyline. Perhaps it's because this book was so far out of my usual comfort zone of crazed killers but to me, it just didn't seem anything other than b...
  • Clare
    With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin books for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I was so excited when I realised Marian Keyes had written a new book. I devoured chic lit books in my twenties, but as I got older I lost interest in the genre. Now I am older, Marian Keyes is one of the few chic lit authors I still read. I loved the books featuring the Walsh family it felt like meeting old friends. I hope The Break will be the firs...
  • Kim
    I loved this book. Amy's husband drops a bombshell that he is taking a break and going on his very own gap year (well 6 month) backpacking expedition. Whilst he's away he will be on a break from his job AND his marriage- but he will be back in 6 months to take up where he left off! I think I'd have been telling him not to bother coming back!!!!!!He'd had a terrible time after the loss of his dad and then his best friend and as the book unfurls yo...
  • Kim Wilkins
    It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Keyes. Her books have so much warmth and humour, and I’ve never been disappointed by one. But a few have stood out as clear favourites, and The Break is one of them (fyi, my other favourite is Is Anybody Out There?). I’d go so far as to say it’s required reading for any woman in her forties who is starting to feel the creeping dissatisfactions of middle age. It’s a hugely generous book, with lots of he...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on The Break is another absorbing, interesting and humorous read from an author I've loved reading for years: Marian Keyes. I was so ready for a new novel from this brilliant and funny Irish writer and I was definitely not disappointed!You sort of know what to expect from Marian Keyes's new novels but The Break surprised me in many ways. For one, it was more emotional and upsetting than many of her other novel (or...
  • Jo
    The BreakBy Marian KeyesSynopsisAmy's husband Hugh isn't really leaving her.At least, that's what he promises. He is just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . .It's been a long time since Amy held a b...
  • Grace
    I started reading this at 8 pm, I finished at 1 am. Boooooy, this book was dang brilliant.
  • Alison
    Four and a half, might even be five stars!Marian Keyes was the writer of my thirties. Books like Watermelon and Rachel's Holiday created a whole new genre for me, Irish chicklit with a twist. When I saw this on NetGalley I had to request it, for the sake of my thirties but I had this little pit of dread in my stomach, what if it was the same as the stuff I read 20 years ago? I needn't have worried, this is still my Marian Keyes, just her heroines...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I was given a free copy of this book from PenguinRandomHouse Canada in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read from this author. Amy’s husband Hugh has decided to take a six month break from their marriage. He has been quite despondent and depressed since the deaths of his father and brother. He assures Amy that he still loves her and will only be gone six months to sort himself out and then he will be back and they wi...