Review – The Break by Marian Keyes

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


41wnOBEDF3L‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’
‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her.

He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to 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…

However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge.

For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she…


I squeal with delight every time I hear that a new Marian Keyes book is in the pipeline of publication.  I shoot to that bookstore on release date to make sure I get my little hands on a copy.  I am never one to worry that Keyes will fail to impress as, as crude as it sounds, you have more chance of seeing rocking horse muck than that happening – no pressure of course Marian!

Keyes novels are always a fun read with real dark undertones of problems that every day people face.  This is what makes her writing unique and you can spot Keyes’ signature style a mile off.  To say I was excited to read The Break is an understatement, and I was even more eager to sink my teeth into it when my request for an advanced copy was approved!

What we have in The Break is a marriage that is to face the ultimate test of survival – a husband’s mid-life crisis!  Hugh, Amy’s husband, has decided that he is going to travel South East Asia alone for six whole months!  Whilst our lovely Amy stays at home and goes about the daily grind of every day life which consists of her job in PR and raising three girls.  The question though is whether Amy will still be there when Hugh returns from his trip of “finding himself”, and also whether Hugh even wants to return to his old life?!  Amy is so upset about this newfound situation, especially as her first husband walked out on her, but Hugh insists he has to do this to find a new meaning to life.

Please do not think that this is your typical story about a break-up.  It is about remembering your wedding vows even when times are tough.  Plenty of obstacles crop up in the months of Hugh being away though for them to perhaps forget about the whole “for better or worse” thing!

I feel like I now know Amy inside out, all of her qualities – funny, attractive, confident, and all of her flaws – insecure and zero willpower.  Keyes really has created the perfect character and I can only guess that the wit and intelligence of Amy is a reflection on Keyes herself.

I loved the flashbacks as they give an insight into Amy and Hugh’s marriage.  This was a strong background in which to form my views on what can only be described as a cracking read.  There is an absolute gem of supporting characters consisting of Amy’s family.  They have her back and you will not forget a single one of them.

This is a story that will take you through the mill of emotions as we follow Amy on her life without Hugh.  There are so many laughable moments, but also some tear-jerking ones too.  This is about two people trying to find their footprint in life, and whether their footprints will merge at the end…

I was devastated when I turned that last page – thank you Marian for touching my heart in so many different ways in what is an astounding new release for you.  Congratulations!  This is a must read for everyone and anyone!

Thank you to Elizabeth Smith at Michael Joseph/Penguin for sending me a copy of this beautiful book in exchange for an honest review.  I admired this book from start to finish and I hope you like what I have had to say.

This beauty of a book entitled The Break is out on Thursday 7th September and you have to read it… please!

My final word: Thought-provoking!


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