Not so much a Break as a Hiatus

The Break Book Cover The Break
Marian Keyes
literary fiction, romantic comedy
Michael Joseph
September 7, 2017
576

The Break is the brand new funny, touching and truly fabulous novel from Marian Keyes . . . '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? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she? The Break isn't a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best. 'A born storyteller' Independent on Sunday 'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express

I loved this book and read it and read it and read it. So much happened and the writing style engaged me and encouraged me to just keep on reading.

I am not normally a fan of Irish family dramas, but this was different and a grand exception.

This is a very modern mixed-up family. the children from many marriages and even one not ‘belonging’ to them. All provided for in a rather ramshackle way by Clare and then with her husband helping out – but not her previous husband at all… or the parents of the ‘not theirs’ child.

I am not sure how i would have coped with all her responsibilities. flying to and fro London and Ireland. running a commission based business with 2 lovely partners but still effectively self-employed. and not earning that much after expenses – which are high in the PR world. still establishing a business name, still trying to manage her wayward clients, still trying to help her girls through school and exams and business start-ups. and then there is her father with Alzheimer’s and her mother wanting help.

I am surprised she doesn’t have a complete break-down. but maybe she does? Maybe her behaviour is a breakdown of sorts – and who can blame her?

 

 

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Size-ist?

The Husband Diet Book Cover The Husband Diet
(Amazing Erica) #1
Nancy Barone
Fiction humour
Bookouture; 1 edition
May 31, 2013
312

Erica Cantelli's life feels more suffocating than a size 4 dress. On the surface she's maintaining the image of successful career woman, perfect wife and a doting mother with two wonderful children. In reality she's running out of hours in the day; 6 dress sizes bigger than she wants to be; and the only man who shows her any affection is her gay best friend. In fact fantasizing about how to kill her increasingly disinterested husband is just about all that keeps Erica sane. That and a whole different type of fantasizing about the incredibly handsome new school principal, Julian Foxham. When her husband jokes about trading her in for two size tens, Erica knows something has to change. But is another diet really the answer? Or is getting rid of him the fastest path to happiness? Now if she could only stop thinking about the gorgeous Mr Foxham... For any woman who has ever felt under-appreciated, or thought about giving up on their dreams, Erica is a hilarious breath of fresh air.

I initially liked the 3 books in this series as chick lit in the genre.

The Husband Diet

My Big Fat Italian Break-Up

Romance, Rivals and Ravioli

But then I realised that our heroine wasn’t fat at all! She was a larger size than her mother and sisters true, but I looked up the weight to height ratios on the health sites and found that 78 kilos at 5 foot 10 inches is just within the normal range. And is probably a UK size 14. US size 10/12. True at 88 kilos she was overweight – not obese but… and she was only that weight at times.

This spoils the books in my opinion.

If you are going to have all that angst about weight and curves and whether your boyfriend/lover/husband would prefer someone slimmer then you really need to be overweight… and honestly she would only struggle up a hill if she wasn’t fit, and not because she was too heavy!

So my initial assessment of a 4 went down to a 3 or even a 2 (?) as this book hints of fat shaming when a normal sized woman anguishes over her weight. And also is a very bad example for our young women.

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Kitty Kitty

Hell's Kitty Book Cover Hell's Kitty
Welcome To Hell Book 4
Eve Langlais
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(10 Jun. 2014)

Hell’s Kitty

Good thing this Hellcat has nine lives because he’s going to need them if he’s going to survive Lucifer’s latest scheme and land on his four furry feet. Okay, so Felipe ate a few of the Styx sea creatures. In his defense, they were awfully tasty. Depleting the monster reservoir didn’t mean Lucifer had to go all Lord of Hell on him and order him to go on a stupid mission. And to Siren Isle of all places! Everyone knows males should stay far, far away from that dangerous place. The only stroke of luck is the woman he’s after isn’t a siren. Nor is she quite a mermaid. As a matter of fact, Jenny isn’t like anyone he’s ever met—so, of course, this curious cat wants her. Except he’s not the only one. Not long after his arrival, he runs into problems, which he’s only too happy to solve in a permanent and violent fashion. Getting Jenny off the island and back to Hell’s inner circle is proving more troublesome than expected, though. Who knew a simple retrieval mission would signal the start of a dangerous—yet exhilarating—adventure, and despite his tomcat ways, this purring feline can’t help but fall in love.

 

I’ve been wanting to read this story since I found out about a hellcat and was not disappointed.

As a cat owner, I can just imagine my cat – if she could talk – saying the same things as Felipe does. And certainly some of my male cats, if not neutered would behave the same. And as for catching protected creatures – we had one tom who caught everything he could even protected dormice! And he stole steak from our neighbour’s kitchen when she left the window open and dropped a live baby bunny on our daughter’s head at Easter and and….

So great fun reading this book. Loved it.

 

 

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Was it a big hole?

Digging to America Book Cover Digging to America
Anne Tyler
Assimilation - Sociology, literary fiction, humour
Vintage Books
2007
329

Friday August 15th, 1997. Two tiny Korean babies are delivered to Baltimore to two families who have no more in common than this. Every year, on the anniversary of 'Arrival Day' their two extended families celebrate together, with more and more elaborately competitive parties, as little Susan and Jin-ho take roots and become American. Full of achingly hilarious moments and toe-curling misunderstandings, Digging to America is a novel about belonging and otherness, pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, families and the impossibility of ever getting it right... OVER A MILLION ANNE TYLER BOOKS SOLD âe~Sheâe(tm)s changed my perception on lifeâe(tm) Anna Chancellor âe~One of my favourite authors âe(tm) Liane Moriarty âe~She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan âe~Anne Tyler has no peerâe(tm) Anita Shreve âe~My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the worldâe(tm) Nick Hornby âe~A masterly authorâe(tm) Sebastian Faulks âe~Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly goodâe(tm) John Updike âe~I love Anne Tylerâe(tm) Anita Brookner âe~Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humourâe(tm) Eudora Welty

I found this novel of life as an adoptee from a  culture so different from the normal America, to be uninspiring. I was bitterly disappointed as I heard good things about this novel. For me, even the insights into the thoughts of the various grandparents – the adoptees – were not enough to keep me reading. Though I did appreciate Maryam.

Having several Middle Eastern friends their culture is very familiar to me and thus perhaps this is where the story lost its freshness for me – I already understood so much of these cultures.

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From the Kabbalah to now

Unlikeable Demon Hunter Book Cover Unlikeable Demon Hunter
Nava Katz #1
Deborah Wilder
urban fantasy, mythology, romance, humour
Te Da Media
(3 April 2017)

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance-impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare-a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari's induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn't expect is to take her brother's place among the-until now-all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan's exactly what Nava's always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That's as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.
Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

The mysterious world of the Orthodox Jewish religion is revealed – in all its (un?)necessary traditions. We also find out about some of the (supposed) Kabbalah  ideas…

According to Jewish belief, the demons were created on the sixth day in the afternoon. The demons are messengers from hell, their appearance is just like any normal person, but their legs are chicken feet, there are demons whose legs are legs of a goat. The role of demons in our world is to frighten the person, try to damage him, particularly mental damage. (http://www.p-kabbalah.com)

From the traditions (as described in the novel) we learn that King David (Bible’s King of Israel) organised a group of men to fight the Demons that he had encountered, and who lived alongside the human world, mostly ‘glamoured’ so that they could be detected. The Demon Hunters were given the name Rasha, and since the time of King David all Rashas are descended from the original cohort – through the female line of course, but always male. Until along comes a set of twins, male and female, where the male twin is identified by a Rabbi as being a Rasha in training and thus is set to learn how to fight and destroy the various Demons etc.

At the age of 20 all Initiates have their final ceremony and become fighters in the secret army (disguised as a Personal Protection company). Only a hiccup occurs. The female twin get the magic! Oops you might say as never before had there been a female Rasha (but then never had any females been tested so…).

The story of how our female Rasha learns her ‘trade’ and sasses all the Rabbis and other Demon Hunters makes for a fun and enjoyable romp. With a fair amount of eroticism as she is quite a lusty girl! Not to mention that she likes food and alcohol but her ‘work’ ensures that she stays fit and trim!

 

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