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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author Marian Keyes, a hilarious new novel about an Irish beautician and her unorthodox path to love and fame.
In her own words, Stella Sweeney is just "an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband and two teenage kids", working for her sister in their neighborhood beauty salon. Then one day she is struck by a serious illness that lands her in the hospital for months.
After recovering, Stella finds out that her neurologist, Dr. Mannix Taylor, has compiled and self-published a memoir about her illness. Her discovery comes when she spots a photo of the finished copy in an American tabloid - and it's in the hands of the vice president's wife!
As her relationship with Dr. Taylor gets more complicated, Stella struggles to figure out who she was before her illness, who she is now, and who she wants to be while relocating to New York City to pursue a career as a newly minted self-help memoirist.
Funny, fast-paced, and honest, Keyes's latest novel is full of her trademark charm and wisdom and is sure to delight her many fans.
©2014  Marian Keyes (P)2014  W.F. Howes
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3 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Ross on 07-16-15

Marian Keyes is a genius. This book fails to show

As always, in a Marion Keyes book, the dialogue sounds realistic and the characters are well drawn. That said, for me, this book lacked warmth. Possibly because Stella struck me as someone I would never be friends with. I though she treated her boyfriend horribly, and when her life fell apart at the end, I feel guilty to admit I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking, "Well what did you EXPECT, Stella, when you couldn't even tell him you loved him and mb ade c a big deal about a one night stand he had before you were even together?"

I would love to hear what Helen Walsh would say about Stella. Helen has a backbone and real solid presence.

Marion, if you read this, I will always and forever buy anything you write, because I think you are the Jane Austen of time. This was just not my cup of tea. But then, neither was Northranger Abbey and that's survived the test of time, so what do I know?

My favorite character in the book (this one, not Northranger Abbey ) was the petulant yoga-loving teenage son. Hope to see more of him.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 08-31-17

First Part? Good. Second Part? Ugh!

This is two books in one, really. Keyes does a phenomenal job in the first part with Stella's struggle with her horrific, immobilizing illness. Truly, I enjoyed the first part. It was paced well; it was filled with raw and touching emotion.
Second book? Oh, my. Stella does nothing: zip! nada! It's almost as though she was still paralyzed for all the action she takes. I understand that she's depressed, but come on. Do SOMEthing! Everybody else takes actions, makes choices. All Stella does is whine, cringe, get confused, until those around her blast her with choices to be made.
Worth a Daily Deal, 1/2 credit, for the first book.
The second part? Oi veh!

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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