Again, Rachel: The love story of the summer (Walsh Family, 6)

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Again, Rachel: The love story of the summer (Walsh Family, 6)

Again, Rachel: The love story of the summer (Walsh Family, 6)

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I can tell you that Rachel seems to be in a very good place as the story begins; she has a great job as head counsellor at The Cloisters, she is in love, all of her family are around her and she's discovered a love for gardening.

But the further I got into the book, the more I found myself frustrated by Rachel's (and obviously Marian's) unquestioning true believer devotion to the AA philosophy of addiction and treatment. What does Keyes reveal about the challenges of denial and relapse in addiction within Again, Rachel ?The two are middle-aged now and have spent years apart, but Keyes manages to emphasise their connection so powerfully that I, along with Rachel, went from hating him and being so cross with him, to slowly warming to him, to falling in love with him all over again. Readers of the previous books know that Rachel and Luke got married and now we learn they have been divorced for 6 years and he lives in Denver, Colorado. Throughout her career she has addressed issues such as domestic violence, abortion and depression to name but a few.

I hate it when an author does a sequel or a series and personalities that were interesting and intriguing, that made you want to come back for more, have vanished and we have reconstituted versions. Family dynamics, like those in the Walsh family from Again, Rachel , are a common focal point in literature. In Again, Rachel, we find her, decades on, still sober and now head counsellor at the very rehab centre where she found sobriety all those years ago. The audible narration by the author was great, I was so addicted, I kept listening right through to the interview with Graham Norton at the end - a great little add-on. I felt that Again, Rachel intertwines the themes of love , loss and recovery, brilliantly, which she achieves largely through her superb command of dialogue.At the very least, you most definitely should read Rachel’s Holiday but Again, Rachel will spoil key parts of the other books if you plan on reading them. Assured, wise and witty with superb observational detail, reading Marian Keyes is like being cradled in safe arms. The chance to read and review Again, Rachel in a recent Tandem Global Collective read along was a big win for me. I also laughed so loud, I read out passages to my husband, I was totally and utterly bewitched by the story.

She is 20 years sober and the head counselor at The Cloisters, the rehab center that saved her life back in the late 90s. It was nice to see where life has taken Rachel after 25 years but a lot of the story felt too dragged out to me.Instead of showing that you can actually move on from a broken heart and find love with a grown-up, or be happily single, Keyes cleaves to the myth of the “one true love” and (major spoiler) has Rachel getting back together with still-hot in leather trousers (of course) Luke.

While Again, Rachel served as my introduction to the intriguing world of the Walsh family, but I soon realized that she has written many other novels about them.

In a true Marian Keyes's style, the book interweaves family drama, complex relationships, unique characters, social and mental health topics, splashed with a healthy dose of Irish humor. While some relationship elements weren’t exactly to my tastes or expectations, it was good to be involved. Can parallels be drawn between the familial dynamics in Again, Rachel and other series like the Seven Sisters ?



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