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Watermelon: The riotously funny and tender novel from the million-copy bestseller (Walsh Family) by [Marian Keyes]

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Watermelon Rachel's Holiday Angels Anybody Out There The Mystery of Mercy Close Again, Rachel
Famous fans and why they love Marian Keyes... 'Your best, funniest friend telling a story' David Nicholls 'A masterclass - I adored it' Liane Moriarty 'An extraordinary writer' Ian Rankin 'Fearless and provocative' Graham Norton 'Balm for the soul' Nigella Lawson 'Bracingly honest, funny, sexy, heart-breaking' Jojo Moyes

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Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

The author's style is too blunt and her setting too suburban (with its all-too-human heroine struggling to keep her sanity, tend to her new-born baby, fight it out with siblings and begin to love again) to be a traditional romance, but there is enough chemistry and mystery to keep you guessing in the lip-smacking Watermelon--a dish that may not fill you up but will certainly give you a taster of Marian Keyes' work, of which there is much to sample, including Lucy Sullivan is getting Married, Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon. --Nicola Perry

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James tells her that he's having an affair.

Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at. So, in the absence of any better offers, she decides to go home to her family in Dublin.

Sheltered by the love of her quirky family, and the attention of an incredibly attractive younger man, Claire gets better. A lot better. In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a surprise.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B071GSLG4Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (6 July 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3131 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 524 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0099489988
  • Customer reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 2,678 ratings

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Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky , The Mystery of Mercy Close, The Woman Who Stole My Life, The Break and her latest Number One bestseller, Grown Ups. Her two collections of journalism, Making it up as I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition are also available from Penguin.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much waffle for me but good otherwise
By The Sleepy Reader on 19 April 2022
Watermelon follows the story of Clare who is going through the most unimaginably horrible separation from her husband, who decides it’s a good time to leave her just hours after the birth of their first baby. A few days later she returns home to Dublin and her family where most of the story takes place.

While the plot shows the worst of some people and goes through this difficult time in Clare’s life I didn’t find that I connected well with it. The writing is far too waffling even for someone like me who always manages to write massively long essays and then spends days struggling to reduce them for a word count and who often has verbal diarrhoea, a point of which took my friend two and a half hours to escape from last night despite spending the whole day together!

The characters are well developed but hidden under so many words and meandering thoughts that it felt difficult to remember the point. This felt like a very long read, before I got to even 30% I was checking that percentage wondering how much longer there was in the book which is never a good thing for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it but I am a fairly quick reader and this seemed too long.

Clare quite understandably goes through a depressive episode after the horror who I don’t even want to name leaves her but then suddenly emerges and is suddenly moving on to someone who seems no better than her first husband. I felt sad that she didn’t feel her beautiful new daughter, Kate, was enough for her and that she didn’t feel she could just build a new life with her and the support of her, slightly crazy but loving, family. Kate is also the most perfect newborn in the history of the world! She wakes, eats and then sleeps for the rest of the day leaving Clare to do as she wishes, which often includes a lot of TV and moping around before the new relationship.

If you can already tell, I found this a frustrating read. I wanted to scream at Clare and shake her to stop her from being so sad and pathetic. She is so weak and insecure that I had hoped the story would be about how she grows as a person and becomes strong for herself and her daughter, alas, this was not the case.

This was too much for me and has made me panic about her other books as I bought a bundle of all seven of the Walsh Family books to read one after the other. However, I am assured that Rachel’s holiday is one of her best ever books and that one is next on my list in this series, but I think I will be leaving a short gap before I start on that one just in case it’s the same as this one!
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