Rachel's Holiday by Marian KeyesRachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

Rachel's Holiday

byMarian Keyes

Paperback | January 29, 2016

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The fast lane is much too slow for Rachel Walsh. And Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel's love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room. It will also cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores.

When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Ireland's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. Perhaps it will be lovely—spa treatments, celebrities, that kind of thing. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.

Marian Keyes was born in the West of Ireland in 1963. She was brought up in Dublin, and then she spent her twenties in London. She earned her law degree and then travelled to London where she worked first as a waitress before getting a job in an accounts office, where she worked for quite some time. Keyes developed a drinking problem, ...
Title:Rachel's HolidayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.95 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060090383

ISBN - 13:9780060090388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My very favourite Marian Keyes book This is one of several books about different sisters in the Walsh family. This one deals with addiction and somehow remains both funny and compelling. It is so well written and obviously well researched too.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start but This book took longer for me to get into/read than the author's other books (found the beginning to drag a bit) but once I got into it, hard to put down. Good book to pass on to people in denial about their addictions.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection! This book plunges into the world of addiction and had me thoroughly addicted to Mariam Keyes from this point on. It's absolutely amazing how Keyes can take you on a journey with her main characters and fully immerse you into their life, thoughts, and drama. Couldn't put it down! Definitely a MUST READ!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious Even though this is about addiction and depression, it is the funniest book she's written
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this book years ago and though I have now read all of Marian Keyes' books, this one remains my favourite.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read! This is one of Keyes' best novel yet. It is light and funny as always she hits the mark every time.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect balance of funny and serious This book brings some comedic relief to a serious topic of Addiction. I laughed, and I felt for Rachel. I really enjoyed this book. This book was as awesome as I expected!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rachel's Holiday Read this years ago when it first came out + loved it. Still do...Marian Keyes early works deffo the best!
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rachels Holiday Marian Keyes is wonderful. The mix of real issues, with humour and sadness is very clever. Keeps the reader interested to the very end with realistic characters.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never gets old! I loved this book from the moment I picked the paperback copy up a few years ago, I lent it to my sister, my girlfriend, my mum and eventually lost track of where it was... So now I have it in my e-reader to read over and over, it makes me laugh, cry and then laugh some more, even on my 5th time reading it, I can't put it down!
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never gets old! Fantastic read... Not at all what one might expect: serious subject matter dealt with a wonderful sense of humour.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Rachel has had an accidental overdose of drugs. She finds herself in the hospital and then railroaded by her family, friends and boyfriend into The Cloisters for a two month rehab program. Rachel doesn't think she abuses drugs but she needs a holiday and will love the jacuzzi,gym and pampering you get at these places. NOT Rachel soon discovers she is in for some serious therapy with a therapist who has been there and knows the steps the addict goes through. The Cloisters is not full of 'beautiful' people and further they expect Rachel to do some work. Hello, reality. Marian Keyes has written a novel about addiction from the viewpoint of the abuser. The reader at first wonders if Rachel is really an addict and then slowly realizes as Rachel does the extent of the addiction. Keyes has done a masterful job at this. Also Keyes interjects some humour which makes this an entertaining read
Date published: 2011-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I first heard about Marian Keyes through BzzAgent, a word-of-mouth PR company, and I'm extremely grateful to them for introducing me to such a great author. Marian's books are funny, engaging, sad, heartwarming, tear-jerking and life-affirming all at once, and Rachel's Holiday is no exception; I became so involved in Rachel's story that I teared up several times and had a lot of difficulty putting the book down. The story gradually unfolds in an extremely realistic manner. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys chick lit with a bit more substance to it.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent !!! Very well written. Very funny, hard to put down. I like how the books are crossed within the family. Excellent read!!
Date published: 2004-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is my second book by the author and I loved this one also. I found I got right into Rachel's life. I also loved the ending, it brought tears to my eyes......
Date published: 2003-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rachel's Holiday An amazing escapist book. Marian Keyes is the kind of author that has you laughing aloud on the bus and getting strange looks from the people around you. It is a great journey following Rachel from her beginning as a coke addict and destroyed life, to getting to the end and seeing her as a recovered person with the potential for a great life. A wonderful read. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read!!!
Date published: 2000-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a book that makes you laugh out loud I'll be short and sweet. This book was great. It was well-written from a before and after point of view, keeps you entertained, laughing and crying the whole way through. And (without giving it away) and ending that actually makes you cheer! I would recommend all of Marian's books, but this one is the best.
Date published: 1999-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read! If you have never read a book by Marion Keyes you are missing out. They're great. Every one of her novels I've read in a day -- I couldn't put them down once started. I laughed, I cried. Her characters are interesting and well-defined. Her situations are novel and funny or touching. She definitely writes for women though. Don't know if men would enjoy her books as much as I did. Start with "Watermelon". I liked it the best.
Date published: 1999-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping I read this 625 page book in less than 36 hours. Once I started I just had to finish Rachel's story. It was gripping watching her grow from a selfish , damaged individual into a responsible adult. Marian Keyes quenches my thirst for salt of the earth, funny human characters.
Date published: 1999-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, yet serious Rachel Walsh is an Irish woman living in New York living from pay cheque to pay cheque and working for her next fix of cocaine. One night, in an attempt to get to sleep after taking some particularly potent cocaine she takes an overdose of sleeping pills. When her roommate cannot wake her she calls and ambulance to take her to the hospital, and calls her parents back in Ireland. Her parents insist that she go to a drug treatment facility outside Dublin. Thinking it`s a ritzy health spa Rachel agrees. Unfortunately, there`s no herbal wraps and massages waiting for her - just group meetings, Narcotics Anonymous, and a lot of troubled patients. At first Rachel does not admit that she has a problem (classic denial) but as she becomes part of the group she begins to see how her life parallels those of the other patients. This book is quite funny and lighthearted despite its serious subject matter.
Date published: 1999-06-11