LOL Rating: ROFLMAO
Keyes is a modern-day Merlin. She wiggles her magic fingers over her keyboard and conjures up an amazing story with the power to work comedic magic on even the most morose of her readers. Like many women, I don't laugh easily at novels but Keyes made me laugh till my stomach hurt. In fact, days later, I'm still chuckling about some of the scenes.
It's told from the perspective of four different women and centers around their relationship with Irish Politician Paddy De Courcy. On the surface, this book could be any other Chick-Lit novel but trust me when I say that it is so much more. It is gritty and dark yet the humour wraps around you and prevents you from becoming too raw and exposed. She has crafted this novel intricately and the results are both touching and hysterical.
There were some parts of the novel that I found difficult to read simply due to the language she uses. One whole section of the book is a mix-up of sentence fragments and text messages. Whilst this makes it a quick read, it doesn't really make it easy to read if you're a stickler for sentences like me. I know of at least one friend who COULDN'T read this book because of the deliberate crafting of the language.
This is the perfect in-between read for historicals and family sagas. It will definitely lighten your mood - even though it deals with some pretty dark issues. I'll admit that it doesn't have the same high a romance novel gives you but it's still fantastic. You won't really notice you've just read 676 pages. Highly recommended to those who enjoy Chick-Lit.