This is my first, and probably my last, Marian Keyes book. I had no preconceived notions about her work and so began with interest and enthusiasm to read about a woman struck with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This condition left beautician, housewife and mother Stella Sweeney on life support machines able to move nothing but her eyelids. She bonds with her neurologist and slowly recovers, divorces her husband, writes a book, and life goes downhill again. The writing is reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella but without the consistency - probably because this is not fluff stuff but is being handled in a lighter chic-lit fashion. No fault there but just not for me. The book is 530 pages but I got through it to the end in three days, or about eight hours straight reading. Probably a good summer beach read whose sheer bulk will impress any observer.

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