Those who know me, or at least those who have no hearing impairments LOL, know that I love Marian Keyes. Her combination of sarcastic wit and incomparable laugh-out-loud humor, paired with serious subjects like infidelity, divorce, drug addiction, depression and bereavement, have made her books like non others in the women’s fiction market of today.
I have yet to read a book by her that I didn’t love, Rachel’s Holiday being my favorite one to date and one of my all time favorite reads. There is so much to this novel, starting with Luke Costello, *sigh* continuing with Rachel and the Walsh family, John Joe, The Real Men *ayee caramba* Chaquie, Sister Josephine and, of course, ending with Luke Costello. *sigh* I have to be honest here, if you don’t like this book, there is something seriously wrong with you! LOL Read it, and if you don’t enjoy it, I’m telling you right now, you better lie to me. Grrr.
So, are you guys ready to take the Rachel’s Holiday vacation with me? A little trip together where we’ll get to visit NYC, Ireland and that wonderful celebrity retreat, “The Cloisters.” *g*
- What is your first impression of Rachel and the situation she’s in? How do your views about her change throughout the book? Do you find yourself liking Rachel more or less as the book progresses? Why?
- Did you believe Rachel when she said that her drug/alcohol abuse was just normal “party” behavior? How does her relationship towards illegal substances differ from those of her best friend Bridgit?
- How do you view Luke? What do you think drew Rachel and him together? Is he good for Rachel, or is he just another chip on her shoulder?
- How has Rachel’s relationship with her family, especially her mother, shaped her life? Do you think their dynamic with each other will ever change or just the way Rachel lets it affect her?