February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't entirely unrelated.
Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he's leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.
She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a bit of a surprise.
Claire Webster, heroine of this breezy Irish bestseller, thinks hubby James is the man of her dreams until he ditches her for an older woman (Claire herself is 29) two hours after their daughter is born. Mother and child repair to Dublin, where there's hope of solace and sustenance in the bosom of an eccentric family, while Claire downsizes from watermelon to wisp and struggles over the hurdles of blues and booze. When she attracts a handsome young lover and considers dumping the suddenly repentant James, it's clear a happy ending's in sight. Or is it? There are a few surprises and plenty of sassy girltalk in this slick if sometimes silly take on what it's like to be female. Much of the hilarity generated by Claire's funky family--airhead sisters who squabble over clothes and men, a mother who'd rather watch soap operas than cook, a father perpetually bewildered by the women in his life--wears thin, but readers will identify with Claire's flaws, applaud her irreverent wit and rejoice at her triumphant recovery. Like the fruit it's named for, this overlong novel is short on nutrition but long on refreshment.
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I'm no stranger to Marian Keyes. Haven't read her stuff in a while so I figured I should get back into the swing of things. This book is great. It started off a bit slow and I guess that's due to the issues that Claire (main character) were dealing with at the time, it takes a little time and you have to plod thru and basically go thru what she's experiencing in that part of the book and then it gets really good.
Watermelon is not my first foray into Keyes, having read Sushi for Beginners first, followed by Anybody Out There? So now since I've read Watermelon I'm going to read about all the Walsh Sisters, they are a funny bunch. Can't wait to read the rest.
Great, fun, easy read
It has been a few years since i've read a Marian Keyes book. Even though this was one of her first books I never got around to reading it before. I am a Marian Keyes fan and this book didn't disappoint.
This is the first book I downloaded from iBooks and I loved it! I love the way she develops her characters and I was in stitches with some of Claire's descriptions. I can totally relate to her way of thinking in certain situations.
A great read and a great laugh. Once you read one her books you'll definitely go back for more. Last chance saloon is another favorite of mine.
My first Marian Keyes book and it started out great. But even though I like to get my money's worth on a book and have more pages to read, this book was far too long. Great character development, but certain parts could have been dealt with in 20 pages, not 100. Got bored.