This Charming Man

This Charming Man

Book - 2009
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'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard Paddy de Courcy was getting married'

But for four women in particular, the big news about the gorgeous politician is especially momentous ...

Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy's marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride-to-be. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will Lola's retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

... Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. She wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key to it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

Grace's sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past. Her loving husband and beautiful daughters are wonderful, but they can't take away memories of her first love- a certain Paddy de Courcy. What will it take for Marnie to be able to move on?

And what of the soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy... Alicia will do anything for her fianc#65533; and is determined to be the perfect politician's wife. But does she know the real Paddy de Courcy?

Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that bnds them all...


Full of laughter, full of tears, full of heart and full of life... It could only be the new Marian.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780718149130
0718149130
9780141039695
0141039698
Characteristics: viii, 884 p. ;,18 cm.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Paddy de Courcy is a politician with the charm and charisma to go far. His fiancee is a perfect political helpmeet. However, there are a number of ex-lovers who have the potential to sabotage his perfect career.

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Charming Paddy de Courcy has ridden smoothly up the ranks of Irish politics, but it hasn't been quite so smooth for the many women who've fallen for him. Told from the perspectives of four such women (including Lola, who learns that boyfriend Paddy is engaged - and not to her - from the press) we learn exactly what kind of man Paddy is. Mixing the chick-lit humour for which she is known with darker themes of depression and domestic abuse, author Marian Keyes offers a quick read with a "stunning, breathless conclusion" (Publishers Weekly)." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458

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gvlee
Dec 04, 2012

Don't be fooled by this Harlequin Romance sounding title. This book is about abuse, and how seemingly charming the men who abuse women can be. It is well written and worth the read.

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dprodrig
Dec 29, 2011

This book wasn't the easiest read. The transitions between one character's voice and another were a bit tough, especially since Keyes chose Lola's voice to be sentence fragments and stunted. As per usual, each character has suffered a level of trauma in their lives that has manifested itself in different ways, including various degrees of depression. Although the characters all get their man, there's also a sense of victory with the downfall of the main protagonist at the very end.

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mogie
Aug 18, 2011

I read 100 pages and stopped. Nothing about this book grabbed my attention. The Author was recommended to me but this book did not make me a fan.

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claireanne2010
Aug 16, 2011

Great book, well worth getting through the start as the end is nail biting!

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Vandyoak
Feb 16, 2011

I found this book a little hard to get into, which is unusual for a Marian Keyes novel. I did enjoy it in the end, though one of the characters spoke in a truly annoying way.

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Carousel_Kate
Feb 07, 2011

Quite a good read - except for one character, Lola. when reading from her perspective, it was like listening to an idiot. I have no idea what the author was thinking but the character was English born and bred so there was no excuse for her talking like she was from old country. the rest, no problems.

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pdeschamps
Jul 29, 2010

I have to admit I wanted to put the book down a few times. I did not want to keep on reading about this 'so called chaming man' but I decided to see the book to the end and I am glad I did.
This is really the story of the woman who had the misfortune of encountering this charming man and how they grew stronger from it and came into their own. That is what it is really about. That is what one really wants to see - Empowerment.

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Chrism80
Feb 18, 2010

I love Marian Keyes and this was definitely one of her best. Loved the suspense aspect of it; kept me guessing.

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