This Charming Man

This Charming Man

by Marian Keyes
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This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

With This Charming Man, Marian Keyes hits her stride as a novelist with her best novel yet, telling the stories of four women who are shaped by one man.

Paddy de Courcy is Ireland's debonair politician, the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin." His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. But though Paddy's winning smile is fooling Irish minds, the broken hearts he's left in his past offer a far more truthful look into his character.

Narrated in turn by each woman, This Charming Man explores how their love for this one man has shaped their lives. But in true Marian Keyes fashion, this is more than a story of four love affairs. It's a testament to the strength women find in themselves through work, friendship, and family, no matter what demons may be haunting their lives. Depression, self-doubt, domestic abuse—each of these women has seen tough times in life, and it's through Keyes's wonderful storytelling ability that these subjects are approached with the appropriate tone and candor. Her deft touch provides a gripping story and, ultimately, a redemptive ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141026756
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Pages: 912
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.

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This Charming Man 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The media and most of the female population of Dublin named Paddy de Courcy ¿Ireland's most eligible politician¿. Many females dream of being the one who caught the handsome hunk. However, when he announces his engagement, a horde of women go into mourning.------------------- Stylist to the rich and famous Lola Daly is especially stunned feeling betrayed as she had been seeing Paddy for over a year and had no inkling he was dating someone else more seriously. Reporter Grace Gildee is also a wee bit surprised as she remembers Paddy from college when he and her twin sister Marnie had an odd relationship that led to her sibling becoming emotionally fractured. Unable to resist and not trusting Paddy, Grace investigates only to learn the truth about the soulless rogue. She decides it is time for a reckoning with the help of Marnie and Lola.-------------- This is a great charmer that balances darkness with hope. The three women are solid characters teaming up on a mission of vengeance while their antagonist is a fabulous shallow hunk who uses people like a soul draining vampire. Using dark humor at the perfect moments, Marian Keyes provides a strong look at the causal effect of alcohol and drug abuse, depression and suicidal tendencies, and violent relationships leading to individual destruction. THIS CHARMING MAN is a superb character study.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally love Marian Keyes' books, I have them all...this one was not good. It was so bad I actually sold it instead of keeping it in my collection. It was hard to read the fragmented writing style from one character's viewpoint. The story was much darker than I expected and just not a fun read.
SerafinaJP More than 1 year ago
CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!- I am a huge fan of Marian Keyes. Rachel's Holiday and Anybody Out There? are my favorites. I really really liked This Charming Man, but gave it only 4 stars for one reason: The decisions Grace makes with respect to Paddy are not believable. Grace knew what Paddy did to Marnie and yet was still drawn to him?? I have a sister and I can tell you if my sister was hurt in that way I would never go near 5 feet of her abuser. Other than that I loved the book. I didn't find Lola's sections difficult to read. They were hysterical. Thanks Marian for a wonderfully entertaining book that made us laugh and cry all in one.
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
The charming man is Paddy de Courcy, a smooth-talker for sure. This book is told from four women's point of view. There was a great ending in which everyone got their just desserts. Love these kind!!
coness More than 1 year ago
Although it is a work of fiction, the author weaves deep topics, such as alcoholism and abuse, into the story line. At the beginning, I was put off by the short, choppy journaling of Lola, and was relieved to see that the author didn't use that method when telling the other characters' stories. Paddy was a piece of work (and all of us know someone like him that has influenced either us directly or someone close to us) and it was great to see him get his just reward! There was a twist to the story at the end that I didn't see coming. Nice job, Marian. This is my first book by this author and I will look forward to reading more.
catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
This Charming Man is a wonderful book--I absolutly loved it!! Marian Keyes is a wonderful writer--I love all of her books. I recommend this book to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed all of Marian Keyes' books, so I was a little surprised to not dig this one very much. The premise of the book was promising and there were some truly good moments. However, I found it hard to care about any of the characters and I was particularly disappointed that Alecia's viewpoint was reduced to about 4 total pages of the entire book. Maybe because the topics (alcholism and domestic violence) were so sensitive, I found it hard to find the whimsical, comedic tone I've come to appreciate with Keyes' previous work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you really need anything else? Four women connected to one CHARMING MAN? Didn't think so. The man is Paddy de Courcy, considered by many to be the JFK of Dublin--smooth-talker with big ideas and lots of charm. The book is told from the point of view of each of the four women, which made it interesting for me. Also, there was a great ending in which everyone got their just desserts. That too made me happy. Not much more I can say other than 'buy it!'
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By far the worst Marian Keyes book I've read. I almost gave up.
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I can't seem to get into this novel. I've read all of her books and have loved her for years. Am I missing something? I'm pushing through...
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Melisa Cormier More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Keyes books and I loved them all, this book on the other hand was BAD! The first part of the book honestly ruined it all for me, I have no clue why Keyes would choose to have the first half of the book be from the view of an idiot! I understand writing in the mind of the character you want to portray but a bad idea to have an idiot/fragment sentance filled fist half of a book! I got so frustrated with the fragment sentances and stupidity that I actually threw my nook out of rage. Maybe there should have been some revision and maybe had that part in the middle of the book so people actually knew what's going on! Clearly I have learned my lesson and will from here on out read a bit of Keyes books prior to purchase. I only wish I could get my money back so I could buy a book worth reading!
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Marian Keys has a knack for writing. In her books, she brings about real life struggles that people go through, adding touch of reality to her novels. "This Charming Man" centers around domestic abuse, depression, true love, alcoholism, and trust. Its tells the story of 3 woman, all who have been with one charming man 'Paddy deCorsy' and how their lives were deeply impacted by him. Now, although I was a bit disappointed in the end (because it didn't tell us what happened next) I was pleased reading it. Its a hit, and one that should not be missed!
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