The Woman Who Stole My Life

Finished The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer’s block.

Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?”

I love Marian Keyes and this is a great return to the books of hers I loved.  (I wasn’t as crazy about her last two books.)

I immediately loved Stella.  We get her story in bits and pieces—we know that she wrote this self-help book that was sort of a big deal and that her life was on a major upward trajectory—until it wasn’t anymore.

(We don’t learn until almost the end exactly what happened, but while I am not a huge fan of self-help books, I would read Stella’s.)

I love Stella’s family (by which I mean more of her sister and parents than her ex and children) but honestly, Stella is the star of this book.  She’s smart and funny and just a survivor.

If you’ve never read Marian Keyes before, start here.  If you used to love her but the last two books turned you off, COME BACK.

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