This Charming Man

This Charming Man

Book - 2008
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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 : Michael Joseph, 2008
ISBN: 9780718149130
9780718149123
Branch Call Number: KEYES
Characteristics: 675 p

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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.

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Karen9
Mar 23, 2015

Interesting book but definitely not what I anticipated it to be. The innocent title has a different story than you would imagine behind it. I actually found out through the reviews here that it was about something else. However, if you read on it does foreshadow it. It's about how "charming" men are not as charming as they seem, and focuses on how men abuse women (which...let's just say is not my favorite topic). Basically it is written from 4 women' perspective (and they all at one point "loved" Paddy - who is the charming man in this story. The audience sees their story and how their life is impacted about meeting Paddy and the negative (mostly) consequences of it), definitely not the easiest book to read. I took a lot of gaps, but not bad. Something about it keeps you wondering and wanting to read on so try it. I think I'm a bit leaning on the less dark side so the book was not my favorite of Keyes' books. However it was definitely a good story. If anyone wants a more sweet story try Keyes' new book. A must read though, thoughtful story! Teaches us not to judge individuals on looks. Which is easily said than done.

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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