This Charming Man

This Charming Man

eBook - 2008
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Lola has just found out that her boyfriend – charismatic politician Paddy de Courcy – is getting married. To someone else. Heartbroken, Lola flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will Lola’s retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Journalist Grace wants the inside story on Paddy de Courcy’s 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 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? Alicia Thornton is Paddy’s wife-to-be. Determined to be the perfect wife, Alicia would do anything for her fiancé. But does she know the real Paddy? Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all...

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Four very different women, one awfully charming man and a dark secret that binds them all . . .

Marian Keyes' This Charming Man follows women who have been caught in a web of modern love.

'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married'

Slick, handsome politician Paddy de Courcy is on the up. His party is set to do well in the elections and he's just announced his engagement to the beautiful Alicia. Which is news to his girlfriend, Lola, who, within hours, finds herself dumped and warned not to talk to the press.

Yet journalist Grace is on the prowl. She has been after Paddy ever since he ruined her sister Marnie's life way back in college. Grace is looking for the inside story and thinks Lola holds the key.

But do any of them know the real Paddy?

'So funny, so perceptive, so real. I changed my life for this book' Mail on Sunday

'The laughs come fast and furious . . . a gripping, compelling tale' Sunday Independent

'The queen of page-turners . . . brimming with her trademark down-to-earth wit' Cosmopolitan

'Gripping from the start . . . the master at her best' Daily Telegraph

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, c2008
ISBN: 9780141909776
Characteristics: 676 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Aug 16, 2011

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

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.

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.

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.

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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