First and foremost, the wonderful Marian Keyes is my favourite author. I have read all of her books, and not a single one, has left me feeling disappointed. ‘Rachel’s Holiday’, in my opinion, is one of her best.
In this book we are introduced to Rachel Walsh, of the Walsh family girls. Rachel’s Holiday is the second book in the Walsh family series, however you don’t need to have read the other books to enjoy this one.
Irish born Dublin girl Rachel lives in New York. Rachel is the party animal of the family, who has a penchant for recreational drug use. Rachel’s love of the party life style lands her in hospital. Her family have had enough of her self destructive behaviour, and Rachel is in denial that she has a problem. She then loses both her job and her boyfriend who she adores. A heartbroken, unemployed Rachel is taken back home by her family and checked into rehab for her own good.
Rachel agrees to go, as she feels she could do with a nice relaxing holiday. She heard the place is full of Rock and Roll royally and hot spas. How bad can it really be?
Instead, she finds herself sitting in group therapy with an interesting bunch of addicts who are the ones who clearly have a problem. She initially thinks she does not belong there. Rachel is forced to face her demons, and realises she does need to be there after all. What she gains in the end, makes the whole ordeal worth it.
Marian makes the reader feel as if they are living the experience right alongside our protagonist. Marion tackles a serious issue with both humour and compassion. Rachel experiences a whole array of emotions throughout the book including, denial, fear, sadness, lust, and happiness. You will laugh and you will cry while reading this wonderful book.
Once again Marian manages to tell a story that is heartbreaking, yet manages to make it light-hearted and funny at the same time. I couldn’t recommend this book enough.