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Angels (Walsh Family #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,417 Ratings  ·  640 Reviews
A new Marian Keyes novel is always something to celebrate, and her sixth novel, Angels, will have you cheering. From the first couple of sentences: "I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and ran away to Hollywood, I'd hardly ever put a foot wrong" to the hugely satisfying last page, you're immediately involved in the story of Maggie W ...more
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Published May 1st 2003 by Poolbeg Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Becky I grabbed the third one and read it before I realized there was a series. I don't think it matters unless there were spoilers for book 1 and 2.
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Ellen
Jun 03, 2008 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I have loved other Keyes novels, but this one is SLOW. Nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens for FAR too long, mostly because the main character doesn't want anything, so she's not trying to do anything, so you get endless descriptions of her pointless days of hanging out. It's quite a long slog through the middle part. And Keyes seems to think Los Angeles "wackiness" makes up for all that, but it does NOT. At the end it gets pretty good, but I'm frankly surprised I ma ...more
Rainbow
Jun 06, 2010 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second favorite Marian Keyes book. I don't have many left to read, and I feel like a junkie at the end of my stash.
Faith
Jan 17, 2009 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002-2004
I consider Angels the best book Marian Keyes has ever written (although I havent yet read all her books). Maggie is clearly the most sympathetic of the Walsh-sisters. I also think that Angels deals with wider themes. Maggie's problem isnt really low self-esteem, like Claire's and Rachel's. She’s somehow a deeper character. I also liked the plot. In Angels Marian Keyes is more entertaining than ever. I really laughed, especially when Maggie’s family came to LA to visit her. The Walsh family seems ...more
Mulva?
Aug 24, 2009 Mulva? rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prologue:

"Shortly we will be landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Please ensure that your seat is in the upright position, that you weigh less than a hundred pounds, and that you have excellent teeth."

funny.
Janjohn
Apr 25, 2012 Janjohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes' style of writing needs getting used to. She writes in a very un-Sophie Kinsella way (which is what I'm used to). This is my first time to read a book by her and I'm impressed. She writes nonsense things with depths. I don't know if that makes any sense but I think, for this book, it does.

Okay.

Angels is the story of Margaret "Maggie" Walsh and her flight to Los Angeles after she found out about her husband Garv's affair with truffle woman. Maggie is probably one of my favorite ficti
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Laura
Jul 31, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors. At first glance her novels appear to be "chick-lit" but once you start reading them, you realize there is a thoughtful depth to them. Sometimes it takes well into the novel for the true subject to be revealed, but it it always entertaining, and most times, funny, on the way there.

This is an oldie but goodie I had in my shelves that I came across when I was waiting for a library book to come in. Ms. Keyes' novels always make me feel like a better person
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Trin
Jul 16, 2008 Trin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Krystal
Jun 20, 2008 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I'm in the first couple pages, and can't wait to read more already. I love Keyes. She's had a couple little missteps, in decidedly subjective opinion. This though, has had me thinking all day! That's always a good sign.
Some of the content was painfully familair to me, but amazing in it's accuracy.
I seriously loved "Mammy Walsh" and Helen appearances throughout the story. There bits were so comical, especially the visit to LA.

Loved this one. I think this may be my favorite yet. I can't wait for
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Carrie
Jul 14, 2008 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
okay, i started reading this book and i thought it was AWFUL! i got to chapter 5 and it was getting more awful! I don't seem to ever do this, but I quit reading the book and returned it to the library. it just wasn't worth my time. i don't know if it was because i hadn't read any of the others in the series and didn't know the characters, but i didn't want to know them, they werent worth it! i wouldn't even give it a full star, maybe a quarter of a star.

SKIP it!
Thomas Strömquist
The third book in the series about the Welsh family tells the story of when Maggie, 'the sensible and responsible one' arrives at a turning point in her life. The characterization is great as ever and Keyes writing is superb and inimitable.
Laura
Jul 15, 2008 Laura marked it as probablywontfinish  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I just cannot get into this book. I've been plugging away for days and days, I'm only like 1/3 of the way through, and I am just not interested. This doesn't seem as fun as the other Walsh family books.
Richard
Nov 06, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend reading any of Marian Keyes books. Angels is no exception. It's fun, irreverent, witty and tells a few home truths in Marian Keye's typical dry, Irish and magnificent way.
Julianne
Apr 18, 2016 Julianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Didn't finish it, which I don't do with a book very often. What a slow read this was. Couldn't get through more than 120 pages...
Angie
Apr 28, 2015 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Not my favorite of Marian Keyes
Laura Fudge
I have been given a big pile of books from my step mum, many of which are Marian Keyes. A few years ago I read a few Marian Keyes books and I couldn’t remember which ones I had read from the blurb on the back… Probably not a good sign. I am also not a huge fan of “chick lit”.

About three chapters into this book I realised I had read it before. I couldn’t remember what had happened, but I was able to guess/remember most of the plot before it happened. The story follows Maggie, who has a big loud I
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Rebecca
Jun 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Keyes strikes again! I think I am getting to the end of her books and I can’t say I am unhappy about it. She continues to write about another daughter in the same family and the only daughter I have left is the youngest, most annoying one and I hope she hasn’t written a book featuring this daughter. This story is about Maggie, the most responsible of the daughters, whose married just falls apart and she runs off to LA to see her best friend. And she goes crazy. Apparently the reason she subconsc ...more
Chris
May 14, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marian-keyes
This was not my favorite Marian Keyes book. I have read "Watermelon" and "Anybody Out There" and I liked these books waaaay more. I found "Angels" a bit boring. I skimmed several pages looking for anything interesting. Some of the parts were good but some parts I just couldn't stand. I didn't like the parts describing "Hollywood/LA Life". I haved lived in southern California for my entire life and I never hear any glamorous women using the phrase "eat my shorts". ummm ya right! This is the kind ...more
Marina H
Plain yoghurt at room temperature.. That's how the sisters describe Maggie the protagonist, and it describes how I felt about the book and the characters.

The book is quit slow in my opinion. I found the characters a bit bland, which is a surprise because I used to like the Walsh family. And I guess I still do. Maybe that's why I like the second half of the book better, where the family gets more involved in the story. The characters from LA were just a little stereotypical and in many ways pred
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Sita
It's a shame Marian Keyes is marketed as an author of fluff because most of her books explore women's lives and traumas with warmth and humour. The only reason this gets 3 instead of 5 stars is my brain automatically rejects any book set in Hollywood where the majority of characters are not sociopaths trying to out-sociopath each other in a Kafkaesque dystopia. (only with more money and narcissism)
Elissa
Aug 29, 2016 Elissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was hoping for an entertaining light read, but I found the plot weak (and far too reliant on stereotypes).
Alison
May 07, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-japan
Oh chicklit, how I miss thee. Although this chicklit wasn't all light and fluffy, it actually dealt with some serious issues that made me tear up as I read it. The protagonist is hilarious, her adventures in LA awesome. Although I must say I found it really annoying that every other people she met in LA kept saying she was from Iowa when she said she was from Ireland. I mean I hate so-cal as much as the next person, but they're not that dumb. Oh and I love the big fight she has with her husband, ...more
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Just discovered my review for this book. (It seems to me it is more of a letter than a review lol)

On Friday, June 01, 2007 I wrote about this book on bookcrossing

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Karine!!!!!!!!!! OMG. Ask gizzy but this is so wonderful.
Vaguely in my mind I thought that someone owed me a Marian Keyes book but checking shauney's site I could not find it. Why was I looking there?

Well I loved Rachel's Holiday and a few weeks ago I noticed She had published a new book, also about the Wals
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Siobhan Johnson
Jul 06, 2015 Siobhan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider Angels one of the best book Marian Keyes has ever written (although I havent yet read all her books) Maggie is clearly the most sympathetic of the Walsh-sisters. I also think that Angels deals with wider themes. Maggie's problem isnt really low self-esteem like Claire's and Rachel's. She’s somehow a deeper character. I also liked the plot. In Angels Marian Keyes is more entertaining than ever. I really laughed especially when Maggie’s family came to LA to visit her. The Walsh family s ...more
Alcy_girl
I have only really liked some of the Walsh family books from Marian Keyes, and this wasn't one of them.

With the breakdown of her marriage, I was interested to see where Maggie would go. I was disappointed. She didn't really stray much from herself, and when she did, it was for such a brief moment in the book, that it was over before I realised it had happened.

It was all a little too predictable for my liking, but it was an ok light read between some heavier suspense stories.
Marina Sofia
My local library has a stash of Marian Keyes books and, although I normally don't like so-called chick lit (I hate the term, mind!), I'd heard that hers is chick lit with depth and I love her chatty, fun style on Twitter. So I checked out the blurbs and this sounded like fun - a wife abandoning her boring lifestyle and husband to check out Hollywood glamour. And it was fun, although perhaps relying a bit too much on descriptions of zany Hollywood characters and foibles. The larger-than-life Wals ...more
Annet
May 29, 2008 Annet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... chicklit is not on top of my list. Unless it is VERY good, like Bridget Jones, or I just need to enjoy myself and relax. I remember reading this one when I went on holiday and really needed to unwind from work stress. I do confirm I need to try another Marian Keyes book. She's not bad, it just isn't my top genre. Will be back with other Keyes reviews I'm sure. Three stars therefore.
Ellie
Jun 22, 2014 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Courtney
Confession time: I didn’t so much as “finish” reading this book as I just ind of stopped reading it - so this review will be short and sweet. I can appreciate the idea behind this novel - a woman sort of rediscovering herself after her marriage ends - however, twenty-seven chapters and almost three hundred pages later, I knew I just wasn’t getting anything out of this book, and I certainty wasn’t taking away what the author had wanted me to. The characters in this book were interesting, however ...more
LillaLovesBooks
Nov 08, 2015 LillaLovesBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2015-reads
This is my first Marian Keyes read, and I kept asking myself: what took me so long?

I loved Angels so much! Maggie and Garv were such a delightful couple. And like most couples after facing grief, had a hard time coping together and fell off and strayed away from each other. But while they were apart, it was a fun and hilarious journey from Dublin to L.A. and Maggie, her family, and friends were such great characters. I don’t know where I have been, but the Walsh family is where it’s at.

“Chic
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Vanessa
Jan 14, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite chick lit author. My third time through. Though it's not her best one. It's so easy to follow, funny and light. It's not too bubblegummy though. Woman finds out her husband is cheating. Woman leaves Dublin for L.A. to live with her screen writer BFF. Lots of embarrassing moments, mistakes and self actualizations. Ah!
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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes includ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Walsh Family (6 books)
  • Watermelon (Walsh Family, #1)
  • Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)
  • Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family, #4)
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)
  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)

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