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Angels

(Walsh Family #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  33,331 ratings  ·  837 reviews
Maggie has always been the white sheep of the Walsh family.Unlike her comically dysfunctional sisters,Rachel(heroine of Rachel's Holiday) and Claire (heroine of Watermelon), she married a decent man who adored her and found herself a solid career. Where Rachel was reckless and Claire dramatic, Maggie settled early for safety. Or so she believed until she discovers that her ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks (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.…moreI 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.(less)
Robin I would say it's definitely a stand-alone. It's just interesting to see familiar characters show up again.…moreI would say it's definitely a stand-alone. It's just interesting to see familiar characters show up again.(less)

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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and then ran away to Hollywood, I'd hardly ever put a foot wrong. Not one that many people knew about, anyway. So when, out of the blue, everything just disintegrated like wet paper, I couldn't shake a wormy suspicion that this was long overdue. All that clean living simply isn't natural.

Of course, I didn't just wake up one morning and skip the country, leaving my poor, sleepy, fool of a husband wondering what
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Ellen
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Valérie
Maggie has been married for many years and learns through chocolates that her husband is cheating on her. An old story leads her to Los Angeles, to her friend Emily. There she tries to make a new start, but he doesn't fool her and she returns to her old life. But this time things go better. The book was supposed to tell a love story, but it's more of a side story, even if there are always flashbacks. The focus is more on work than on love. The love is in the centre of the last pages. I found thi ...more
Faith
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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Janjohn
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Leigh
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
It is a cute book in the style of Maeve Binchy but with alot more humor.
Laura
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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Carrie
Jul 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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!
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-Amelia-
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated it. I hated the way she wrote as it wasn't challenging in anyway. I hated the storyline as it was predictable and made me fall asleep. I hated her characters they were so boring bland and the same as any other basic characters.

The main reason I hated it was for the meaning behind it(that i got at least) It implied that for women to succeed and be successful in life they MUST get married. Oh wait no now women should have children or else they've failed at life and at being a women. Forge
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Krystal
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Rebecca
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
And my love affair with Marian Keyes continues to thrive, in spite of my distaste for chick lit as a genre.

This isn't the most thrilling or emotionally moving of her books - when you're writing about the serious, dull, well-behaved member of a family of genial cuckoos, it's hard to make the story stand out. But the book is still engaging, sweet, fun, and an easy read. Ultimately, it was the perfect palate cleanser between heavier, more oppressive literary fare. I probably won't go back to this o
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Katsuro
So! Another Marian Keyes; another occasion for me to say that I liked it, buuuuut...

First of all, there's the protagonist, Maggie Walsh. She's the third of Marian Keyes's most famous literary characters, the Walsh sisters, to be the protagonist of her own novel. The first-person narration is pretty much identical, style-wise, to the narration from the earlier two books about the Walsh sisters Claire and Rachel, even though these are supposed to be three different characters. At this point, it's
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Sita
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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. ...more
Laura Fudge
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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MaryG2E
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5★s
Angels is a light, humorous chick lit novel, which entertained me a lot. Following the break-up of her nine year marriage to Garv, Dublin resident Maggie Walsh jets off to Los Angeles to spend some time with her friend Emily O'Keeffe. Emily, a talented script writer, has been struggling for a couple of years, trying to break into the LA movie industry. In short time Maggie is drawn into the crazy lifestyles of Los Angeles wannabes, which become great sources of amusing anecdotes. Underneath
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Molly
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Plain yogurt at room temperature” is how Margaret “Maggie” Walsh’s family describes her. Then everything starts to fall apart in her life and she leaves her husband in Ireland to go to L.A where her best friend Emily lives. I loved this book because it explored love and some of the hardships that everyone faces in life. I thought it was a bit slow in the middle, while Maggie was staying in L.A but still a great novel nonetheless. It was funny and interesting and kept me reading through all 426 ...more
Rochelle
It took almost a year to read this one. The beginning is nice enough, and funny enough, but then gets dull really quick. From the moment Maggie arrives in LA the plot staggers. It's just much of the same for far too long. So I put it down. I picked it back up about a week ago, and sped through the middle bits until the book started to resemble more of what I love about Marian Keyes: humor and heart. As we learn more about Maggie and her history, it becomes easier to relate to her. And she's hila ...more
Annet
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Victoria
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
These books are the equivalent of ice cream or popcorn, and yet they run deeper than that

On the surface they seem like nothing more than simple easy fluff. But they tackle some pretty hard hitting topics in that fluff. I actually had managed to miss this book somehow but I'm so glad to have found it at the library it was exactly what I was in the mood for
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Laura
Jul 10, 2008 marked it as probablywontfinish
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. ...more
Richard
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Julianne
Apr 26, 2015 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... ...more
Angie
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Not my favorite of Marian Keyes
Mela
But if you love someone, you get hurt and you manage to forgive. And be forgiven.
It is hard to rate it. First of all, the story of Maggie and Garv was superb. When I think now about it I am sad, thoughtful, and glad - that I met them. Their story told very important lessons, mostly about being in a relationship and the changes that people go through the years. We are never the same people that started the relationship, but that doesn't mean we can't still love each other.

Besides the mentione
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Jodi
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelley
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just what I needed at this time. I loved Maggie especially, but all the characters were great.
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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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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)
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