Walsh Family Series by Marian Keyes

 **I have only read half of the books in the series, so the other half are ratings and reviews from Goodreads**  

#1 Watermelon: Claire (My rating 5/5)
I loved this book by Marian Keyes, about Claire Walsh.  The very first chapter opens with Claire in the hospital having just delivered a baby, when her husband announces he's leaving her for another woman!!  Claire then returns to her family home in Dublin where she struggles through getting her life back together.  Along the way, she meets James who may get more than he bargained for...

 #2 Rachel's Holiday: Rachel (My rating 4/5)
After reading about Claire's world of motherhood, Marian Keyes switches gears to Claire's sister Rachel, who loves to party!!  But her partying is getting out of control and she ends up in the hospital.  Her family steps in and checks her into rehab close to home in Ireland.  She imagines it will be glamorous with celebrities and spas--and instead finds herself stuck in group therapy...

#3 Angels: Maggie (Goodreads 3.6/5)
I thought I read this years ago, but maybe I skipped it on the way to number 4.  Here's a summary from Goodreads: "After catching her husband having an affair and being fired from her job, Maggie Walsh suddenly finds her perfectly organized existence has become a perfect mess. She decides, for the first time in her life, to do something daring -- and flees to her best friend, Emily, in the faraway wonderland of Los Angeles. In this mecca of tanned, beautiful bodies, unsvelte, uncool Maggie is decidedly a fish out of water. Yet, overnight, she's mixing with film folk, pitching scripts, even experimenting with sex -- and discovering that the end of a marriage is not the end of the world."

 #4 Anybody Out There: Anna (My rating 2/5)
I felt this book was very slow and depressing so I gave it a lower rating.  This is the story of another Walsh sister, Anna: "Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan. But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore... Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers – and change her life forever." -Goodreads

 #5 The Mystery of Mercy Close: Helen (Goodreads 3.5/5)
I have not read this one yet: "Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – and yet she’s sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case. Money is tight – so tight Helen’s had to move back in with her elderly parents – and Jay is awash with cash. The missing person is Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boyband Laddz. He’s vanished from his house in Mercy Close and it’s vital that he’s found – Laddz have a sell-out comeback gig in five days’ time.Things ended messily with Jay. And she’s never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and it’s all going well, even though his ex-wife isn’t quite ‘ex’ enough and his teenage son hates her. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought she’d left behind.Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she’s never even met."

#6 Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family: (Goodreads 3.8/5)
"For all fans eagerly awaiting Marian Keyes' new novel The Mystery of Mercy Close - featuring Helen Walsh and out in September - here is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family, Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes. It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said a great thing the other day. I was expecting her to say "Two no trumps," but instead she comes out with a saying about her children. She says, "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head." Isn't that a marvellous bit of wisdom - "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head!" And God knows it's the truest thing I've heard in a long time. I should know. I have five girls. Five daughters. And let me tell you, my head is wrecked from them. Although, now that I think of it, so is my house . . .'"-Goodreads

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