Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Today’s featured book is one I’ve had on Pippa for a while.  This will be my first time reading this author, Marian Keyes, and Watermelon sounds like a book that I will enjoy.





Intro:  (Prologue)

February the fifteenth is a very special day for me.  It is the day I gave birth to my first child.  It is also the day my husband left me.  As he was present at the birth I can only assume the two events weren’t entirely unrelated.

I knew I should have followed my instincts.

I subscribed to the classical or, you might say, the traditional role fathers play in the birth of their children.  Which goes as follows.

Lock them in a corridor outside the delivery room.  Allow them admittance at no time.  Give them forty cigarettes and a lighter.  Instruct them to pace to the end of the corridor.  When they reach this happy position, instruct them to turn around and return to whence they came.


Teaser:  I felt at a great disadvantage.  That I wasn’t doing myself justice.

To put it simply, I was not looking my best.  As I say, a humiliating kind of a business. (p. 2).


Blurb:  Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he’s leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.

She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I am definitely curious about how events will unfold.



  1. This sounds like a really funny yet insightful read! I really want to know what happens to Claire, so I might have to put it on my TBR pile, relatively near the top 😉 Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
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  2. I’m on the fence about it. I am interested to hear why he left her and what happened with the birth that she thinks might be related. But otherwise I don’t really like reading “realistic” fiction about sad things like breakups and the like.


  3. I’m assuming by the use of the word “slither” in the blurb, she doesn’t take him back. I sure hope not, anyway. I do like the opening. I feel bad for the narrator. What a time for a husband to leave!


  4. “she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.”

    I love that, now I want to read it!


    1. This is my first experience with the author, and I am slowly warming up to the writing style and the characters. Some of my “slow warming” has more to do with my personal drama, with my houseguests…so time will tell. Thanks for visiting, Karen.


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