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Carole Matthews
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7 Jan 1999
When Rose escapes from London and Hugh - her devastatingly handsome, intelligent and charming ex-lover - she has no idea that her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new country village. All she wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but her weird and wonderful neighbours soon ensure that her life is more complicated and chaotic than it ever was before. Maybe that's because she's in love again...

Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (7 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747257957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747257950
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carole Matthews is the bestselling author of more than 23 hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans all over the world.

Her latest books, A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas have both appeared in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her novels Welcome To The Real World and Wrapped Up In You were shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. She was also inducted into The Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romantic fiction.
Carole is a prolific writer of short stories, featuring in several anthologies, and has presented on television. She's also a regular radio guest.

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole has always been an avid reader and dreamed of being a teacher, an air traffic controller, a travel guide or a hairdresser - writer never featured once. Leaving Liverpool for London after a torrid holiday romance in Torquay, she worked as a secretary, an ice-cream lady, a shop assistant and a beauty therapist. It was when she was working in a completely mad holistic clinic that she first thought 'one day I should write a book about this.' She still hasn't got round to it.

Entering a short story competition in Writing Magazine, the first fiction she'd written since being coerced into it at school, Carole - to her and everyone else's amazement - won a thousand pounds! Then - to her and everyone else's amazement - she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course. The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away. He sold her first book, which became Let's Meet on Platform 8, a week later.

Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her partner, Lovely Kev, at Matthews' Towers in the Costa del Keynes. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate, bake cake and spends far too much time on Facebook and Twitter.

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'If you've a wicked sense of fun, you'll warm to A WHIFF OF SCANDAL' Woman's Realm 'Warmly written' EXPRESS ON SUNDAY

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A riotously funny romance of misunderstanding and mayhem. It's a must for anyone who's ever fallen for the wrong man.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WHIFF OF SOMETHING GREAT 17 Feb 2000
I really enjoyed this book. All the character were well developed and i could relate to them all, even the cranky old lady. A thoroughly enjoyable read which i would recommend to any of my friends
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 11 Jun 2013
By Balzan
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A real page turner, could not put it down, very funny at times but tear jerking as well, typical Carole Matthews, great !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 12 May 2013
By Heardz
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I've been a big carole matthews fan for years, and this has to be one of my favourites. It's funny, shocking and real sweet moments keep you hooked the hole way through
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whiff of scandal was perfect 21 July 2013
By Suehs
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So funny , just made me laugh , witty and perfect . Some of Carole's books are predictable , but not so this one
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one 11 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Even better than her first book "Lets meet on platform 8". I think this was a great book, if you like Jill Mansell or Fiona Walker, you will love Carole Matthews. I was dying to know what happened all the way through and was surprised with a few things that did! If you like a book about love with humour then this is a great book to read! I am now going to buy all her other books!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ! 22 May 2000
By A Customer
I bought this book as a train read, but it was such a good story that I've read it several times since. Great characters and story. Wish I was married to Dan !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whiff of scandal 28 May 2014
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I rated it 4 as it made you want to keep reading to find out more about the characters in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 13 April 2014
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A Brilliant humorous read-a good assortment of characters-good light bedtime reading as always from this author-will be buying more of Carole Matthews books....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story
Published 5 days ago by N Errington
5.0 out of 5 stars A whiff of success!
Loved the details of village life coming through, a heroine with talent and secrets and a wonderful hero- what more could we want? Super!
Published 4 months ago by Patdut
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Carole mathews
Good book bit predictable ,but otherwise easy to read,will recommend to family and friend .Aromatherapy sounds good so do the oils Rose mixes
Published 4 months ago by motherdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted and easy to read.
Light hearted and easy to read. Easy reading on the train, read it in one day. Great author, great read.
Published 6 months ago by Fran CambettieDavies
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from the divine Miss M.....
What a brilliant idea to use a botanical base lol. Learned a lot and loved loved it. Never disappointing, always uplifting …
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favourites
Although this book was ok it was not one of my favourites. I felt the quotes at the start of each chapter spoilt the flow of the story.
Published 9 months ago by Nicola Hancock
3.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense
This book was a good story if some what predictable. But using essential oils for names was just plain silly.
Published 10 months ago by Brooke's Beach
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT HER BEST
Carole Matthews has written much better books since this one. It is very much a chick lit, and requires little brain to read! Very lightweight but a pleasant enough tale. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I loved this book, another great page turner from carole matthews, i would recomend this book as its a lovely story with lotsnof interesting characters.
Published 11 months ago by Charisse
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