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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (17 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752843397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752843391
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

About the Author

With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion. The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians. www.ericajames.co.uk

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claire R on 17 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read three Erica James books before I read this one, so thought I would have an easy and enjoyable read. While her other books - Garden of Delight, Love and Devotion, and The Holiday have all been page turners this lacked that little something. If you have read her other books and enjoyed them you may be disappointed with this one.
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By Annamarie on 9 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book in 2011 and I honestly didn't like it. It just couldn't keep me interested and it took me months to finally get round to finishing it (I have to finish a book if I start it)

I liked Charlotte but she was to depressing, yeah her husband died, but she didn't love love him anyway so why was she so guilty?

I spent most the time wishing Charlotte would lighten up a bit and tell her interfering sister to do one and wishing that she would hurry up and hook up with Alex.

I might read this book again one day, but right now it can sit with the rest of the books on my shelf of disappointment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Cryostat on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is "ok at best" if you want some mindless entertainment - just to read without having to think. But it is packed with a LOT of clichés. You can just see it's written for a market of unsatisfied, late 30 something women who want to believe that their dull lives will be transformed miraculously, and (of course) Prince Charming will just turn up next door and fall at their feet.

The characters are quite two dimensional. They slot into their unoriginal and predetermined roles very easily - the brash adulterer, the head-strong teenager, the workaholic husband, the obsessive PTA meeting wife and mum etc. etc. The main character wasn't developed enough either, she seemed quite content to while away her time in a small life and not build a new one for herself alone after her (workaholic) husband dies. The most unused and interesting character was the main character's best friend - a self-confident and sassy Italian woman, who could have blown the other characters away, if she didn't have only about five pages worth of plot in the whole story.

The outcome was predictable from reading the first page, and the rest of the plot offered no surprises. I was willing the author to give me something more, a twist to mean it wasn't just another middle aged woman's book. However, sadly, she didn't. I doubt I'll be reading this book again.

Imagine sitting in the sun with a glass of wine and reading something so you're occupied while your tan builds. Not something that will change the world, but will just occupy your mind enough for a few lazy hours.
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By xHollyxHobbiex on 3 April 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first Erica James novel i tried to finish. Sorry Erica but it bored me, too many nosey old people, a cottage, church etc was enough to make me look for another book to read. If i can't get into a book within the first few chapters i don't finish it. I had to force myself to read a bit more and i didn't even get half way through because this kind of novel lacks excitement and character. There wasn't anything special or surprising about any of the characters. A few unpleasant pages in there that i didn't like reading about either. Not my cup of tea at all.
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Format: Paperback
I have read several of Erica James book.. and loved them ..
so I was expecting to enjoy this..... to be honest I found it dull and boring
I couldnt relate to the characters in the book.. and didnt like many of them either..
I got to page 50 and quit...
if this is the first of her books that you read.. dont give up on her as she has wrote several good ones..
time for a change, a sense of belong.. parasdise house and its the little things..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 14 May 2013
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A lovely story of one persons wish to return to the village of her childhood, where her life takes on a change and new love.
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By A. Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was nicely predictable. The characters are nice enough and you know what to expect in this book. I read it really quickly and it's just another middle class feel good read. Like another review, this lacks something - I think this is because you know that it is going to end exactly as you think it will. It lacks a twist. The characters do seem a bit cliched really but this is the type of story the author seems to produce time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skippy on 17 May 2013
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My wife liked the book verymuch, Erica James again up to her usual high standard.

Recommend to other EJ fans.
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