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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1447219694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447219699
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Christmas at Tiffany's 'This has makeovers, teasing twists, red herrings and episodic adventures in spades, making it a deliciously engrossing saga' Easy Living 'Funny, clever and superbly spun, this is a cut above most contemporary romances. A hugely uplifting feel-good read' Candis 'Devour with a mince pie' ASOS magazine 'Full of glamour and the tantalising promise of love' My Weekly 'A heartwarming read' Irish Examiner Praise for The Perfect Present 'Our tears were welling before we'd even finished the prologue ... Hide indoors with a glass of mulled wine and lose yourself in this' Heat 'This fast-paced novel is perfect for snuggling down with on a winter afternoon' Bella 'Deliciously glamorous, irresistible romantic and, once started, impossible to put down' Hello! '[A] charming, well-crafted tale of love, loss and reinvention' Marie Claire 'A fab bit of escapism' Woman

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Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and an ADHD puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her first novel, Players, was published in 2010, followed by Prima Donna. In 2011 Karen's third novel, Christmas at Tiffany's, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Agi on 17 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
It is the first Karen Swan's book that I have read but not the last, for sure, am going to purchase her previous books because I, well, loved this one.

Just at the beginning we are introduced to Clem. Clem is a young London girl, who is always partying, changes men like her gloves and her rule for relationship is not longer as 12 weeks. She is working in her brother's company, but perhaps working is not the right word here, she's employed there. I think Karen Swan has done everything for us not liking Clem; she is spoiled, she is selfish, she doesn't think about consequences or other people. But I have warmed to Clem immediately, liked her from the very beginning. I had a feeling that we don't get the real Clem yet, that there is something that she hides and that this is the reason why she behaves in this way.
So, after Clem destroys the most expensive bike in the world, which means that she also destroys her brother's business, she is really scared and she wants to repay him. I really liked the idea that she had and could see that it's going to work. Unfortunately, life is not so easy and Tom didn't want the money, instead forced Clem to go to Portofino to work for a client.
A client, whom she met occasionally and she felt is not going to be good for her. Portofino, where something happened.

I love the idea of Portofino in a book, already since I've read "Portofino" by Frank Schaeffer and it's my dream to go there one day. So any book with P. in - yes, please.
This book is divided into two parts, one taking place in London and second in... well... Portofino. For me the parts were like two different books, I had a feeling that writing is a little different, that Clem is a little different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nats on 10 Dec. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. Despite not being able to relate to the heroine I still liked her and was driven to tears a few times as I felt her pain. The writing was top notch and I loved the scenes in Portofino. I laughed, I cried as I followed the heroine's journey. And if you like this, then you will definitely like the brilliant Weak at the Knees which has much more snow in it than Christmas at Claridges!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jolien Ophof on 5 Jan. 2014
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I've read quite a lot of Karin Swan's books, but this one is a total bore. First of all it has nothing to do with Christmas or Claridge's, that was just a clever move by the editors. The heroin is a twentysomething with a spoilt attitude and no goal in life. She just parties. She falls in love with an equally boring man whose looks are too good to be true. Then there are these ENDLESS descriptions of stuff that is too boring to remember (a lot of it has to do with clothes and interior design). Half of the book could have been deleted in the editor's room. If you consider buying a Karen Swan, then certainly do so, but stay away from this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2013
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This one from Swan is a page-turning drama, featuring a woman with a past that colours her present life, leading her to never extend a relationship beyond 12 weeks. Clem, the protagonist, has a spat with her mother, which threatens to end in her being disowned. This episode leads, late in the story, to her having to confront her past. The bulk of the story follows Clem's dealings with the family business, which designs and manufactures leather interiors for hotels and boats. On the face of it, there's not much of a plot there, but Swan builds this skilfully into something entertaining and dramatic, as the interplay between Clem, her best friend Stella, her brother, and her distant mother.

The only odd thing in the story is when, in Portofino, Chiara disappears every Tuesday, apparently to see her ailing aunt in Bologne. It turns out that her aunt has been dead for nine years, and Chiara is presumably doing freelance accounting work on the side. This is never explained, and doesn't seem to play any part in the plot. The only explanation comes on page 343, when Clem and Chiara touch on this, but we never do find out exactly what's going on. I am mystified.

That aside, the plot is solid enough. Swan's style is effortless but at times seems to lack finesse, at least for me anyway. I prefer something that is a little more literary, but Swan knows what she is doing, and has crafted an easy-going, pleasing story, which motors along to a nice twist near the conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jodie on 24 April 2014
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I brought this as it was coming up to Christmas and I really wanted to read a Christmassy book, I got half was through and got fed up of it being absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. I have no idea if towards the end it becomes more festive, I lost interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a reasonable contemporary romance, but I should warn readers that it is about neither Christmas nor Claridges.

The story involves a young lady, Clem, whose irresponsible behaviour goes too far and she loses her brother's bespoke leather fittings firm a contract. Desperate to make amends, Clem and her pal Stella, a fashion designer with a stall in Portobello, scrabble together bits of leather off-cuts to sell as designer goods. Stella has the eye, Clem's bought enough luxury goods to have an eye too, and Clem's a good model.

Then the story moves to Portofino on the Italian coast where a new luxury contract has been landed, and in one of those staggering coincidences...

The rest of the story moodily explores Clem's past, present and future life, with a final chapter tacked on at the end where we see some Christmas decorations being put up at the London hotel Claridges in a few pages. I didn't find it very exciting and the amount of money being spent on designer goods, plus the total preoccupation with labels, I find strange. But some people are like that. We do want Clem and her family to be happy, despite her habit of falling for men she doesn't even know.
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