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City Girl [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Patricia Scanlan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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1 Jun 2000
A friendly blonde ‘made for loving’, a quiet brown-eyed girl of no confidence, and a sexy redhead with wanderlust: Devlin, Caroline and Maggie. Their staunch three-way friendship is born while housesharing and during their twenty-something years it’s the only certainty. That, and their status-symbol membership of Dublin’s most exclusive health centre for high-profile women: City Girl. For Caroline, life’s great purpose is not to be left on the shelf and so she considers resorting to St Jude – the patron saint of hopeless cases. But then God sends her Devlin Delaney – friend and mentor – and her ‘Nellie the Elephant’ days become a thing of the past. But for all that Devlin is a free spirit, with men lining up to ask her out, it is she who ends up living in hardship and facing the most tragic loss of all. While Maggie MacNamara, farmer’s daughter from Wicklow, blithely turns down the ‘catch of the county’ to see the world – and falls in love with ‘Mr Paradise on Legs’ en route. But, for all those who share the gift of enduring friendship, all roads lead to home – or, for Caroline, Dev and Maggie, to a rendezvous in the plush foyer of City Girl.
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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large type edition edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754014169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754014164
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,708,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her bestsellers are APARTMENT 3B; FINISHING TOUCHES; FOREIGN AFFAIRS; PROMISES, PROMISES; MIRROR, MIRROR; CITY GIRL; CITY WOMAN; CITY LIVES; FRANCESCA'S PARTY; TWO FOR JOY; DOUBLE WEDDING; DIVIDED LOYALTIES, FORGIVE AND FORGET and WINTER BLESSINGS, a collection of quotes, blessings, poems and reminiscences.

Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in Adult Literacy.

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Amazon Review

Three very different women face heartache, dislocation and despair in this up-to-date, romantic saga, which praises the power of friendship to pull you through.

At 21, Dishy Devlin is seduced by the suave, sophisticated Colin Cantrell-King, an older married man and her boss. When she finds herself in an unfortunate condition for an unmarried, Irish Catholic girl, she faces some very hard choices. What will she decide?

Overly-curvy Caroline is afraid of being left on the shelf so jumps at the chance to marry the cool, detached and very attractive Richard. But, why does he never return her ardour with equal passion? And why is his friend Charles Stokes so upset when he hears about their engagement?

Married mother Maggie feels trapped in a loveless marriage until she discovers her husband's infidelity. Suddenly, she feels released but what will she do with her new-found sense of liberation?

City Girl successfully threads together the interweaving tales of these three best friends who, whilst each making a journey of self-discovery, come to appreciate that the bond they share is what gives them their strength:

"To the most important thing that anyone, rich or poor, can possess. And that we are richly blessed with ... To friendship"
Patricia Scanlan's style and subject is more akin to a young Maeve Binchy than the plethora of young female novelists, such as Helen Fielding or Jane Green, who use their works of fiction to relate their own personal angst. Scanlan's narrative is rich in intrigue, deception and traditional romance. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The gripping saga of three modern city girls. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the saving grace of my book shelf 12 Jan 2000
Format:Paperback
Having gone through weeks of reading depressingly awful books; i was on the search for something fresh to perk me up, in buying city girl... i certainly found it. The characters were all so different and vibrant, i found myself sharing something with all of them. The plot itself was so deliciously different that i could not bring myself to put the book down even for a moment. Quite awe inspiring .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book - couldn't put it down 28 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I only borrowed this book from my wife when I had run out of reading material in Tenerife, but I'm so glad I did. It turned out to be a super story, following the fortunes (and misfortunes) of three women in modern-day Ireland. I found it difficult to put down, and am now half way through devouring the sequel "City Women."
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4.0 out of 5 stars First in trilogy 4 Sep 2012
By jg
Format:Paperback
Good read & it's the first book in a series so if you enjoy it you are bound to want to read the others.
I only read this recently & I did note that it is starting to feel a bit of date. Not really surprising when you realise when it was published & how technology has advanced since then (mobile phones for a start).
However, this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book & I have the second installment (bought as used via Amazon) ready to go!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City life! 6 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
A fan of Irish writers, I particularly enjoy Patricia Scanlan as a natural storyteller. Her books are exciting and very easy to read. City Girl is one of my favourties and I really felt that I got to know the three characters, Davlin, Caroline and Maggie very well as the book progressed. I an now a devoted fan of Scanlan and have read all her books. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 1 July 2011
By Nichola
Format:Paperback
i have rea many of Patricia's book and this one was no different. brilliant! i love her books and plan on actually reading them over again. i would recommend patricia scanlan to any reader, very well written and always makes you laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputadownable 25 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
I've only read 1 book of Patricia's and I rated that 5 stars, this was better. It was quicker to get going. Brilliant stuff, I even brought the 2nd book in the series City Woman into work with me today knowing I was going to finish this book on the bus ride into work.

Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars City Girl 8 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I made a mistake with City Lives that is the last of the series. This is the first and must be read, they are excellent on their own but read in the series it makes an unmissable set. I love the continuation of the series. BRILLIANT.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book in which you get involved 31 Jan 2000
Format:Paperback
City Girl by Patricia Scanlan, the author of Apartment 3B, Foreign Affairs and many others books about love, friendship and inner growth, is her number one best-seller. This book shows a vivid, fresh picture of Dublin society. It is the story of three girls, Devlin, Caroline and Maggie, and the way in which they become women after facing great problems in their lives with the only support of their mutual friendship. Devlin, rich, beautiful spoilt and snob, falls in love with Colin, a married successful doctor, who gets her pregnant and leaves her in trouble. The decision of keeping her baby against Colin and her mother's will changes her life drastically. She starts to stand on her own two feet and she faces poverty for her baby's sake with the only help of her friends. When she looses her aunt and baby in a car accident, for the second time in her life a man, Luke, changes her life positively. He helps her to overcome her depression and makes her feel alive again. When the story begins, Caroline is a fat, shy girl, who is terrified by the idea of "being left on the shelf". Devlin helps her to loose weight and to think more about her own needs. When she meets Richard she decides to marry him not to be alone. Richard only wants a wife to show off at parties. After a while, he starts to be more and more aggressive and to beat her. Caroline turns to alcohol and valium before she finally finds out that her husband is homosexual. She feels that nobody loves her and she thinks that her life is a disaster, but she finally succeeds in becoming her husband's best friend, and in gaining his respect. Maggie is an independent working woman that generously devotes her life to people. Although she works a lot, she travels around the world and has many love affairs. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Captivating
I found the City girl trilogy totally captivating, and still want to know more about the characters. Surely PS should write another book in this series.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs LJ Killeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good second time round!
Love this trilogy! Even had a mini book club going on posting them (in order of course) to many friends across England!
Published 9 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars City Girl.
A very enjoyable book. I could not put it down. Patricia Scanlan is a great author. Look forward to reading more of her books.
Published 10 months ago by C A Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I brought this for an easy holiday read & it was just that. I will be reading the next 2 installments it was soooo good
Published 13 months ago by maria crawley
4.0 out of 5 stars Light weight but great fun
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, a flash back to the chick lit novels I used to read in the late 90s. A nice beach holiday indulgence.
Published 14 months ago by A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Three girls brought up very differently and whose lives take different and sometimes difficult paths? But the three friends can always depend on one other to pull them through. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Glynis J. Duggan
3.0 out of 5 stars City Girl
Was a simple easy read for a holiday read, it was very nicely written about girls growing up and their bonding with their friends.
Published 18 months ago by Karen Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
All her books are a relaxing read. Good story, great characters and well written. Will get the follow up when I have read 'Gone Girl\.
Published 18 months ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
The story of three different characters who have a strong friendship - a real easy read but a page turner at the same time.
Published 18 months ago by Zoe Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading
Very enjoyable read about three Irish girls who become firm friends. All have different life experiences but it is the friendship that counts. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kathy G
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