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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; First Edition edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141005696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005690
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annabel Giles is a TV and radio personality and bestselling author. She has appeared on many different shows including THIS MORNING, SHOOTING STARS, LOOSE ENDS and JUST A MINUTE. She wrote and produced a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival, LOOKING FOR MR GILES. She has two children and lives in Chiswick, London. This is her second novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ros France on 15 Nov. 2006
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I bought this book after having thoroughly enjoyed Giles's two other offerings (Birthday Girls & Charlotte Small)........and sadly I was very disappointed. The action takes place in a supposedly upmarket holiday retreat on an unspecified european island, yet the pained dialogue limps and meanders meaninglessly, much of it reading like a VERY bad script from a "Hi De Hi" type television series.

Nothing convinced.............the holiday accommodation was badly drawn and could never quite make up it's mind if it was an upper class hotel with all facilities or a Bargain Butlins Break Skeggy-style!

The characters were all 2 dimensional stereotypes and all as dull as ditchwater. I kept hoping that things would get better in Part 2 of the book (when due to a bizarre and totally unbelievable series of events the happy campers end up marooned in the resort). Great, I thought, now all these cardboard people will bloom and develop along with the plot...........didn't happen..........everyone carried on having dull, trite conversations with their dull, trite lovers/mothers/brother/friends right down to the very last page.

I felt this was a book ground out through gritted teeth simply to meet a publishers contract and deadline - normally Giles writes with her own authentic voice, but that voice was missing in this one.

I have a sanctity thing about books - always choosing to keep them for repeat reading or sharing good books with friends and acquaintances (we live in France so English language books are a luxury) but this one is going on the bonfire, I wouldn't re-read it myself and wouldn't insult any one I know by lending it to them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lia on 18 Aug. 2003
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I read this latest offering having been a big fan of 'Birthday Girls' which was given to me as a present earlier this year and I found much more enjoyable. Vaguely unbelievable characters and little depth, this was a mediocre read. Ok for easy reading on the beach as it chugs along reasonably but definitely not one that you have to read in one sitting. Try birthday girls for a bit more of an inspiring read - albeit still requiring a temporary suspension of disbelief!
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I picked this up on a whim over the summer for a bit of light holiday reading - but naturally, got sidetracked by other books and ended up reading it in blustery November! It's one way to bring back that sunshiney feeling, I suppose...

Anyway, it was a suprisingly good read, all things considered, with enough individuality to make it stand out from the chick-lit crowd. It's set at the Seaside Village, an island resort run by gorgeous Italian stallion Fabio. The week's incoming 'Bright Whites' (as opposed to the 'Nutty Browns', who have already been there a week) include Fabio's brother Cliff and sister-in-law Felicity, as well as the brothers' mum Gina and Cliff's two children. Felicity is a workaholic mother dreading their fortnight away, given that she has Cliff's entire family along for the ride. When she meets Tessa, a single mum who's come for some mother-daughter bonding with sixteen year-old Sammy, only to lose her to the 'cool' teenage crew on the island, the women form an instant bond. But all is not well in paradise, and when disaster strikes, stranding them on the island, it can only be a matter of time before things start to fall apart...

I really liked the premise of this book. Family holiday in paradise turns into the holiday from hell - how will they cope? What is the mysterious crisis Fabio is trying so hard to keep from his guests? Families are ripped apart and drawn together, romances chop and change, friendships are formed and broken, allegiances are switched, and cracks start to appear in the resort's glossy facade as staff and tourists alike struggle to keep things together.

There is plenty of giggle-aloud humour, but also a couple of surprisingly moving parts where I found myself tearing up. The family relationships are beautifully observed, and over the course of the novel I was completely immersed in the characters' lives within the societal microcosm of the resort. A cracking little novel for a bit of light reading!
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By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2009
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Having never read any of Annabel Giles work and having been given this by a friend I decided to give it a go. The front cover is typical of a Chick Lit type book and I was looking forward to somebody I hadn't read before.

Tessa is a newly divorced mum of tennage daughter Sammy. Her ex-husband Jeremy is now shacked up with his new woman and kids and Tessa find she is unable to let go and is constantly dreaming of him. When her ex-husband suggests that Tessa and Sammy go on a nice two week holiday she jumps at the chance to spend some quality time with her daughter. What she doesn't count on is her daughter being more independant that she has ever managed and Tessa being left to fend for herself.

Felicity is a typical glamorous career woman with a little boy named Spike. She decides that a holiday with her husband Cliff, mother-in-law Gina, and Cliff's daughter Christabelle from his previous relationship is in order. Felicity doesn't spend much time with her family at home so when they are all piled in together it doesn't work out as well as expected.

Fabio is Cliff's younger brother and he is running the holiday resort that everybody is going to. Between running the resort he tries to find time to keep his current woman occupied as well as spending time with his mum Gina who is suffering following the death of her husband.

When disaster strikes the whole resort is up in arms. Initially the thought of being stuck in the resort is great, but as time goes on everybody realises it's not as great as they first thought. Felicity and Tessa strike up a friendship which takes them both by surprise as they are polar opposites. Fabio spends his whole time trying to get rid of his current girlfriend whilst keeping the resort running whilst the crisis is happening.
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