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Rosie Thomas
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5 Aug 2004

What happens when you fall in love with the one person you shouldn't?

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Jess Arrowsmith is powerless to resist her attraction to Rob, twenty years her junior, and the person she has reason to hate most in the world. As their love affair threatens to blow her family apart, Jess finds herself in a desperate struggle to defuse a crisis that puts at risk all she holds dear...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099464845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099464846
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rosie Thomas has a special talent for dealing with everyday tragedies that can come along and blow apart ordinary lives ... an intelligent and moving novel" (The Times)

"Honest and absorbing, Rosie Thomas mixes the bitter and the hopeful with the knowledge that the human heart is far more complicated than any rule suggest" (Mail on Sunday)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A BIT ON THE MAUDLIN SIDE 8 Nov 2006
I had enough spare time to read this book in two or three sittings and really enjoyed it, however, it's the sort of story that if left for too long or read in short bits over a period of time can seem a bit sad and maudlin. Having said that, the emotions of a mother & father losing a son and sister losing her brother can only be of a sad nature. I thought the book was well written and dealt with the emotions of each family member, and also the deceased's best friend, with the right amount of sentiment and sympathy. For me, the `mothers dilemma' was a bit unbelievable but the dilemma was well explored and expressed in a very acceptable way. All in all, a good book but don't put it down for too long as the depressing tone may not inspire you to pick it up again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Of A Let Down ......... 23 Aug 2008
I hate giving books a bad review but I get frustrated that I have a habit of picking more books that I don't enjoy than ones that I do!
And - unfortunately, this was one of the disappointments.
For a start, I couldn't decide (and still can't make my mind up) if Rosie Thomas's elaborate and colourfull descriptions of everything were a bit overdone and unnecessary - in fact I think they were. The flowery descriptions in the end got on my nerves.
Then, there's the unbelieveable sequence of events that made up the storyline, it turned into a bit of a panto in the end. Did someone really describe it as an 'intelligent read' (as it says on the cover)? - Did they actually read the book!!??
I didn't think the characters were very well described either, I found it hard to warm to them.
Someone else, in their review said "The main character, Jess, is undescribed and comes across as a dreary, boring, sexless person. When she begins an affair with Danny's older friend, Rob, I felt it hard to sustain my belief in the situation." I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

Give it a miss. Not well written and a poor story line. Sorry Rosie Thomas!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but depressing 6 April 2014
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As usual a well written intelligent book. However the story line is based on bereavement therefore not a book that raises ones spirits. Glad to have read it though not a book I would read again as I would many of her others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book.... 3 Mar 2014
...but not one to read if you are feeling depressed. I have given it three stars because although I thought it was well written and an interesting [if rather unbelievable] story, it was very sad and there was a real sense of dreariness about the characters. This wasn't surprising, given the nature of the event at the beginning of the story but it did make it a bit of a dull read.

I thought all the characters were well portrayed and I could visualise them and their surroundings easily. However, I was deeply irritated that the baby was nick-named "Sock". What an abysmal nick-name [short for Socrates, apparently] - every time I read it, I felt cross!

Where Rosie Thomas certainly shines is in her descriptions of foreign countries [her more recent books are often set overseas] and in this one the sections set in Italy really bring some warmth and colour to this story.
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