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Finishing Touches [Paperback]

Patricia Scanlan
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31 Dec 1992
Three school friends, Cassie, Laura and Aileen, shared their secrets and dreams as young girls. Now they are together again, sharing their aspirations, as Cassie launches her interior design business, with a legacy that is to bring out the worst and the best in her family and friends.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853711861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853711862
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A wonderful, feel-good novel that follows the changing fortunes of three friends. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cassie Jordan has always been at the beck and call of her demanding family. Used, taken for granted, she decides enough is enough. But her family are not ready to let go. Barbara, her jealous youngest sister, is furious with Cassie and causes a row that tears the family apart. Laura and Aileen, Cassie's lifelong friends, have shared so much. Their first flat together, giddy holidays, the triumphs and disasters of romance. The sadness of bereavements. They are with her all the way. And then there's the enigmatic, sexy David Williams, who touches Cassie's life in a manner that she will never forget as she finds independence and success despite family opposition. Finishing touches is an engrossing story of schoolmates and soulmates, of shared secrets and desires - and how one young woman dared to make her impossible dream come true. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring.......... 14 Mar 2000
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This beautifully written book by Patricia Scanlan shows three best friends as they grow up together. Mainly focused on Cassie it shows as the girls grow up in a small town in Ireland and then move on to the big city where they share a flat together. The book shows the trials and tribulations that they endure together and that friendship can be one of the strongest bonds of all. I particularly liked this book because the girls were ambitious, knew what they wanted and were successful, although still remaining compassionate and caring. This book inspired me to carry on with my education and enroll in extra college courses to better myself and I am thoroughly glad that I read it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent book. She keeps us in suspense as its takes so many interesting turns. The end is fancastic. An entralling read.
Its a must read.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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This book has to be one of Patricia Scanlan's best. I bought it on the ferry back from France and read it on the coach trip home. It tells the story of Cassie Jordan and her two best friends, Aileen and Laura. It covers topics like coming to terms with Laura's father having an affair and Aileen excaping from a mother who expected her to stay in Port Mahon all her life. Cassie is unlucky in having two extremely selfish younger sisters who seem to see her as the head of the family and expect her to look after their mother when the doctor tells them she has Alzheimer's disease. All Barbara can think is "is it hereditary?" Her sister-in-law, Jean, is just as bad as Barbara and despiten having done nothing for her mother-in-law, expects to receive an equal share of her estate when she dies. Cassie is very unjudgmental and will take care of anyone that needs looking after, as is proved when she is engaged to Robbie. She is very lucky that the wedding never happened and her relationship with the Welsh writer, David Williams, is the one good thing that comes of her returning to Port Mahon to take care of her sick mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing Touches 14 Jan 2004
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I found this book an excellent read, I couldn't put it down, the way it has been written takes the reader through many different emotions. The book focuses mainly on a girl called Cassie who is taken for granted by her family because she is the eldest and not married. She has to leave her life in Liverpool and come home to look after her mother who becomes very sick. This is a terrific book and if anyone has a family that forgets they exist sometimes or a younger sister that drives you crazy then you will enjoy this book immensely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a real "lose your self "book 3 Jun 2003
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This is the first book that I had read by this author. The unique Irish wit shines through and it describes the onset of a particular illness with a lot of passion and undersatnding. This is a feel good read, it had me laughing , crying and thinking very hard about the main character........the author raises lots of situations, most that can be easily related to, as they occur in every day issues in life. Have now gone onto other books by this author and am looking forward to the same kind of stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.. 27 Oct 2007
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Finishing touches is a wonderful story of friendship and love and the things that make us who we are. It follows the stories of three childhood friends as they make their journey trhough life- you will cry, laugh and most importanly care for the characters as if they are family. Patricia Scanlan creates a masterpiece that has to be read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing Touches 25 Nov 2013
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Patricia Scanlan books are always a brilliant read so I could only ever give a five star rating. Good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS HAS THE TOUCH 13 Oct 2013
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another great read I just so much enjoy all her books they take me into a new world,love them all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great value, great read
Published 1 month ago by Jo Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book loved the characters and excellent storyline ,was a page turner for me.Love all Patrivia Scanlan books as very absorbing.
Published 6 months ago by A. Shlyshen
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Scanlan
Finishing Touches

She is one of my favourite authors! I just love anything she writes! Her stories are
true to life!
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another brilliant book from Patricia Scanlan! Couldn't put it down made me laugh out loud, cry and really get to love the characters. A must read.
Published 17 months ago by Laura Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This a truly a wonderful book to read as it deals with family issues, loss of a parent through sudden death and children moving away from home. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Read
A great page turner, very hard to put down, Great storytelling, you feel like you live life with the girls.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars it's chick lit.
Unfortunately, if you've read one Patricia Scanlan you won't find too many surprises in any of the others. Her formula, however, is extremely successful. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ms. Fiona Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great bo0ok from Scanlan
I bought this book on a whim for my kindle and really enjoyed it i got past chapter 5 and couldnt put it down!
Published on 1 May 2012 by Helenadale
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD ONES ARE BEST !
I have only recently read this earlier Book,having started reading Patricias more recent offerings
and am Blown away by "FINISHING TOUCHES"--i'm afraid this is much better... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by PETER CAINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Finishing touches
Another very good Patricai Scanlan book, haven't quite finished reading it yet but so far so good.
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Mrs. Margot A. Smith
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