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Forgive and Forget [Hardcover]

Patricia Scanlan
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28 July 2008
What happens when ex husbands start to fancy their first wives again? Can first wives forgive and forget when their husband has done the dirty on them? Connie Adams has to make choices. The lead up to her daughter’s wedding has been utterly fraught. Debbie is absolutely adamant that she does not want her father, Barry, his glamorous second wife, Aimee or her stepsister, Melissa to attend. Barry is equally adamant that they will. But as Connie and Barry join forces to get things sorted sparks begin to fly… Few weddings go as planned especially when there is tension between families and the events that occur at this particular wedding will have far reaching repercussions that will leave their mark for years to come.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (28 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184827016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848270169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,470 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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'Fabulous...An evocative and entertaining read which deals with the tensions that can arise at weddings between modern day families'
-- THE IRISH POST, 23 August 2008

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! 7 April 2008
By Zara
I have to agree with another reviewer here - this is Patricia's best book so far. I read it on holiday and could hardly put it down. She deals with the subject of weddings and families really well and also she depicts older female characters very well too. I felt really sorry for poor Judith who at fifty is spiteful, resentful and discontent because she feels life has passed her by while she's been taking care of her mother Lily and has no help from either of her siblings. You really understand why she is the way she is by the end of the book. I also really liked Connie, first wife and mother-of-the bride and I liked melissa, the teenage step sister of the bride for all her naivety and rebellious teenage ways. The run up to the wedding was narrated really well and I enjoyed reading about the actual day. I would give this 5 stars but because it 'is to be continued' I removed a star. How can I wait a whole year to find out what happens next??? It's so frustrating!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever! 15 April 2008
By Sissel M. Østdahl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Dare I say that this is Patricia Scanlan's best book to date? I think so. From page one I was drawn into the story and completely hooked. Not a dull moment. Pure joy all the way.

Not that the story itself is all bliss. Connie and Barry have been divorced for years. Barry is married again to Aimee and has 13 year old daughter Melissa in this marriage. Now Connie and Barrie's daughter Debbie is getting married and the event leads to a myriad of complications in the two families. One of them being Barry's renewed interest in his first wife, whom he left so many years ago...

Aimee is a tough, self-sentered career woman, with business trips abroad, designer clothes and no time for cosy family life.

First wife, Connie, is her opposite. A nurse, she has raised Debbie single-handedly and created a nice little home with a heavenly flower garden for the two of them. Neither money nor time has allowed for fancy clothes and pursuing a svelte body over the years. Connie appears a bit frumpyish and middle aged, and has seemingly lived in contented celibacy, until now!

There are other people and destinies to be met in this rich and fulfilling tale, which is not your regular chick lit but a wise story about life and love, regrets and new hope.

The book is excellently written and filled with humour. Always a bliss. A golden moment is young Melissa and her best friend Sarah's participation in Debbie's wedding, described with much insight and tenderness. Ah, to be 13 again, with your whole life ahead of you (and posters of Johnnie Depp over your bed...).

The book is not neatly wrapped up in a happy ending. Expertly, new threads are being woven in and create expectations for joys to come. Joys we are invited to share, the last sentence being - To be continued.

I can't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a read.! 2 Mar 2013
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great story.!!
Really enjoyed this book, could not put it down. Very easy read, would reccomend it. Funny, romantic and real.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Patricia Scanlan so far... 12 Mar 2008
I have read almost all of Patricia Scanlan's books and enjoyed this the most. She manages to engage with the characters in a manner that moves the plot along but doesn't delve into superfluous detail, as is an unfortunate habit of many writers of this genre. An enjoyable read!

One criticism, however, the theme of age is prevalent in the book, but without the writer explicitly telling us the ages of the various characters I would have had no idea at all. More attention to this detail would have aided the character development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 22 May 2014
By Sars
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First book I have read of Patricias. I really enjoyed this book. Story was delightful and characters believable. I will be reading the next instalment. xx
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering the goods 29 Jun 2008
One of Scanlan's greatest attributes is her determination to humanise her characters. And we're not just talking about the central heroine. The ostensible "bad guys" are presented as fully fleshed-out people too. While popular fiction is often presented/dismissed merely as 'good, clean fun' this book is the kind of proper storytelling that manages to transcend the genre.

For me, Scanlan's career high has always been "Promises, Promises." That position has now been usurped by "Forgive and Forget." These books share a certain dark realism and a real humanity that makes them more compelling. To very loosely paraphrase Lisa Stansfield, Connie Adams may not be a surgically-enhanced Jackie Collinsesque powerbabe, but she's all woman. Elsewhere, the woman we'd all hate to work with, Judith - bitterly encumbered by responsibilities - is a heartbreaking, three-dimensional soul. The bane in her life, her scared and frail mother, is also sensitively realised. There are moments in the book (I won't spoil it for you!) when you find yourself groaning "No! Don't do it" but, true to real life, the character goes ahead and does it because they are too likeably human, too realistically weak to resist.

Given the paths the protagonists have been following, I think the sequel will be just as dark and beguiling. Unlike the reviewer 'chic lit', I am pleased that there is more to come from these characters. Hurry up, Ms. Scanlan, your readers await!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read. It is going on a bit 10 July 2014
By Archie
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Not a bad read. It is going on a bit. Nevertheless quite enjoying it, but will be glad when it is finished.
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Published 3 months ago by ann jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love Patricia Scanlans books. This one definitely didn't disappoint me. You really get into her stories, her technique for fiction is great.
Published 4 months ago by Ms. Paula Clements
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
First book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it very much
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Published 5 months ago by Pauline Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars great writer patricia scanlon
Wonderful keeps you wanting more. Loved it.great to find another maeve binchy. Cant wsit to read more of her books
Published 6 months ago by Miss SL Purcifer
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the book was described as good condition, but was very poor condition, the pages were ripped, the cover and first 10 pages cut in two but worse was the fact that there was a lump... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jenifer walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Easy to read and addictive. Characters are really interesting and I'm looking forward to how things progress in part 2
Published 9 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars Family tale
Just wanted some easy reading and this fits the bill. Debbie is getting married to Bryan and her mum Connie is not so happy with her choice as she can see many resemblances to her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as was first book Franchesca s Party
Author holds my attention. Lovely story and have shared this with others. Can't wait to read more from this author
Published 11 months ago by Eileen Finlayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive & Forget
Loved this book have read the trilogy and would definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys a really good read.
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