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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553812920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553812923
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,032 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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Within the first few pages of Patricia Scanlan's ninth book, Francesca's Party, a life is turned upside-down: Francesca follows her husband of 22 years to Dublin airport to bring him the mobile phone he's forgotten. But in the terminal building she watches as her beloved Mark passionately kisses Nikki Langan, "a beautiful, bright, sexy sensual woman", and realises that everything has changed. Patricia Scanlan catapults us into the emotions of a woman who has been happy as a domestic goddess, but now feels overwhelmed with bitterness:
She felt so belittled and used and worthless. How would she ever get through this? The future seemed so empty and dark, full of despair and struggle.
It is a bleak awakening, but not, ultimately, an unrewarding one. Francesca is forced to re-assess her life, and to find the courage to start again. She goes from wailing into the pillow like a banshee and wondering how to tell her two sons that their dad is a philanderer, to a confident woman who uses her charm and organisational skills to forge a career in PR. She buys a house and even manages to find some sympathy for her "deceiving, lying despicable bastard" of a husband and his troublesome new relationship. Scanlan celebrates Francesca's hard-worn independence with insight and verve, and the reader would tend to agree that this particular character has "an awful lot to look forward to". --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'An uplifting and reassuring read that tells you break-ups can be for the best' -- Family Circle

'Her best yet…Pacy, poignant, entertaining and believable' -- Irish Independent

'Scanlan's writing is perfectly pitched…Her fans will love this book' -- Irish Times

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
It's a testament to the strength of Patricia Scanlan's writing that her readers, whether male or female, can empathise with her characters. In this tale of a betrayed wife, we meet a real woman: no Jackie Collins-esque maneater, but a real human being, complete with frailties, faults and vulnerablility. Scanlan manages to avoid the obvious trap of creating a cartoonish lothario in Mark and a martyred heroine in Francesca. Even "the other woman" is portrayed with depth and sensitivity. And that's what keeps you reading. You KNOW these people: you work with them, you live with them, you've grown up with them. You quite possibly might BE them.
This is old-fashioned story-telling at its best. No pretensions. No clever-cleverness. Something some of Ms. Scanlan's peers might care to note. In an age where there is a worrying return to the boorish objectification of women (check MTV, magazines and a lot of the newer TV dramas if you don't believe me), it is refreshing to presented with such a credible character in a book. Somewhere out there, there MUST be a TV producer who can recognise the excellent mini-series waiting within these pages. And when that is broadcast, perhaps Scanlan's wonderful "Promises, Promises" and "Mirror, Mirror" will be filmed too.
Patricia Scanlan is an outrageously under-recognised author in Britain. This book only makes that status even harder to believe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Houghton on 31 Oct. 2004
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This is the first of Patricia Scanlon's novels I've read and it won't be the last. I was hooked from the very beginning and found the scene in the bedroom where Mark is taking down the Borders paining so emotional I shed a tear with him. There're countless novels on the bookshelves of husbands ditching wives who in turn become stronger people as a form of revenge, but this one has that little bit extra. Loved it, could not put it down and will be purchasing a lot more of her books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MRS A J GREGG on 22 Sept. 2004
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Fab, fab, fab, this book was so good, i even started crying at one point. You'll get there and no what i mean. I think this book will hit a nerve with half of the population. Please read city girl, city women and city lives. In that order. I took the first two on holiday and thought they were brilliant, i couldnt wait to get home and buy city lives. Put it this way my husband hasn't read a book in 10 years, so picked one of them up on holiday and hasn't put any of them down since. He's read all four and i'm impressed. I can honestly say patricia scanlan is a really great author. P.s I think because the books are set in ireland and thats where my husband comes from he got all attached and reminiscent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Hayley Wynne on 8 Jun. 2003
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This book gets going from the first page. I hadn't read a book in quite a while due to having two babies and I picked this up at my sister's one day and after taking a quick look at it and before I knew it I had read the first chapter. Patricia Scanlan really knows how to tell a story. I just had to keep reading it and when I wasn't I was thinking about it, it felt so real, as if these people were friends of mine! A definite holiday read but be warned take a second book because you are likely to read it in the first few days around the pool!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2003
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I loved this book so much. Right from the first page you are in love with it. It was so easy to read and very funny. It seemed like you were actually watching Nikki,Mark and Francesca living instead of just reading about them. I felt like i knew the characters and to think that they are not actually real people makes me very sad. When i finished this book i really missed Francesca and i felt as if some very close friends had moved away. Everyone must read this lovely book. love Rachael xoxooxox
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Tong on 29 July 2004
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This was the first of Patricia Scanlans books that I read (and I read a lot of books), I was hooked from the first page and have enjoyed reading it several times since.
Fantastic holiday read (as were several others that I bought to take on holiday with me but couldnt wait and read them before we left - ooops!)
Well worth the money, and if I could bear to be parted from some of my books I guess that I could make enough money for another holiday, but.......
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I'm embarrased to say that I was in the library last summer wanting a new book to read and this one caught my eye because of the color and the martini on the front : ) And even though I don't really relate with Francesca (I have a wondeful marriage with a husband who loves me) I still loved the book. I loved how she didn't just wallow forever; she picked herself up and moved on and had a great life. You never know what life is going to deal you. I'm not naive enough to think my marriage will be perfect forever. I'd like to think if my husband were a jerk and cheated on me, I could do as Francesca did and move on. Now I'm excited about Patricia's other books. They don't have them in the library, so I'm ordering a few!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. Murphy on 12 May 2010
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this is a fantastic book, could not put it down, passed it on to friends and they all loved it
as much as i did. a really good read
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