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Girl Cop [Kindle Edition]

Sandy Osborne
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The life and loves of an officer on the beat.
From the moment she takes her first step inside the Police station in her brand new Dr Marten boots, PC Sally Gentle’s roller coaster ride in this male dominated environment begins.
Girl Cop follows Sally’s tentative start in an eye opening career which offers her some extraordinary experiences ranging from fascinating, hilarious and emotive to the downright incredible.
Will the spark between Sally and her tutor constable Alex ever be ignited?
Will summary justice be served on the station bully?
Will Sally complete the Bennett’s Lane Challenge to become ‘an honorary bloke’?

A percentage from the sale of this book will be donated to the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Girl Cop really captures the essence of that early 90s Police Station life.
A.C.C. Olivia Pinkney

Sandy Osborne’s Girl Cop is a must read for the summer.
– Ceri, Chick Lit Reviews and News

Osborne captures the scenes perfectly and the reader can’t help but become immersed in Sally’s struggles fitting into a male-dominated career.
– Elizabeth Walker, migmag.co.uk (affiliated with Lancaster University)

EXCERPT
“You OK, Sal?”
Now shaking with nerves, it took her a few seconds to respond, but Sally managed to point in the direction of the intruder before finding a few words.
“He’s still inside. I’ve just seen him through that window there!” She gesticulated wildly at him speaking in a stage whisper and hitting him on the nose in her panicked state. Basher pulled her back to the corner of the bungalow and reported her find on the radio. Sally was in no fit state to speak on the radio, but was annoyed at him taking the credit by reporting her find.
Within minutes, Sally became aware of the baying of an over-eager German Shepherd dog accompanied by the purr of the police helicopter which appeared overhead.
God, thought Sally, this is so exciting. This is what I joined up for!

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'Girl Cop' really captures the essence of that early 90s Police Station life. A.C.C. Olivia Pinkney // Sandy Osborne's 'Girl Cop' is a must read for the summer. Ceri, Chick Lit Reviews and News // Osborne captures the scenes perfectly and the reader can't help but become immersed in Sally's struggles fitting into a male-dominated career. - Elizabeth Walker, migmag.co.uk (affiliated with Lancaster University) //

About the Author

Sandy is a serving police officer. She began her career as a PE teacher but soon traded her hockey stick for a truncheon and has recently received her twenty year Police Long Service and Good Conduct Award. When her local paper printed an unflattering picture of her in a charity marathon, Sandy felt compelled to respond with an amusing account of her training programme. This led to regular contributions and a taste of national publications. Her writing has never stopped. Girl Cop is a drama based on real events in the British Police Force. Sandy lives in the West Country with her husband and two sons. She enjoys tennis, rugby and still keeps up her first love of gymnastics - proudly demonstrating back flips and the splits to amazed friends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781320667
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AESSL8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Girl Cop - the life and loves of an officer on the beat is my debut novel self published with SilverWood Books of Bristol. Girl Cop is a fictional romantic comedy set in Bath, Somerset and follows PC Sally Gentle as she starts out in a male dominated career. I have used the collar number of a Police officer who lost his battle against cancer in 2011 and donate to The Police Dependant's Trust and St Peter's Hospice in his memory. Read more at www.sandyosborne.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Cop 15 Nov. 2012
By KLH
Format:Paperback
This book was a good read! The story had a good balance of humour and serious notes. It gave a realistic description of being a female in a male dominated career and how difficult it is to fit in with the group when you're the odd one out. It started to slow down a bit in the middle and I wasn't sure where the story was headed, but it picked up towards the end. Definitely a heart-warming ending! If you're looking for a good, interesting story, this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read in a really interesting setting 16 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
Not usually a chick-lit reader, I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I was rooting for the heroine from the first sentence (great opening line, by the way!)Her navigation through tricky times towards a happy ending made for a very satisfying and diverting read. It was also fascinating to find out about life behind the scenes in a 1990s police station from one who had gathered her experience at first hand. I really liked the wider setting, which was Bath, a city I know well, so this book worked well on lots of levels for me

This was an impressive and competent first novel and I hope this will be the first of many books to come from Sandy Osborne. It's the sort of book you want to tell your friends about and buy as birthday or Christmas presents. If all chick-lit books were like this, I might start reading more in that genre!

Gorgeous presentation too - just love that cover, which will look very nice on my bookshelf!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book you should judge by its cover 2 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
I like books. I like pretty books. But for a book to make it from shelf to bedside table, it has to have more than just good looks going for it. Needless to say, Girl Cop's combination of classic 'chick lit' cover and 'chick lit with a twist' content meant it more than earnt its place bedside.

PC Sally is a mixture of the women we all are - sometimes unsure of herself, occasionally the odd one out, but with a warmth and feistiness we should probably all show a bit more often. Most importantly she is a believeable character and, as the story develops, this becomes more and more important. If we didn't see Sally's genuine and vulnerable side we wouldn't care about the tough times she goes through and certainly wouldn't root for a happy ending.

There were some laugh out loud moments and I particularly enjoyed being reminded of the challenges of dating in a pre-Facebook/Twitter/text era; younger readers certainly wouldn't LOL so much if they had to date '90s style!. There were also some very touching scenes - no spoilers here I promise but you get a sense of what a difficult job policing is.

Overall, a great first novel. I hope Girl Cop will be back on the beat soon as I, for one, would like to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious book to cuddle up with! 20 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderfully satisfying love story, interwoven with the everyday experiences of a young policewoman at the start of her career. Having no experience of the world of policing, I found the real-life excerpts highly intriguing, amusing and horrifying all at once; I now have a new-found admiration for all female police officers! As the story of Sally's life builds, you realise how fragile yet strong her character is. By the end, you find yourself wishing there was a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new girl cop finds her feet 19 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I felt this story unfolded rather slowly to begin with, the pace and my interest increased as I read on. And I'm glad I stuck with it.
Sally Gentle is an appealing character and I found myself rooting for her all the way. The story details her struggles to settle in to life as a policewoman in Bath in the early 1990s. Things are tough for a while, but she gradually settles into the job and finds romance along the way.
I thought that the character of Sally was skillfully drawn and it was refreshing to have a novel like this set in the police force. The sexism Sally encounters was believable and well portrayed. I could sympathise with her as she struggled to deal with the bullying she faced. The characters had depth to them and I particularly liked the character of Sally's uncle who was so good to her over the years and made such a difference to her life.
I think it could have been pacier at the beginning to draw me in a bit faster, but all in all it was a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Chick Lit 24 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
Girl Cop is an extremely well written and engaging story that is both moving and extremely funny. The characters are believable and is exactly the sort of story that you envisage seeing on TV. Unputdownable, it is the perfect Christmas read and I give it the highest possible recommendation - don't hesitate, buy it now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Louise Riggs - Bristol 20 Nov. 2012
By Loubie
Format:Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. A real page turner. Only took 2 days (would have been less if it hadn't been for X Factor!!)Interesting and funny tales of life in the police force. Laughed out loud and also had a tear. Well done to the author on her first novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 19 Jan. 2013
By J. Gold
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A refreshing, interesting and heart warming read which I did not want to put down, so finished it fairly quickly. The main thread of life in early 90's policing for a female was maintained but with each chapter having its own new theme or story keeping the reader gripped as to what was going to happen next. I particularly related to many parts of the book having joined as young female in the early 90's, and smiled at references to the old Ford Escorts, expectations of making the tea, the driving courses, driving the crew bus and even the team member who had a real 'downer' on women in the job! This book really does provide a wonderful insight into what it was like to be a female officer in the 90's in what many saw at that time as being a 'mans' job. Sandy captured the spirit of team working and the camaraderie that results in working in this environment. With the romantic element and family issues interweaved into a really pleasant read this is well done Sandy, great first book and looking forward to the next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, I'm not a big non holiday reader ...
Brilliant book, I'm not a big non holiday reader but couldn't put this down. Easy and heart warming will definitely recommend. Looking forward to starting the second book! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claire Underhill
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what really happens, true...So true !
As a serving officer who started out In the early 80's there is so much in this book that brings back memories of, thankfully, a bygone era. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ray Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
What a great read , very entertaining will be looking out for the next one with anticipation thank you . X
Published 8 months ago by stephanie wellbelove
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Cop - a very good read. Very entertaining and hard to put down.
Loved this book and found it hard to put down. It had a little bit of everything, humour, romance, sadness at times. A very good read and entertaining. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kath Pointon
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, refreshing read. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
I only bought this as Sandy is a friend of a friend and I wanted to support her. My normal genre of reading include SciFi Fantasy and Crime so I would not have chosen this book in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Mapperson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
Without the recommendation from a friend I'd not have "found" this book, but I'm so pleased that I did - I read most of it on an overnight flight and I realise my bursts of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Yvonne Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic read!
A warm well written story that has the ability to lose you for hours in the lead characters life as she faces the various day to day highs and lows of policing and all that comes... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Garry
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Cop-good read
By Mr Lam Nagaho of Morecambe

Is this really a first novel ? Hard to believe, now I can't wait for the next one, more of the same please. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lam Nagaho
5.0 out of 5 stars I stepped into the story
To be truthful I bought the book because I served in the police in Bath. However I am very pleased that I did. Read more
Published 15 months ago by alan hale
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Well where do I start, after being told about this book from friends, I was excited to download and get stuck into my kindle. I'm still reading it, but so far what an amazing book! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mingmong
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