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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749908742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749908744
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 21.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'H.E. Bates for the 21st Century' Katie Fforde 'sexy...unputdownable...a heart-thumping read' Company 'feisty tale of friendship and laughter, loyalty and love...engaging' The Times 'must read...fun-packed tale' The Sun 'Bloody good read...Funny, romantic book...a lively romp through rural England' New Woman

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An all-twinkling, all-sparkling magical rom-com by rising star Christina Jones

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheeler on 23 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
HAPPY BIRTHDAY is yet another triumph from the incomparable CHRISTINA JONES. It is the 5th book in the magical village series which began with Hubble Bubble and continued through Seeing Stars, Love Potions and Heaven Sent. All are wonderful and the standard just keeps getting better and better. While each story stands alone, if you do read them in order you derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment, meeting up with some familiar characters as well as meeting new ones who will swiftly join the favourite ranks. As usual, Ms Jones brings her unique humour and warmth to Happy Birthday, as well as the superb mix of characters young and old. Phoebe is an adorable heroine, picking herself up from one of life's cruel blows, moving on and finding that life is still worthwhile and love is still possible. Rocky is a gorgeous hero, misunderstood, rebuilding his life after a selfless act of bravery and finally getting the rewards he deserves. Ms Jones introduces us to the wonderful world of Twilights with its superb cast of residents and splendidly appalling owners!! There is so much scope here and I hope we see much of Twilights in future books. This is a book that delivers in every way and is full of emotion, laughter, tears, warmth and sheer joy. I never wanted it to end - and once it did, I had to read it again, something that happens with every Christina Jones book. If you want a book that will make you laugh and cry and laugh again and make you feel good to be alive, then Happy Birthday is for you. Brilliantly clever observations and the kind of characters you care so much about and wish were your friends, make this another very special book from Christina Jones. As ever, I cannot wait for the next instalment in this truly magical series. A joy, a triumph and a must-read book. It deserves to follow on the heels of past books in this series in winning awards and nominations by the bucket-load.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2008
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I love the way Christina Jones includes characters from previous books so that you find out how life is treating them as well. It's almost like reading about people you know. Phoebe is jilted at the altar. At first she thinks she can never recover from the blow, but her friends are determined she will make the most of her life. In order to fill her lonely evenings Phoebe agrees to exercise her hairdressing skills at the nearby residential home - Twilights. Reminiscent of the TV series 'Waiting for God', the residents are far from at the end of their lives and the owners are awful. Phoebe makes friends with Essie - a reluctant resident with an encyclopaedic knowledge of astrology and the mystic arts. Phoebe herself has given up on all the ologies as they let her down over her wedding, but she is persuaded to give them another try. Soon she is much in demand for her astrology readings. Measnwhile, she needs to decide whether to stay in a flat she cannot afford with an upstairs neighbour - Rocky - who has just been in prison for GBH. But Rocky is not all he seems and Phoebe finds herself increasingly attracted.
This book sees the welcome return of YaYa Bordello - the drag artist from 'Heaven Sent', and the 3 Motions the undertakers. The scene at the summer fete is an absolute gem of its kind and I could see this book as a film. Only Christina Jones can get this mix of magic and eccentric characters right. Her books go from strength to strength and are a joy to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Carr on 12 Sep 2008
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Once again, Christina Jones has written a superb book, filled with colourful characters that absorb you immediately into their colourful world and revisting old friends, such as the fabulous, YaYa Bordello.

I couldn't wait to see how Phoebe dealt with Ben's insensitivity, and coped with the divine Rocky Lancaster living so closely to her. Their wonderful story, and that of the lovely Essie, with her birthday magic all made this an excellent read that I enjoyed from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle addict on 30 Jan 2009
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Well, I finished this book this morning in the hairdressers, appropriately enough, and ended up laughing out loud while having my highlights done.

It really was an Absolute Joy - just like all the characters (and one in particular.) Happy Birthday is a whimsical ultra-feelgood tale charting the stories of feisty but lonely pensioner, Essie, and jilted hairdresser, Phoebe. It is a romance, but is also about two women who don't necessarily need a man to make their lives complete... It's a cracking page-turner that fizzes along and is chock full of unforgettable characters. I just couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Cookman on 1 Dec 2008
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Romantic - yes. Comedy - yes. Christina Jones writes the definitive rom-com, as it really should be. Wonderful characters and some scenes a sit-com would be proud of, there is always a classic romantic fiction situation, in which two protagonists are prevented (usually by themselves) from getting it together, but what makes Christina's books stand out are the circumstances she creates for them. In Happy Birthday we meet again the Motions and Ya-Ya Binks among others, and we're introduced to the retirement home I think I want to go in to - Twilights. Buy it and keep it. You'll read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mass Consumer of Fiction in Arizona on 5 Jan 2009
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Christina Jones has done it again. I think we all want to move to the little piece of the world that she's created in her recent books, with Happy Birthday continuing with a fine tradition! Happy Birthday weaves a few storylines together, including the humorous and poignant story of the older residents of Twilights. I must admit that it took me a bit to warm to Phoebe, but I did (and you will.) You can spot Rocky as the hero from the first time you see him on the page, and he doesn't let you down in the end. I'll warn you, you have to open yourself to a large dose of whimsy with this book, so if you like things stern and full of drama and bad things, well move on. But if you like well-written, funny, engrossing stories about original and eccentric characters, read on.
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