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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (13 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848270453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848270459
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,230 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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"One of Scanlan's great strengths is her gift for writing fully rounded characters, in contrast to many chick lit authors. This is Scanlan at her best" Irish Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The sequel to the number 1 bestseller, FORGIVE AND FORGET.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Foxcroft on 8 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Patricia Scanlan's books. There is no one to equal her in writing family dynamics and good 'vile' characters you don't like but relish reading about. I was thrilled to see this book on the shelves, a greatly anticipated sequel but, like many other reviewers I feel there must be another book on the way to tie up the characters stories satisfactorily for the reader!! There are still so many unanswered questions regarding characters we care about. I would give this book five stars if I knew there was going to be a third book on the way (done before with City Girl, City Woman, City Lives).
A great read but anyone thinking of buying this must make sure to have read Forgive and Forget first!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First of all Patricia Scanlan's writing style has always been the typical Chick Lit stuff. It is usually the stuff or romance gone wrong and then hopefully going right with some tears and hopefully laughter along the way. I am a typical Chick Lit fan in that I like this particular style of writing and Patricia Scanlan has always been one of my favourite authors for this very reason. Her books have in the past always captured me and I end up feeling a sense of contentment whenever I read her books.

This particular story is a follow on from her previous novel Forgive and Forget. Having said that you could read this alone and still pick up the story from where it left off. We meet Debbie and Bryan who are newly married, and Debbie's battle to get her new husband to stop spending his money on parties, drink and drugs.

Connie who has done her bit for her daughter and son-in-law ends up having an interesting new man turn up in her life. Could this be what she has been waiting for? Unfortunately for Connie, her ex-husband Barry has re-married to Aimee. When Aimee finds out she is pregnant and Barry realises he may well have to go through parenthood all over again seeks solace by trying to get Connie's attention. In the meantime unbeknown to Aimee and Barry, Aimee's daughter Mellissa from her first marriage, is silently spiralling into a world of obsessive eating disorders. Everyone suddenly want's Connie's attention and she wonders, can she walk away from them and let them solve their own problems for once. Or will she help them all and lose the chance at her own happiness?

Patricia Scanlan manages to cover the real topics in life such as eating disorders, relationships with your ex and love later in life without making them too disheartening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KittyP on 25 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
(ETA: This book is now confirmed as part 2 of 3 so I have updated my review to give the book 4 stars.)

First off the good. The book is a very enjoyable read, it has a lovely warm feel and you really get under the characters' skins and get to know them. I liked reading the book and was in the habit of going to bed early to have some extra reading time.

The problems however are big. I've never felt so unfinished after reading a book. Very little actually happens as there are so many, many characters. With Debbie and Bryan for example, who are put forward as main characters only about 3 chapters of development happens for them. By the end of the book their story is still just starting. The same is true of Melissa, she is in the book more but her story has really only just started by the end. The epilogue reads like a "next time on....." rather than an ending.

Part of the problem is the over-abundance of characters, the other is that the book is paced weirdly. In the first 200 pages or so only about 28 hours pass. Some books are set over a short period of time, but it was obvious in this story that most of the arcs would take quite a bit of time to get going. A story about an eating disorder, for example, can't happen in a week/month, it must be given space to develop. After the first day the action skips forward and the progression of time is more "normal" but after the slow pace at the beginning it all just feels wrong. And it's part of the reason the book is so unfinished as nothing has time to happen properly. Plots are either rushed or don't happen.

If this book is part two of a trilogy, it deserves a 4 star rather than 3. So if you are reading this review in 2011+ safe in the knowledge that part three exists and you enjoy a cosy chicklit read, then go for it, this is a very enjoyable book. But if part three never materialises then you will find this book sort of weird and disappointing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sa Parkinson on 19 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
this follows on really well from forgive and forget and is a good book overall. i do feel however that the epilogue was a bit rushed, after all of the detail with the characters throughout the book the ending was a bit flat. i am a fan of patricia's books but there have been a couple now where i feel the ending was rushed. i feel that we need a third book now to explain in more detail what happens to the characters. still a good book worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 11 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
As others have said, this felt like an unfinished book.
It was almost a guarantee that anyone who has read Forgive and Forget was going to buy this one, in order to find out what happens to the characters.
But.... there seemed to be so many threads/storylines that were started and not finished .... extra characters who sounded quite interesting were introduced - such as Aimee's brother and family - and then disappeared in an instant.
I felt that very few of the storylines were 'resolved' and the ending definately seemed as though it had been written in a hurry, simply to close off the book for a deadline.
One of the storylines in particular really annoyed me....I cant say which for fear of spoiling the surprises for those who havent yet read the book...but really this is the 21st century and I dont believe an independent business woman would act the way that this character did....her response to her situation was like something from medieval times !

Having said all of the above, I do enjoy Patricia Scanlan's books on the whole, and I hope she will write a follow up to this one and complete all the unfinished stories.
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