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If You Could See Me Now [Paperback]

Cecelia Ahern
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012

Tender, magical and captivating – a story of family, friends, and the unlikeliest of romances from the No. 1 bestselling author, Cecelia Ahern.

What if love was right there in front of you – you just couldn't see it?

Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.

But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic.

Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again?


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; (Reissue) edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007260814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007260812
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. PS, I Love You became an International box office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.

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'There's more than a touch of fairytale about Cecelia Ahern's novels…thanks to a liberal sprinkling of magic… A must for die-hard romantics' Glamour

‘A beautifully written love story’ Closer

‘An enchanting, unexpected love story’ You

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'There's more than a touch of fairytale about Cecelia Ahern's novels…thanks to a liberal sprinkling of magic.' Glamour

What if love was right there in front of you - you just couldn't see it?

Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.

But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic.

Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again?

As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke not Elizabeth - or himself….

'Enchanting and unexpected' You

'A gem' Heat

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 12 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read & immensely enjoyed Ceclia Ahern's previous 2 books (PS, I Love You & Where Rainbows End) & was desperate to get my hand on this one when it was released. And I wasn't disappointed - it was so wonderfully different to some of the mush on the shelves these days and I fell in love with all the characters right away. The storyline could almost be described as a grown-up fairytale which allows you to escape into a a fantasy world where we all have imaginary friends watching over us! I thought the whole book was lovely from start to finish (and I did not want it to finish!) - I would recommend it to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 17 Nov 2013
By Aisha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you loved PS I Love you, then you will love this book. I just kept wanting to read more and more of the book and not wanting to put my kindle down, but when I did I would look forward to reading again.. Cecilia Ahearn has a great imagination I love her style of writing.. I would recommend this book to anyone can't wait to read the next one now..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends in the Most Surprising Places 22 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth Egan is a buttoned up, unappreciated martyr to her family. At the outset of If You Could See Me Now, she is almost unbearably unlikeable. She has the care of her nephew, Luke, due to his mother's instability, and she has no idea, or interest, as to how to relate to this little boy. Enter Ivan.

Ivan has a very special way of looking at the world, and a special way of being seen. He breaks things down into the segments that truly matter, and throws the rest away. His gentle good humor breathes life and humor into this book, and provides a new way to look at life, if one cares to see it.

If You Could See Me Now is not by any stretch a demanding read. What you get out of it, however, depends on what you bring to it. I found some home truths that will stick with me for a lifetime, which makes this novel well worth the time it took to read. I was reminded that life is what we make of it, and that we must choose to find joy, and not lock ourselves away from it. These are simple truths, but so easy to forget. I'm grateful to Ms. Ahern for the reminder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Great! 14 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
I was completely thrown off by If You Could See Me Now. The thing I like about Ahern is that she writes chick lit well. With that, i'm usually very skeptical about reading the genre. But not with Ahern. Her books are fun, interesting, and lively. She lets you love the characters and grow with them as the story progresses. And you always feel something, which I like best. Her new book, though, takes the romance theme and adds magic. The book is about a middle aged woman who lives with her adopted nephew. She is strict and unyielding--she does not let people in. When her nephew starts talking about an imaginary friend, she gets irritated. Yet, when she starts seeing this imaginary friend, well, things get interesting.

At first, I was disappointed that she veered into the fantasy genre, but as I read the book, I almost understood it. Whether it's her way of sticking out in the sea of similar chick novels, or just her writing what she enjoys, it works. And although it was hard to get into at first, ultimately I enjoyed the novel. The imaginary aspect of it made you remember what it was like to feel invincible and live without fear nor limits. It made me want to run through a field and pick flowers.

And all good novels should make you want to do that, right?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Her kooky style at its best 19 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
Like `A Place Called Here', Cecilia Aherne takes a lost women and follows her journey of reconnection with a dose of `magic' thrown in. Somehow she never loses the reader; we even find ourselves caring about what happens to an imaginary friend.

Some may prefer the down to earth, true to life 'P.S. I Love You', and might find this book difficult to connect with properly, but in that case you're half proving the point of the story - that we can get so stuck in the mundane reality of everyday life, we don't allow ourselves to let go sometimes.

The secret to Aherne's success is her ability to weave in inventive, out-of-the-ordinary scenarios, that at the heart of them hold moving and affecting issues we all struggle with. Not to mention her easygoing style of writing and pin sharp observation of human interaction.

I particulary like the author's use of visual imagery in her writing, and that her (often flawed) heroines are as far from the typical big city PR girl types as you can get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 22 July 2013
By Sandra
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love Cecelia Ahern. Fantastic writer have read all of her books and would reccomend every single one. Great book, great writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful easy read 4 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you could see me now is a lovely read. In typical Ahern style she takes a topic, in this case an imaginary friend, and puts a different slant on it. In some cases this can come across as silly and immature but that is part of the magic...making an imaginary friend plausible and real. Ivan is real in the story, Luke and Elizabeth have a lovely relationship with him. Cecilia has a way of making imaginary things, places , myths real and bringing to life, in this particular story the imaginary friends, with their own personalities and problems the team of friends support each other whilst sorting other people with their issues. A wonderful easy read, which does not have the predictable ending that I anticipated.
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