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Carole Matthews
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10 Jan 2008

Carole Matthews brings a touch of magic to her sparkling new novel...

When Emma's boyfriend Leo turns up at her special birthday dinner unforgivably late and horribly drunk, embarrassing her in front of her family, she decides enough is enough. Why can't someone just wave a magic wand over him and bring him back refurbished as a proper boyfriend and save her the trouble? But when Leo meets Isabel and starts changing before her very eyes, Emma realises she should be careful what she wishes for...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755327667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755327669
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carole Matthews is the bestselling author of more than 23 hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans all over the world.

Her latest books, A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas have both appeared in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her novels Welcome To The Real World and Wrapped Up In You were shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. She was also inducted into The Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romantic fiction.
Carole is a prolific writer of short stories, featuring in several anthologies, and has presented on television. She's also a regular radio guest.

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole has always been an avid reader and dreamed of being a teacher, an air traffic controller, a travel guide or a hairdresser - writer never featured once. Leaving Liverpool for London after a torrid holiday romance in Torquay, she worked as a secretary, an ice-cream lady, a shop assistant and a beauty therapist. It was when she was working in a completely mad holistic clinic that she first thought 'one day I should write a book about this.' She still hasn't got round to it.

Entering a short story competition in Writing Magazine, the first fiction she'd written since being coerced into it at school, Carole - to her and everyone else's amazement - won a thousand pounds! Then - to her and everyone else's amazement - she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course. The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away. He sold her first book, which became Let's Meet on Platform 8, a week later.

Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her partner, Lovely Kev, at Matthews' Towers in the Costa del Keynes. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate, bake cake and spends far too much time on Facebook and Twitter.

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Loaded with laughter, tears and hope (Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife)

All the warmth and wit we expect from Carole Matthews. Perfect (Bella)

It makes you laugh one minute and cry the next (Prima)

Witty, funny and incredibly touching (Heat) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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With her stunning new packaging, Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews is going from strength to strength

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but fantastic story 5 April 2008
having read the other reviews Im a little shocked. I have read most of Carole Matthews books and have to say I thought this was brilliant. Personally speaking I think it's one of her best, It was a pleasant surprise to read about a fairy involved in a romantic novel with humour added. Well written for the adult, brings out the child in all of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was a fairy a good idea? 8 Mar 2008
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I really enjoyed The Chocolate Lover's Club, and The Chocolate Lover's Diet, but I wasn't so enamoured of this one. It was enjoyable but the introduction of magic did not quite fit somehow. If you like magic in your books Christina Jones hits the right note for me.
That said I finished it and found it entertaining. Leo and his friends were realistically drawn and believable. Oddly enough I was less convinced by Emma. She did learn from her own mistakes and change by the end of the book but she wasn't quite believable. I did like some of the scenes with Isobel - the fairy - and people's reactions to her were interesting.
Not as good as the two Chocolate books, but still good light reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grown up fairy tale 2 Mar 2008
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I've read all of Carole Matthews books and I found this very different to what she usually writes, but still really enjoyed it.
If you're the kind of girl who likes fairy tales then this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is three stars too much? 27 Feb 2008
By Sue
I really enjoy Carole Matthews witty style of writing but all the way through this book I was thinking what a very silly storyline. Without giving anything away (the blurb on the back of the book certainly doesn't as I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd known), you may feel like I did after reading it and think "hmm, not one of her best".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best! 2 April 2008
I normally love all Carole Matthews' books and I find them humorous and a good all round read. However, I felt that this one wasn't as good as all of her others. The humour and the lovable characters were there, but I felt as if the storyline lacked the reality of her previous novels. I felt confused by the whole idea of Isobel, ie. was she real or was she a fairy? I also felt that the character of Emma was so irritating, but I warmed to her by the end of the book. I would still recommend reading this book to others, though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 July 2008
I usually like Carole Matthews and especially like her chocolate lovers ones. I have to say I was disapponted with this, I thought the story was ridiculous and the parts that were supposed to be funny, eg the stuck in the box part, were just so unfunny they didnt even make me smile. I did think about giving up several times but persevered with it and now I've finished it I'm not sure why I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 Aug 2008
Wow not what i expected at all!!!!! however i kept on reading and was well rewarded!! a real escapism read which really has a feel good touch to it!!! i've recomended it to all my friends already!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rom com I've read in a long time 30 April 2009
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is probably one of Carole Matthews best yet.

The magicial element I admit is a bit out there, but stick with it. This book had me laughing out loud in a number of places. I've read countless rom com books, there are my favourite type of books to relax with, however so much of them are the same. But this book is different, I welcome the magic with its unusual twist.

For me, this book is up there with the rom com greats such as bridget jones diary and sophie kinsella domestic goddess... I've you like these books then I recommend you read this one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 18 days ago by Kay Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A very good and funny story , I found I could not put it down , would highly recommend to my friends
Published 21 days ago by polly56
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic as
It's by Carole Matthews, fantastic as usual
Published 23 days ago by Rachel Ashby
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly enjoyable
Towards the end, main character Leo says the events make a "bizarre story". Those word sum up this storyline very well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Talbot
4.0 out of 5 stars Frothy fun.
Great escapist beach read. A fun book with a magical twist. Easy feel good romantic reading with a happy ending great.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. D. E. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with very diffurent type of story
Well I did not expect this from Carole Matthews, but it was a very interesting story. I did enjoy it,
Published 5 months ago by sheila
1.0 out of 5 stars poor
usually love Carole Mathews books, but this one is very odd indeed
its not a magical fairy storey, just and adult book with a full size fairy with a wand stuck in it that is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by carol
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed
I have read many of Matthews novel's so was sure I would love this one. I'm not sure when it was first published but I'm hoping that it was early on in her career as the writing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shani Lannen
3.0 out of 5 stars different kind of magic
Carol is one of my favourite authors but, I jiust couldn't read
More than a few chapters mainly because I didn't like the
Characters and wasn't interested to find out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A. Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Excellent book as are all the others of Carole Matthews I have read. Good story and will be ordering the rest.
Published 8 months ago by KP
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