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It's The Little Things [Kindle Edition]

Erica James
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A gripping novel about how friendships survive the best and worst of times from the bestselling author of SUMMER AT THE LAKE.



Dan and Sally Oliver and their friend Chloe Hennessey are lucky to be alive. Three years on, after surviving one of the world's biggest natural disasters - the Boxing Day tsunami - their lives have changed dramatically.



Dan and Sally are now parents. Dan is enjoying being a stay-at-home father taking care of their young son, and Sally is the breadwinner and loves her job as a partner in a Manchester law firm. The arrangement has so far worked well, but when Dan starts to question whether Sally has got her priorities right, the cracks in their marriage begin to appear.



Dan and Sally have everything Chloe wishes for in life - a happy marriage and a beautiful child. Dumped by her long-term boyfriend just weeks after the tsunami, she's been on a mission ever since to find the perfect father for the child she craves. When she meets Seth Hawthorne, she thinks she may have hit the jackpot. But is Seth the man she thinks he is?



IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS is a moving, compelling story of how a life can change in a heartbeat.


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I did enjoy this book and by the time I was half-way through it I really couldn't put it down. It's a thoughtful look at how the big events in life threaten to drown us, but it's those little things which cause all the problems. The characters are people you can warm to...It is definitely recommended (WWW.THEBOOKBAG.CO.UK)

A captivating novel of love, deception and misunderstanding. (WOMAN & HOME)

Three friends - Dan, his wife Sally, and her best friend, Chloe - struggle to come to terms with the devastating effects on them of the Boxing Day Tsunami...How the three battle to cope with heartache and major decisions is tenderly and thoughtfully told in this touching tale (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

Erica James is a clever writer who quickly gets the reader enthralled by her characters and so involved in their lives that you will find it hard not to keep those pages turning...f you are going on holiday you must pack this in your suitcase (WELSH COUNTRY MAGAZINE)

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A gripping novel about how friendships survive the best and worst of times from the bestselling author of TELL IT TO THE SKIES.

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With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed reading the novels written by Erica James since her first one `A Breath of Fresh Air' was published in 1996. With the exception of a couple (Gardens of Delight and Hidden Talents) that are still sitting on my bookshelf, plus Love and Devotion which I still have not obtained a copy of, I have now read all her novels. I regard her work as a thoroughly good read where you can immerse yourself in the story, not great literature but so much better than some of the novels regarded as `chick lit' or `romantic women's fiction'.

It was interesting to read at the end of the novel Erica James notes as to why she had written this novel. Her starting point was the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 an event she herself witnessed and survived. She always felt that one day she would use this experience in one of her novels, not writing about the actual event but a story of how lives could be changed as the result of surviving such an ordeal.

I think she has succeeded and written a very readable novel around this theme.
In her words "We humans have an incredible ability for surviving the seemingly insurmountable, but it's always the little things - the daily irritations of every day life - that prove more challenging"
It is three years since four friends, Dan and Sally Oliver, Chloe Hennessey and her boyfriend Paul survived the Boxing Day Tsunami. We catch up with the lives they are now all living in the countryside not far from Manchester, Sally a successful Lawyer in Manchester, Dan a stay at home father and Chloe a local GP. Dan and Sally appear to have a happy marriage and a child, two major things Chloe lacks and desires in her life having broken up with her boyfriend Paul.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Easy Read 21 Mar. 2009
Format:Hardcover
Again another enjoyable Erica James novel. A book that could be written as though it is part of your own life story given the goings on...

I couldn't put the book down and found it a good story. It didn't quite reach 5 stars for me as there was too much predictability with the outcomes and it was rushed in some places.

Still, if you want a good summer read - then you wouldn't go wrong with this.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 Mar. 2009
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The new Erica James book introduces us to Dan and Sally and Chloe and her ex Paul. After surviving the Tsunami, their lives are altered and they go back home to start afresh. Chloe splits up with Paul and is finding her job as GP in her village is not enough until she meets Seth Hawthorne, who she thinks can give her everyhting she wants. Sally and Dan have their son Marcus to consider and with Dan working from home and Sally being the breadwinner it doesnt take long for things to start going awry. Their lives become complicated and before long everything that can go wrong does go wrong. As usual it is written really well and makes for an enjoyable and realistic read. Erica James rarely dissapoints and although this book was good I felt the ending was too hurried.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable enjoyment 30 Dec. 2009
Format:Hardcover
I haven't read an Erica James novel that I haven't enjoyed and this was no exception, but it's weak when compared with the wonderful "Tell it to the Skies" and "Paradise House".

It's essentially about 4 survivors of the Boxing Day Tsunami, and the paths their lives have taken, the focus being on their relationships with their partners.

All the usual ingredients are there - interesting characters who make the reader care, superb observation of human nature with a healthy dollop of humour. Yet it doesn't seem to gell as well as her other books. The novel has a "clunky" feel and is just a little contrived. She lays the usual false trails but in this book it's so obvious that she's doing so and too easy to predict the outcomes, so much so that it's almost laughable. Several times in the book she clumsily ties the title in with the book's content, and claims it's the little things that matter. Some subtlety there wouldn't have gone amiss.

Having said all that, I wouldn't like to put anyone off reading it. It's well worth a go. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erica at her best 20 Aug. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If,as I am,you are a big fan of Erica James,then you won't be disappointed.This story has heartbreaking and uplifting moments by the bucket load. You get involved with the characters very easily and once you start to read,you won't want to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 12 Sept. 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am a big fan of Erica James and have read all of her novels thus far. Am a bit behind in reading this one. I love her style of writing, as she always gets you so absorbed with all of her characters that you usually end up either loving or hating them for all the right reasons!!!

I could not put this book down and found myself reading into the small hours on many occasions, wanting more.

I will not spoil the plot in any way, but I all I will say is that in another life, I hope I have the pleasure in meeting the gorgeous Seth Hawthorne!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood book 14 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Not having read an Erica James novel for a few years it was a pleasant surprise to pick this up just wanting a light, holiday read and that's exactly what I got. It starts off a bit slowly and the writing isn't great (ie don't read if you prefer more literary fare becasue this isn't) but it soon develops into something unputdownable. Not gripping but you are left wanting to know what's going to happen to the characters, some of whom are perfectly hideous and some who as another reviewer said, need a good shake.
The setting of a country village in Cheshire sounds lovely and idyllic, the story progresses at the pace necessary to keep you reading and although many of the 'twists' can quite honestly be seen for miles, they do not detract from what is essentially a good read and a better standard of 'chick lit' than is around lately.
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