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Life Skills Paperback – 4 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books; New Ed edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009928023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099280231
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. Her website address is www.katiefforde.com

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Julia's learning some lessons in love. A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Geraghty on 26 July 2011
Format: Paperback
After reading Wedding season by Katie Fforde, which I really enjoyed I thought I would try some of her other books. But this is nowhere near as good as what Wedding Season was. For the first few chapters I was hooked on the book and I did want to keep reading it but nine months later and still only a hundred or so pages in, I really can't be bothered to pick it up (hence why it has took me so long to read so little) The story line doesn't seem to be changing it seems to be the same thing day in, day out with the main character Julia. The characters and plot are boring and I can't see myself picking this up and trying to read it again in the future. The only reason I gave it the extra star to make it 2 is because the beginning was good but the rest is definitely only worth 1 star. I would recommend any of Jill Mansell's novels over this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn M on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book extremely dull. None of the characters were particularly interesting and the story plodded on rather predictably and seemed unrealistical to me. It was also not an interesting story line. I stuck with it to the end regardless but unfortunately the book did not get any better. I do not recommend this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on 25 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book follows the usual Katie ground of (normally thirty something) heroine having a life change for one reason or the other and breaking new ground and like all her books is a pleasant read but, and this is a big but, there is one major problem in this book for me - that Julia's life change to working on the canal boat is prompted by a male junior being promoted over her and given charge of the department she's created, which is just about as open and shut a case of blatent sexual discrimination as you can get. So instead of flouncing out and handing in her resignation why doesn't she threaten to sue her boss? As it stands it just wasn't credible, even if she was unloading an unwanted fiance at the same time. Also not credible is her not being able to drive when she works for a country estate agent - it's an essential requirement for the job and it honestly isn't likely thaat she'd be relying on taxis. otherwise this was a pleasant enough read, though i did find Julia generally a bit irritating and wondered why Fergus put up with her. Living Dangerously and Wild Designs are still Katie's best - if you haven't read them yet, do it now.
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Format: Kindle Edition
When I first read this I really enjoyed it but I recently read it again it was rather predictable and followed a cliché formulaic script that made me think "meh"

So you have a 30-something, unsure, confused and Bored-with-Life Heroine. Many of us have experienced this (men and women) - suffering the inertia, the routine, the Predictability of Becoming Middle Aged Bourgeois. And hence an interesting premise so far. Julia understandably wants something More Out Of Life than just being nicely engaged to a Mummy's boy.
Thus we join her in her journey to jazz up her future and

Think of that bestseller - Eat, Pray, Love with a tiny bit of Bridget Jones.

Then you have some drama that's attached to the Fiancée and his mother - that attempts to be funny, but is only mildly amusing. Meh

Along comes the Tall, Dark, Handsome well-to-do manly Hero who Sweeps Heroine Off Her Feet.

A bit more Drama. The End.

Not a bad book - but on reflection rather too predictable and formulaic. I think the bit with the fiancé was just too cliché and Benn-There-Done-That.
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By V. Woolley on 26 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm not entirely sure what's happened to afforded as of late... All I know is that I had high expectations when I picked up the book and was sorely disappointed.

The story is predictable, but that wasn't what bothered me. The problem lay in the dull and superficial characters, there was no sense of realism or depth. There was no chemistry, no development, nothing... All in all it was a "once upon a time, there was a man, a woman, and they lived happily ever after. The end."

Literally, that's it.

The dismal plot and characters aside, the presence of basic typing errors also served to annoy me, the persistent use of "think" instead of "thing" in sentences was frustrating. It would have been acceptable if it was how the character spoke but these typos weren't even in conversation or during a thought process!

Overall, disappointing work. Would not suggest reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smurfy on 6 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're reading a lightweight `30-something woman doesn't know where she's going in life' novel, you generally know what to expect. The plots are usually predictable, and not what keeps you interested; it's how the author and the characters get to the inevitable ending that counts. Judy Astley is a great example of an author who knows how to turn a predictable plot into a charming read through strong characterisation and sharp dialogue. On the evidence of Life Skills, Katie Fforde isn't. From the first page the reader can see what will happen on the last, and none of the characters or situations are interesting enough to make you care what happens in between. Realism also appears to be sadly absent from the book too. Lead character Julia begins the book as a country estate agent - yet cannot drive. A recurring theme is the truth behind why Julia was sacked, but the real mystery seems to be how she got the job in the first place. Unfortunately by the time everything is tied up in a neat little package in the end, one crucial element to any novel - the reader's interest - has long since evaporated.
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