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Love and Devotion [Kindle Edition]

Erica James
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"A terrific tearjerker... Humorous and sensitive" (BELLA, 19 October)

"Erica James will have you smiling through your tears... and in Will Hart, James has created the romantic hero every woman dreams of." (NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST, 16 October)

"Brilliant." (PRIZES Magazine, October)

"Erica James is a great storyteller -- a really enjoyable read." (WOMAN'S WEEKLY FICTION SPECIAL, Nov/Dec issue)

"Erica James writes easily and fluently. This time she has tackled trickier subjects with grace and style." (NORTHERN ECHO, 4 January 05)

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Erica James at her best - 'A very moving novel about life, families and love' Sunday Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 966 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (23 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WQE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 thirteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, It's the Little Things, Erica now divides her time between Cheshire and Lake Como in Italy, where she now strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THE BOOK - DEVOTED TO THE AUTHOR! 8 May 2005
Format:Paperback
As a devoted follower of Erica James, it came as no surprise to me that I enjoyed this, her latest book, Love and Devotion.
I think it is probably her best work so far. Harriet Swift (single with not a maternal bone in her body) promises her sister
that should anything happen to her, she will take on the responsibility of her children. A promise a lot of us must have made at some time, never thinking the promise would ever have to be kept. When Harriet's sister and brother-in-law are killed in a road accident, Harriet - who had everything in her life just the way she wanted it: great job, own flat to which she could escape and enjoy her own company,and a blossoming new relationship, in the blink of an eye she finds herself living back home with her parents and caring for her sister's two small and bewildered children. How she copes with learning to become mother to these two orphans makes for a warmhearted and thought-provoking read. She meets Will, divorced antiques dealer with two teenage daughters, who also thinks he has his life sorted. Until tragedy strikes in his life. Erica James deals with the subject of bereavement and its effect on a whole family with a sensitive and humorous pen. Liken the death of one woman to throwing a pebble into a pool and see the ripples spread. A facinating insight into human relationships with believable characters. I particularly liked the 'script' given to Will by the author. When you read about a fictional character you'd really like to meet, you know the author has talent! I thoroughly recommend this book for an unputdownable read!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great read from Erica James 29 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
I've read all the Erica James novels and i've yet to be disappointed. There are all fairly similar love stories, but they are written so well and the characters are easy to relate to, each one is treat! Although the book reaches its inevitable conclusion, there are a couple of twist and turns along the way. A great book to read curled up in front of the fire with a glass of red wine, or a fab holiday read. Fans of Erica James won't be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well- rounded story 4 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
Excellent story, very well constructed and with Erica James' usual superb writing style. I really enjoyed the book and can thoroughly recommend it as a compelling read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars darker than normal 9 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is darker than most of this author's books, but otherwise is very much of a style and standard that her regular readers would expect. Her powers of acute observation and perception are very much in evidence and she has created real and believable characters. Anyone who has had contact with a primary school and/or school gate environment will find her school scenes delightfully apt.

I spotted the twist a mile away; not hard to do if you've read some of her books. I wonder if this was deliberate as she's too talented a writer to have lapsed into such formulaic writing by accident.

Negative things that I could say are few, but as always, I found her description of the sex scenes pathetic - she should stop at the bedroom door if she can't avoid such trite prose. Unless of course it's supposed to be funny - in which case it doesn't quite manage it. Another thing I didn't like was that I found Harriet's lack of decision over her lovers just too unbelievable - actually very believable up to a point but then when things had been sorted out and explained, her turnaround was just out of character - it's almost as if Erica herself had tired of this aspect of the plot and just wanted to finish it somehow.

Other than the above it's an enjoyable read and a page turner, although not a feel good book.

The premise is simple - Harriet, a single woman in her early thirties, has to drop everything and work her life around her dead sister's children. The novel, of course, is essentially about how she adapts, but it's about so much more - her sister's death has touched many lives and many people have to adjust. The lives of neighbours, old and new, are also interweaved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic - could not put it down!! 18 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
Well what can I say...if it wasn't for having to revise for an exam while reading this book I would have happily read it all at once. The first Erica James I have read but if this one is anything to go by I'll be reading them all. Made me laugh and cry, an emotional rollercoaster but definitely worth it. A must for all romantics out there!! A++++++++++++++
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended! 12 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I do highly recommend this book!

The two central characters are Harriet, a young computer programmer and Will, a middle-aged divorced ex-lawyer. Both their lifes are deeply affected by unexpected and tragic events.

When facing tragic events we have to basic choices: to surrender to despair or make it become an opportunity for improvement and growth.

With insight and skill, the book deals with how the two protagonists and their relatives cope with these dramatic situations and how these become the starting point of a healing process that will turn them into better people and deepen their understanding of themselves and of the others.

I really liked this book: the story is well written and gripping, the characters highly credible. I just found the ending when everything fits into place a bit disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
A bit slow to star but once into the characters a great book well written true to life a really enjoyable heart tugging book.
Published 4 days ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by M. Coakley
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I found myself skim reading this book to get to the end. The plot was thin and unbelievable. The characters were not v likeable. A disappointment.
Published 4 months ago by C. Fergie
5.0 out of 5 stars love and devotion
another wxcellent book from erica james cannot put her books down once i start reading one
feel like i know the characters in her books
Published 5 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Devotion
Superb story, just loved it, just as good as all of her other books I have read, would recommend it
Published 5 months ago by Rosalyn_Keyford_Hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Written with care and understanding of very difficult situations. Could not stop reading it because it was very compelling. Would highly recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by christine y
5.0 out of 5 stars smashing read
Erica james is a good author of romantic comedies lovable characters and nice locations would highly recommend this author great
Published 7 months ago by cleopatra
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Devotion
This is an excellent book - Erica James' descriptive writing never fails to please. I have recommended it to a friend/
Published 7 months ago by Stella Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and devotion.
Read most of Erica James's books and I am sure this one will be just as good. Looking forward to a good read. Guaranteed.
Published 9 months ago by Walker/Rambler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard
I was disappointed with this book. It started very slow and I did have to check if Erica James was the author . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Edwards
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