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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409103331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103332
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veronica Henry began her career as a secretary on 'The Archers' before turning her hand to scriptwriting. She has written for some of our best loved television dramas, including Heartbeat and Holby City. She writes escapist fiction with an edge - her most recent book is The Beach Hut Next Door - a sequel to The Beach Hut. A Night on the Orient Express won Romantic Novel of the Year in 2014. She had also written a Quick Read, called A Sea Change. Her thirteenth novel will be High Tide, published in September 2015 - prepare to be swept away!!

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This compelling and romantic novel is a real winter warmer. (CLOSER)

Veronica Henry is easy to read. Her sentences flow across the page and her technique is impressive. The book is first-class chick-lit and a great beach read (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

A great summer read - perfect for lazy afternoons (ESSENTIALS)

A delightful journey that I was very sorry to see end. (BOOKWORM INK BLOG)

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How far would you go for love: a white lie, a small deceit, full-scale fraud...?

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JM VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2012
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I LOVED this book. Veronica Henry was one of my favourite authors when chicklit was my primary genre, but over the last few years I have switched to crime. However when I saw this book I thought I would have a change and a bit of light hearted relief. And what a good decision, this is a wonderful read.
It's not silly or farcical as a lot of chicklit is, this is simply a heartwarming story as is typical of the author, laced withb fabulous characters. The main character is Charlotte, happily married until her husband is arrested for fraud. Following the resulting scandal, she flees and takes refuge in a remote Exmoor village. There she meets celebrity artist Sebastian and his wife Catkin, desperate to make it big in television, stonemason Fitch and his devious and selfish wife Hayley, and divorcee Penny, who is bored with being on her own, largely ignored by her teenage children.
The cast is so well portrayed that the characters become almost real and the only disappointing thing about this book is that when you finish it you have to leave them all behind. It's a lovely read and one I highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By loubeetle on 1 Mar. 2012
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I found this in a charity shop and was looking for a good light hearted read while having a few days off. I really enjoyed it. It was a really feel good book, not your usual boy meets girl rubbish, when the ending came I was not ready for it. This book could easily have a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2014
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This is one of the earlier novels by Veronica Henry and is a real good read and a great indication of how good this author's work is. And whilst they are women's fiction novels which are dominated by women Henry actually manages to create male characters that are just as strong as the female ones.

In this novel we meet Charlotte a woman who has worked hard and plays hard, she wants just one thing and it is evading her and her husband Ed. When Ed's action result in a visit from the police, Charlotte's world is suddenly changed and she retreats to Withybrook on the wilds of Exmoor.

In Withybrook Sebastian has made his name as an artist, but doesn't seem to have the next painting in him. Perhaps he is just looking for his muse? His wife, Caitlin is trying to do everything to keep Sebastian in the limelight whilst forging her own career in television, trouble is she has no real friends and Sebastian seems to be becoming more of a local and this is not going to please Caitlin.

Penny is divorced and finding herself again, her teenage children are not interested in being part of a family and she is rather smitten with a local. Will her life change?

Hayley is a local girl from a local family who has ambitions beyond Withybrook. She thinks of nothing of leaving behind her two beautiful daughters and her husband Fitch to pursue something unreachable.

All these characters obviously interact and the setting of Withybrook bring a community feel to this book. The beauty of the writing is you can feel and let the characters get under your skin. Charlotte's reaction to her husband actions made me think what I would do and actually upon reflection was it the right course of action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gargett on 27 Mar. 2012
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A good offering of chick lit! Can't really go wrong with this one! Easy to read with a fast enough paced story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phoebe loves books on 7 Nov. 2013
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Four pairs of characters all involved in the marriage game. What is forgivable and what is not? Is fraud and deceit on a grand scale forgivable? Is infidelity forgivable? What about trust? Who should be trusted and what if that trust has been broken? There's one character indigenous to the village of Withybrook and all the others are "incomers" - running away, starting new lives, trying to win in the game of life. It's a good read with cleverly drawn characters from different walks of life, interacting with each other in the microcosm of a remote village. Their reasons for behaving as they do are believable. It reads easily and holds the attention throughout. A very enjoyable novel.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2012
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Marriage and Other Games is the fourth stand-alone novel by English author Veronica Henry. Sebastian Turner, bad boy of the British art scene, in the throes of artistic block, under pressure from his wife, TV's "agony sister" Catkin Turner, to produce work to maintain their image, is holed up in his family home, Withybrook House, drinking the local pub dry. Charlotte Briggs, home renovator for the rich and famous, finds herself suddenly homeless, jobless, and friendless when her husband Ed embezzles the funds from a charity fund raiser and lands in jail. Gussie, the only friend who has stuck by her, suggests she renovate a family cottage in the Exmoor village of Withybrook. Local Withybrook stonemason, Fitch fears for his marriage to Hayley, the beautiful daughter of the oldest Withybrook family, the Politmores, when she takes up with the obscenely rich ex-boxer and thug, Kirk Lambert, citing a need to escape, but Fitch is determined to save his young daughters, Jade and Amber, from their mother's excesses. Penny Silver, divorced mother of teenaged Tom and Megan and GP in a nearby village, hopes to find someone to share her life after Bill. What do these four rather different people have in common? Veronica Henry throws this unlikely crew together in a remote village and lets the chips fall where they may. This novel has an original plot with quite a few twists and completely unpredictable outcomes. Henry crafts her characters carefully, with enough detail to give even some of the lesser characters depth and complexity. The dialogue is authentic and the village atmosphere is well conveyed. This is probably Henry's best yet.
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