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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857383248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857383242
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write contemporary fiction with humour and compassion. Nothing makes me happier than when a reader tells me my book made them both laugh and cry. I enjoy writing about love and romance and my books always have the feel good factor, but I also like to take the reader to a darker place where my characters have to overcome adversity. I think this is partly due to my own life experience of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which I wrote about in my memoir, A WILL TO WIN, now republished as ANOTHER ALICE.

I have written four novels for Quercus. MONDAY TO FRIDAY MAN is set in the dog walking world of Ravenscourt Park, inspired by my best furry buddy, Darcy. MTFM knocked 50 SHADES OF GREY off the Kindle No. 1 spot and has sold across all editions 500,000 copies. TEN YEARS ON and BY MY SIDE followed. My most recent novel, ONE STEP CLOSER TO YOU, won the Festival of Romance BEST ROMANTIC READ 2014.


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'This book is so easy to relate to, I found myself laughing often' Chicklit Club.

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He proposed. She accepted. He changed his mind. She was heartbroken. Gilly Brown now finds herself alone in London with only her little dog Ruskin for company. It's time to move on. On a friend's advice, she looks for a lodger, a Monday to Friday one, and eventually finds just the right man - Jack Baker, a handsome reality television producer. The extra cash is great, but she'd be lying if she said she didn't enjoy his company too. Friends and family see Jack as the perfect tonic for Gilly, except for Guy, the newest recruit in her dog-walking group. What does he see and why does he feel it so strongly? What exactly does Jack get up to at the weekends?


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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By DizzyChick on 3 Sept. 2011
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This book was a joy to read. It had sad and funny parts all mixed together, but the story line was so good you wanted to get to the end, if only to see what happens to GIlly, the dogs and the rest of the characters.

Well worth the time and money. Will be buying more of this author in the future.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Parr on 9 Aug. 2011
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I've just returned from my summer holiday and this was a book that I picked up specifically to enjoy whilst away, It hit exactly the right spot, I found it thoroughly engaging, light enough to be able to dip in and out of (if I hadn't had my children with me I would have read it in one fell swoop) but together with this there is real depth to the story, great characterization and I found it more meaningful than many books of this 'type'. Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2012
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My first thoughts after finishing this book is I cannot believe it has taken me this long to finally read this beautiful book. From the moment we meet our main character Gilly (with a G!) I instantly warmed to her. Her character is very down to earth and like most people she has been through her fair share of heartache, her character comes across as very vulnerable but yet she seems to have a lovely sense of humour. I also loved the character of Guy who felt a little eccentric but yet a pure gentleman.

I am not a big fan of books which have lots of characters in as I find myself starting to lose track of who is who, but this was not the case in this book there were a lot of characters but each of the characters are developed well enough to be able to differentiate between each character. For me the beauty of this book is the fact that Peterson has managed to wind a story of Gilly's background into her current story which allows us the chance to get to know a little more about Gilly's past.

The storyline has everything you would need in a great read, humour, romance, loveable characters, suspense and the good old tear jerker scenario.

The pace of this book and also the realistic storyline made this book a real page turner and I for one will be looking forward to her new book which is due for release this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2013
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With an intriguing title and inexpensive to download, 'Monday to Friday Man' could have been simply an easy read, quickly forgotten, but I really enjoyed it. Well written, it is often funny and sometimes heartbreakingly sad.

Jilted just two weeks before her wedding, Gilly feels life is passing her by and contemplates running away to live in the country. Wisdom from an unexpected source makes her rethink her plans. Loved by her fractured family and supported by her dog-walking friends and neighbours, Gilly rebuilds her life, two steps forward, one step back. Can she ever follow her dreams and find true happiness?

A great story that has me wondering how Gilly is getting on even now, days after I finished reading about her.

My favourite quotation from this book is:

"Her memory is like a pebble in my shoe. There are some days when I know it's there but I can live with it. Other times it's so sharp that it digs and cuts into my skin, my foot bleeds and I can't walk on. I have to stop because I'm crying unexpectedly."

I know that I have felt that pebble!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie on 30 Jan. 2014
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At first I thought this was just going to be your typical froth. And okay, yeah, it kind of was. The plot revolves around Gilly; a woman who was five minutes shy of being jilted at the altar and has been unlucky in love ever since. Her grand idea, put forward through advice guru and estate agent Robert, is to get a lodger - more specifically a Monday to Friday man.

So the plot thickens when attractive and high flying Jack answers her advert. Gilly's dog walking circle are at first ecstatic but as they find out more about Jack (or more to the point, less) they start to become less sure...including hat wearing Guy, who is kind, a good (good) friend and...oops, engaged.

You can see where this will go and it isn't so much the destination as the journey which earned Monday to Friday Man such a high rating. The way the author pulls all the strings together, adding in a sub-plot about Gilly's disabled sister, who died aged three, comes off both as lightweight and dramatic, in alternating forms. And there is something of a hot cup of tea and a cosy blanket about this, a comforter for the winter as opposed to a literary epiphany. Put bluntly; this will not win any Booker Prizes any time soon, but it fulfils the purpose of creating a light, feel good read which I got through in just two sittings.

For that reason I can recommend this novel for those who want to escape without having to look beyond a world painted with a rose tint. Which, let's face it, don't we all sometimes?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Sept. 2012
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The book instantly engages the reader from the first page, through the use of short punchy sentences we are instantly feeling uneasy, like we're missing something and we must find out what, we already are hooked, but who is this man? What has he done to her that she cannot bear to see him? And why can't he look her in the eye? Already I wanted to know more. Monday to Friday Man has funny periods throughout, some of the situations that different characters find themselves in are laugh out loud funny, some are cringeworty and some can rbing a tear to your eye, I found myself relating to some of her experiences myself, another way in which the book has engaged me. The characters are good, with many different kinds of people being being introduced, some are developed more than others and these characters are fantastic. The story is good and easy to follow and didn't take a long time to read which sometimes I find is a good thing. As well as humour and romance the book also held a back story which tugged at my heartstrings, and I found myself shedding a tear or two, this delicate subject was written so well and so carefully.

Overall I found this book engaging, entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will look out for this author in the future as I hope to read more of her work.
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