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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099564637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099564638
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an emotional read about likeable people and I raced through it ... a fascinating meditation on change and the importance of taking responsibility for one's happiness." (Daily Mail)

"The author deals with gritty issues in a fun, light-hearted writing style that makes her books such a pleasure to read" (Sun)

"The author deals with gritty issues on a fun, light-hearted writing style that makes her books always such a pleasure to read" (Sun)

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A fabulous novel of love and New Year parties from the bestselling author of All I Want for Christmas

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
At this time of year you only have to walk into a bookshop to see the abundance of Christmas books that are released during the build up to Christmas and so what first struck me about One Minute to Midnight is that this is a book about New Year. New Year is a time that tends to be overshadowed by the excitement for Christmas something that's also apparent in the book industry. And so reading a book about New Year and the new beginning's that come along with it was a very welcome breath of fresh air.

First things first I have to say don't be fooled by this book's beautiful- but undeniably girly- cover. This isn't your typical chick-lit read. One Minute to Midnight is a realistic, hard-hitting, tug on your heartstrings novel that covers topics such as domestic violence, grief and death and is about a group of less than perfect friends and their complex relationships with one another.

Our leading lady is Nicole and straight away I found her fascinating to read about. She's smart, feisty and is a woman with a past. There are a lot of skeletons in Nic's closet and secrets that not only is she keeping from her husband Dom but us readers too. The book alternates from the present build up to New Year to the New Year's Eve's of Nicole's past beginning in 1990 when Nicole is thirteen and spends her first New Year's Eve with Julian Symonds unbeknownst to them starting a tradition and friendship that will see them through many New Years to come. With the book being told on the same day each year One Minute to Midnight had a certain One Day feel about it which I loved especially as it gives you the feeling that you really know these characters that you've watched them grow up.

I found the characters in this book to be so well developed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2011
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I am beginning to think the run up to Christmas can not begin without an Amy Silver book. I really had forgotten how much I love a good chick lit book and I was definitely in need of this one. What I love most about Amy Silver's books is that the characters and situations they are in are believable and real. It isn't all marshmallows around the fire with this author, oh no, she writes a book that hits you hard and leaves you breathless and near to tears in certain parts. Her books are about real people with real problems.

This story unravels over the period between Boxing Day and New Years Day, with reflections on past New Years events throughout Nicole's life. The reflections are really revealing, allowing you to judge Nicole's state of mind on the present lead up to New Year.

From the first few pages, you are convinced that Nicole is keeping secrets from us, which are unravelled like Christmas presents as the story progresses. Even though she is keeping secrets, you find yourself staying right by her side, hoping that everything will work itself out for her, as you find out why she is really in the situation she is. All the characters were believable and I felt like I had stepped into a book where I knew everyone from the start. I was the absent friend who only supported them via email as I couldn't be there physically. I was desperate for each of them to find true happiness, even though they had aired their imperfections. I came away loving Aidan, Julian and Karl,wishing they were in my life for real. The characters stay with you long after you finish reading the book.

The ending took me by surprise as it wasn't the one I was convinced it would be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gooderham on 30 Nov. 2011
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Really enjoyed this book, I could not put it down.

It starts on Boxing day 2011 with Nicola and her husband Dom. We then go back to New Years Eve 1990. This is where the story really starts to take shape. Nicola and her family are having a house party where things take a turn for the worse. The story jumps back to 2011 and then back to a couple of years after 1990. This the whole time is build the story up to where Nicola is in her life now. She has fallen out with her best friend Alex, her marriage is not in a very good way with Dom, Aiden the love of her life wants her to go work for him and she has to deal with the fact that her father has cancer.

The way this book is written between the years works so well and you just want to know what is going to hapen next. Highly recommended book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Though the sparkly pretty cover of this book just screams out `chick-lit' it was actually a much more intense read than I'd expected with some very topical issues covered therein. There's also a wonderful quality about the way this novel is written which makes you feel that you are actually growing up alongside the characters- particularly as it is recounted in diary flashbacks between the noughties and the nineties. It has a lovely nostalgic feel to it in places- especially with some of the music and clothing references that I really appreciated.

This is the story of friendships, love and New Year Eve. It revolves around the main character of Nicole, flitting between the present and diary recaps from over a decade ago and her friendship with Julian, who is the centre of every party and also the centre of her world. Life has its ups and downs and nothing stays the same, but as this New Year approaches, Nicole resolves to make it better than ever...

Whilst I certainly enjoyed this story, I never really got as fully absorbed in it the way I'd hoped to. I think this is probably because I didn't really like Nicole very much as a person and sometimes found some of her actions questionable and a bit deceptive. If you don't really like the main protagonist it's sometimes difficult to get fully involved in their lives. Also, some of the chapters just didn't seem long enough in certain bits and felt a little bit glossed over when I would have perhaps liked to have been given a bit more detail about people's attitudes and feelings to events. That comes down to personal preference though and I did like the majority of secondary characters and their dynamics for the most part.

Recommended if you enjoy contemporary romance with themes of redemption, guilt and forgiveness. I would read more by this author in future.
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