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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (17 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752858831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752858838
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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"[A] romantic, inventive, and riveting read. James at her best." (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

"Genuinely heartwarming. Very funny and the characters really come alive." (LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO)

"This is Erica James at her best... a wonderful read." (OUR TIME MAGAZINE (August 2004))

"Sparkling warm humour, sharply observed characters and engaging storytelling." (BLACKPOOL GAZETTE, 29 June)

Novel of The Week: "Long, light novel makes ideal summer reading" (BURY FREE PRESS, 27 August)

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Another blockbuster from bestseller Erica James - set beside the sea in idyllic Pembrokeshire.

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When Genevieve Baxter was eleven years old, her family played a trick on her father; they organised a surprise fortieth birthday party for him. Read the first page
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on 21 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in 2 days, not because it was short (it wasn't) but because I could not put it down. The characters were three-dimensional, and I really cared what happened to all of them. Moreover, Erica James dealt with the difficult subject of disability (deafness and dyslexia) in such a sensitive manner, creating a real empathy with the main characters, enabling us to see beyond a disability to the person within. Where some less talented authors would pigeonhole and create a character around a disability, she rises above this, and gives us a perspective that we take out into our everyday lives. She did much the same in 'A Sense of Belonging' when one of the characters, Josh, suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. I actually started donating to the MS Society after reading that book directly as a result of the insight she gave me into the condition.
But enough of that, as it isn't the main thrust of the book. The location is described in such a vivid manner that you feel you are reading the book there. The interplay of characters is very real, and varied, and you find that the pages keep turning because when it comes to a choice of carrying on reading or getting some sleep, NOT finding out what happens next is worse than the alarm ringing two hours after you dragged yourself away from the book. And I speak from experience.
I recommend this book to everyone who has read her other work, and to most people who haven't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LindyLouMac on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Yes, a soppy romance, which maybe at my age I should have grown out of? No I still sometimes like to read a novel that I do not have to think about at all, but just relax and enjoy.

This is another book that hops from one time to another. I seem to have read a few using this technique recently, so supposedly the authors feel it is a good way of filling us in.

This is a pleasant summer read, all the action takes place in the traditional seaside resort of Angel Sands. in the present Genevieve(early 30's)is running her parents B and B 'Paradise House' and the flash backs are to her teen years and 'first love'. Of course things went wrong then and by coincidence the 'first love' walks back into her life.

Soppy yes but still worth reading if it is the sort of book that normally appeals to you.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Hibbard on 6 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I recently read this book while on vacation, and it was the perfect way to relax! The story was compeling and the characters funny and believable! I especially loved the way Ms. James moved back and forth from past to present, to help us understand the characters connections! I have read just about every book by this author, and am NEVER disappointed! Can't wait for the next! Well done Ms. James!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Em on 2 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
'Paradise House' is a story about English village life, this book goes through the emotions of humour and sadness and also chucks in a bit of romance, this book draws you into the lives of the characters and shows the humour of a typical dysfunctional family. 'Paradise House' is very entertaining to read with a realistic insight into love's disappointments and triumphs. Well worth a read for people of any age who enjoy a good romance novel with humour.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on 4 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Im not very good at reviewing books I can never seem to convey how I feel in a proper way but here goes... I have read all of Erica James's previous books and I love her work and this book is no exception. I loved every word, it made me laugh and cry. I truly did not want this book to end, it keeps you guessing until the end. I recommended this book to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CORGI on 1 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very readable, well up to her usual standard. Looking forward to Eric's James' next novel. Recommend these to all who like a good story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 15 Aug. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this novel and read it very quickly. Basically story of Genevieve who falls for Christian, her first love, when she is a teenager but he breaks her heart by betraying her with her best friend. Years later, she is reunited with him when he arrives in Angel Sands, her home town, to renovate a barn. Do you ever get over your first love? The book primarily centres on this but also has subplots involving Genevieve's family; namely her 2 sisters and parents. This is a book about love and what it means to be loved. It is about how families can sometimes be pulled apart from circumstances and the pressures of family life but how they are there for each other in the difficult times.

This was a light, feelgood read and the writing flowed well. I would recommend this as a holiday read or just for pure escapism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hazel David on 4 July 2014
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This was a Very disappointing end expected more from this author cannot say I enjoyed this at all hope the next one isn't this bad
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