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Perfect Strangers [Hardcover]

Robyn Sisman
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2 July 1998
When Suze and Lloyd swap jobs and flats, for the summer, there seems no reason for them to ever have more than the most cursory of conversations together. Until Suze uncovers a plot to oust Lloyd from the firm.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (2 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718143264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718143268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robyn Sisman was born in Los Angeles, but lived in Illinois, Geneva, Oxford and Munich as a child. She worked as an au pair, an English teacher in Ethiopia and then finally as a secretary in publishing from where she worked her way up to a glittering career, before changing it all and becoming a mother and bestselling novelist. Married to the biographer, Adam Sisman, Robyn lives in Bath.

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Suze Wilding is overjoyed when she's given the chance to job swap with New York-based colleague Lloyd Rockwell. Excited by the prospect of living the American dream for a few weeks, she eagerly trades her desk, job and London flat with a colleague she's never met for the bright lights of Manhattan and a step up the career ladder at Schneider Fox, one of the world's leading ad agencies. Through necessary transatlantic phone calls regarding cat and plant care, Suze begins to build a picture of the person she's swapped lives with, and finds herself increasingly looking forward to his calls. But whilst Suze's career is going from strength to strength under the expert tutelage of Shelley, one of Schneider Fox's leading career women, Lloyd's stay in London is not going so well. When Suze uncovers a plot to oust Lloyd from his job, she finds herself pulling out all the stops to help him, despite the fact they've never met. As Suze asks herself why she's putting her neck on the line for a perfect stranger, she realises that her feelings for Lloyd are driven by more than just concern for a fellow colleague; whilst on the other side of the Atlantic Lloyd becomes ever more curious about the lively, vivacious voice on the end of the line, and realises he wants to know more about the woman who's willing to risk all to help him. Witty, engaging and peppered with interesting and entertaining characters, Perfect Strangers is a lively and fast-paced tale with many twists, turns and heart-stopping moments--and, strangely enough, a perfect ending. Robyn Sisman is also the author of the hugely popular Just Friends. --Emily Lowson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting romantic comedy 3 Jan 2003
Robyn Sisman is one of my top five romantic comedy authors, streets ahead of the dismal chick lit brigade. Not only does she create characters you feel you know and care about, she writes with real verve and wit, and with the emotional honesty of a true romantic. Like Sleepless in Seattle this is full of yearning but you could give it to your grnadmother and not be embarrassed because it's all about what leads up to two people finally getting together.
English Suze and US Lloyd swap jobs and flats, and in entering each other's world rock it to its core. Suze is as warm and chaotic as Lloyd is WASPily uptight, yet each has the qualities needed to rescue the other from personal and professional disaster. There are great set-pieces, such as Suze's miserable affair with a man who can't be prised from his mobile phone, but each setting is developed with loving detail. Alongside Meg Cabot's The Guy Next Door this is one of the most charming work-life romances ever
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! Read This Book NOW! 6 Mar 2001
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This is not your average "chick lit" novel. What a wonderfully-told story. Oh sure, the plot is a bit far-fetched - but life is strange, isn't? Ms. Sisman creates such robust and likable characters - yes, Suze is starts out hard and self-obsessed, but she learns a lot about herself and really pulls through when the chips are down. And although I found Lloyd just great from the start, he had chinks in his armor too - and in the end, is just wonderful. But what makes this book stand out from similar books is the tightly woven, well-written overall story - Ms. Sisman is truly an author, with a gift for storytelling. You don't have to like "romance" to enjoy this book. I finished it in one day - and believe me, I don't have all that much time for reading. I just couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to reading her other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Strangers is Perfect summer reading! 9 July 1999
By A Customer
I just love this book. If you want a really compulsive read that's funny, moving, sophisticated, really romantic and sweet, buy this book. Buy it for all your friends. It never fails to cheer me up, and the writing is so great. Basically it's old fashioned romance with a modern day twist: glamorous Suze, who lives in london and doesn't want to get married ever, job swaps for the summer with Lloyd, a New Yorker who works for the same company as her. They've never met, but over the course of the summer, in each other's flats, they learn about each other's lives. And when Suze realizes there are forces at work trying to oust Lloyd from his job, she jumps to help the man she's never met, and she can't explain why....
Read it - and feel good for a week!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a twist 23 Nov 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
What I liked about this was how the characters and their romance developed with minimal contact. There were no sexy scenes to endure and this meant that by the end, when you so wanted them to be together you were tantalised by the merest glimpse of happiness. This whole book was written around the point where most romance novels take off. The characters of Suzie and Lloyd were likeable and their dilemmas human and believable. I enjoyed it very much.
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What a great book, it has everything. Great characters, known and exotic settings, wit, charm, a pithy view of the world and some bits that make you howl with laughter. It's not a mystery and it's not a thriller, but I couldn't bear to be parted from the book. I had to read it in one sitting and now I am bereft, I want to know what happened next. Buy it, read it and love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, full of humour and romance. 24 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This was the first one I had read from Robyn Sisman and it has certainly made me want to read more. It is almost in the style of 'Sleepless in Seattle' in that the couple never quite meet until the end, and by that time a romance has developed. I have since given it to my colleague to read, and she too agrees its fun stuff and we cant wait to read the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillient 11 Dec 1999
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I've just finished reading this book and I can quite honestly say this is the best book I've read in a long time. Its funny, romantic and very well writen. I really got to know the two characters and I couldn't put this book down. My only negative comment would be.. Why couldn't it be longer?! ;o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer reading 28 Jun 2011
This book was left in my house by a previous lodger and when I found myself with nothing left to read, I picked this one up. I'm not a chicklit kinda girl, but now I've read Perfect Strangers, I think perhaps I am! So easy to read and addictive. One of those books you don't want to end. I've now ordered a whole load of chicklit for the rest of the summer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
Oh I just can't stopped saying nice thing about this book. It is the making of a love story between Suze and Lloyd, who first, responded to one another as employees in the same... Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book... you won't be able to put it down!
Initially when I first started to read this book, I couldn't quite get into it... but that's the case with all the books I read! However, as I read on, I couldn't stop! Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2008 by S. Kaur
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Couldn't express in as many words how great this book is! It's enspired me to try and buy more of Robyn Sismans book. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2007 by Amy D
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer in the City/ Perfect Strangers
I loved Robyn Sisman's `JUST FRIENDS', thought `WEEKEND IN PARIS' was just okay and now found the newly re-released `SUMMER IN THE CITY' to be somewhere in between the two. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2005 by DevJohn01
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I was excited to read this book after seeing its great rating and reading a little summary but I was very dissapointed. Read more
Published on 12 July 2005 by "miss_angel17"
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks ... all over this book
This is the best romantic novel I have read¡ not that I'm much of a reader, but this book fits into one of those box-office romantic comedies with the setting of New York... Read more
Published on 19 April 2003 by Yee Mei Hua
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Suze and Lloyd are great characters, and the pace of their unfolding story is spot on. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2001
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