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Picture Imperfect

Picture Imperfect [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Yeager
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Product Description

Product Description

Chloe Dixon is a struggling artist in her early thirties.

She’s lived with her boyfriend Mark for almost two years and things seem to be going smoothly.

Then one day Mark unexpectedly announces that he’s going on holiday to Greece for a week with an old friend – and a couple of girls.

And suddenly the Picture is far from Perfect.

Mark insists the holiday will be quite innocent.

And Chloe trusts him.

But can any woman really trust her boyfriend cavorting around a Greek island with another woman?

And is she being unreasonable to think that this might not be a very nice thing to do to your girlfriend?

As Chloe completes her latest canvas, she starts to wonder if this is the moment to take Mark out of the picture completely?

'Picture Imperfect' is a sparkling romantic comedy about trust, holidays and relationships.

It is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green.

Nicola Yeager was born in Lincoln to Dutch parents and is married with two children. She currently lives in London and Amsterdam.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 243 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicola Yeager is a writer and book reviewer. After several years working as a journalist for a variety of publications, she started writing novellas. Her first in the chick lit genre, Christmas Without Holly (also titled The Spa Day), was a critical success and an Amazon best seller. She followed this up with Picture Imperfect, which continued the gritty, witty, first person style of her debut and was also a best seller. After two novellas, she produced her first full length novel 'Summer Loving' and has now released her second novel 'Miss Match'.

'The Spa Day' (Christmas Without Holly), 'Picture Imperfect' and 'Summer Loving' are now available as one eBook under the title 'Affairs of the Heart'.

Although born in Lincoln, she has lived in London for almost ten years and lives with her husband and two small children. Her hobbies include swimming and slimming!

Nicola Yeager's Delicious Pancake Recipe.
(As specially taught to her by her mother)

This recipe was taught to me by my mother and the recipe was passed down to her from her mother, who was my grandmother and also my mother's mother (not my father's mother, who spent most of her life in prison in Vught). Recipes that are passed down from one mother to another mother are always better than recipes that a top chef has made up, recipes that you find in a cookbook, or other non-mother/non-grandmother recipes, whatever they may be. Here is my recipe for delicious pancakes. These can be eaten at any time of the day, but are particularly yummy as a breakfast treat or snack. They can also replace all other meals, if you wish, or be eaten inbetween meals, or as an addition to meals, or can be eaten while at work in the toilets, or can be eaten secretly from your lap while you are eating at a restaurant.

Step 1. Drive to nearest supermarket and buy a packet of ready-made pancakes. Pay with cash, so nothing incriminating shows up on your bank statement. Choose a checkout lane with no other people in it to avoid making conversation. Avoid chummy chat with the checkout person and do not make eye contact with them.

Step 2. Drive home with the pancakes in a supermarket carrier bag; preferably placed carefully on the passenger seat (you should always be alone when making purchases of this type. As the pancakes are on the passenger seat, you may talk to the pancakes as if they are a real passenger. Gossip and/or smutty love talk are both acceptable. Factual conversation (e.g. scientific theories) may not be discussed as this will only serve to bore the pancakes and make them taste funny.

Step 3. Get inside house/flat/bedsit/hotel room and throw your coat on the floor. Put some of the pancakes (two, three or preferably all of them) into the oven and heat up according to the instructions on the packet. Remove all clothes apart from bra and pants (just pants if you are a man), in case someone comes to the door asking about the pancake smell.

Step 4. When the pancakes are ready, take them out of the oven and put them on a plate. Unplug the telephone or switch mobile off. Make sure you use a large plate and that it has been cleaned since the last time you or a guest or a social worker used it. Eating the pancakes straight off the kitchen surface or even the floor is acceptable.

Step 5. Using a knife, smear jam, marmalade, Nutella, treacle or peanut butter over the pancakes. Possibly all of these things mixed together. You may also drizzle maple syrup over them and add a squeeze of lemon, if you wish. Bacon can also be added, according to taste, and a few spoonfuls of sugar. If you have time, a sausage can also be placed atop the pancakes.

Step 6. Using a fork or other utensil, shove the pancakes into your mouth until you have eaten every last one. You may want to watch an erotic DVD while you are doing this. Lick the plate clean while watching the DVD for added erotic atmosphere. Erotic DVDs with a pancake theme are the best, I find.

Step 7. Place plate in sink. Throw empty pancake packet in the bin. Push the packet to the bottom of the bin so no one knows it's there and put other rubbish over it. Do washing up later or just throw plate/fork away as well. Hide erotic DVD inside one of your recipe books that no one ever reads, particularly you.

Note: you may want to drink something with your pancakes. I usually find that tea, coffee or Coca Cola make excellent accompanying drinks to pancakes, unless you fill the pancakes with huge slabs of marzipan, as I do. If you decide to use huge slabs of marzipan, I would avoid drinking Coca Cola, as the marzipan is so sweet that you won't be able to taste the Coca Cola properly, which is a waste of good Coca Cola.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Imperfect 10 Aug 2013
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Chloe is an artist living with Mark who is in banking and very money orientated. Mark suddenly announces he is going on holiday with a friend he's not seen for years and two girls he's never met before. Chloe doesn't know quite how to react and alternates between anger and indifference. Once Mark is away she soon realises there are advantages to being on her own and maybe she can spend more time on her abstract art.

I enjoyed this novella narrated by Chloe herself and I thought her varying emotions were well done. I liked the characters especially Chloe's agent, Rhoda who is eccentric and dynamic and at first seems to put Chloe in the shade. This is an entertaining short read for anyone who enjoys chick lit which isn't all about sex and shopping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty as a picture 27 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There is a heady lightness in the delightfully written story of Chloe Dixon in Picture Imperfect, that reminded me of a nineteen twenties' novel, but nothing like as silly! Author Nicola Yeager has an iron fist within Chloe's ladylike glove, as Mark the transgressing boyfriend (or is it boy friend?) will eventually discover to his chagrin. He deserts his lady, lavishly preparing for a week to be spent (without her) on a Greek island, in company with an old school pal and two nubile young people of the female persuasion. Chloe, an aspiring but fairly unsuccessful neo-impressionist painter (I made that up!), is acutely aware that she is the one who, during their two-year relationship, Mark has often bailed out financially when her pictures have not been selling well. He writes their shopping list and submits her to more petty indignities. But this five-days-plus-travel jaunt is the worst sleight by far and has cost him a fortune he would never spend on her. The women gather round Chloe to offer their advice on what to do with (or to) the abhorrent Mark. What she eventually does and what comes of her paintings is for the reader to enjoy. I found the pace perfectly judged and, thankfully, those readers who are of the male persuasion are not made to feel second class through it all. After all, the stupid moron was bound to have his comeuppance sooner or later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 22 Mar 2013
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I must admit I was getting annoyed with Chloe, the heroine of this book, when her live-in bf goes off on holiday with some mates (two of them girls)and she just takes it on the chin. Then I started to wonder what I would do in this situation. The spin that her bf Mark puts on the whole adventure makes it seem almost ok and the fact that Chloe is temporarily financially dependent on him makes it hard for her to express her true feelings. Gradually, some of the other characters (her agent and a co-worker) start to put into words what Chloe herself is thinking and she begins to see the light. Then a tremendous piece of luck changes her fortunes. This is a great story and is so realistically told that you wonder if the author herself had experienced something like this in her life. I can't recommend this enough. It's a brilliant, satisfying novella and one that I know I'll read again. Nicola Yeager is brill!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing change 21 Mar 2013
By mubeen
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure I was going to like this when I first started. Chloe talks the talks, but when it comes down to it, she's just weak and lets her boyfriend go on holiday without telling him how she really feels. However it was great to see as the novella progressed her transform into a stronger woman who doesn't need to rely on a stupid man like Mark to make her happy. Quite funny at times, I ended up really enjoying this little novella in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the poor girl 20 Mar 2013
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I felt so sorry for Chloe in this book. I would go mad if my boyfriend randomly decided to go on holiday and forgot to invite me! I found the opening chapters to have some true laugh out loud moments, like when he tells her and she acts like its fine but inside she's going crazy- I think we can all relate there. Her inner monologue is hilarious. I was really rooting for this girl to ditch Mark.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Picture Imperfect 2 Mar 2014
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I found this to be a decent enough chic lit story. The premise was a bit silly, but on the whole, quite readable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 29 Nov 2013
By Duchess
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This story had a good solid start and distaste soon built up for the main character's boyfriend/live-in lover. She started out as a doormat but things soon turned around. However, the end was foreseeable and spoilt the rest of a really good story. However, this is well worth a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Original Voice 2 Jun 2013
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I'm going to start by saying that this is the freshest voice I've read in a very long time. The style and tone of the story telling in Picture Imperfect is unique, it's quirky and full of personality. I half expected that this voice might either peter out after the first couple of chapters, or if sustained throughout the novel, would become annoying rather than captivating. I'm very pleased to report that it did neither - the author maintained her funny, staccato storytelling all the way through, and I absolutely loved it. This is one of those stories that made me snort into my tea and giggle in the bath- and frankly, what could be better?
The plot is fairly simple and it is not a long read- I have seen a couple of reviews which state these as negative points. I would challenge this- the plot is believable and explores an issue you can just imagine popping up for a friend... or god forbid, yourself. And I always prefer to be left wanting more - I'd have happily carried on reading, but equally, I gave a satisfied sigh at the end of the story.
A fizzy tingle of a read in a truly original voice- perfect summer reading. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for new titles by this author!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read to make you smile
A humorous account with characters that you can recognise and even empathise with and which flows at a fast pace.
Published 3 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I REALLY enjoyed this witty read. Very British in a good way. I laughed out loud frequently and totally engaged with the character and plot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Chicklit
Picture Imperfect by Nicola Yeager is a delightful read from start to finish. I'm a guy, and I'm not popping out of the closet, but I enjoyed this chicklit romp more than Sex & The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tassy
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I chose this rating because I enjoyed reading this book, I liked the fact that it was different from other books that I have read such as it was about a woman who was an artist, I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss Coulson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Story! Picture Imperfect by Nicola Yeager
I really enjoyed this book. I'm becoming a real fan of Nicola Yeager's work. Her writing gives me the escape I look for when reading a book and this offering was no exception - I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jackie M
1.0 out of 5 stars Not read
Another book that I have not read yet. Will look at it very soon and I hope I will enjoy it
Published 11 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars A super read. Highly recommended.
Ms Yeager has captured perfectly the insecurities of the main character Chloe when presented with her partners selfish decision to go on holiday without her. Read more
Published 11 months ago by maureen turner-books by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
An excellent short story that I would 100% recommend reading. I will look out for other books by this author.
Published 11 months ago by mommyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes one just needs to go for it.
A quick read. Makes one think. The Lady does good more by accident than design. Enjoyed the book. Will now read more of her titles.
Published 11 months ago by JANICE NUNN
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