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The Real Katie Lavender

The Real Katie Lavender [Kindle Edition]

Erica James
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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This will make you giggle and weep in equal measure. (WOMAN (Special) 2012-08-01)

With marvellous writing, eccentric characters and a great plot, this has it all. (CLOSER 2012-08-11)

With the turn of every absorbing page, you'll find yourself caught in the rapture and despair of each character as they find their way through this beguiling drama. (CANDIS)

A great big romantic, emotional and involving read. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

She writes with a wry sense of humour and this story quickly reels you in... (EVENING TELEGRAPH)

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A secret that changed everything...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409130819
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4WBMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 thirteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, It's the Little Things, Erica now divides her time between Cheshire and Lake Como in Italy, where she now strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read family saga 16 July 2012
By Jen 24
I enjoyed this book, it wasn't taxing just an easy to read family saga. An interesting look at complicated family relationships. I read some of the other reviews about this not being up to her usual standard and Erica changing style. I think her style as changed, but I feel that is only natural and right, she has been writing for several years and as with all of us, as you get older you experience diffrent things and your place in life changes. I think therefore it is only natural that is reflected in an author's fiction. I look forward to her next book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 14 Nov 2011
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I'm not going to give a synopis because the previous reviewer has already done so, perhaps in too much detail.
I enjoyed this book, it was not really what I expected, if I expected anything, and was indeed better for that.

It shows the cracks in an extended family when a series of crisis hit them. From the outside the Nightingales seem the perfect family. Stirling, the father, well-heeled, with his own successful business that he is in partnership with his brother. Gina, Stirlings wife, beautiful, sophisticated, if somewhat cold, the perfect upper class hostess and wife. Rosco and Scarlet, their somewhat spoilt and over-indulged children. Cecily, Stirling's mother, the matriach, who unfortunately allows the family to see that she has decided favourites amongst them. Neil, the brother and buiness partner and Pen his wife who loves her beautiful garden and spends time there, perhaps at the expense of everything else. Lloyd, their son, who makes bespoke garden furniture.

However, the perfect picture of Stirling's family falls apart under crisis and shows how disfunctional it really is.

Katie and Lloyd are the nicest characters, level headed. Closely followed by Pen, who however, I felt was somewhate unrealistic as a character. I'm not sure that anyone in that situation would be so forgiving, and Cecily; although in fact her favouritism has caused a lot of resentment and the crisis allows this to come to a head. Uber ambitious Rosco resorts to spying on his father and then blackmailing him. Gina becomes the ultimate bitch.
In the end it is the spoilt princess, Scarlet who eventually shows her worth.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erica James can do no wrong.. 12 Dec 2011
By franny
Once again Erica James has ticked all the boxes with this book. I have yet to be disappointed with anything she has written and Katie Lavender is full of believable characters and situations. If you like a good girly read on a wet afternoon this one is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating 4 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. It held me captivated right to the end. Had great trouble putting it down. Yet again Erica James ha not disappointed me, I just wish she could write quicker!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Katie Lavender 13 Mar 2014
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Katie Lavender suddenly finds her life turned upside down when she loses her job and finds out something shocking about her parents who are both dead. She finds herself involved with the charismatic and complicated Nightingale family just in the middle of a family crisis. Can Katie find out who she really is and what she wants to do with her life in the future?

I did enjoy reading this book though the Nightingale family are something of an acquired taste in my opinion and the book is mainly about them – even more than it is about Katie Lavender. I liked the background to the story – large houses and beautiful gardens where money was really no object. Some of the characters were less than inspiring and if this had been a murder mystery I would happily have murdered them myself!

I thought Stirling Nightingale was probably the most three dimensional character in the book and someone who appeared able to examine his own mistakes and realise where he had gone wrong. His wife, Gina, was a two dimensional harpy and her son Rosco was very much a yuppy who started off caring for no one.

Katie Lavender herself was all right as a character but I found her a little wishy washy. In spite of all these criticisms I did enjoy the book and it did keep me reading probably because of the story line and the background though I thought Cecily and Pen were excellent older characters. I’m sure Erica James’ many fans will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The real Katie lavender 31 Dec 2013
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An easy novel to read over the Xmas holiday. Not one that I would want to read over again. Would I recommend, no
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Usually I really enjoy books by Erica James, but not this one. I took it out of the library and kept renewing it in the fond belief I'd get round to reading the rest of it, but it just wasn't worth the time of effort.

I didn't care about any of the characters, nor did they ring true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 20 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was OK but seemed to be somewhat cliched as to an adopted person would feel as they grew up, along with her adopted family and her natural family. I have adoptees in my family and this story does not in any way reflect their experiences. Havig said that I feel it was quite well written
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK - not really my kind of book.
Published 1 day ago by Karen Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Katie Lavender
Another good read by Erica James, her books although predictable are always a good read, thoroughly enjoyed it, be happy to recommend to anyone.
Published 3 days ago by A. Ricks
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it raced ...
I found this a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it raced along with events and situations. Some great characters.
Published 3 days ago by CHOW
5.0 out of 5 stars the real Katie lavender
Having read several Erica James novels this one didn't disappoint,her ability to make the characters so real and completely take the reader into their world.
Published 8 days ago by Liz Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot put the book down a real family saga I ...
Cannot put the book down a real family saga I am absolutely enjoying it. I will certainly buy more of Erica James books.
Published 10 days ago by Valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. Well written and the characters are inviting.
Liked the feeling of getting to know the different characters. Good story line for a family/love story. Recommend ,as easy reading for holiday.
Published 12 days ago by LINDA BARCLAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read
Published 12 days ago by Debbie Claffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Erica James
Maybe predictable that it turned out 'happily ever after' but that is how I like it, and that is why I have read all her books. Just good, clean storyline. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Catherine Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read!
This book is an easy read, and would be suitable as a "holiday read", exactly what you need plus a glass of wine or two!
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. A. R. S. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
From the first page to the last the story came alive for me and I found I wanted to keep on reading.
Published 23 days ago by Sonia
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