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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409130819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409130819
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,235 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 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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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)

Very addictive reading (Leah Graham CHICK LIT REVIEWS BLOG)

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

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

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jen 24 on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 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.
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By DJF on 1 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Katie Lavender is just ticking along in life - not entirely sure if her boyfriend is "the man" or whether her job is quite what wanted. Then one day changes it all - in the space of an hour she is made redundant and she discovers that her Father wasn't biologically her Father.......her world is turned upside down.
I very much enjoyed this book & struggled to put it down. In places the author did stretch a point for literary licence but I think she can be forgiven. It is doubtful that such a complex set of circumstances would happen to one family simulateously but it made for a good story.
As this book progressed I had a fairly good idea what to expect. A romance, some arguing, some making up and a happy ending. I was not disappointed. Having a fair idea as to where the book will end up doesn't mean that I won't enjoy it provided the story on the way is a good one.
The characters in this book are not particularly complex and are a bit fuzzy - not as defined as they could be. I particularly liked Cecily, Katie's new-found Grandmother who had her finger well and truly on the pulse and wasn't above a bit of meddling to get what she wanted. Katie's Aunt Pen was a little more mystifying. Is anyone really that forgiving? Maybe but she was pushing the boundaries of reality.
The subject of step-families, half siblings and unknown biological parents is one that is coming more and more into society. Although Erica James isn't a gritty, hard-hitting writer, she certainly managed to highlight some of the emotions that could come to light in this sort of situation. Although everything ended happily ever after some of the issues that happened on the way are very real & worth some consideration for people in a similar situation.
This was a book which I enjoyed very much. It is as good, if not better, than previous books by this author - she may have written a fair few books in her time but this book shows that she hasn't lost her touch.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By franny on 12 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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