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Seven Bands of Gold: Seven Bands of Gold Quartet Book 1: First Love [Paperback]

Jenny Lees
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23 Nov 2013
It is the mid-1960s and 17-year-old Sally is living in leafy suburbia with her bourgeois mother, indulgent father and infuriating sister. Mrs Phillips, a strict Roman Catholic, worries constantly about what the neighbours think behind their twitching lace curtains and about Sally's tomboyish ways. Having finished her convent education, Sally is shy and naive, and totally unconscious of her budding beauty. Her only sex education has been an excruciating lesson on the procreation of rabbits from the nuns, and her mother's oblique warnings that 'men only want one thing'. Quick to blush and innocent of the world, she is nonetheless intelligent and shows no interest in callow youths eager to date her, despite the encouragement of her best friend Caroline. Then she meets Doug MacDonald and the urges that have lain dormant, anaesthetised by ignorance and Catholic angst, overpower her shyness and reserve. Almost overnight Sally blossoms, her inhibitions caressed away by the experienced hands of an accomplished lover. She falls deeply in love and, for the first time in his life it seems, so too does Doug. A trip to his Scottish home and a proposal of marriage form part of the whirlwind romance. But waiting in the wings to claim what she believes is hers is Moira, one of Doug's many ex-girlfriends. A web of deceit woven by Moira sends Sally fleeing the heartache to visit her friend Caroline, who has married a diplomat and is now living in the Middle East. Sally learns to love the desert kingdom and its people - and one person in particular - as she finds independence and a renewed self-confidence. Seven Bands of Gold: First Love is the debut novel of a born storyteller. Although by no means autobiographical, it would not ring with such authenticity and passion had not the author experienced some of the same agony and ecstasy as her heroine. This explicit tale of the loss of innocence is unputdownable - you will be hooked from the first chapter and begging for more - so look out for Book 2 Sensual Love, Book 3 Forbidden Love and Book 4 Unending Love.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Barzipan Publishing (23 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957379242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957379244
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born into an RAF family, Jenny Lees attended 12 schools in as many years. Her most vivid childhood recollections are of standing in front of classrooms of strange faces and being introduced as 'This is Jenny, who has come to join us for a while'. But the nomadic upbringing gave her the chance to live and make friends in many parts of the world. Her lifelong passion for horses, Arabians in particular, has in recent years become her life's work. She lives with her husband and owns a stud of Arabian horses where she conscientiously preserves rare and precious bloodlines of the desert. Jenny became frustrated with novels whose love scenes ended on the wrong side of the bedroom door with ' - ' - thus the story of Sally Phillips began to gestate and, before she knew it, Jenny's innate talent for storytelling had given birth to quadruplets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate that I loved it 2 Dec 2013
I was asked to read this and was dreading it. Romance is my very last choice of genre and this is a real tome at 448 pages.
The story unfolds with a surprisingly authentic portrayal of a naive girl-next-door as she begins her journey of romance with Doug. The tale is well paced without the rush, jumps or over indulgence of inexperienced authors and will keep you engrossed as you quickly engage and empathise with the key character of Sally.
By the time you reach the deliciously and convincing introduction of Moira, you realize that you are hooked into that most hallowed of goals - a truly natural read. The steamier descriptions of passion blossom with the story and show that it was written by a woman with true experience and the gift to impart it compellingly. I won't spoil your enjoyment by describing any more but will add that you will be surprised at the lack of clichés and winces that seems so prevalent with this overindulged genre.
So on to an intriguing question - given the quality of this tale - is this really by a debut author? We have all witnessed the recent tricks and shenanigans of writers who want to reinvent themselves... or am I just being cynical because I'm forced to say, through gritted teeth, that I truly enjoyed it and will certainly be looking out for the next instalment?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Trowbridge 21 Jan 2014
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I reviewed this novel not as a literary specialist or expert but only as an admiring and grateful reader. If this is Jenny Lees' first novel, judging by the standard of writing, it will certainly not be her last. It is a powerful story of love and betrayal, told with authenticity laced with with gentle humour and is obviously the product of a born story teller. Her characters are well defined and her explicit descriptive love scenes are captiviating, unforced and natural. The mingling of peoples and traditions and turns of speech are obviously what Jenny has seen and experienced for herself, and this has fastened on her memory and fashioned for us a book that gives lasting enjoyment to the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 15 Jan 2014
By Rose
Seven Bands of Gold: Seven Bands of Gold Quartet Book 1: First Love
A lovely believable romantic story. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Can't wait for the next one. Well done Jenny Lees!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book exceeded my expectations 12 Jan 2014
By jojo
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I have had books recommended by friends in the past and have sometimes found them disappointing. Not this one! The plot kept my attention right to the last page. I identified with Sally; her feelings and emotions were so true to life. Doug was every girls' dream yet very believable. Sally's relationship with her mother reminded me of my teenage years ( hiding the awful dress my mother had chosen for me to wear on a date)

Not wanting to give too much of the plot away I will just say that The way the story unfolds makes compelling reading and I can't wait for book 2 to be published.
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An excellent book which I could not put down. The authors descriptive text makes you feel as if you are actually shadowing Sally as she journeys through her life. With so many unpredictable twists and turns the book is captivating. I cannot wait until February 2014 when Seven Bands of Gold : Book Two - Sensual Love is published. Thank you Jenny Lees.
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A friend recommended this and it's a real page turner. I couldn't put it down in fact. When will book two be out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought it might be mushy WRONG. 20 Dec 2013
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Very obviously written by someone who knows her subject and/or is writing from personal experience. She paints a live picture which I could easily identify with. Looking forward to book two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly recommended 17 Dec 2013
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Very enjoyable and read in a day and a half. Disappointed when the last page was reached and looking forward to the next instalment. Very descriptive writing kept the interest throughout.
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