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Soft Touch Paperback – 6 Apr 2000


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075152574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751525748
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author of Having It All and All That She Wants, Maeve Haran has scored another triumph with Soft Touch, a light-hearted look at the melodrama of family relationships in the 1990s. Catherine Hope serves as the novel's focus as she finds herself helplessly trapped between generations. Scorned by her 18-year-old daughter who treats her "with the kind of contempt normally reserved for traffic wardens and paedophiles", Catherine finds no solace from her overbearing, conventional mother-in-law: "The trouble with your generation is that you have the authority of a damp dishrag!" And things look set to go from bad to worse when her daughter becomes involved with a sexy road protestor--a road her mother-in-law is campaigning to have built! Tempers flare, lines are drawn and Catherine is ready to give up on the lot of them. But when it comes down to it, the whole family manages to surprise one another in the face of crisis. Soft Touch is an entertaining novel about growing up, growing old and growing together. --Shannon Bingham --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This entertaining parable of the generations glitters with familiar emotions, from the frustration of family rows to a mother's gratitude for rare flashes of tenderness. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

Haran writes with infectious warmth and sympathy... she embarks on a fast-moving, enjoyable plot, part gritty realism, part romantic fantasy, in which everyone learns a useful lession, and all the ends are beautifully, amiably ties into bows. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

Haran's novel takes a wry look at the generation gap, providing a good many laughs along the way. (THE TIMES)

Bestselling author of Having It All and All That She Wants, Maeve Haran has scored another triumph with Soft Touch, a light-hearted look at the melodrama of family relationships in the 1990s. Catherine Hope serves as the novel's focus as she finds hersel (Shannon Bingham, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

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By A Customer on 14 April 2000
Format: Paperback
Having read all of Maeve Haran's previous books, I relished the prospect of delving into "Soft Touch", expecting to read it in one sitting. I was disappointed with this lastest offering. The ending was trite, predictable and disappointing. If you like the "happy ever after" formula you may not share my misgivings, otherwise be warned! Haran usually writes so well for us thirtysomethings with accessible, believable characters who spark empathy. Marko and Rachael, although very well intentioned, are two spoiled brats. I felt like skipping their chapters and concentrating on the more interesting issue of Catherine's "office politics" or Lavinia's dawning realisation that English village life doesn't conform to her conservative ideals. Much safer territory for Haran's writing.
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By Javaslublu Books on 24 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Catherine Hope finds herself helplessly trapped between generations. Scorned by her 18-year-old daughter who treats her "with the kind of contempt normally reserved for traffic wardens and paedophiles", Catherine finds no solace from her overbearing, conventional mother-in-law: "The trouble with your generation is that you have the authority of a damp dishrag!" And things look set to go from bad to worse when her daughter becomes involved with a sexy road protester - a road her mother-in-law is campaigning to have built!
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By A Customer on 4 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put it down with its realism of today's life. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes reading about real life. 'Soft Touch' brings out the problems of today such as unexpected preganancies and over-protected parents and makes them into an outstanding story that has truth of what family life is really all about. Good for anyone who wants to do an essay on how love changes the lives of people from many different generations.
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