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Some Day I'll Find You

Some Day I'll Find You [Kindle Edition]

Richard Madeley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (848 customer reviews)

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Richard Madeley's first novel plays beautifully into the heart of commercial fiction, a love story with intrigue and betrayal at its core

James Blackwell is sexy and handsome and a fighter pilot - every girl's dream partner. At least that is what Diana Arnold thinks when her brother first introduces them. Before long they are in love and marry hastily just as war is declared.
Then fate delivers what is the first of its cruel twists: James, the day of their wedding, is shot down over Northern France and killed. Diana is left not only a widow but pregnant with their child.
Ten years later, contentedly remarried, Diana finds herself in the south of France, sitting one morning in a sunny village square. A taxi draws up and she hears the voice of a man speaking English - the unmistakable voice of someone who will set out to torment her and blackmail her and from whom there can be only one means of escape...

Praise for Richard Madeley and Fathers & Sons: 'This penetrating memoir. Gosh, the man can write' Daily Mail; 'A surprisingly skilled writer... he constructs a very personal and touching view of how families develop through the generations' Independent; 'Shows a real inner strength and grace' Scotsman'; 'One of the most unusual and well-written celebrity memoirs we've ever read' Heat

About the Author

Richard Madeley was born in 1956. He worked on local newspapers before moving to the BBC. He met Judy Finnigan when they both presented a news programme on Granada TV. Their eponymous TV show ran for seven years and was an enormous success. Richard Madeley has four children and lives in London and Cornwall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHEL29C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (848 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must do better next time 15 Sep 2013
The title `Someday I'll Find You' suggests a story about a search for someone. But it isn't, and to summarise the real story is to give away the plot in Part 2 - the blurb on the back cover gives you all you need to know in the first half of the book.

Part 1 (set in 1938-40) is pretty dire, both in concept and writing - but that's only to be expected from a beginner who has yet to learn his trade. It seems really to be back-story rather than plot: none of the action - only James' private thoughts and the unbelievable scene with his headmaster - suggests an issue or problem, and I never quite worked out whose story Part 1 is. Consequently the structure is clunky, the whole thing needing a rather more skilled pen than that of Richard Madeley. Maybe Part 1, mistakes and all, should be edited out, and the essential parts of the back-story (ie not much) woven skilfully into Part 2.

The tone for 1940 is all wrong: the relationship between the generations doesn't ring true, there is too much bad language (far too many `bloodys' for officers of the time - `bally' and `jolly old' would ring more true), and for old man Arnold, a barrister in his mid-forties, to invite a young pup like James to call him Oliver is preposterous. If an author wants to write novels set in the 1940s and 50s, he should read novels by the likes of James Hilton and Neville Shute first.

The bit about the family changing Christian names turned out to be an irrelevant waste of time. After so much had been made of it (in Chapter 1 for God's sake!), it should, like Chekhov's sword on the wall, have been used by the end of the third act.

Part 2 (1951) becomes more of a story and I did turn the pages to find out how the immediate problem would be resolved.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 26 July 2013
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Good story, started off a bit strange but got better as you read on, and then becomes a page turner, a good easy holiday read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written 9 Aug 2013
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If I had been reading a paperback version I think I'd have thrown it by now. I reached 42% on my kindle and could take no more of this boy's own/mills and boonish adventure. It felt very much like a magazine story with caricatures and everything was written so blatantly. I don't usually post a bad review - I just move on and like to recommend books, but I was genuinely disappointed. Very much a novel hyped by a name.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheese on toast 20 Aug 2013
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Very much like the author, this is both cheesy and contrived. I sniggered throughout at the preposterous plot and could hear Madeley's voice in the dialogue which added further personal mirth.
Having said that, I couldn't put it down. So who's the real wally?
Keep em coming Mad Dog. (Surely his nickname at school)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 27 Aug 2013
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This is one of the worst stories I have ever read. I wanted to give up when I was half way through but I persevered to the end. I respect Richard Madeley as a broadcaster and presenter. I enjoyed his autobiography but he is not a good fiction writer. Not only is the story very poor the book is full of errors. Having one of the main characters referred to as Mr Arnold throughout the book was annoying and frankly bizarre. My advice is don't waste your money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunny,relaxing,with a sting in the tale. 25 July 2013
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I felt I was really in Nice,so descriptive,could feel the sunshine.A riveting holiday read with a twist.I really enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 17 July 2013
By Linda
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I was very sceptical about this book because I thought it had only been published because Richard Madeley is well known. I was completely wrong it is an excellent book - a real story in the old fashioned sense , interesting good characters and spanning a period of years. I would highly recommend it
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book while on holiday 19 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book after quickly choosing it to take away on holiday and I'm really pleased I did. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down wondering what was going to happen next. I was telling my husband the story (he doesn't usually read much) and he was engrossed and kept asking what was happening as I was reading! For a debut novel I can only say well done, the characters were very clearly painted on my mind and was constantly surprised at how 'bad' James was. Very much worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and only purchased it out of curiosity to see how Richard Madley had performed as a writer. Well done to him.
Published 2 days ago by Natasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Some day I'll find you by Richard Madeley
Expected a different ending but found I had to keep reading until the end, and I found I enjoyed it . Well worth a read
Published 3 days ago by Pat Healy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good find
This was an excellent read which is perfect for a holiday takeaway. This I hope will be the first fictional book of many by this author.
Published 14 days ago by rmegan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
A beautifully written tale of intrigue and mystery. This novel will have you gripped from the very beginning! Fantastic read.
Published 15 days ago by Angela Clare Oldroyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother buying this book
Absolute rubbish. What a weak story, more like a children's book. Not believable even as a non fiction. Couldn't wait to finish it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Pud
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice light read.
If you want something light and easy to read this is one to consider. I found it pleasantly easy to read and liked the twist at the end.
Published 16 days ago by jeanette hoggart
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostaligia at its best
A good easy book to read and obvious that Richard had done his homework. I like books with a bit of romance and mystery, too.
Nice settings and a feel good factor at the end.
Published 17 days ago by Mary Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Really enjoyed the story. The Mr Arnold throughout was annoying but didn't detract too much. Would be a perfect summer holiday read
Published 18 days ago by mg
3.0 out of 5 stars interested in this
enjoyed book but felt I knew how it would end, felt predictable but still not a bad read for a holiday book
Published 18 days ago by irene
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad effort
i read reviews and was unsure about reading (listening )in my case . but thought i would give it a try
and was glad i did no great work of fiction but not as bad as all... Read more
Published 22 days ago by j m perkins
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