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Sue Moorcroft
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Book Description

30 Nov 2009
New home, new friends, new love. Can starting over be that simple? Tess Riddell reckons her beloved Freelander is more reliable than any man - especially her ex-fiancé, Olly Gray. She's moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury's passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes the Freelander into his breakdown truck, they find that they're nearly neighbours yet worlds apart. Despite her overprotective parents and a suddenly attentive Olly, she discovers the joys of village life and even forms an unlikely friendship with Miles. Then, just as their relationship develops into something deeper, an old flame comes looking for him ... Is their love strong enough to overcome the past? Or will it take more than either of them is prepared to give?

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (30 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931223
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Moorcroft writes novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. She loves her Choc Lit novels as, as well as selling nicely, they have such looooovely covers.

Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011, Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a 'RoNA' (Romantic Novel Award) and for the Best Romantic Read Award 2012. Darcie's Dilemma was nominated for Best Romantic Ebook 2012. Sue herself was nominated for Innovation in Romantic Fiction.

Other novels are Want to Know a Secret?, Starting Over and All That Mullarkey. Her most recent Is This Love? Watch out for The Wedding Proposal in September 2014.

Her first novel, Uphill All the Way, and the novellas that began life as magazine serials, A Place to Call Home, Between Two Worlds, Where the Heart Is and One Summer in Malta, are now ebooks, available on Amazon.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and "how to" books. (Yes - she works jolly hard.) A creative writing tutor for distance learning, residential courses and adult learning, she has brought together all her skills to bring you Love Writing - How To make Money Writing Romantic Or Erotic Fiction, calling on a multitude of published writers and industry professionals to contribute their tips to the book.

A long-standing member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and it's vice chair, Sue is the editor of Loves Me, Loves Me Not and Truly, Madly, Deeply, short-story anthologies written by the RNA's members, from household names to debuts.

You'll see from her author page that she's contributed to other anthologies, usually for charity.

For those who like to know biographical detail, Sue was born in Germany, part of an army family, and lived in Cyprus and Malta, as well as the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter, but is pleased to have wriggled out of all those 'proper jobs'.

Her website is at and her blog at You're welcome to follow @suemoorcroft on Twitter and sue.moorcroft.3 on Facebook.

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A delight to read. Full of laughter and tears. --Katie Fforde

~Nothing soothes the soul quite like a well-crafted romance. This novel revolutionises a genre familiar to Romantic Novelist Association members (such as Moorcroft) by subverting a great many romfic clichés. Sure there's plenty of conflict, and romantic stuff happens with a good heat level, but all the main characters are given equal weight: no objectification of besotted heroine by brooding hero .... This isn't just romance, this is literary Viagra.~ --The Woman Writer Magazine for The Society of Women Writers & Journalists

~Moorcroft writes a thoroughly engaging, utterly believable, occasionally moving, often funny tale; with just the right amount of sauciness where some over spice, Moorcroft gets the balance spot on. Chic lit can often be predictable, unrealistic in it's over romantic portrayal of the relationship between men and women and worse: entirely dependent on the rampant sex scenes. But with Moorcroft, or at least, with Starting Over, you get the sense that the blossoming relationship in all its little foibles, nuances and problems is the real core of the novel. Starting Over is pure self indulgence. And maybe it was just me, but don't worry if you shed a little tear at the end, we won't tell if you don't.~ --The Truth About Books - Honest Reviews about Real Books.

About the Author

Sue is an accomplished writer of novels and short stories, as well as a creative writing tutor. She's also the fiction judge at Writers Forum. Her previous novels include Family Matters, Uphill All the Way and A Place to Call Home. She is also the commissioning editor and a contributor to Loves Me, Loves Me Not, an anthology of short stories celebrating the Romantic Novelists Association's 50th anniversary. Sue's a regular guest on Liz Rhodes Chat Room at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Sue's Choc Lit novels include: Starting Over (Nov 09), All That Mullarkey (June 10), Want to Know a Secret? (Nov 10) and Love & Freedom (June 11). Love & Freedom won the Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award 2011.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching, romantic - just perfect! 5 Jan 2011
You know that delicious feeling you get when you discover a new author? I followed a link to Sue Moorcroft's website, clicked on a link to a preview chapter of Starting Over, and I was hooked. I bought the book right there. The writing draws you in, the characterisation is perfect. You'll adore Tess, because she is a very real heroine, and fall madly in love with the gorgeous Ratty (and I promise you'll stop thinking about The Wind in the Willows after a couple of pages because you'll be too busy swooning over him). I stayed up until 2am, woke up the next morning and didn't move until I'd finished. I can't wait to read more of Sue Moorcroft's writing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book. 4 April 2011
i loved this book 4 of my friends also read it. and they thought it was first book i have read by sue but will be reading all the other books she has written/
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quite simply, this is chick-lit at its best! It's understandable how it has reached number 3 in The Small Publishers Top 20 Fiction List and why it is one of Choc Lit's top 10 bestsellers.

I absolutely adore Moorcroft's style of writing. I felt an instant warmth to the characters. The way of village life was put across very well, and I found the book very visual; I actually think it would make a wonderful film!

When I first started reading the book, it struck me that it was going to one of those predictable storylines. After all, it begins with Tess accidentally driving her car into the back of Ratty's breakdown truck. After an initial thorny meeting, it is clear that these two strong characters are going to end up together at some point. Yes, it is relatively predictable: they have their ups and downs, but there are a couple of twists along the way which aren't at all forced to keep your interest. The book is paced exceptionally well, and most importantly the ending is one that is satisfying so that you can close the book with a smile on your face (and not one of those, "but what actually happened!?!?" moments that leave me extremely frustrated!). In fact, I smiled a lot throughout the book - mostly brought about by Ratty!! Who wouldn't want a man like him in your life to chase you across fields, and pull you into a strong embrace! Choc Lit's slogan of "Where heroes are like chocolate - irresistible" certainly works exceptionally well for this book!

This isn't just a love story, there are heart-warming moments centered around village life, friendship and family life (Angel's children, in particular the way Jenna calls Tess 'Teth' and Toby calls Ratty 'Watty' melted my heart every time!). It also explores the parent-adult child relationship extremely well, and is something I think most of us can relate to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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There's plenty of engaging action to kick-start this story... no sooner have you absorbed that weaselly email from Tess's ex-fiance Olly, than you're with Tess as she crashes into her new life. But it's not as simple as that, of course. One of the strengths of this story is that every character has specific weaknesses, which naturally makes them far more believable and interesting. Tess's weakness [apart from falling for Oily Olly in the first place, in my opinion!] is that she `solves' problems by leaving them behind. But just when I wanted to reach out and shake some sense into the girl, she did the right thing. And so did he. What else should happen in a romance? But a relief, all the same! As if anyone in their right minds would contemplate giving up on Ratty. By the time I'd finished, I'd entirely forgotten the link that name has with Wind in the Willows, and so will you. A seriously good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling ratty? I wish... 31 July 2013
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Loved this book, maybe my favourite of Sue Moorcroft's. It's always a good sign when you can get into a book right from the start.

Tess has had one bad relationship and isn't looking for another. Enter Miles Rattenbury (Ratty) and if she hadn't snapped him up, I would have. It's a straightforward, uncomplicated read, yet it tackles some real issues, and was impossible not to get totally involved in. The last chapters were very dramatic and actually made me cry. Great story, great writing, and a lovely hero. What more could you ask for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 9 Jun 2013
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Couldn't put the book down, loved it from start to finish, going to read more of Sue Moorcroft books. Enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars relly enjoyed 23 May 2013
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if you like something that helps you relax and does not take too much brain power this is for you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting over 4 April 2014
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First book I read by this author and I loved it. What I would give to have a ratty in my life!! Yes the whole story was lovely and how the friendship developed between the two main characters was wonderful. It has humour,romance and such honesty in the realistic I shall definitely read more from sue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. A "feel good" storyline but with little injections of fiery emotions.
Published 2 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its best
I have just finished reading this for the second time and loved the two main characters all over again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I'm so happy a friend recommended Sue Moorcroft's books to me! Funny and romantic with a lovely story....I couldn't stop reading it and can't wait for my next of her books.
Published 6 months ago by Sally Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
What a great story. I bought it for an easy holiday read and really loved it. In fact so much so that it only took me two days to read it. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Julie Heward
1.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
This has to be the worse book I've ever read. I thought it was so weak and disjointed. Dont bother with it
Published 8 months ago by Dippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
I don't do a lot of reading, I wanted something I could read on holiday. I made the right choice of book.
Published 9 months ago by Ann Morrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
This book was fun & easy to read without too much thought. 3 stars because the ending was disappointing, I felt like it ended too soon
Published 9 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good book
A feel good book I could picture myself there her description is very well written are really lovely read will read more of sues
Published 9 months ago by eye
3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying main character.
I am conflicted over this book, the story is good and well written and the characters are well observed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KAP75
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent easy read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldnt put it down nice and easy to read and well written for fans of chick lit highly reccomend
Published 9 months ago by susan springett
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