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Summer Daydreams

Summer Daydreams [Kindle Edition]

Carole Matthews
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The new heartwarming tale from Carole Matthews - is it really possible to have it all?

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The new heartwarming tale from Carole Matthews - is it really possible to have it all?

Shortlisted for the 2013 Melissa Nathan Award for Fiction about Life and Love - judges include Jo Brand, Sophie Kinsella and Kathy Lette. Winner to be announced this summer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751545430
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068PHVIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carole Matthews is the bestselling author of more than 23 hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans all over the world.

Her latest books, A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas have both appeared in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her novels Welcome To The Real World and Wrapped Up In You were shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. She was also inducted into The Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romantic fiction.
Carole is a prolific writer of short stories, featuring in several anthologies, and has presented on television. She's also a regular radio guest.

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole has always been an avid reader and dreamed of being a teacher, an air traffic controller, a travel guide or a hairdresser - writer never featured once. Leaving Liverpool for London after a torrid holiday romance in Torquay, she worked as a secretary, an ice-cream lady, a shop assistant and a beauty therapist. It was when she was working in a completely mad holistic clinic that she first thought 'one day I should write a book about this.' She still hasn't got round to it.

Entering a short story competition in Writing Magazine, the first fiction she'd written since being coerced into it at school, Carole - to her and everyone else's amazement - won a thousand pounds! Then - to her and everyone else's amazement - she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course. The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away. He sold her first book, which became Let's Meet on Platform 8, a week later.

Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her partner, Lovely Kev, at Matthews' Towers in the Costa del Keynes. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate, bake cake and spends far too much time on Facebook and Twitter.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in one sitting...GREAT!!!! 2 Feb 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off I need to admit I am a big Carole Matthews fans and a huge fan of the Chocolate Lovers series of books that she wrote. Having said that, I'm certainly not biased and if I don't
enjoy one of her books I will say. Her last release Wrapped Up In You I enjoyed but it wasn't my favourite.

Moving onto this latest Release Summer Daydreams, we are in a whole new ball park! Within the first two chapters I had fallen in love with the fabulous people. Nell McNamara works in
the chip shop and lives locally with her boyfriend Olly and her young daughter Petal. What starts as a makeover for the chippy, pushes Nell into a new line of work designing her own

What caught my attention from the beginning are the people. Nell's boss Phil, her two work colleagues Constance and Jenny and Nell's partner Olly. They are all so readable and lovely. They all have their place in the story and before the first few chapters I couldn't get enough of them all.

Nell was likeable but frustrating as you see her try to juggle her home life with work and making something for herself and her family's future. As Nell realises that she may well have talent, you see her facing all the trials and tribulations that I imagine many people starting up on their own face. She has to work out how it all works, against the constant pressure of rising debt to fund her business.

While she is doing all this things start to go wrong, and once they start down that route they only seem to get worse! Towards the middle I realised that I had been reading it straight and had only picked it up that morning.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Daydreams 1 Mar 2012
By Amy
I am a huge fan of Carole's books and think I have read most if not all of them now. Aside from having a gorgeous cover what I liked about this book was the story and the characters featured throughout. Nell is the main character in the story, she's a mum that works hard to provide for her family in the local chip shop. However, when her friends and work colleagues see that she has so much more potential they encourage her to follow her dreams of making and selling her very own range of handbags.

From the very beginning I could see that all of the characters were going to be a joy to read about, and it was clear from fairly early on how much they cared for and wanted the best for Nell. Due to this I found them a joy to read, there were no ulterior motives and they were just all round good people. My favourite character in the book though had to be Nell's four-year-old daughter Petal who was a right little character. I thought she had some great little lines in the book, which at times made me chuckle and she was a character that really jumped off the page and came to life for me.

I found the story featured in the book interesting as it showed the various different sides of business, from the hard-work required to get one off the ground and the sacrifices people have to make to keep them afloat, to the feeling when things go well and the business starts to become a success.

Overall, this is a very good read and one that I'd highly recommend, along with Carole's previous books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 5 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fab and easy read. Loved the storyline and characters. Would recommend to anyone after something easy going and light hearted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 25 May 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Carole Matthews has written another fantastic story that had me hooked from the start, my chores never seem to get done when I'm reading one of Carole's novels.

Nell McNamara and her boyfriend Olly are your typical everyday young couple trying to make ends meet and bring up their four-year-old daughter Petal. Nell works in a local fish and chip shop during the day and Olly works night shifts so they are often ships that pass in the night playing havoc with their desire to extend their family.

When Nell gives the fish and chip shop a bit of a makeover, her boss Phil sees that she has an eye for design and tells her that she ought to give up working in the shop and make the most of her talent. He lends her the money to enroll in art college but things don't go exactly to plan so she's soon asking for her job back but he refuses as he wants her to give designing another go.

Her lifelong passion is for handbags so she decides to set up her own business designing exclusive handbags but is worried that no-one would be interested. But she needn't have worried as the initial reaction is positive so she decides to go for broke and extend her business loan but this is when the problems start, and poor Nell has more than her fair share of obstacles to overcome.

It was so easy to fall in love with Nell and her dreams and wanting her to overcome everything that was thrown in her path, but I'm also pleased to see that the storyline included realistic everyday issues that we all have to overcome...trying to strike a work/family life balance with the added pressure of setting up a new business. As well as Nell, Olly and Petal there were a great mix of characters that all help to make the story what it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
Very good story. Worth reading. A feel good story.
Published 1 day ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Bags of twists and turns
I enjoyed this book . Small town girl does the unthinkable and goes into a business on her own , a business that she knows nothing about. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rozietoez
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok for me
I enjoyed this, but not as much as the other books of hers I've read.
Published 15 days ago by Mkna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved this book really really enjoyed it, Carole writes good books
Published 1 month ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Carole Matthews has such an easy writing style, as always her books are full of wonderful insights into family and love, once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Shani Lannen
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant inspiring read
A brilliant inspiring read. Loved Summer Daydreams, I was gripped from the start. When i finished it I found Imissed the characters and their lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chocbreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must read
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Hefford
3.0 out of 5 stars summer daydreams
very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars The wife reads this author and is very happy with the 3 books she sent...
The wife reads this author and is very happy with the 3 books she sent for delivery on time no probs
Published 1 month ago by rob b
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book could not put it down.
Read this book within days. A roller coaster of emotions loved it. One of my favourite reads. Carole does it again.
Published 2 months ago by Charlies Lady
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