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Take A Look At Me Now [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Dickinson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish.

What a difference a day makes…

Nell Sullivan has always been known as ‘Miss Five-Year Plan’. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances.

Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible – San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell’s second home.

But when it’s time to return to London, will she leave the ‘new Nell’ behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?

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‘The perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s eve.’ Closer

'A blissfully romantic tale told with all the warmth and wit we've come to love from this author.' Claudia Carroll

About the Author

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library. She is also a singer-songwriter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 825 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Born in 1973 in Wolverhampton, she grew up in Kingswinford and dreamed of one day writing a book that would reach the heady heights of Kingswinford Library... Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on - HarperCollins' site for unpublished authors. Within three weeks of its release, Fairytale of New York had entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List, where it remained for five weeks - making it the world's first crowd-sourced bestseller. The novel was also shortlisted for the RNA's Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010 at the Pure Passion Awards.

Miranda's second novel, Welcome to My World (2010) became her second Sunday Times Bestseller within its first month of publication and will be translated in two countries to date. She is currently writing her third novel, It Started With a Kiss (available to pre-order now and due for publication 10th November 2011), and is keeping a yearlong video diary with exclusive extracts, insights and news about the book, from initial draft to published novel. To find out the latest about the book, visit

Miranda lives in Stourbridge, in the Black Country and is also a singer-songwriter. Her first album, About Time, has just been released. As well as writing about weddings for It Started With a Kiss, she is also planning her own wedding, to fiance Bob, in 2012!

Photo ©Jim White 2009 @ Bobwhite Photography

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars San Francisco here I come! 17 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another winner from Miranda and for me it is hard to choose between this one and her first novel for a favourite. I preordered this book and as soon as it pinged onto my kindle I was stuck in. It kept me company while stranded at Miami airport and, like Nell, I soon realised that plans don't always go smoothly! Well written, sympathetic characters that stay with the reader and, as always, delivered with Miranda's trademark compassion and humour. I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely escape 9 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the descriptions in this book, there are lots of quaint English moments (even when in San Francisco). My boyfriend hates when I read these kinds of books as I get itchy feet and want to run off a visit all the places in the book.

I was a little disappointed with how abruptly this book ended it could have done with another 10 pages to finish it properly.
I occasionally got lost in the book as not all speech is labels at occasionally it gets a little hard to follow.

This is not a deeply intellectually challenging book but its lovely, light and refreshing read for the commute home, and I will keep an eye out for other books by Miranda.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I left my heart there! 18 Nov. 2013
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Took me back to the lovely days I spent in San Francisco especially the clam chowder at Pier 39 and the sea lions in the bay. If you haven't been there read the book and make up your mind to GO.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take A Look At This! 17 Nov. 2013
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Nell is horrified and shocked when she is made redundant out of the blue. She isn't expecting it, and leaves her office and her friends behind feeling totally shell-shocked. She makes her way back to her parents house, and there she makes a momentous decision... she decides to spend her not-so-large redundancy cheque and fly to San Francisco for a few months. She joins her cousin Lizzie and moves into her small apartment, with the now San-Fran native helping her explore her home for the next few months. While there, she meets native Max Rossi, an artist who she immediately feels an attraction to. Is it going to be just the city of San Francisco that Nell falls in love with, or is there something else that will be making Nell want to stay?

The book begins with Nell being made redundant, and given that is told to us in the blurb of the book, it isn't a spoiler! What happens for the rest of the book is all due to this moment in Nell's life though, one defining moment that forces her to make a decision that previously she never would have considered. San Francisco isn't somewhere that I have been yet, although it is definitely somewhere I want to visit before I die (wow, that's cheerful!) and once you've read the book, you can see why Nell wanted to go so badly. What I really loved about the writing in this book is how you can tell that Dickinson has really done her research with this book - everything about the place comes to life in your mind due to her brilliant descriptive writing, everything from the buildings, to the famous sites such as the Golden Gate bridge are so brilliantly written. Miranda Dickinson went on a holiday to San Francisco, and all this really does come across in her writing, it is clear she's fallen in love with the city too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miranda Just Gets Better and Better! 21 Nov. 2013
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The story of Nell is one that so many of us have lived and breathed. Losing everything and having to start again. However, most of us are not brave enough to take the leap that Nellie does, going to a strange city, only knowing one other person. It's a bold move and leads to wonderful, life changing things for Nell.

In San Francisco, she meets the delicious Max and a romance blossoms. As always, Miranda weaves a beautiful tale of love, romance and friendship. I really liked the elderly couple, the Alfaros, I loved Lizzie and all the children at the SOS club. Every single character brought something wonderful and endearing to the story. There were unexpected pairings, sweet kids and grumpy customers. Annie and her diner were inspiring and made me home sick a little for the amazing food.

Once again, I am left with an empty feeling, like I've lost a dear friend. I never want one of Miranda's books to end. I could read them forever. I can't wait for Book 6 now!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Jan. 2015
By Lou
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Having previously read It Started with a Kiss, I was really disappointed with Miranda's latest book. You know what to expect with chick lit, but I found this book to be a little flat. All the characters were too nice, even the protagonist and especially her leading man, making the characters 2 dimensional. There were chapters which seemed to be 'fillers' just to flesh out the length, which made the book slow in parts. It felt like this book had been written just going through the motions. It does pick up pace towards the end.

I am in the process of reading Fairytale of New York which is excellent, so hopefully her next book will be back to par.
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2.0 out of 5 stars TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW. 10 April 2014
No matter what the 'official' definition of chick-lit (and believe me there are many) I personally always think of it as being a light read (often verging on the fluffy) that, usually with a romantic edge, is written for women about women (albeit generally about women unlike any I've ever met).

A book that ticks all the boxes and then some. Sadly Take A Look At Me Now took 'light reading' to a whole new dimension in that the story required no imagination whatsoever, every word, thought and action recited as if to a child. The characters bland, one dimensional and juvenile - considering that they were in their late twenties/thirties for the best part of the book it was like reading a teenagers diary, the word 'hun' overused and infuriating.

With themes of food pretty much in vogue at the moment, the author takes advantage of this in that in main character, Nell, we have a baker extraordinaire who dreams of running an authentic American diner serving pancakes and waffles but even this is cloyingly saccharine sweet and over done.

Perhaps a novel best left to those more into chick-lit than myself. The only positive thing I can say about it was I enjoyed the descriptions of life a la San Francisco even if all of the characters from Nell's cousin (the typical Brit living abroad), to Greek taxi driver, Apollo, and diner owner, Annie, (all of them, along with the homeless, nauseatingly cheerful and living the dream) were unimaginative stereotypes.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 4 days ago by elizabeth fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable, worth rereading.
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. S. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book with a really likeable lead character ...
A very enjoyable book with a really likeable lead character. I really wanted everything to work out for her and after reading this im determined to go to San Francisco one day!
Published 5 days ago by Sinead Gouldie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read.
Really enjoyed this book. The twists and turns kept me gripped and you really didn't know what the main character was going to do with her life right up until the end. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Miss S. George
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
I adored this book and I've just bought the rest of Miranda Dickinson's novels!
Published 9 days ago by Mirander De-La-Haye
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i can't remember it so it wasn't awful
Published 15 days ago by nicki.b
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent really enjoyed it, really goodbook
Published 16 days ago by Yvonne
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit one dimensional
A book to pass some time. Not much of a storyline. Characters a bit unbelievable. The author seems to break the classic "show don't tell" rule of writing.
Published 16 days ago by katfink2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down.
Published 19 days ago by Miss M. Marlowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came on time and great book.
Published 21 days ago by Donna Dooley
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