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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562357
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com - HarperCollins' site for unpublished authors.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 www.coffeeandroses.blogspot.com

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!

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miss R. Saberton on 17 Nov. 2013
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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 By PumpkinsPatch on 9 Dec. 2013
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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 By B. M. Dunkerley on 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 By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2013
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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 By Tishylou on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou on 12 Jan. 2015
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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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It took me quite sometime to get into this book. The Nell who worked in the Council offices rubbed me up the wrong way and at first I could not tolerate her. But then Nell went off to San Francisco and the character changed and I found myself really liking her. By the time I had finished reading this book I really liked Nell and was routing for her.

The story is about Nell, who, at the start of the book, works in a council office. Her character felt really annoying to me and I didn't relate to her at all. She has an on/off relationship with Aidan, who also works at the council. Aidan indicates one morning that he wants to see her in private and Nell is convinced that he wants to get back with her. She tells her best friend Vicky about Aidan wanting to see her - Vicky also works at the council.

But Aidan does not ask Nell to get back involved with him, instead he tips her off that the council are about to make people in the department redundant. He asks her to keep quiet as the announcement is imminent and those involved are about to find out anyway. Nell hates having to keep quiet but she has promised she will stay quiet.

Nell leaves work after the shocking meeting, where half of the staff are paid off. She ends up in an estate agent and uses most of her redundancy money to fund a trip to San Francisco. Her cousin Lizzie lives there and Nell cheekily asks to use the phone to contact Lizzie to arrange for her to stay with her for the duration of her stay.

As she is broke she has to move back home to her parents' place just before she jets off to America. Aidan is desperately trying to get in touch with her, trying to win her back despite being the one who tips her off about losing her job whilst he got to keep his.
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