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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 (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,723 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 Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com - HarperCollins' site for unpublished authors.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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19 of 19 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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6 of 6 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 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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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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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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pajama Book Girl on 29 Oct. 2013
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Take a look at me now - Miranda Dickinson
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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?
Take a look at me now follows newly unemployed Nell as she packs a bag and with her redundancy money heads of to visit her cousin Lizzie in San Francisco.

My first Miranda Dickinson novel has finally been read and I must say I enjoyed it greatly. Take a look at me now is extremely thorough in explanation and has a quirky and unique way in which it is wrote, this means that you are straight away dragged into the book by your hair! Straight away you are smiling and giggling at the unique sense of humour and comments. These luckily continue right throughout making it a refreshing and very up to date read. All characters are relatable too and you do find yourself stuck between choosing who you want Nell to be with when she's faced with a little love triangle dilemma between her ex Aiden and holiday fling Max. I adored diner owner Annie and she fast became my favourite character.

I did have one issue with this book though and that was It jumps from one scenario to another sometimes a bit to fast.
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