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Miranda Dickinson
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Book Description

24 Oct 2013

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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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562357
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,547 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 Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com - HarperCollins' site for unpublished authors.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!

Photo ©Jim White 2009 @ Bobwhite Photography

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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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15 of 15 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
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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3 of 3 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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9 of 10 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
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like an afternoon channel 5 film !! 12 Nov 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Very undemanding chick-lit novel about a girl who looses her job then spends her redundancy pay on a "once in a lifetime" trip to San Fransisco to stay with her cousin for 8 weeks where she finds her direction in life , meets nice people and a lovely new guy. All very predictable and , if I'm honest , a bit boring. The final outcome when she returns to the UK and returns to normal is just as predictable and afterwards you think why did I waste my time reading such drivel but it's not a bad book just very very ordinary. Not a bad way to waste a few hours if you've got nothing better to do although I think I'd rather watch paint dry - and I could have been doing something more productive like walking our dog !!!
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Take a look at me now - Miranda Dickinson
Source: Review copy courtesy of Avon

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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5.0 out of 5 stars easy going read
A positive life affirming read that will inspire travel to far away places.
Great holiday read with loads of warm rich characters that will entertain and keep you hooked to... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Bennisu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 day ago by Mrs J Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read before I went to San Francisco
Recommended read before I went to San Francisco. It was brilliant and I enjoyed visiting the areas mentioned in the book.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
what a truly great read bringing. back memories of my trip to San Francisco. looking forward to your next book
Published 10 days ago by Diane Astbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely feel good book that I couldn't put down.
Lovely feel good book that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend. Have loved all of her books. She explains cities so wonderfully that you want to jump on a plane!
Published 27 days ago by S E Clarkson
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
An easy read, light romantic fiction in a great setting. Would now like to visit the places in San Francisco. ****
Published 1 month ago by Julie Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars great present for girl friends!
Have purchased this book now 3 times for birthday presents for my girlie friends (wife typing!). It is a beautiful story!
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars chick lit at its best
A page turner, though I had worked out the plot not far in, I enjoyed it. Makes me want to go back to Frisco.
Published 1 month ago by Kt
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a look at me now!
Good romantic read, i felt rushed at the end of the book but still nice easy reading. Cocktail beach read!
Published 1 month ago by Miss A J Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
Not my sought of book Suggested by a friend and ended up really enjoying it Have now given it another friend to read
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne
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