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The California Club [Paperback]

Belinda Jones
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Book Description

3 July 2003

When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she's expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious California Club.

So the offer of guest membership - one wish, guaranteed to come true by the end of their stay is one Lara and her friends can't resist. Could this be Lara's chance to win her best friend Elliot's heart after ten years of longing? Or does the fact that he's travelling with his brand new fiancée mean that Lara will have to come up with a new dream...?

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099445484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099445487
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here comes the sun! Having written 10 'VACATION FOR THE PRICE OF A PAPERBACK' chick lit novels set in dream locations from Tahiti to the Isle of Capri, Belinda has teamed up with some of the hottest writers in women's fiction (see below) to take you 'around the world in 40 stories' with the SUNLOUNGER summer anthology. Each author has their own website page at and there's bonus fashion and beauty content as well as a fun Travel Boutique! At over 200,000 words SUNLOUNGER really is the ultimate beach read for 2013!

SUNLOUNGER AUTHORS: Katie Agnew, Valerie-Anne Baglietto, Rosie Blake, Alexandra Brown, Laurey Buckland, Abby Clements, Miranda Dickinson, Carrie Duffy, Ilana Fox, Victoria Fox, Emma Garcia, Michele Gorman, Kirsty Greenwood, Kate Guest, Kate Harrison, Lisa Heidke, Molly Hopkins, Pernille Hughes, Margaret James, Belinda Jones, Lucy Lord, Chrissie Manby, Louise Marley, Holly Martin, Nigel May, Martel Maxwell, Roisin Meaney, Kiri Mills, Nicola Moriarty, Tamsyn Murray, Emily O'Neill, Lynda Page, Carmen Reid, Wendy Rigg, Lucy Robinson, Talli Roland, Ruth Saberton, Nancy Scrofano, Cally Taylor, Sasha Wagstaff, Anna-Lou Weatherley, Julia Williams, Lara Williamson, Tiffany Wright
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"a perfectly sunny read" (B)

"easy holiday reading you'll devour in a day" (Company)

" a sparkling, addictive read" (New Woman)

" a riotous page turner, full of witty observations on life and love" (She)

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The sparkling new novel from the bestselling author of Divas Las Vegas and I Love Capri

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California Club - Feel the heat! 25 Oct 2003
Belinda Jones takes you on another road trip that twists and turns but is immensley satisfying. Divas Las Vegaas taught me everything that was good about Vegas, The California Club has taught me how great California will be. You become a character in Belinda's books - you know she's been there and done that but by the end of the book, I'd been there with her - BJ's books just get better and better. Read this for a bit of summer warmth this winter
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as her others 19 Sep 2010
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I loved all the other books I have read by this author but this one left me cold. The main character, Lara, has an obsession with her male best friend Elliot who is engaged to Elise. The petty small mindedness of Lara and her attitude of me, me, me really turned me off this book. It was totally predictable and I couldn't wait to finish it....for all the wrong reasons! The only feeling I was left with was pity for Elise at the end of the book and shortchanged by the extremely lazy ending. It seems as though the author ran out of ideas at the end and just chucked any old resolution in so she could finish the book and cash in. It gets two stars for the scene between Elise and Lara in the clinic and the fact that the authors books are usually so brilliantly readable. Give this one a miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday book 6 Oct 2003
I bought this book during a 5/6 hour delay at the airport before going on holiday and i'm soo glad. Its a brilliant summer book and great reading for the beach. I really got to know the characters and totally fell for Elliot even if he acted like a wimp! The setting was amazing and i would love to have a go at the california club. I must confess, i liked it the book so much i read it at least 3 times in my 2 week holiday!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Another fantastic book from Ms Jones. This book is particularly funny, with laugh out loud moments throughout. The theme of unrequited love is something I can symapthise with, and Belinda handles it with her usual finese. I was delighted the characters come from Brighton, my home town. Once again her observiations on her chosen destination make you want to skip to the travel agent and arrange next summer's holiday. California has so much to offer. Bring it on!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Nov 2010
I am sorry to say I felt a bit let down by this book. Generally I love Belinda Jones - "I Love Capri" was fantastic for example and made me want to book a holiday there immediately! However, this book was just odd.

By the end of the book I didn't really like Elliot much for example - he was weak. Therefore I wanted Lara to do better. Equally, other characters didn't really build enough for me. I think Sasha wasn't developed enough, nor Zoe for that matter. Joel was just too good to be true, and a lot of the plot lacked plausibility (no option but getting on a plane dressed as Jane Russell in a red sequin dress?? Really??). What was also very suprising was that usually Belinda Jones throws me into the location of the story. Because of all the jumping around in this book, I didn't get a true sense of location at all.

I finished this book feeling disatisfied and frustrated. I got the impression it was written in a hurry and that it was a number of half thought out ideas and characters meshed together that didn't quite work. Shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAB Read 20 Jun 2007
My mum bought me my first Belinda Jones book (i love Capri) quite a few eyas ago now and i started it while on holiday one summer. well i didnt put it down all day and stayed up till all hours of the morning so i could finish it, i simply couldnt put it down!! as soon as i finished it i was looking for more written by Belinda. i love her style of writing and how everything is researched so well! every summer now i wait with bated breath to get her new book and they have not dissapointed me so far! i have recommended them to all my friends and i think i may have to buy a new copy of i love capri soon as all the pages have come loose! i can never bring myself to reread books yet i have found myself reading her books over and over again and everytime being just as addicted to it as the first time i read it! they are just amazing and if you havn't read one of her books yet then you dont know what you are missing!

Bring on July (New book coming out!!) (yes im very excited!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A definite recommended read. 18 Sep 2003
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My mother-in-law persuaded me to read this knowing that I hate so called 'women's fiction'. "The California Club" however came as a really refreashing suprise. Witty, sophisticated and laugh-out-loud funny, this book had me captivated the whole way through. The characters are instantly endearing, the plot fresh and fast paced, and the dialogue razor-sharp. Belinda Jones has not relied on smutty sex scenes to sell her book to which I am eternally grateful, instead it has a subtlety and realisim absent in a lot of women's fiction yet lacks none of the romance. So does the girl get the guy? Well you'll have to read it to find out...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow you have to read this! 7 July 2003
The california club has to be one of the best books ive read in years! As soon as i started reading i could relate to laras unrequited love for elliot and the life thats she leads. From start to finish it will make you laugh and cry and your feel like youve taken the journey with her and her friends around cali! If this doesnt touch your heart and soul nothing will. BUY IT NOW! you will not be disapointed! good holiday fun x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Read
Settle down and enjoy another brillant book by Belinda Jones.
Excellent fun ! Read in one evening.
The perfect girls night in.
Published 2 months ago by apollo
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
this book is brill i love all of belinda Jones books so i cant fault this one either she really draws you in to the story which means you wont put this book down :)
Published 14 months ago by tia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read!
I can define this book in a very straight way: memorable! Round characters, exotic places ,truly friendhip and unrequited love under disguise...Any better?? I couldnt put it down! Read more
Published on 24 July 2010 by ssaroa
5.0 out of 5 stars Love you Elliot
Another one of my Belinda Jones reviews and I have to say I'm still completely in love with the woman (in a strictly girl-power, lovin' your work sista, kinda-way)

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Published on 15 July 2008 by Ms. Kate Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars On my second copy!!
I take this book on holiday every single year and its now fallen to peices so ive just ordered another! Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2008 by Kay C
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
This for me was a real laugh a minute page turner.

Well worth a read
Published on 25 July 2007 by Lel
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting- a great read
This is a brilliant book- one to take on holiday or read during a sunny summer night. It is completely uplifting and one of my favourite Belinda Jones novels. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by J.E.T
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
well what can i say! i loved this book, i couldn't put it down. It was a great summer read! I would highly recommend this!
Published on 26 Aug 2006 by H. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing book!
When I started to read this book I couldn't keep it down! It's an amazing story about friends finding their dreams. Read more
Published on 28 May 2006 by doll
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite books ever!
It will leave you feeling inspired, thats how I felt, such an uplifting read about finding your dreams
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