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The Girls' Guide to Homemaking

The Girls' Guide to Homemaking [Kindle Edition]

Amy Bratley
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'Take a long bath with The Girls' Guide to Homemaking - superior chick lit about a woman who dreams of the perfect home, but ends up alone and usually hungover in an untidy, expensive flat, after her boyfriend messed it all up. Sister, we've all been there!' --Grazia magazine

'Inspired by the vintage trend, The Girls' Guide to Homemaking by Amy Bratley is a novel about easing heartbreak by using `50s homemaking manuals.' --Asos magazine

'This of-the-moment debut novel by this brilliant writer features rotten men, good men, hand-made parons and family secrets. It's a fresh new style of chick lit which everyone will find utterly unputdownable.' --Take It Easy magazine

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'What makes you happy? What do you want from life?' I ran through a list of things that I supposed would make me sound cool. And then I told the truth. 'A home,' I said. 'A home with some people in it I love.' On a mission to have the perfect home, with tweeting bluebirds and a white picket fence, Juliet hits a major stumbling block - reality. On the first night with her boyfriend in their new flat, Juliet discovers that Simon has been sleeping with her best friend. After growing up in a dysfunctional family with secrets that haunt her, there's no way she is prepared to build her nest on a broken branch. Heartbroken and seeking an escape from her troubles, Juliet retreats into the comforting world of her grandmother's 1950s homemaking manuals, discovering tips like 'put a ribbon in your hair to brighten your husband's day' and though Juliet knows that won't get her anywhere, she discovers that craft and homemaking are back in style. Taking control of her life, Juliet is determined to get her home with a heart. But who will win hers?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (1 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330518003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330518000
  • ASIN: B004LROP0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Bratley is the author of The Girls' Guide To Homemaking (2011) and The Saturday Supper Club (May 2012) and The Antenatal Group (2013). Amy was born in 1974, grew up in Northamptonshire, went to college in Nottingham, then moved to London and worked for magazines and newspapers as a writer. After meeting her husband and having two children, she recently moved to Bournemouth. Her first book, Girls' Guide To Homemaking was a bestseller in Italy and she won the Baccante Prize 2012. For more information and to read her blog go to

Praise for Amy Bratley's books

'A heartwarming tale of female friendship, pregnancy and dodgy boyfriends' Marie Claire

'Superior chick-lit!' Grazia

'A magic formula' Italian Vanity Fair

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 27 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was really easy to read, got into it straight away and enjoyed the characters and plot.
Could not put it down towards the end, and I am looking forward to Amy's next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming! 27 April 2011
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Not much to say really, it's got a bit more meat to it than some chick lit books and I really enjoyed every minute of it- I read it in 3 sittings and that was trying to stretch it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in a while! 8 July 2012
This is an AWESOME book! It is the first book I have read in a while that I finished in a whole day! I loved Juliet's character and her storyline, it did seem original which is rare currently. I loved the fact that although the book was chick lit, Juliet had a real story behind her life with regards to her parents and home life which made it different from rich parents who are just so perfect and/or mean. I really hope Amy brings out a sequel to this book, I think it would make a fantastic series. Keep up the great work, Amy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is ... 29 Jan 2013
I finished this lovely book this morning. I recently picked it up secondhand and intrigued by the premise of the novel, decided to give it a whirl! Wonderful. It is basically the story of Juliet Rice, who from a broken home and the death of her father and abandonment by her mother, wants nothing more than "a home." She meets Simon and propelled by her broken past decides to rent a perfect flat and move in together. However, Simon has cheated on her with her best friend and their subsequent break up sets a chain reaction for Juliet.

I love the way the author used a myriad of themes in her story telling. Juliet finally meets her wonderful man and finds her dream home but this is after she has a few stumbling blocks on her way; namely quitting her job,finding a new career, facing her demons and opening her heart to the possiblity of new love.I also loved the way the author uses quotes from old homemaking manuals at the start of each chapter. This added to the theme of Juliet finding her perfect home; she sees that a return to basic values and simplicity is the key to her achieving her dream life. So much so that this retro approach turns in to a new career for her. Home definitely is where the heart is.

I really enjoyed this book enormously. It is a book about simple values, homemaking, family and what happiness is all about. The writing flowed and the story line never waived. The characters were brilliant and I really rooted for the protagonist Juliet. She cames across as a really likeable, down to earth character.

I felt sad to have finished this read but was very pleased with the ending and how the author brought the story together. Wonderful .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 2 July 2012
Wasn't really sure if I'd like this when I picked it up, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. Such an easy read and I read it in less then a day :D Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great light-hearted read! 13 May 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Reading this book and following Juliet on her journey to create a home. It was an easy book to read, yet interesting enough to not want to put down-in fact I read into the night in a quest to find out if the happy ending I had hoped for really happened. I hope Amy continues to write about Juliet's life because despite being a great story, I got so engrossed in the characters' ups and downs that I want to know more (Imogen? aprons? Happy ever after?)
I look forward to Amy's next book and hope that she becomes a household name in the chic lit genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 10 May 2012
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I started this book one morning, & could not put it down! After not having read properly for ages, I finished it in three days, & that was whilst trying to stretch it out! I loved the homemaking quotes at the start of every chapter, I am now feeling inspired to dig out my sewing machine & adorn my house with craft. Fabulous book, I didn't want it to finish (though I think my family might be relieved to get some attention again!)
Loved it, thank you Amy Bratley, for some wonderful escapism from the rain.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice easy feel good read 7 Mar 2011
By Kate
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I was really impressed with this book, despite my initial thoughts that it would be bog standard churned out chick lit, it was actually quite amusing as well as having a few unexpected twists and turns. It still follows the standard chick lit formula, nasty split at the start with a happy ending, but the heroine has an interesting backstory which unfolds throughout the book which is a bit of a change from the usual shallow characters in many books from the same genre. All in all a really enjoyable read, perfect if you're looking for something a bit deeper than Sophie Kinsella/Jill Mansell and other similar authors but still want a feel good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great great book, fab storyline. great buy, free delivery too! good chick flick, read other 2 books by author also worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by audrey
4.0 out of 5 stars book worm
I liked this book. It is warm and witty. Especially at winter nights it is a good reading with wine and chochlates. Read more
Published 6 months ago by book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A book to enjoy at any time. It was amuzing and light hearted. Would recommend this as a holiday read.
Published 7 months ago by Lindsay Koller
This book is especially interesting if you are creative personally, and within the home and family circle. It tends to stimulate ideas.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. V. Jeffery
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
This book was a very pleasant read, although sometimes I did wish it would speed up a bit! I also think that it ended a little unsatisfactory! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Julieannmunday
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters
A great holiday book. Characters are very realistic and well described. You can really relate to the situation and would definitely recommend reading.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Alcoholic whiner with double standards - what's likeable about Juliet?
I was looking forward to reading the book, after the description on the back. But the content is just a copy-paste of Mills & Boons chick lit with the sex and alcohol added. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Shantimar
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Really good read, easy to get into the story, a strong cast of characters.
Juliet is so happy trying to make her home she does not realise how her boyfriend does not suit her... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Thinker
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