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The Oyster Catcher [Paperback]

Jo Thomas
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Book Description

28 Nov 2013
Fiona Clutterbuck thinks she's got it all when she finally becomes Mrs Brian Goodchild, marrying weeks before her 30th birthday. But when he abandons her at the altar, she does the only thing she knows how to do, run away. Crashing the honeymoon camper van, she finds herself in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of Ireland with only the clothes she's stood up in. So, if she's not Mrs Brian Goodchild anymore, who is she? One thing she does know, she can't go home. What Fi wants is to hide away, and where better? She takes a job on an oyster farm despite being terrified of water and her new boss, the wild and unpredictable Sean Thornton and his oyster broker partner Nancy Dubois. There, she battles oyster pirates, pearl queens and circling sharks before finally coming out of her shell and finding love amongst the oyster beds of Galway Bay.

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (28 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178375544X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783755448
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (682 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A world you long to live in with characters you love (Katie Fforde) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5 alongside Rob Brydon, as well as for Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Radio 2's The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary, and she now writes full time. She lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her family.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 3 Dec 2013
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Yesterday I finished reading Jo Thomas's debut novel, The Oyster Catcher. I loved it. Jo created a wonderfully atmospheric sense of place. The opening hooked me immediately and I had to read on. I won't spoil others' enjoyment by revealing how Fi came to find herself alone in a strange place with nothing but the clothes she was wearing and very little money. All was revealed, but an additional twist came as a surprise and deepened my sympathy for her. All the characters are vividly drawn and totally believable. I really enjoyed watching the revitalised sense of community, and seeing Fi grow and change during the story. Sean was a terrific 'hero'. The style, with Fi's scenes written in first person present, and Sean's in the third person past worked really well. It was unobtrusive yet allowed a seamless change of viewpoint that kept the story flowing. I believed in the story, read it in one sitting, and when I reached the end, I had a smile on my face and felt uplifted. What more could one ask from a book?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Ma
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I loved this book. It did what I wanted it to do and allowed me to escape as I read. What I loved most about it were the vivid descriptions of the lifestyle without being tedious to wade through. I felt I was there with the wind and the rain and could imagine the stinging fingers while cleaning the oysters. It is a perfect and did what I always hope reading will do, grab my attention and allow my brain to switch off. Just one teeny weeny tiny miniscule flaw - a weakness in the writing concerning Dan's character and his relationship with Nancy and Margaret - it felt like it hadn't been thought through as thoroughly as the rest of the book. But don't let that put you off because it is miniscule.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing dream of a romance 22 Dec 2013
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I have a feeling that Jo Thomas must be either Irish, or live there. She picks up the wonderful Irish psyche and mingles it effortlessly with the English and American 'blow-ins' as she calls them. When I first started the book I had a nasty feeling it was going to be a bit of a Polyanna moment where our heroine breezes in on an ill wind and sorts out all of the town and all its inhabitants by being perky and quirky in a bit of a whacky Bridget Jones-ish way. But no, this heroine puts her muscle where her mouth is and is a bloody hard worker, stubborn and about as unglamorous as a girl can get. In wellies, a waterproof and with her hair tied back she faces the storm that swirls both outside the cottage windows and in the masculine heart of the focus of her affections. I love the way the author jumps effortlessly between thoughts of the heroine and the hero giving that wonderfully tingly feeling wondering how this is going to work out as we want it too. There are plenty of interesting twists and turns in the plot, non of which are obvious or hackneyed.
This book blows as fresh and clean as the wind off the Pacific Ocean blowing at the darks curls of our hero. I loved every character in this book, they are both fun and funny, beautifully drawn and coloured to perfection. I wanted to boo at the baddies and cheer with the townsfolk as they all wake from the doldrums and ultimately relive past glories.
Can't wait for the next one from this author.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pearl of a story 3 Feb 2014
By Emmy72
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Very easy lose your self read, good for a quiet relaxing afternoon read with a cuppa. Not at all predictable, good characters and attention holding story, treat yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, laugh out loud romance 29 Jan 2014
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I hadn't heard of Jo Thomas, so bought this book on offer, to try and really glad I did, what a lovely surprise. Jo has a lovely writing style which gives depth to both the locations and especially the main characters in concise way, which allows the story to flow rather than harping back to their individual histories. Lots and lots of laugh out loud moments, somewhat Michael Crawford in parts, but in a lovely way. Really ended up rooting for the characters couldn't put it down in the end. Loved the final chapter, closed the story off brilliantly. Will be buying more of Jo's books. THANK YOU
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good book you dont want to put down! 31 Jan 2014
By Mandy
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I loved this book from the start. Fi & Sean are great together and I felt like I knew them personaly! I couldn't wait to pick it up again and did not want the story to end.
My first read with Jo Thomas, now looking for more!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me on the edge of my seat! 21 Nov 2013
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Awesome read! Set in beautiful Galway Bay - a landscape that's strikingly described - and with an underlying romance that has you reading on the edge of your seat until the very last page! Lots to learn about growing up, becoming who you really are, and of course the closed world of oyster farming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor writing 7 Mar 2014
By Amy
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It was a good, original idea for a romance novel, but I found the storyline very predictable and the writing style was weak.
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enjoyed this book - different setting.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs A D Wilkie
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down but a bit predictable
A very quick read and lots of feel good factor at the end. I learnt a bit about oyster farming too.
Published 4 days ago by Bec
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story
I found this book fascinating as it relates to an area I know. The characters are lively and I couldn't put this book down as I wanted to know what happened next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice story
I actually really liked this story. I know some people will say but only 3 stars but I find it difficult to give chick lit more than 3 stars unless I am really really moved by it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
A book to take you out of yourself - really liked to story, well written. Look forward to more from this Author.
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