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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444727036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444727036
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ONE SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS is Lucy Dillon's new novel, coming out in April 2015.

Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria and read English at Cambridge, then read a lot of magazines as a press assistant in London, then read other people's manuscripts as a junior fiction editor. She now lives in a village outside Hereford with two basset hounds, an old red Range Rover, and too many books.

ONE SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS is Lucy's sixth novel. The people are made up, but the basset hound, unfortunately, isn't.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists' Association Contemporary Romantic Novel prize in 2015 for A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME, and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS.

You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

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Praise for THE SECRET OF HAPPY EVER AFTER:

'Fans of Katie Fforde will devour this latest novel from the Cumbrian-born author quicker than a mince pie... Nostalgic, heart-warming and honest, this is a tale of love and friendship at its very best.'

(Press Association)

A tender story that strikes at the heart . . . Smartly written and delightfully sweet with a tinge of nostalgia laced throughout, this story is a wonderful read. (Romantic Times TOP PICK)

'Lucy Dillon's voice is gentle and kind throughout...perceptive and well handled. A heart-warming piece of escapism for long winter nights.' (Red)

'Perfect to snuggle up with on a cold winter's afternoon' (Bella)

'A modern fairy-tale for grown ups' (Sun)

Praise for WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS:

'witty, heart-warming and a very real tale of loss and redemption'

(Stylist)

Heartwarming, romantic and funny, Lucy Dillon's latest offering is the perfect Christmas stocking filler... Shut out the world on a cold winter's night with this entertaining and easy-to-read tale. (News of the World)

Warm, fluffy and fun. (Cosmopolitan)

A charming fluffy winter's read. (Closer)

Praise for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS:

'I loved this book! Heartwarming, real and entertaining'

(Katie Fforde)

Heart-warming, fun and romantic. Marley and Me fans will love it (Closer)

A contemporary Bridget Jones, but with canines instead of chardonnay. (Stylist)

A charming read (Star)

'The title sums up this captivating story. Anna and Michelle breathe life into a neglected bookstore and bring fairytale magic to life.' (My Weekly)

A modern fairytale for grown-ups (Fabulous magazine)

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A captivating story of love, friendship and a bookclub that you'll never forget - from the bestselling author of LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS and WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS.


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Avidreader on 3 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
It was a real treat reading this book, and revisiting Longhampton (and spotting some of the characters we've met before). I read it while off work sick and it was great place to escape to - comforting and enticing but not too escapist and fluffy, and much better than daytime telly. I love the other Longhampton books and the way they tackle some tricky issues, not just the usual romance - but I have to say this one has got even more depth and honesty and complexity. It covers ageing, step families, the whole 'does motherhood really make you a superior/worse person' debate. NONE of the relationships are pat or straight forward, the heroines are both sympathetically flawed, the kids are fantastically believable. I cried at least three times, which is rare for me, but the situations were so poignant at times - it's the little defeats or successes in life which affect us most, more than the great tragedies or triumphs, and Lucy Dillon gets these across perfectly. I am not part of a step family, so I can't judge, but I think the depiction of the endless difficulties (big and small) of a step family are really thoughtfully and believably put across. I found my heart going out to the stepmother and her constant attempts to connect with the kids and make things right, while the actual parents were oblivious to her efforts and how much more difficult their unthinking actions make things for her. It is heart warming in showing women in the full diversity of who they are - not just young heroines who somehow afford funky flats in London and have a useful array of zany friends for plot purposes. But women who run businesses, run families, make tough choices, care for others, stand at the centre of their communities in one way or another.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sue gail on 30 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Another fabulous book from Lucy Dillon - on a deeper level than chic lit but at the same time so easy to read. I have read 3 books over Christmas (the others not by Dillon) and this is easily the best. The friendship aspect between Michelle and Anna is explored beautifully, both the ups and the downs. Also the difficulties of being part of an extended family are looked at in a probing but sensitive manner. I loved the bookshop, if it existed in real life I am sure I would never want to leave in the same way I was sad to finish reading this book. A book about fiction, friendship, families, setting up small businesses, love and communities - this has it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 3 Feb. 2012
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I have read all of Lucy Dillon's books and thoroughly enjoy her style of writing and believable characters. This latest book is again set in Longhampton and a few of the characters from previous books reappear which is a nice touch. I found myself so lost in the story I missed by stop on the train twice this week! For any Lucy Dillon fans, this latest book does not disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 15 Dec. 2011
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Lucy Dillon has a lovely, soothing writing style, which lends itself to great story-telling. Once again this book takes us to Longhampton, a town which Lucy Dillon has used as her setting in some of her previous novels. The familiarity of the setting really helped me to settle into the story and also it was nice that some of Lucy's past characters were mentioned as it was nice to know they weren't forgotten.

The Secret of Happy Ever After tells the story of two friends; Anna and Michelle. I thought that Anna was instantly a likeable and identifiable character, however, Michelle was flawed and less likeable to begin with. Thankfully, as time moved on and secrets revealed I found she became more likeable as more was revealed and explained about her.

This book is mainly about relationships and how important they are in life, and I thought Lucy Dillon put this across perfectly. Overall, this is a good read and one that fans of Lucy Dillon's previous novels will love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel A on 30 Nov. 2011
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Fabulous. There's enough of the familiar Lucy Dillon magic but with the additional ingredient of some topics not often dealt with in fiction. The characters are easy to idenfity with and I loved the nostalgia brought on by the fact that a book shop is the setting and that chapters are introduced by references to books which every reader will be familiar with. It makes you realise how books form such a large backdrop to our lives, whether as children or adults. Another triumph for Lucy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've never read one of Lucy Dillon's novels before, but I was swayed by the dreamy, fairytale-like quality of this front cover and the other great reviews for this book on here. I'm so glad I started with this book- and I will definitely be looking to read her others at some point soon because this was a fabulous read- full of characters you can care about and a really charming storyline.

Set in the small town of Longhampton (which has apparently featured in Dillon's books before), we meet Michelle- new to the town after her recent divorce and determined to set up a homeware/interiors shop in the abandoned fishmongers. Michelle is a character full of determination and organised beyond belief. She encounters Anna whilst the other woman is out walking her stepdaughters' dog, Pongo (he escapes into a café and snarfs up her carrot cake!) and the two of them click instantly. Anna by contrast, is struggling with her role as stepmother and is a bit of a downtrodden doormat. When Michelle takes on the lease for the abandoned bookshop next door to her own shop premises and hires Anna as the manager, that's when the real magic (and romance) begins to happen...

I have to say that at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Anna very much. She did come across as a little bit `woe is me' and so completely lacklustre in the first few chapters particularly in contrast to assertive, independent Michelle who I liked instantly. I also wasn't particularly eager to read about Anna's husband Phil or her horrible sounding stepdaughters (especially Chloe)! Eventually I found myself warming to Anna though- after all, she loves books! She wants everyone to love books and reading (I can emphasise with that).
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