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The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Alliott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of One Day in May and A Crowded Marriage, takes a heart-warming look at what happens when your whole world is turned upside-down in The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton.

Evie Hamilton has a secret . . . one she doesn't even know about. Yet . . .

Evie's an Oxfordshire wife and mum who's biggest worry in life is whether or not she can fit in a manicure on her way to fetch her daughter from clarinet lessons. But she's blissfully unaware that her charmed and happy life is about to be turned upside-down.

For one sunny morning a letter lands on Evie's immaculate doormat. It's a bombshell, knocking her carefully arranged and managed world completely askew and it threatens to sabotage all she holds dear.

What will be left and what will change forever? Is Evie strong enough to fight for what she loves? Can her entire world really be as fragile as her best china?

Step into Alliott country with The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton.

Praise for Catherine Alliott:

'Classy, wonderfully gossipy and breathless' Red

'We defy you not to get caught up in Alliott's life-changing tale' Heat

'Alliott at her best' Daily Telegraph

Catherine Alliott is the author of twelve bestselling novels: A Crowded Marriage, A Married Man, Not That Kind of Girl, Going Too Far, The Old-Girl Network, Olivia's Luck, Rosie Meadows Regrets..., The Wedding Day, The Real Thing, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, One Day in May, A Rural Affair. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

About the Author

Catherine Alliott is the author of nine bestselling novels including A Crowded Marriage, Not That Kind of Girl, A Married Man and The Old-Girl Network. She lives in Hertfordshire.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141034203
  • Publisher: Penguin (8 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI98EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'People often ask me if I always had a burning desire to be an author, and the honest answer is no, in fact it almost happened by accident.

I was working as a copy-writer in an ad agency and tired of writing blurb for soap powder, began writing a novel under the desk. I had no thought of publication, was just doing it to relieve the boredom, but I must say it was a bit of a shock when my boss walked in one day and said we're not sure you're entirely committed and gave me the sack!

Actually I think that galvanized me and I was determined to finish it. I did, but it took a while: I was working freelance, and then pregnant with my first child so it wasn't at the forefront of my mind. When my son was born I discovered babies slept for great chunks of the day, so I revisited it, tapping it onto a computer my brother gave me. (The first draft was in long hand, I'm a complete Luddite by nature, and actually, still write my first draft into note books.)

My husband persuaded me to send it to an agent who took it - amazingly and then a few weeks later I had a publisher too. The Old Girl Network came out about a year later and the first time I saw it in a shop, I was so startled I ran out again! I'm convinced it was easier back then to get published, these days it's far more competitive because there are so many girls doing it I'm glad I started early!

I've written a few more since then, but some things don't change: I still get a thrill when I see them around. I hope you enjoy the books, I certainly have a lot of fun writing them.'

Catherine Alliott

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book! 16 July 2009
I have only recently discovered Catherine Alliott and I'm so glad that I have, as she is refreshingly different from the usual chick-lit writers, don't get me wrong I enjoy books by Adele Parks and Wendy Holden (sometimes!) but their characters tend to be either nice or nasty, very 2-D. With this book it is very different, ok Evie (the main character) can be a bit ridiculous sometimes, but this is part of her character. All the other characters are excellent and real, not just stock characters. I loved the way that I didn't quite know what was going to happen and whether Evie's family would be torn apart or brought closer together by their 'secret'.

I laughed out loud many a time, even snorted and on one occasion laughed with tears running down my face, so much so that my husband had to ask me whether I was ok! I rarely do this, normally when a chick-lit book says 'this will make you roll around on the floor laughing' I ignore it! It also had it's sad moments when you had a lump in your throat due to certain characters stories.

Overall, I thought this book was super and Catherine Alliott has become one of my favourite authors, if you like this and haven't tried 'Wedding Day'; 'A Crowded Marriage' or 'A Married Man' I would thoroughly recommend them also.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 26 Jan 2009
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
The secret life of Evie Hamilton was a great book that was a refreshing change to the normal thrillers I have been consuming in large numbers recently. Catherine Alliott has created a great character, somebody that isn't perfect and would be an ideal best friend! She is warm and funny yet slightly on the ditzy side. Evie is married to Ant and they have a daughter Anna. The whole family plays a part in this funny story, including Evies sister in Law Caro who is a force to be reckoned with. There is a major shock in store for Evie when she discovers something about Ants past which will disrupt and could possibly destroy all of their lives. Give it a go if you have never read her books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 1 Sep 2009
By Bindi B
This is the first Catherine Alliott book I have read and after being attracted to such a pretty cover, I was not disappointed. Catherine Alliott's style of writing is easy to follow and very relaxing and enjoyable. The story is well constructed and interesting, showing the family dynamic to good effect with enough interesting and amusing characters to keep the story flowing nicely! Whilst I cannot say whether I would deal with events as well as Evie or feel able to step back and hope for the best possible outcome, it is easy to empathise with her reasons for coping the way she does. The ending is unexpected and keeps the reader guessing almost until the end - and it brought a good few tears to my eye I have to say! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in just a few days as I was eager to know what happened to Evie and her family. I have already ordered more of Catherine's books and look forward to reading them - if they're anything like this one, I'm in for a treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - funny and sad 30 Jan 2009
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I read some of this author's early books and found them rather ordinary. I was attracted to this one by its description. It is excellent. I laughed at some of the scenes and cried over others. Evie is a brilliant creation and some of her escapades are absolutely laugh out loud funny. The dialogue is sharp and witty and the rest of the characters are just as believable as Evie herself. Evie's comfortable life is about to be turned upside down in a way she could never have imagined in her worst nightmares and by the end of the book everyone in it has been affected in one way or another.

What really impressed me about the whole book was that the adults really were adults and dealt with their problems in an adult fashion. I find I just want to shake many characters in modern fiction because they behave like 5 year old kids, but these characters felt real and adult to me. Life is not black and white - and neither is it in this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is tired of the women's fiction which concentrates on shopping and boy friends. This is way above the average.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but could do with better research 4 Aug 2009
I started out really enjoying this book. The characters were quite amusing and there was plenty of plot but when the action moved to my home City of Sheffield, I was totally baffled! Does the author actually know where Sheffield is? We are told that Ted works by the Port, but there is no port in Sheffield, the train journey to Oxford would not go via Ripon (about 70 miles in the other direction) and I don't recognise any of the place names so I suspect she has made them up. Ted's 'northern' accent is painful to read. So all in all a good read but she could do with a bit of research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 3 Nov 2010
I normally enjoy Catherine Alliott's books but had problems with this one as I found the "heroine" difficult to like and rather hoped that she would get her come-uppance. Evvie is the spoilt, complacent and rather stupid wife of an Oxford don. In one way this last is part of her problem as she has some insecurities. When a secret from her husband's long ago past emerges she reacts very badly and puts her otherwise happy and secure family life in danger. Evvie's angst and unreasonable behaviour sits rather uncomfortably with Alliot's usual use of humour in her stories. I'd recommend The Wedding Day to any reader wanting to get the real flavour of Alliott
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by s.clark
3.0 out of 5 stars There's a lot that annoyed me about this book
There's a lot that annoyed me about this book, but I decided it was worth 3 stars because of some really funny bits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shouna Falconer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
This book is like a breath fresh air. It is warm, funny and has a lovely storyline. The main character Evie is great as she is a bit ditzy, she is married to Ant and they have a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karen Gooderham
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read
Published 4 months ago by Mo.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute relaxing read.
Cute and funny if you want a nice relaxing read, with good grammar and non-repetition and a storyline you'll want to get back to but won't find impossible to put down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by F
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I have enjoyed all of this Author's books so far but felt with this one "she is just going through the motions"
I felt she started off writing the book and halfway through... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S HUNTLEY
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I've enjoyed Catherine Alliots books in the past. But I've been extremely disappointed by her latest works. Read more
Published 13 months ago by monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Typical highs and lows ohhs and ahhs. ..loved it! Recommend highly as with all her books; like a comfy blanket!
Published 13 months ago by TESS ROBERTS
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Catherine Alliott
A lighthearted read with a few twists and turns that were unexpected. This is the fourth Catherine Alliott book I've read and it won't be the last.
Published 14 months ago by howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
This is just one of Catherine Alliot's books I would definitely recommend it! A good chicklit holiday escapism read to all ages 21-60
Published 14 months ago by Naomi Scarlett
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