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The Waitress [Paperback]

Melissa Nathan
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Book Description

19 Aug 2004

Katie Simmonds wants to be a film director. Last week she wanted to be a writer, the week before that an educational psychologist, and the week before that a florist. One thing Katie isn't short of is ambition, but she knows for certain that none of her ambitions are to be a waitress. Unfortunately, Katie Simmonds is a waitress.

Hassled by customers, badly paid and stuck with the boss from hell, Katie's life hasn't turned out quite as she'd planned. As for relationships, she's starting to discover that a career choice isn't the only commitment she has problems with. But just when she thinks that things can't get any worse, the cafe where she works is taken over by the last man in the world she wants to see again. Maybe Katie's been waiting at tables - and waiting for Mr Right - for a little too long...

A heartwarming, laugh out loud novel about love, hopes, dreams... and waitressing.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099427982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099427988
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Warm and witty" (Woman's Own)

"Pacy, entertaining" (You Magazine)

"Take this book on holiday and you'll come home bursting with exciting plans to shake up your life" (Cosmopolitan)

"The leading comic romantic novelist of her generation" (Guardian)

"This is one to gobble up in a single sitting" (Company)

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A hilarious romantic novel from the bestselling author of hit intelligent chick lit novel The Nanny. A must buy for fans of funny and romantic chick lit from bestselling author Jill Mansell.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By the time I read The Waitress, I had already read as many of the late Melissa Nathan's books as I could find (Persuading Annie is the last one to get!) as I was totally hooked by her style of writing. My favourite would have to be The Nanny; however, The Waitress was also a most enjoyable and satisfying read which had me staying up too late because I had to finish it!

The heroine is a woman with a personality which will strike a chord with many readers. She's funny, neurotic, strong willed and, yes on occasion, annoying and selfish, but who isn't? This is something Melissa Nathan was particularly good at; even though her heroines are all quite different she breathes real life into them and this humanity is what gives her books their warmth and vibrancy.

Kate can't quite decide what to do with her life, and matters are complicated further by -- you've guessed it -- a man. Not just any man either; he's her new boss. What follows is an engaging, realistic story which has plenty of laughs and some real poignancy and emotion, not forgetting some really well written romance. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 28 Nov 2006
By J.E.T
A beautiful book about the indecisive nature of life and how eventually you have to choose. The second book I read by Mellisa Nathan (the Learning Curve was the first) and just as enjoyable, if not more so. It is a shame that Melissa only ever published 5 books.

You can relate to this story really well. You will find it very hard to put down as it is such an excellent plot and will involve you all the way through. Excellent charcters that you really feel you get to know and a very interesting read. A brilliant love story: it will put you in a great mood. You may get lost in it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Superior to the The Nanny 29 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Worth 'waiting' for!!! Absolutely fantastic - I loved every page. The Nanny was, as we all know, completely brilliant, but the Waitress is even better. The characters are more rounded and more believable and the plot is gripping. We all know that the girl is going to get the boy right? But despite that it still keeps you guessing and hoping ... and laughing. The book is so clever in the way it has a theme about waiting in your life but it never makes it obvious and doesn't rub your nose in it. This isn't chick lit, this is literature. Buy it, read it, love it, read it again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what you need! 23 Oct 2005
I read the waitress in a couple of days because once i got into it i couldn't put it down. It's an excellent read and if you like a love story then it will suit you even more.
I think that kate (main charactor) relates to most people as she constantly changes her mind about what she wants to do with her life (a bit like myself) At one point i was laughing the next i was crying and had to put the book down to wipe my eyes thats how good it is. After reading this book i am now going to read mellissa nathens other books. Enjoy the read. michelle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Dissapointing 23 Aug 2004
By A Customer
I absolutely loved The Nanny and was really excited about this book, but felt a little dissapointed when reading the Waitress. it was still a really good read, but i had rather high expectations which were let down and thus resulted in my disapointment in this book. the main chracter Katie felt a little unreal and undeveloped in relation to Jo in the nanny. As well as in The Nanny, Melissa nathan looks at more than just the main character, so the reader is able to explore many other people in greater depth. i felt that this was not done as good as it was in the nanny.
My high expectations of this book from all of nathan's previuos books perhaps clouded my jugdement of the waitress slighty. it is still entertaining, funny and a good read but not as to the same brilliance as The Nanny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! 12 May 2006
This is the second book by this author that I've enjoyed, the first being "The Nanny". Interesting characters,quick plot twists,and very funny dialogue! Laugh out loud funny!Buy this if you need a good laugh! It will lighten your day! I look forward to reading more from this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Waitress 7 Nov 2004
Melissa Nathan's The Waitress is her second novel after the success of chick-lit favourite The Nanny. Unfortunately, I had not had the pleasure of reading The Nanny before I picked up this title before work one day. The brief synopsis looked amusing, and as a fan of this modern genre I decided to purchase it. I adore reading, especially this kind of novel, and in all honesty, was very pleased with this book.

I am constantly engrossed in the chick-lit world, most probably due to the reason shared by many: we aspire to these characters. Being a student, I thoroughly understand career woes. The wonder, the confusion, the worry of where I will be ten years down the line...a lot of us have been there. And it was somewhat refreshing to see a novel boasting a future-confused heroine, as opposed to the office-based, high-flying city girls in the majority of these stories who appear to have it all, though obviously not - they're SO unlucky because the equally-successful boss they like doesn't love them back. The horror.

Heroine Kate Simmonds is a waitress. Not that she actually wishes to remain a waitress. But she has yet to decide on a career she is happy with, and one which will please her old-fashioned mother. Privately-educated Katie dreams of owning her own restaraunt and being her own boss. But the cafe in which she works is about to be taken over - by the man who she left in a restaraunt a week or so before after a disatrous date.

There is love in all chick-lit books, but I usually give the obviously lovey-dovey ones a miss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good enjoyable read
I love the way this is written. Very believable characters and some of the descriptions of various meetings and happenings made me laugh out loud. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kd
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Melissa Nathan was an excellent writer and I have all her books. They are so good that having donated this and others a couple of years ago, I have bought them again!
Published 7 months ago by KymmyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable!
Amazing begining and gripping storyline! I couldn't put it down! The constants twists and turns of the narrative lead to an unexpected ending!
Published 8 months ago by Eleftheria
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun
Moves along at pace with characters that are interesting. Light reading but well written and enjoyable. The heroine is fun and credible and you want the happy ending.
Published 10 months ago by rowmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as brilliant as The Nanny!
The Nanny was a lovely book and I really enjoyed this one too. It was certainly worth the wait. Melissa always has wonderful characterisation and is a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jayne Mullin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
The writer has sadly died which is so sad for one so young but she writes a superb romance. LOVED it
Published 12 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars I'ma sucker for a happy ending!
Classic Melissa Nathan - who really knows what they want to be when they grow up? An easy read with likeable characters and all the expected complications to finding love and a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by S J
5.0 out of 5 stars Waitress
Love Melissa Nathan books, so ordered this for myself. Not read it yet, but with a long winter ahead it won't be long before I start it.
Published 19 months ago by Pauline M
1.0 out of 5 stars dissipointed
When I bought this I new it was used but it as it was in good order when it came it was scratched and dirty it did play but I bought a new version from some where else
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by cat lover
5.0 out of 5 stars You wont be able to put it down
This is the second book i have read from Melissa Nathan, the first being the Learning Curve. Without a doubt she was a very talented woman. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2008 by M. Smith
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