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Tickled Pink [Kindle Edition]

Christina Jones
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All you need is love...

Posy has been dumped by her long-time boyfriend. Lola has lost her job and her home. The village of Steeple Fritton appears to be their only salvation and they'll have to utilise their assets or go under. But when the assets are a showman’s traction engine, an ailing pub and a village full of eccentrics, the new life plan is not immediately obvious to either of them. Then Flynn and Ellis arrive – and things go from the sublime to the ridiculous…

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From the Author

I'm - er - tickled pink by Tickled Pink, and I really hope you will be, too. When I'm asked what it's about and I say - well, it's an everyday story of carnival queens and karaoke kings; of traction engines and tattooists; of love and friendships; of carnivals and village pubs; of Adam Ant and the Orient Express, - I get some very odd looks. Really, it's simply a very happy book about a village and villagers, and I loved writing it and hated finishing it - and now my lifetime's ambition is to live in Steeple Fritton and drink at The Crooked Sixpence and drool over Ellis and Flynn and... yeah, okay, sad, I know - but we authors are a strange bunch... I wrote Tickled Pink as an antidote to all the bleak and unhappy things that are going on in the world - so, yes, it's pure escapism, and a bit wacky (think Miss Read meets H.E. Bates in Ambridge and goes completely mad, and you may get the picture), and real feel-good fiction, but hopefully you'll enjoy a wallow in the company of Lola and Posy (and Flynn and Ellis who both have a very high phwoar factor in my opinion, of course, but then I'm a bit biased...) and Tatty Spry and Rose Lusty and Glad Blissit and the Pinks (Martha, Mary and Neddy)and all the other characters who scamper merrily across the pages. If you're kind enough to buy Tickled Pink, and read it, I'd really, really love to know what you think of it - and I hope it at least makes you smile.
With thanks,

From the Back Cover

Never heard of Steeple Fritton? That's about to change…

When Posy planned her wedding, she assumed that she would be at the altar, not skulking in the last pew wishing premature death on the bride.

And Lola planned her happily-ever-after for 28 years. When a sudden death makes her homeless and jobless, she must leave the fancy biscuit trade without so much as a custard cream for the journey.

With radical rethinks needed, Posy and Lola have to utilise their assets or go under. But when the assets are a showman's traction engine, an ailing pub and a village full of eccentrics, the new life plan is not immediately obvious.

Christina Jones gives a vivid, frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant picture of unusual friendships and changing village life. Never heard of Steeple Fritton? You won't forget it in a hurry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (13 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been writing all her life. As well as writing novels, she contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and newspapers.

Nothing to Lose, was shortlisted for the Thumping Good Read Award with film and television rights sold. Heaven Sent was shortlisted for The Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Award, and Love Potions won the Pure Passion Award.

She is also the author of Going the Distance, Running the Risk, Stealing the Show, Jumping to Conclusions, Tickled Pink, Walking on Air, Lavender Lane, Honeysuckle House, Forever Autumn, Summer of Love, Bucolic Frolics, Happy Ever After, Hubble Bubble, Seeing Stars, Happy Birthday, Heaven Sent, Moonshine, The Way A Woman's Heart, and Never Can Say Goodbye. Her new novel, An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding, will be published in 2013.

After years of travelling, she now lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Christina Jones 27 Sept. 2002
By A Customer
I have really enjoyed all Christina Jones' books, and this one is no exception. With all the twists and turns which we have come to expect, spanners thrown into the works; a couple of old characters cropping up and new ones to cheer on, it keeps you enthralled right up to the last page.
Anything else I should do is put on hold when I get a new book by this author, and I can't wait for the next one. I would recommend it to anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tickled Pink? I certainly was! 16 Sept. 2002
I cannot describe how wonderful this book is. I love all Christina Jones's books and after the fabulous Nothing To Lose, I wondered how it was possible to keep up the standard. Well, Ms Jones has done it again. And some. All about friendships and fresh starts, Tickled Pink takes you to the magical world of Steeple Fritton, a delightful village full of eccentric, quirky, believeable, warm and absorbing characters and makes you wish you lived there too. I was involved from the first moment. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, and was left, as ever with this author's books, with a warm glow of contentment when I had finished. I read it in a sitting. I'm sure you will too. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Anyone needing a lift from a gloomy day will be sure to have their spirits restored by Tickled Pink. It should be available on the NHS! Bring some warmth and happiness into your life today and buy this book now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book! 21 Sept. 2002
Oh how I wish I could visit the B&B at Steeple Fritton and meet all the people I have got to know in this novel. It seems incredible that they don't have a life other than within the pages of a book!
Like Christina Jones' other books, this one explores a world (Steam Engines) that will not be familiar to most of us, but the characters draw us in from the beginning. What will happen to Posy? And what is to become of Lola?
This is one of those books where you simply must set aside enough time to read it. Don't think that you will be able to let 'real' life intrude until you have reached the very end! And what a surprising, and satisfactory, ending it is.
Another wonderful book by this superb author.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could go to the fair! 3 Feb. 2003
By A Customer
I read this book whilst on holiday and when I came home I really felt like I'd been to two places in that week, Tenerife and Steeple Fritton! Christina Jones defiantely brings that little village alive. I really wished I could go to the fair!
It's the first Christina Jones book I have read and have just ordered 2 more. It's both funny and poignant and the characters are both lovable and eccentric. It's not your usual romance, it's about people finding happiness in their lives, the romance is an added bonus.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and a definate page-turner which will have you chuckling out loud.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tickled Pink 12 Oct. 2003
THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. Tickled Pink is the only book that I just have to look at that makes me smile. It was the first book of Christina Jones' that I read, I've since read them all and she is just a fantastic author. Without knowing me how did she write about everyone I know? With each book I feel I am reading about the people that I know and love and I can picture it all! For anyone who has dashed to the Maternity Unit at the Royal Berks then read it! Tickled Pink is well read and touched by friends, but I love it so much I will not lend it to anyone! Buy your own! Enjoy and buy them all!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I loved 'Tickled Pink' but I am so cross with Christina Jones!!! She has written such a 'page-turner' that on a recent transatlantic flight to Canada instead of sleeping, as I had intended during the flight, I read for the entire journey - simply couldn't put the blasted book down. I arrived with dried out eyeballs!!
I was happily ensconced in Steeple Fritton sharing in all the goings on whilst films, food and stewardesses came and went. I laughed out loud several times. I didn't quite finish it and for once I was hoping that we might be held in a queue over Toronto but no such luck!
I'm a bookworm with broad tastes but I love the books by Christina Jones as she always seems to give her readers a taste of something different as they always have a colourful and unusual central theme. We are then educated (gently) as well as royally entertained.
Thanks for all the entertaining hours spent in your beautifully painted fictional world. Pure escapism at its best. I can't wait for the next one Christina.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christina Jones just gets better and better! 30 Nov. 2002
By A Customer
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This is a fantastic story; a tale of two completely different characters from different walks of life that are thrown together and form an unlikely friendship. Lola and Posy are brilliant main characters in a story that will have you laughing out loud, sympathising and impatiently waiting for two new relationships to take off, with many frustrating obstacles along the way. I truly cannot wait for Christina Jones to write another book so I guess I will just have to go all the way back to Going The Distance and start reading them all again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm moving to Steeple Fritton too! 20 Sept. 2002
By A Customer
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Really enjoyed this one, it was such fun. I do wish Christina Jones would write for soaps, she'd liven up EastEnders no end. Her characters really step off the page and come alive, I think she should start a Steeple Fritton website and let us know how they all get on. I think I've also fallen in love with Flynn, pity he's spoken for. One word of warning, this is not a book to start when you've got masses to do! It won't get done. I meant to save it for my holiday, but couldn't resist the first page, and then the next, and the next...
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