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Carole Matthews
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Book Description

27 Oct 2011

A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing?

Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life.

It's time for an adventure!

Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right . . . but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide - and fully fledged Maasai Warrior - Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?

Packed with unforgettable characters, romance and laughter, Wrapped Up In You is your very own perfect Christmas Carole!

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751545090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751545098
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carole Matthews is the bestselling author of more than 23 hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans all over the world.

Her latest books, A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas have both appeared in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her novels Welcome To The Real World and Wrapped Up In You were shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. She was also inducted into The Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romantic fiction.
Carole is a prolific writer of short stories, featuring in several anthologies, and has presented on television. She's also a regular radio guest.

Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole has always been an avid reader and dreamed of being a teacher, an air traffic controller, a travel guide or a hairdresser - writer never featured once. Leaving Liverpool for London after a torrid holiday romance in Torquay, she worked as a secretary, an ice-cream lady, a shop assistant and a beauty therapist. It was when she was working in a completely mad holistic clinic that she first thought 'one day I should write a book about this.' She still hasn't got round to it.

Entering a short story competition in Writing Magazine, the first fiction she'd written since being coerced into it at school, Carole - to her and everyone else's amazement - won a thousand pounds! Then - to her and everyone else's amazement - she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course. The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away. He sold her first book, which became Let's Meet on Platform 8, a week later.

Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her partner, Lovely Kev, at Matthews' Towers in the Costa del Keynes. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate, bake cake and spends far too much time on Facebook and Twitter.

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A classy chick-lit story (Woman)

A real winter warmer - enjoy! (Star magazine)

Just the thing to make you feel good on a winter's afternoon (Take a Break)

A heart-warming read (Woman's Way)

Packed with romance and laughter (Lighter Life magazine)

A heartwarming, feel-good, magical book, once unwrapped you absolutely have to read to the very end! Totally absorbing, a great read. Likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Highly recommended! (Hot Brands Cool Places blog)

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A fabulous, festive winter-warmer from the wonderful Carole Matthews

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How far would you travel for the man you love? 16 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Wrapped up in You is Carole Matthews 19th novel.

Janie Johnson is a 30 something single hairdresser living on her own in a little cottage in Buckinghamshire with just Archibald the Aggressive (her cat!) for company.

Her Clients and Friends constant check on her love life gets her down. Nightmare blind dates and the news that her Ex is getting married and his Fiancee is with child pushes her over the edge. Before she knows what she is saying she blurts out that she is off on an Adventure to Africa!

Arriving in the baking heat in Maasai Mara in Kenya whilst the UK is covering in Christmas snow with the knowledge that all her friends think she has lost the plot! Janie meets Dominic, a Maasai Warrior who is to be her guide for the next week and who takes her breath away the moment she meets him. Can "Just" Janie stop herself falling head over heels in love with Dominic and return to her boring in life in the UK or could she dream of a happily ever after with him?

I was delighted to get an advanced copy of Carole's latest book armed with a hot chocolate and a blanket, (well it is a Christmas read) I set about Janie's journey. Straight away I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Janie is a very loveable character and I could understand her need to show her friends she had the guts to try something different with this trip to Africa. The sheer joy of her relationship with Dominic and the tenderness Carole writes of their developing love at the beginning of the story had me turning the pages to see what happens next.

An absolutely delightful story, packed full of comedy moments and also the changing dynamics of friendships as people reach new chapters in the lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was wrapped up in this book 13 Sep 2011
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Carole Matthews has come back with a bang this year. From the first chapter of Wrapped Up in You I was hooked. I connected with the main character from the moment I met her. Janie works as a hairdresser which is a similar industry that I work in so when we first meet her at work with her chatty clients talking about love and holidays, I felt like I was reading about my working day! Janie's character comes over as very warm and caring if a little vulnerable. We only hope that she can soon find the love and happiness she deserves.
Carole teases us in this book with two gorgeous men, Dominic and Mike, who are two worlds apart and who are both perfect in every way and will have you looking at your partner wondering why he isn't more like these characters!
The descriptive method of writing Matthews uses in this book really gives this book an intriguing and exciting feel to it. I think this book should come with a warning on the festive front cover as once you have read this it will have you looking at holidays in Africa!

As you will see from the picture above now that Carole has moved over to Sphere she now has a fresh new look which in my opinion looks much more inviting. I was expecting more of a festive feel to the book judging by the cover so I was a little surprised y the storyline when Janie leaves the festive setting for a gorgeous setting in Africa.

We also get our little touches of humour in this book, my favourite involving a difficult escape route! The book starts at a great pace and continues the whole way through with no dull points to the book. I thought by the second chapter that I knew how the story was going to pan out but I was wrong. This novel is beautifully written and the ending is wrapped up in a lovely way not leaving us hanging and not feeling a rush to the close.

This is one of my favourite Carole Matthews books and I cannot recommend it enough, everyone needs this book sitting under their Christmas tree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual ! 29 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Couldn't really enjoy this book, it was addictive but somehow found it hard to believe and not sure why. Love the sentiment but just didn't do it for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!! 25 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was one of my downloads onto my Kindle and I went to this one first as I normally race through Carole's books with a smile on my face. This one despite the original plot really did not appeal to me and I did not get into it at all. Sorry Carole! I do have your next one to read already on my kindle so fingers crossed for a smile on my face!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of emotion and that is just me!! 17 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a massive Carole Matthews fan and have read all of her books. This latest one doesn't disappoint either. I got into the story almost immediatley and couldn't put it down. Even reading a bit on valentines day (hubby was not too impressed!!) but I just wanted to read and read and read it was that addictive.

Love the characters especially Archibald the Agressive although I do think he should have been let loose on Lewis and then he would not have bothered Janie again.

I laughed, I cried and sometimes I cried laughing. One of my favourites. Looking forward to reading the next book Carole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite all wrapped up 28 Dec 2011
This was the first Carole Matthews book I have read. I enjoyed this book but it just felt like something was missing.

The main character Janie was likeable and caring. A hairdresser and a good listener. The characters in general are easy to warm to. Especially Janie's forever loyal neighbour.

The sub story with her creepy stalker Lewis Moran made me smile.

I wish the section set out in Kenya was longer. In places it was all abit Crocodile Dundee with the differences in culture.

This book was an easy read and hasn't put me off reading another of Matthews many novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 26 days ago by H. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Thought
I've had to put "I like it" because I didn't realise that it was written in 2011 with a different cover now and I've read it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! I want to book a safari now!!!
What an absolutely fantastic story - one of the best I have ever read (and I've read a lot of books!!!!!!!). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Kerry Hallatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
So good to read she did her home work well. It felt as if I was going on the road of love with them
Published 2 months ago by jenny wale
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
Since discovering Carole Matthews, I have done a lot more reading than ever before. This book is definitely one of my favourites so far. Read more
Published 2 months ago by V. SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous read
Really enjoyed reading wrapped up in you. Thoroughly enjoyed the story glad it all worked out for Janie in the end. Would of liked to of read abit more about Mike. Read more
Published 3 months ago by eeyoregirl17
4.0 out of 5 stars easy romantic story
I did enjoy this book, I wouldn't say that I was engrossed an couldn't put it down though. I read each night and enjoyed the romantic journey. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dawn G
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
Loved this book, got me gripped from the start, it didn't end as I had expected which was a nice surprise.
Published 4 months ago by terry langridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrapped up in a story!
Thank you Carole for yet another super story to keep us warm on winter nights! I enjoyed the whole story.
Published 5 months ago by Patdut
5.0 out of 5 stars ftsouthwark
An absorbing and sometimes very witty plausible storyline - From a cold wintry Buckinghamshire to the steamy heat of the Maasai Mara Ms Matthews descriptions bring it all to life... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ftsouthwark
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