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Other People's Marriages
Other People's Marriages
by Shane Watson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very grown up, 24 Jan. 2007
This beautifully written book follows the lives and loves of Anna and her yoga practising boyfriend Richard, and their tight knit group of friends who Anna is using as case studies for her book about other peoples marriages; charity guru Valerie and her put upon husband Archie; Ruth and Dave (who just cant seem to grow up) and divorced couple Tony and Jean. Due to the ages and the lives of the characters it seemed a much more grown up book than those I normally read, and it took me much longer than I was expecting to get into. But thats not to say I didnt loose myself in the story eventually, which kept me engrossed right till the very end.


Shopaholic & Sister: (Shopaholic Book 4)
Shopaholic & Sister: (Shopaholic Book 4)
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 24 Jan. 2007
This brings you up to date with the crazy spending and mixed up world of Rebecca Bloomwood. Shes just married the gorgeous Luke and we start the story on her idyllic honeymoon in Sri Lanka, but all isnt as hunky-dory as you would expect. For a start shes still spending (in secret), shes also unemployed and to top it all her best mate (the brilliant Suze) has a new best mate... throw a long lost sister into the mix, and you've got a cracker of a story. I didnt laugh quite so often at this one though, but when I did, the Diet Coke I was drinking came out of my nose....


The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic: (Shopaholic Book 1)
The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic: (Shopaholic Book 1)
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First and the Best, 24 Jan. 2007
This is by far my favourite of the Shopaholic series, focussing on the fantastic Rebecca Bloomwood. Its a brilliant book, very funny and original and we meet a variety of great characters, which we can grow to know and love in the following books. If you buy just the one Sophie Kinsella book, make it this one - and then cause you'll get hooked on Beckys life, you'll end up buying all the others anyway!


Nights of Rain and Stars
Nights of Rain and Stars
by Maeve Binchy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 24 Jan. 2007
This is the first book Ive read by the atuhor, maybe because its set in Greece (not her usual Ireland) and in present day (not in the usual 1950s). I was blown away. The beautiful story throws a bunch of strangers together at Andreas's Tavern (a man missing his son who left home 9 years ago), on a stunning Greek island one balmy Summer season. Following a tragic shipping accident, we meet all the main characters - Fiona and her violent boyfriend, Thomas (a divorced man also missing his son), Elsa who is running away from her lying ex partner, David who is trying to escape his overbearing family and Vonni, a middle aged Irish women who has lived on the island for years. Examining the issues of family and friendship, Ms Binchey creates a truly touching tale of strangers becoming friends, of people running away from their troubles and finding answers they never anticipated.


Shopaholic Abroad
Shopaholic Abroad
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Shopaholic Abroad (Paperback)
In a work of pure genius this book continues the life and times of Rebecca Bloomwood, who has now bagged Luke - the dynamic founder and owner of Brandon Communications - and is still spending, shopping and living way above her means, but this time in NY. I didnt find this quite and funny as The Secret Dreamworld, but its still a jolly good story, with the sort of characters we can all relate to - including Rebecca herself....


Engaging Men (Red Dress Ink)
Engaging Men (Red Dress Ink)
by Lynda Curnyn
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 24 Jan. 2007
With three of her ex-boyfriends married (or shortly getting married), Angie DiFranco begins to wonder whether Kirk, her latest BF will pop the question and if so WHEN?! What with holding jobs as both a presenter of an early morning kids cable TV show and a telesales lady for a clothes catalogue in the afternoon (where we meet a great bunch of female characters), and coping with her crazy family she begins to formulate a plan to "nail down her man". Short enough to read in one sitting, its a funny read, and alot deeper than you may think judging by the cover.


Shopaholic Ties The Knot: (Shopaholic Book 3)
Shopaholic Ties The Knot: (Shopaholic Book 3)
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's Back, 24 Jan. 2007
Luke's proposed and amid the hoo-ha of planning her dream wedding (one on each side of the Atlantic) Becky still manages to shop till she drops. It's almost impossible not to buy this - after all, don't you want to know what happens next?!


He Loves Me Not...He Loves Me
He Loves Me Not...He Loves Me
by Claudia Carroll
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 24 Jan. 2007
This debut novel by the Irish actress is set in County Kildare and the crumbling mansion house Davenport Hall. When Daisy and Portia Davenports father abandons them and their mother (my favourite character - the crazy eccentric Lucasta), a family friend suggests that they turn the ancestral home over to be used as the location for a major new movie to earn them enough money to make the necessary repairs to the house. As the Hall is taken over, we meet film stars Montana Jones, Ella Hepburn and Guy van der Post, and before you can say "Lights, Camera, Action" theres more sex and drama off screen than on... A great read, buy this, and then buy the second book which also features Portia and Davenport Hall "The Last of the Great Romantics".


Sexy Shorts for the Beach (S.S. Charity S.)
Sexy Shorts for the Beach (S.S. Charity S.)
by Sue Houghton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a short story collection, 24 Jan. 2007
Short and snappy enough for each story to be read in one sitting, this is the 6th book in the charity range with £[...] from each copy sold going to Cancer Research UK. With a great list of contributors including Tina Brown, Della Galton, Rosie Harris, Jane Wenham Jones and Dawn Wingfield, its a great little book to hide in your beach bag - and with almost all the stories relating to summer, the beach, love found and lost - its perfect for the holiday season.


Hollywood Husbands
Hollywood Husbands
by Jackie Collins
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, 24 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Hollywood Husbands (Paperback)
You have to get up very early to beat a good romp through the corrupt, sexy, macho world that Jackie Collins consistently manages to create. Her old school style of Chick Lit has stood the testament of time - and this is by far my favourite of all her books. Following on from Hollywood Wives this tells the tale of unlikely best friends Manon Cable (movie superstar), Howard Soliman (studio exec and coke addict) and Jack Python (the hottest talk show host in town, and the sexiest glasses wearer ever), together with Clarissa Browning (Jacks cold and detached actress girlfriend), Jade Johnson (a beautiful and sexy model with a terrible past), Silver Anderson (Jacks sister and soap star diva), Whitney Valentine (Manons ex wife) and Melanie-Shannon (Manons current wife). Confused you might be, but you'll never be bored. Watch out for the scene with Silver and her sexy new lover in the jacuzzi. Blimey.


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