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The Learning Curve
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2006
This book was, as with all of Melissa Nathan's books, an absolute joy to read. The characters were likeable and interesting and there were many of those laugh-out-loud moments that we all need sometimes.

I was very saddened to read of Melissa's death earlier on in the year and wish to send my deepest condolences to her family. Her books brought delight to many readers, and for that we are all very grateful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2006
The wonderful tale of a school-teacher and the decisions she has to make in life. Utterly compulsive if slightly predictable. A great holiday read with enough twists to leave you satisfied and hooked on continuing.

This is the first novel I read by Melissa Nathan, but not the last. A great legacy she left behind for so many to enjoy- I thoroughly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2007
A modern take on Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, the learning curve applies to Nicky Hobbs and Mark Samuels. Oscar, his 10 year old son is the key to both of their lives as he moves into his last year at primary and has Miss Hobbs as his new teacher.

A lovely story with characters that can be fully related to. Every work place has some of these! Having only read 'The Nanny' before this I will definitely be seeking her previous work. Sadly due to her death there will be no more of these wonderfully cosy novels.

Easy to read with a no nonsense ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2007
A refreshing read. I had never read any of Melissa's books and was given this book as a present. I really did enjoy it. Definitely a book I couldn't wait to get back to. I was never bored, never skipped a page and I was actually sorry when I reached the end. The characters were very real, with thoughts and feelings I think we can all relate to. An absolute pleasure to read.

I have purchased her previous novels and can't wait to read them now. I hope they will be just as delightful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2006
I absolutely loved this book. I was captivated from the word go! I read it within a matter of a few days, once staying up 'till half past 3 in the morning because i couldn't put it down!

I'd never heard of this author before and was very shocked when i read the first page, which i had previously skipped because i was so excited about reading the book, and discovered she had past away. My heart goes out to her family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2008
I really wanted to love this book but found it didn't quite hit the spot for me. It was sweet and contained some funny one-liners but was entirely too long, it really could have been half the length. As a result it felt a bit rambling and became frustrating, as I just wanted to skip the detailed narrative and get on to the good bits. The premise was a good one; stressed single dad neglects son that 30 something single broody teacher adores, throw in some school politics and a couple of extra love triangles and off you go. However, Nicky was quite annoying and at times unbelievable - her emotional responses to things were a bit juvenile.

No doubting that MN was a talented writer; the writing was descriptive and competent but the story was a little too school yard (excuse the pun) for me, lots of he said, she said with not enough adult edge to leave me feeling satisfied. Loved Miss James though, an inspired choice of character, and the puzzle concept - brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2006
Having loved all her previous books i waited eagerly for this one to be released, the acknowlegements in the front of the book were extremely poignant and left me in tears so i was surprised i was able to get into the book so easily and enjoy the story so much.

It was very hard to put it down the characters are so human the story unfolds in a natural and easy way with plenty of laughs along the way. I'm so sorry we have lost such a good author at such a tragically young age, condolences and best wishes to her family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2007
I read this book back in 06' and it was my first book by Melissa Nathan. I read in during my holiday to Spain, and i read it before the week was up, i just could not bring myself to put it down. I am not normally a fan of books, as i do get bored very easily, but this was just something i had to finish, and wanted to finish. I loved it, and i have read and re-read it i don't know how many times. After reading this i went out and bought the Waitress ( which is just as good) and the Nanny ( still have to read), and her latest, Persuading Annie. So far i love this Author, she has yet to disapoint me in her books, and i will continue to buy them until there aren't any more.
I did hear that she is no longer with us, and for that i am truly sorry for her family. I will always be a Nathan Fan, due to the fact that her books are REAL! What a author. A MUST READ AUTHOR!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2006
I really enjoyed this book, and it was the first one of Melissa Nathans I have read. I was also very saddened to hear that she passed away shortly after finishing it. It was a great book, very entertaining, hard to put down sometimes, you get quite caught up in the characters! I will be reading The Waitress next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2006
I picked this book up at local store just for something to pass an hour or two in the evenings after finishing all the house work etc. Sadly the dishes went undone the hoover was bannished the children went to bed with a very quick story, i was totally captivated and couldn't put the book down and have to admit to reading the book in about 2 days. I hope to purchase all melissa nathan books and would like to pass my sympathy to her family but she has left a great legacy in wonderful writing. A great writer.
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