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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'nm Baching this one...
Libby Purves was new to me - I picked this one up more in hope than in anticipation, and was gripped for most of the evening. The plot has some craftily contrived moments of high drama, and a viewpoint which isn't limited, thankfully, to the usual domestic or city sphere, but the main suprise was Purves's style. Wonderfully restrained, subtly nuanced - reading this was...
Published on 29 Aug 2002 by Dr. S. A. Dalton-brown

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All a bit see through but still a good read
Good non assuming beach read or a cosy fireside book. Not really any super drama moments or high end bitchyness but a gentle family saga.

Sarah and Leo have been married for about 17 years when Sarah's sister Maggie comes back to the UK for a short stay before jetting off again, this time to China on her backpacking life with no strings - A Free Woman...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'nm Baching this one..., 29 Aug 2002
This review is from: A Free Woman (Paperback)
Libby Purves was new to me - I picked this one up more in hope than in anticipation, and was gripped for most of the evening. The plot has some craftily contrived moments of high drama, and a viewpoint which isn't limited, thankfully, to the usual domestic or city sphere, but the main suprise was Purves's style. Wonderfully restrained, subtly nuanced - reading this was like listening to a piece of Bach - not a note wrong. I didn't even feel that the ending was a cop-out, which in a lesser novel would be an easy criticism. I'm now tracking down all Purves' other works to see if she can keep up the standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All a bit see through but still a good read, 3 May 2009
This review is from: A Free Woman (Paperback)
Good non assuming beach read or a cosy fireside book. Not really any super drama moments or high end bitchyness but a gentle family saga.

Sarah and Leo have been married for about 17 years when Sarah's sister Maggie comes back to the UK for a short stay before jetting off again, this time to China on her backpacking life with no strings - A Free Woman.

Sarah is everything Maggie is not, A wife, mother and keeper of a mundane job in a Vet's Surgery. Sarah could secretly be a little jealous of her younger sisters adventures when it was she who started family life a little earlier than she intended with her husband Leo.

Sarah loves her sister and wants her to stay on in the small market town a while longer and help Leo run his book shop in the high street. She feels that she doesn't see enough of Maggie and wants someone to share experiences with - to reminiese about their past. The kids love Auntie Maggie and hold her in awe with god like quality.

Revelations come to pass, most on the tip of the tongue or said in a state of high drama which Sarah finds very difficult to deal with. She snubs her sister (again maybe a little jealuousy?)and Maggie is forced to take a path that screams at her to break away and run.....

I am in two minds about this book. It's typical Purves but the plot could be seen to be almost transparant and she has written better, more satisfying reads.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable condition for the price, 8 July 2013
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I am enjoying the novel, Libby Purves is definitely is one of my favourite authors, and its an excellent story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Free Woman, 23 April 2013
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Another fine book this time by that well known author Libby Purves. Again this a replacement copy of this book where the original
after much reading needed renewal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!, 11 Sep 2014
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This is just a wonderful story, wild Maggie roaming the world doing as she pleases then bought down to earth with a bump but making the best of it when her world comes tumbling down. Great interactions with the family and her desperate struggle to stay independent and free. Makes you realise that happiness is not about status and possessions but about what makes you happy, friends, families and that life takes you where you're meant to be - even if it's not what you had planned - a great read!
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