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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2013
Oh, I did enjoy this book. Absolutely brilliant. From start to finish. Fabulous characters and descriptions that have totally captured my imagination. The gangsters are just hilarious and I could literally picture them fumbling about like Laurel and Hardy. Loved Harriet, wonderful character. I wanted to punch Julian and wanted to kiss Brice. All the characters really got under my skin and that's the sign of a bloody fantastic book! Thank you, Lynda, for keeping me entertained these last few days. I do hope there will be a sequel to this as I'm not sure I'll cope without these characters in my life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2013
Oh, where to begin? I've just finished this book and I'm still laughing. I never stopped laughing all the way through. This is a roller-coaster of a read with misunderstandings, double entendres and clever one-liners tumbling hot and heavy across every page. You have got to love our heroine, Harriet - or 'arriet. She is a warm, intelligent funny girl-next-door type with a big heart and bad taste in men. The host of characters that she has to deal with are well-drawn and I had a clear image in my head of each of them.
In a way, it's like a carry-on film but will appeal to all ages. I'm regretting I bought it for my Kindle as I know it would give my Mum a good laugh too.
I am seriously hoping for a sequel as I would love to see more of Harriet's escapades with the Lancaster family but in the meantime I will satisfy myself with reading some of this excellent author's other work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
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Copy provided by author in exchange for and honest review.

Harriet Lawson is my kind of gal. Feisty and with a great sense of humour, she has some fabulous one liners and is a great main character for this book. Unfortunately she is partnered with a bit of a smarmy loser, Julian, who has done the dirty on her big time - but not in the way you might think.

Having given up on her dream to nurse in underprivileged areas abroad in order to support Julian in his new venture, and having to work in a launderette whilst trying to keep up with her studies, Harriet is frustrated and just trying to make the best of a bad situation - a situation that is going to get a whole lot worse.

In the mean time the very rich and pompous Hamilton Lancaster is in a fix as he is desperate to inherit his grandmothers shares - but has to show himself to be responsibly settling down as soon as possible in order to do so. After all, his grandmother only has six months to live....

A chance meeting at a mutual friends wedding leads to Harriet receiving a very interesting proposition and while she feels uncomfortable with it - it could solve her increasingly mounting problems. What could go wrong? And who is the very gorgeous guy she also met at the wedding who caused her to tingle in all sorts of places?!

This was an hilarious read. Harriet's character is brilliant and she had me in stitches. She is very much your normal average girl thrust into a ridiculous situation and trying to muddle her way through it. Just when you think things can't get any worse - they do. Initially I felt sorry for her as she is seemingly blinded by her love for Julian - but thankfully as events transpire she comes to realise that what she thought was love, really isn't at all. More a relationship of convenience - and mostly convenient for Julian.

There is a delightful selection of characters from the faithful and `all over the place' best friend Fi and her stuttering boyfriend Alistair who is the butt of many a joke, to the bumbling wannabe East End gangsters and the very upper class family to which Hamilton belongs - and who are all hiding secrets of their own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A carefully written story with many intricacies woven in and yet told in such a witty and relaxed style that as the reader I was pulled in and kept there - wanting to keep turning the page to find out hat was going to happen next.

Verdict: I was already a fan of Lynda Renham having read and enjoyed `Pink Wellies and Flat Caps', `Wedding Cake to Turin' and `Coconuts and Wonderbras'. Her latest release therefore, `The Valentines Present' has firmly established her as one of my favourite authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
Lynda, you are fabulous! What another great read! I love all your books, but this has to be my favourite! From start to finish you had me really laughing out loud, couldn't put the book down. What wonderful characters!, didn't want the book to end. Waiting for your next brill read!..Thankyou x
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1st let me say this is the 1st book i have read by Lynda Renham My Daughter recommended it to me I really loved this book it was hilarious i have never laugh so much. Had me laughing from start to finish great book i highly recommend it I have the box set on my kindle and can't wait to read them all Wow
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on 17 October 2013
Firstly I'd like to thank Raucous Publishing for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I have enjoyed other books by Lynda Renham, I love her witty titles and hilarious writing style so I really couldn't wait to start this one!

I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed, this was just as fun as the previous books I've read. The first chapter delightfully explained the title of the book, it also introduced me to three gangsters (who were all called Jack) and Harriet's boyfriend Julian. As with the other books I've read by this author I was instantly hooked and laughing out loud pretty much straight away.

The dramatic events that led to Harriet accepting Hamilton's offer were entertaining and captivating - I just couldn't stop flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen next. The trip to Scotland was everything I hoped it would be and the storyline continued to hold my attention throughout with the hilarious ups and downs that Harriet faced (there were just too many funny moments to mention). The gorgeous Brice added an interesting side to the story, the chemistry between him and Harriet was perfectly written and an absolute pleasure to read.

This was a fabulously fun read, the comedy combined with the criminal undertone made it thoroughly entertaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2014
THIS BOOK IS RIVITTING FROM START TO FINISH,YOU CANNOT LEAVE IT.LAUGH A MINUTE .I SAY BUY IT,ALL THE FAMILY WILL WANT TO READ IT .
BRILLI ANT BOOK
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on 3 May 2015
I really enjoyed this! The main character, Harriet (or Harry - made me think of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - HA) is crude and unsophisticated, BUT, what she lacks in grace she makes up for in character. Of this she has bucket loads.

Harriet is naive and too trusting of her boyfriend, Justin, who gets her to sign her name to purchase agreements ending up in her owing thousands of pounds. The story gets interesting when an upper class "gentleman" learns of her predicament and makes her an offer she can't refuse... He will pay her £35,000 if she pretends to be his fiancé for a weekend! I mean, how hard can this be?

Add, an irresistible cousin to tempt Harriet away from her boyfriend and "fiancé", a crafty old woman pulling the purse strings, a Scottish highland resort, some dodgy crooks, and you have the making of a non-stop, hilarious, comedy romance.

I laughed out loud so many times, and it made me remember why I loved "Four Weddings and a Funeral" many years ago. Swearing can be so funny in the right context, and this author nailed it! Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2015
the dogs bollocks is thee best book I have ever read.. the times I had to stop because I was crying with laughter.. coming from the east end myself its what we call 'the dogs bollocks' its a book I would recommend all my friends read [ with a box of tissues] .. All I can say is thank you for a great laugh ... 10/10 if not more thanks again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
It made me laugh but don't expect it to change your life. Funny but a bit far fetched at times.
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