A Breath of Fresh Air Paperback – 17 Jun 2004
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After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
About the Author
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.
The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.
Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @theericajames
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The characters are quite two dimensional. They slot into their unoriginal and predetermined roles very easily - the brash adulterer, the head-strong teenager, the workaholic husband, the obsessive PTA meeting wife and mum etc. etc. The main character wasn't developed enough either, she seemed quite content to while away her time in a small life and not build a new one for herself alone after her (workaholic) husband dies. The most unused and interesting character was the main character's best friend - a self-confident and sassy Italian woman, who could have blown the other characters away, if she didn't have only about five pages worth of plot in the whole story.
The outcome was predictable from reading the first page, and the rest of the plot offered no surprises. I was willing the author to give me something more, a twist to mean it wasn't just another middle aged woman's book. However, sadly, she didn't. I doubt I'll be reading this book again.
Imagine sitting in the sun with a glass of wine and reading something so you're occupied while your tan builds. Not something that will change the world, but will just occupy your mind enough for a few lazy hours.
I liked Charlotte but she was to depressing, yeah her husband died, but she didn't love love him anyway so why was she so guilty?
I spent most the time wishing Charlotte would lighten up a bit and tell her interfering sister to do one and wishing that she would hurry up and hook up with Alex.
I might read this book again one day, but right now it can sit with the rest of the books on my shelf of disappointment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Erica James she writes terrific novels and am never disappointed in any of her booksPublished 3 months ago by timothy munns
Love Erica James books so absolutely right.Draws you into the whole thing and you feel bereft when you reach the endPublished 4 months ago by Flo Gentry
Just started this book and already, as with all of Erica James novels, you are immediately into the story.Published 9 months ago by Mrs J Conroy
Erica James is one of my favourite authors and this book was 100%greatPublished 10 months ago by Dlanor