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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490571671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490571676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,355,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former actress, Sally Patricia Gardner formed her own touring company in the 1970's. She describes the venture as 'great fun, but sadly, only mildly lucrative'. In the 1980's a lifelong passion for animals led her to build and run Spikes Island, a highly successful boarding cattery. Early in the millennium, asked to write a short piece for a local magazine, she continued writing only to find that the article had turned into her first novel, Lillian's Story, One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century. Astounded and delighted by its success, she has since written The Sweetest Empire, Painting by Numbers, and Finding Cordelia. All four novels are now available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback. Sally is at present writing her fifth novel, and is proud to be Chair of Shorelink Community Writers,a long-standing and thriving writers group in Hastings, which believes that laughter is essential to the creative process. Sally lives in rural Sussex with her husband, Roland, also a writer, and assorted rescued animals. Their daily walk with their dogs in the woods nearby is an important part of their lives, although they could do without Bengy the spaniel's penchant for going off and leaving them gnashing their teeth while they wait for him to reappear! For more information about Sally and her books please visit: www.sallypatriciagardner.com

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This engrossing fourth novel from Sally Patricia Gardner does not disappoint and I found it extremely hard to put down.
Young mother of two Cordelia, who married early, is now searching for something more from a life that has become boring. She needs to find out just who she is and what sort of person she may become.
A meeting in the park has a big impact, leading to her starring in a series of TV adverts that rocket her to fame. Moreover, she falls in love with the handsome Sebastian who - besides playing her husband - also happens to be both the producer's son and a curate. Is he the one she is meant to be with?
Her search for answers leads through many twists and turns; developments include bewildering and hurtful behaviour from daughter Natalie, and Cordelia moving on to a different life working in an animal rescue centre.
An absorbing read, with true-to-life, believable characters and a satisfying ending. Absolutely perfect for a treat.
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By Alex Ede on 19 July 2013
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Another 'can't put down book'....this is a great read, this author goes from strength to strength. JK Rowling in disguise perhaps?!
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I found that I couldn't quite work out the original timeline of the book but then when it ends up in the present I don't suppose it really matters - I would have liked to have been able to put Cordelia's thoughts into context though.

Having said that I enjoyed the way that the book went from one characters point of view to the others. It added an interesting dimension to the storyline.

I thought that I might find the storyline a bit far-fetched but I think that Cordelia's problems could have been the same no matter what career she had chosen for herself after the children were at school. The story follows Cordelia as she starts a career appearing in a tv commercial, then moves on to her relationship with her husband, her relationship as her career develops with her family and then how she finds 'refuge' in working for an animal shelter.
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This is an enjoyable and easy to read story which is well written and the style is undoubtedly from the pen of Sally Gardner.

Romance is not the genre that I would automatically read or be attracted to. This novel is a romantic journey which tells the story of a married woman with two children who takes control and changes her life. She realises that she may have married too early and believes she is missing out on something though not entirely sure what that might be. Quite by accident she becomes an actress whilst bringing up children and gets involved in helping animals. The search for love plays a role in her development and she eventually realises who her true love is.

The story moves easily through Cordelia's life and many woman will associate with the storyline. The book is a positive addition to the increasing repertoire of Sally Patricia Gardner.
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If you had asked me to write a review while I was reading the first two thirds of this novel I would have more than likely given it 5 stars. Punchy, realistic dialogue, characters I could believe in and care about, however the last third could have been written by a different author. It suddenly turns into 'jolly hockey sticks', predictable, repetitive drivel. I so enjoyed the first bit but I'm afraid I sped read through the last just to get it over and done with. Sorry.
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This is an excellent story, very well written. Cordelia is a really interesting character and it made you want to keep reading to find out what happened next.
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I have enjoyed reading this book so much. I grew up in Brockley and loved the fact that the author used places that I know so well. Cordelia goes through so many different emotions and changes in her life that are written so well that I could totally understand why she had to become independent of any relationship before finally finding herself and falling in love with the man I didn't expect her to be with. l am looking forward to reading more by this author as read this book through one of my recommended reads, a lovely story with a delightful ending.
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Sally Patricia Gardner has written a lovely story with believable characters. The story fairly rattles along with the main character at first feeling trapped, in her early twenties to a man she is growing away from and with two young children. She eventually finds true love in an unexpected place. But it is not just a simple romance; it involves the difficulties that arise in families, and between mothers and daughters and touches on the newly found freedoms, both sexual and financial, of her generation and of its women's quest to find themselves.

Of course the trademark cats and dogs play their part but so to does her dark green mini, a symbol of independence at a time when most women didn't really have it and the `I can go anywhere' attitude of young women finding their feet.
A good read.
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