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A Girl's Guide to Kissing Frogs by [Clayton, Victoria]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Praise for Victoria Clayton and her novels:

'A sharp-eyed social comedy to curl up with.' Woman and Home

'A high-class romantic production.' Marie Claire

'Victoria Clayton is unafraid to take a story by the scruff of the neck.' Independent

'Victoria Clayton has a glinting wit and intelligence.' Mail on Sunday

'Delightful humour which overlays a beady observation and perception.' Mail on Sunday

‘A charming read’. The Sun

‘Charming, witty stuff from author Victoria Clayton’. Sunday Express

'The charm and vivacity with which the author presents her scenario and the precision with which she describes character and setting make this a very enjoyable read. Social comedy is a difficult thing to do, but Clayton shows herself an adept practitioner.' Times

‘It’s the perfect beach read’.
Red Magazine

‘A charmingly witty book which was an absolute delight to read’.
My Weekly

‘A witty yarn’. Hotstars.

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Praise for Victoria Clayton and her novels: 'A sharp-eyed social comedy to curl up with.' Woman and Home 'A high-class romantic production.' Marie Claire 'Victoria Clayton is unafraid to take a story by the scruff of the neck.' Independent 'Victoria Clayton has a glinting wit and intelligence.' Mail on Sunday 'Delightful humour which overlays a beady observation and perception.' Mail on Sunday 'A charming read'. The Sun 'Charming, witty stuff from author Victoria Clayton'. Sunday Express 'The charm and vivacity with which the author presents her scenario and the precision with which she describes character and setting make this a very enjoyable read. Social comedy is a difficult thing to do, but Clayton shows herself an adept practitioner.' Times 'It's the perfect beach read'. Red Magazine 'A charmingly witty book which was an absolute delight to read'. My Weekly 'A witty yarn'. Hotstars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9ATU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Clayton must be a wise, perceptive person. Her observations of the ways in which people manipulate power in relationships will bring many "aha" moments to the reader. To paraphrase a comment one of her characters makes in this novel, she is adept at cloaking serious issues in frothy social comedy. At the same time, however, Victoria Clayton is all about making things better; you know when you start one of her books that you will want to see it through to its optimistic conclusion. However, I agree with the previous reviewer's plot concerns, and would add that to me the title feels remote from the story, like a publisher's attempt to market the book as pure chick lit. I think Victoria Clayton is better than that; she writes like a contemporary Jane Austen.
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Victoria Clayton is,without a doubt,a surperb storyteller.
Marigold is charming,naive and very trusting and is carried along on a wave of good intentions.This novel has humour, sadness,and of course a very happy ending.I am so glad she was able to kiss her Prince Charming.
Victoria Clayton draws the reader into the theatrical world of ballet and cleverly educates and entertains.Her characterizations are surperbly drawn,and hillarious.I loved "A girl's guide to kissing a frog" and all of Victoria Clayton's other novels,which are wonderfully written .Thank you Victoria!!!
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It has to be said, if I'd seen the title and cover of this book without having read any of Victoria Clayton's books before, I would probably have written it off as a rather silly story. That didn't turn out to be true. Not that it is the opposite: Ms. Clayton's works are always subtly witty and very entertaining, and this most recent of her books is no exception.

What do I love most about Ms. Clayton's works? A hard question, but probably it is her minute and very authentic observations of human life and interaction, without ever descending into moralising or tiresome detail. The heroine of this story, Marigold, is at first a difficult character to love, as she consents to situations which would horrify many a woman. As the story progresses, however, it's easy to see that everything Marigold does stems from her almost obsessive desire to become a prima ballerina. It's impossible to help being swept up in the strength of her passion and determination: qualities that can seem so hard to find in real life.

The supporting cast is, as always, enchanting - especially Golly, an unconventional composer, and the exotic and devastatingly sexy Conrad. There's a happy ending, intriguingly coloured in shades of grey: there's always the sense that some things work out as they should (hurrah) and meanwhile life goes on. Ms. Clayton is a writer deserving of a wider readership; I think it's quite fair to compare her to Jane Austen, and also to Elizabeth Gaskell.

I'm so thrilled to see that this work is finally available on Kindle, and I hope all of Ms. Clayton's works will soon be available likewise!
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Marigold is a principal dancer at the Lenoir Ballet Company, on her way to becoming a prima ballerina. She is willing to do anything - even sleep with the ballet director Sebastian - to ensure that she makes her way to the top. However, a painful fall sends her home to her parents for a lengthy recovery period in Northumberland. She is reacquainted with childhood friends Isobel and Rafe, and finds herself swept into a whirlwind of society parties. Rafe seems willing to have Marigold in his life in a more permanent fashion - but insists Marigold must give up the dancing for good. Just how willing to find love is Marigold? What is she prepared to sacrifice? And is there a handsome stranger waiting in the wings?

You know sometimes you pick up a book on a whim and end up truly surprised and delighted? This is how I feel on closing the last page of A Girl's Guide to Kissing Frogs. I thought it would be an easy piece of fluffy chick lit to enjoy, but instead found an extremely amusing take on class and society.

In Clayton's novel the romance is almost incidental to the gossipy tale of the doctor's daughter (and a ballet dancer, no less!) being engaged to the son of the local gentry. Clayton explores - with sometimes hilarious consequences - the collision of classes in this very entertaining novel.

Marigold is a deliciously naive and fey girl, who has never really experienced love. Her character is written beautifully, so that you can sometimes marvel at her ditzy comments and be frustrated with her inability to confront *anyone*, and yet constantly find her very sweet and believable.
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I read this book purely by accident and was whisked away by the whirlwind life of marigold and her messed up relationship with sebastian and the amazing companionship she finds in Rafe. I seem to fall in love with him as soon as i met him without knowing much about him. He seemed to have an Austen like feeling about it, and gave me a great light read when i needed it!!
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