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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Paperback Printing edition (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307593
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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'Her lightness of touch and gentle characterisations have produced another fine read' (Sunday Express)

'One of the blinding talents on the female fiction scene' (Daily Record)

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How do you know when you've found The One? A daughter asks her mother, with unexpected consequences, in this heart-warming novel from the author of ISOBEL'S WEDDING and DREAMING OF A STRANGER.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Claire who met Bill at the age of 5, fell in love, married him and then gave birth to their daughter Georgia. Life should have been perfect, but Bill was killed in a tragic holiday accident leaving Claire to try and rebuild her life without him.
Three years later Geogia is a teenager full of questions about boys and love. Claire decides that she can't really answer her question properly and so decides to start dating again for research to help her daughter. What she didn't expect was to enjoy socialising and getting her life back together without Bill.
This book is Sheila O'Flannigan at her best. The book dealt with this subject in a sensitive but also a lighthearted way. I really would recommend this book to anyone, you really will enjoy it.
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I have read all of Sheila O'Flanagan's book and I was looking forward to another one of the same calibre. However, I was slightly disappointed with "How Will I Know". The storyline was slow in parts and I found that the disjointed way in which the reader was given snippets of information about how Bill died. Other parts of the story dragged a little and I found myself wanting to skip pages. However I perserved and the ending of the book was good.

Overall the book is a good for the beach when you have plenty of time to just sit and read.
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Not O'Flanagan's best but still a lovely read. There is wonderful description of a mothers close relationship with her daughter following the tragic death of her husband, so touching it brings you close to tears. A lot has been written about the coping with everyday life after the tragedy, which I think a few other reviewers have criticised, but I feel this puts into perspective how Claire's life is changing and moving on. There are two or three background stories as well which nicely dilutes the maudlin feel - a friend who suspects her alcoholic husband is drinking again, Claire's parents deciding to split and Claire's daughter, Georgia, has her own teenage story. The book is well worth reading but for a more exciting read by this author then Carolines Sister and He's Got To Go are excellent.
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My first Sheila O'Flanagan, I give it only 3 stars, but I enjoyed the book, don't get me wrong. It was just a bit slow to move along and the plot was signalled all the way, no surprises.

But, the writing was good, I cared about the young mother and her fears, although she was maybe a bit wimpish for me. Of course, I didn't lose my husband at thirty-four or so, it is easier to hero-worship someone taken in their prime and I really didn't think the disclosure of his injuries near the end added anything to the story. There were some humorous moments, and the teenager was drawn very well. All in all, it was worth reading and I would try another by this author. A bit deeper than a Katie Fforde, but not in the same class as a Joanna Trollope on Annie Sanders.
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I really enjoyed this book. I like all of Sheila's work, (I have read all but three of her books so far) and I felt this was typical of her. Very easy to read, nice story line, perfect for the bath or cosy night in. It might be 600 pages but it doesnt take that long to read, but you still have time to get to know the characters and feel for them. :D
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This is a prime example of a book that rather outstays its welcome. I enjoyed the story of how Claire picks her life up again three years after the sudden and tragic death of her husband, but it didn’t particularly grip me, and it went on for too long in the end. The loss of 100 pages or so would have made it a sharper and more interesting novel. And losing those pages would have meant the badly written and unbelievable scene in the art gallery would thankfully have vanished …

That said, it’s a light and easy read, though it’s certainly not top notch O’Flanagan. She’s written better stories. The problems for me were the rather irritating perfection of the dead husband, as I simply didn’t believe they were soulmates from the age of 14 and our heroine never needed to explain things to him as he was so in tune with her. Harrumph! It all sounds very unlikely to me. I also didn’t really get any spark between the heroine and her new potential boyfriend. Yes, they get together in the end (after a fashion), as you’d expect in a romance novel, but I wasn’t that bothered about them.

I was far more gripped by the story of Eavan, the best friend, and her husband, and how they deal with living with alcoholism and redundancy. It was far more interesting, and with a better plot line. I also loved Claire's daughter, Georgia, and felt she deserved her own stand-alone novel for sure. The scene where she’s far more aware of dating etiquette than her mother was expertly done.

So, all in all, not vintage O’Flanagan but, as I say, it’s easy reading.
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Format: Paperback
This was the first Sheila O'Flanagan book I've read, and quite possibly the last. An interminable 600 pages long which could possibly have been cut down by half if the minutiae of Claire Hudson's day was omitted! Do we really need that much detail about making a cup of tea? And what's with the constant reference to her "ice-white computer"??!! Do we specifically need reminding what colour it is? A total disappointment as first impressions go.
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