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If You Could See Me Now Paperback – 21 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; paperback / softback edition (21 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007754477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007754472
  • ASIN: 0007212259
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR WHERE RAINBOWS END

‘Guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings’ Glamour

‘Cecelia Ahern has emerged as a leading light-romantic writing talent."’ Express

‘Brilliantly written, you'll laugh and cry.’ Heat

PRAISE FOR Cecelia Ahern:

‘A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.’ Cosmopolitan

‘A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.’ Company

‘Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.’ In Style

'Heartwarmingly good.' Heat

'A heartwarming, completely absorbing tale of love and friendship.' Company

From the Back Cover

'There's more than a touch of fairytale about Cecelia Ahern's novels…thanks to a liberal sprinkling of magic.' Glamour

What if love was right there in front of you - you just couldn't see it?

Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.

But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic.

Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again?

As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke not Elizabeth - or himself….

'Enchanting and unexpected' You

'A gem' Heat

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Elizabeth is in her 30's, a successful interior designer and is the full time carer to 6 year old Luke, who is the son of Saoirse, her younger sister. Her mother upped and left when she was a little girl and her father was always distant and rather uninterested in his daughters and more preoccupied with running his farm and scanning the distance for the return of his wife. Elizabeth was a parent figure to her much younger sister, and up until she left her tiny home village in rural Ireland at the age of 18 to go to college, basically brought Saoirse up. After college Elizabeth travelled a lot for work, lived in New York and was on the verge of staying there permanently with her old boyfriend, until she received news that made her return to her home town, stop travelling for work and set up her own business.
Her sister Saoirse was the opposite. She went a bit wild, dropped out of school at 16, couldn't hold down a job and eventually became pregnant with Luke. Because of Saoirse's disinterest in Luke and "free spiritness" (more like selfishness), Elizabeth became his full time guardian and faced a never ending battle in attempting to calm her sisters wild ways. So between Luke, her sister, their father and her job, she feels she has no space or time in her life for fun, friendship, love or pretty much anything. She's always strived to be there for everyone else, to the detriment of her own life and happiness, and lives a life full of rules and regulations. Until one day she meets the mysterious Ivan, who begins to teach her how to laugh and have fun again and enjoy life. But is Ivan all he seems, or is he just another complication in her already overly complicated life?

I've not read a Cecelia Ahern book before this (I've seen the film P.
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Probably one of my most favourite books of all time, and I've read a lot of books! It's enchanting, magical, uplifting, emotional and everything you could ask for in a book. It will stay with you forever. It teaches you important lessons about life which you'll never forget. I love Cecelia's style of writing, she makes the story captivating and easy to follow; you don't have to re-read certain parts because it didn't make sense the first time like in some other books. You end up caring about the characters themselves, which I see to be a very important feature of a good story.

This book is a work of fiction, but it isn't entirely far-fetched or untrue-beyond-belief for those of you who are not into the 'escape to a magical world' kind of thing. Yes, the book is magical, but in an entirely realistic way.
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This was the first book I read by Cecelia, I laughed,cried and feel in love with it,(thanks for the memories too)...
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All of Cecelia Ahern's stories seem like fairytales but this one particularly so.

I really liked this and read it in one sitting. I wasn't that fond of Elizabeth for most of the book, it's true, she's just too rigid and clinical. But by the end I was shedding tears for her and loving the tale. I wish I had an imaginary friend just like Ivan too.

I was a bit unsure of Ivan initially because there's something a bit squirly about a 6ft man playing and acting like a little boy but I soon got over that and he grew on me. I actually felt really sorry for him at the end too. It must be a good book if I'm feeling sorry for a figment of a book character's imagination......

All in all a really good book and I would recommend it for anyone that likes a weepy but feel-good book. And it's just perfect for a beach or garden read.
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Cecelia Ahern's latest books details the story of Elizabeth and her life with the mysterious 'Ivan' - it's a very readable story and Ahern brings the characters vividly to life. I must confess to finding the ending a little strange and it was a shame that you couldn't discover more about Elizabeth's Mother's fate or the whereabouts of her sister, Sairoise, but otherwise, a good read.
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If you loved PS I Love you, then you will love this book. I just kept wanting to read more and more of the book and not wanting to put my kindle down, but when I did I would look forward to reading again.. Cecilia Ahearn has a great imagination I love her style of writing.. I would recommend this book to anyone can't wait to read the next one now..
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Although the other reviews dont rate this book i found it an exciting read which i couldnt put down. One of the reviewers stated it lacked something, its not the book it is her, for this novel you need to have an imagination you need to think how it would feel to need someone just like Elizabeth does in the story. This book made me smile in a world full of worry and stress it makes you realise that there are brighter things to look forward to and more to life than just succeeding at work.
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Having spent many years avoiding Cecelia Ahern because I usually get put off when someone is hyped up as much as she was (with PS I love you), I was recently given PS I love you as a gift and actually loved it. After being pleasantly surprised, I decided to read some of her other books, this being one of them. I read a lot of chick lit and some young adult, even children's books, so I am no stranger to light reading and stories that have unrealistic or fantasy elements to them. However, this book doesn't really fit any of those genres well. Writing style is poor and the reader is supposed to accept ridiculous things like the characters in the book appear to.

The only believable character is probably Luke, the young boy. Elizabeth seems to be at some points reasonably intelligent with a career, picking up the pieces after her sister, being responsible for her nephew, and yet when things relating to the "imaginary" friend happen, she often accepts silly reasons for it or ignores it entirely. Ivan, well, he's a grown man who talks like a young child, finds things amusing such as spinning in a chair for half an hour till he can't stand, and yet there is then a romance aspect to his relationship with Elizabeth, which just didn't make sense to me.

I ended up skimming the last half of the book. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read anything else by this author after this book.
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