- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (3 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755378474
- ISBN-13: 978-0755378470
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If You Were Me Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014
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Really enjoyable... will keep you guessing right up until the end (Heat (on THINGS WE NEVER SAY))
A very warm and touching book... deserves to be a bestseller (Woman's Way [on BETTER TOGETHER))
Entertains, surprises and provokes (Irish Independent (on ALL FOR YOU))
Romantic and charming, this is a real must-read (Closer (on STAND BY ME))
A big, touching book sure to delight O'Flanagan fans (Daily Mail (on THE PERFECT MAN))
O'Flanagan's lightness of touch and gentle characterisations have produced another fine read; an ideal addition to that summer holiday (Sunday Express (on HOW WILL I KNOW?))
Hugely enjoyable (Best (on ANYONE BUT HIM))
A hugely bestselling author with a host of top ten bestsellers behind her, Sheila O'Flanagan has written her most compelling, romantic and irresistible novel to date with IF YOU WERE ME.See all Product description
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In the middle of all this Carlotta has to go away on business for three weeks. On the very last leg of her journey she has a breakfast meeting in Seville. Resting on her bed in the hotel room after the meeting she accidentally falls asleep, causing her to miss her train. This is a total disaster! Her dragon of a mother-in-law to be is having her longingly awaited birthday party. Carlotta, desperate to at last find the approval of Dorothea, was to give a speech and present her with flowers. But now it would be impossible to get there, she would miss the party and fall further into disgrace.
Arriving back at her hotel after her unsuccessful dash to the station, she bumps in to Luke Evans, her best friend from her childhood. Luke and his family had done a midnight flit years ago and she had not seen and heard from him for years and years. Forced to stay another night in Seville and with the hotel fully booked for that night she agrees to see the sights of Seville with him and accepts his offer of overnight accommodation in the spare room of his friends flat. They enjoy their evening together and Carlotta learns the truth of why Luke and his family left their lives behind them in Ireland and made new lives in Spain. The next morning he drives her to the station and kisses her goodbye. They will probably never see each other again, but that single kiss bothers Carlotta.Read more ›
Carlotta was an interesting character. I found her very difficult to like. She was pretty indecisive and yet selfish at the same time. She starts off the book with a bang, a big presentation, she is very much career driven and successful and yet she looses this passion and drive somewhere along the course of the novel. I really didn't like her fiancé and couldn't see how they got together in the first place, they didn't seem compatible and the other love interest in the story had been a childhood sweetheart but now I couldn't see how he was going to fit into Carlotta's life. Her best friend is also fairly dislikalble although she does make Carlotta see sense in the end and so I am grateful for that.
There are some interesting scenes in the book, Carlotta does go through a stage where she rediscovers her drive for work and sorts her life out a bit but these are peppered with little anecdotes that I don't think really gave anything towards the storyline. I enjoyed the ending but just wished the book could've been a little more like the ending rather than sort of meandering it's way there via a series of linked events and semi-interesting flashbacks. This book wasn't really for me but wouldn't stop me picking up another book by this author again.
What a disappointment. I kept on reading hoping it would get better, but no, rather the opposite. The book is written in the present term and almost as a letter directly to the reader from the protagonist. That might have worked if the content had been different, more interesting, varied and with a bit of uncertainty about the outcome. However, from the beginning the story was almost painfully predictable. There is a story here, yes, but full of little details of absolutely no interest as well as comments which would be more appropriate for a 17 year old typical chick lit than a mature business woman telling about the love of her life.
I'm harsh in my review, I know, but this was such a huge disappointment. When one expects another goodie from a favourite writer and ends up with something as bad as this, the fall is high. O'Flanagan is a such a top writer that one expects a lot more than tedious cliches and irritating silliness.
She is engaged to Chris, an eye surgeon, they are getting married in a few months, but chris's mother dorothea hates lottie.
Lottie is sent on a business trip to seville, where quite by chance she literally walks into the childhood love of her life Luke Evans.
She ends up spening a day and night with him in seville just having fun, drinking and dancing, the following morning he takes her to the train station and when she is about to leave he kisses her and lotties world is suddenly changed forever.
I dont want to say more because it will spoil the book for you, but i can tell you that after reading the negative reviews others had left i took this out into the garden on a gorgeous sunny september day and started reading, 5 hours later as i turned the final page, i realised my garden was freezing cold and i had not put the book down.
Really spoke to me for some reason, however i did not like the ending, the author made a big deal in the prior pages about lottie being independent and stubborn and not needing anyone and she then writes that ending? As a femininist it didnt sit right with me, and i personally would of changed it, however it does not detract from my score because i thoroughly enjoyed it.
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It is a very long time since I read a book this bad. This is the first novel by Sheila Flanagan I have read, and it will be the last, notwithstanding that I have another one on my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marand
I really enjoyed this book. The story flowed and the descriptions of Seville were very realistic. I've read this book again and again; love itPublished 3 months ago by MRS M DEERE
Its fast moving and believable story line is gripping, all I enjoy in a book. I would recommend it to all age groups.Published 3 months ago by Maggie
It was a beautifully written book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You got to like the main character. I shall definitely read more of Sheila O'Flanagan's books.Published 3 months ago by Fleurie
This book started off quite a good read with the main character experiencing all sorts of dilemmas, caused by her over sleeping. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Warleybear
Easy reading. Not totally predictable and good vivid description. I always enjoy books by this author. A really good readPublished 6 months ago by sands
Lovely story, full of Love romance and sometimes a little sad. Carlotta , the main character ,is a career girl she has been engaged to Chris for 18 months. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Monarch Butterfly