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If You Were Me Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • 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)
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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))

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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.

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By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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Gifted career girl Carlotta O’Keeffe works for Cadogan Consulting and is happily engaged to ophthalmolist Chris Bennett. They are in the throes of planning their wedding. They want small and tasteful but both mothers have a different idea and so the wedding arrangements burst out of all proportion, both Chris and Carlotta unable to deny their mothers their ‘special day’. So the wedding furore begins.

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.
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Review: I struggled with this book a little bit. I enjoyed it when I was reading it but It really didn't stick with me and I didn't feel driven to pick it back up again after I'd out it down. I think the premise behind the story is an interesting one, but not much is done with it really. There are some interesting relationships and some interesting friendships but I didn't find any of them sticking in my head and didn't particularly want to find out more about any of them. I just feel a bit like nothing happened in this book, I suppose. Quite clearly things did happen but I feel like it could have been written a lot more dramatically.

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.
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Sheila O'Flanagan is one of my favourite writers, so I was eagerly looking forward to another splendid read when this book arrived.

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.
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Carlotta , or Lottie or Carly depending on who she is with is a career driven woman working as a consultant at a high powered firm in Dublin.

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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