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New Beginnings Paperback – 6 Jun 2011
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Chick Lit for the 21st century - a modern romance about real people, instead of swooning maidens and fairy-tale heroes. --Belinda Thomas, 3 July 2011 (5 ★) at Lulu.com
It takes you on a journey, from unrequited love for someone out of reach, to fulfilment via loss, tragedy and compassion. --Kristen Stone, 28 June 2011 (5 ★) at Amazon.com
Classy page-turning tale of love amid loss. Johanna Nield handles this tale with great sensitivity and a speedy, charming style.
--Passionate_ReaderTR, 24 July 2011 (5 ★) at Barnes & Noble
Tasha's a chatty, flirty 30-something who loves music, food, sex, clothes (not necessarily in that order) and her boss. This is not a romantic comedy, though: she's in love with the wrong man at the wrong time, leading her into a minefield of moral dilemmas and social taboos. You may laugh with her at times, but you may also cry with and for her as she tries to make the best of what life throws her way.See all Product description
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I loved the being in Tasha's head and seeing it all throught her eyes. Loved Jamie, and found all he had to go through horrendous. Maybe at times it may have been nice to see inside his head too. But this was the way the suthor chose to tell the tale and I enjoyed both the story and the way in which it was told :-)
Natasha and Sam from Jamie's work (he's the boss) rally around and help him look after his daughter and deal with his grief. It's not a sad story and I really enjoyed the writing style. I found it intriguing and was swept away in it. Natasha realises early on that she is in love with Jamie but at the same time has no wish to do more than help him in any way he needs it. She is so very good throughout this book that if she was real I'd want her as a friend of mine.
You can tell Jamie has feelings for Natasha and there is definitely passion between them. I don't want to give anything else away.
I'd recommend it. I read it on holiday and was barely able to lift my head up from it in order to drink my martini.
When Jamie's wife dies, he turns to Tasha as one of his reliable friends to help him through his pain and grief.
Tasha, of course, wants to be rather more than his friend, which is the classic 'will-they won't they?' of the story. Can Jamie leave his beloved wife Helen behind and live and love again and, if so, will it be with Tasha?
In many ways this is a very similar to Jillian Brookes-Ward's Saving Nathaniel where the housekeeper Megan guides Nathaniel through his grieving period, and both books also have some fairly sizzling scenes. The difference is that 'Saving Nathaniel' places more emphasis on Nathaniel's torture, whereas here Tasha is at the centre of the story.
Either way, both books are worth reading, 'New Beginnings' when you are in a more lighthearted mood, 'Saving Nathaniel' when you want a more gruelling experience.
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