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Palaces and Calluses (Cotswold Chronicles Book 1) by [Woodhead, Rebecca]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Bee Books; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054QMLJI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This isn't the sort of book I normally read, but it's priced low (and was free for a while) so I gave it a go.

Rebecca Woodhead has a very accessible, easy style to her writing, and covers a lot a ground quickly, so it's not a ponderously long read, and there are a fair few comic situations to lighten the mood.

The set-up in the first chapter was brisk, so we very quickly get to the point. I'm glad I didn't know too much about the main character in chapter one, otherwise I might not have had much sympathy for her; but by the time I did learn more about her, I was already on her side and wanting things to turn out well for her.

That's the thing about this book - there are some enjoyable characters (including the dog).

If I have a criticism, it's that the final chapters went by a little too quickly. I would have liked things to slow down a little and be explored in a bit more depth.

But it ends in a way that could result in a nice series with people you'd want to revisit.
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I have never given a book a bad review before but I feel that this book wasted my time. Admittedly it only cost me 99p. It is set in the Cotswolds so at the very least I was expecting some description of the beautiful countryside but even this was missing. There was no real plot and what there was of a story was often not well thought out or even credible, just one example was the dog bite blackmail. All rather lame. I have given it two stars because it was easy to read. Maybe the author will put a lot more thought into her second book.
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I was fortunate enough to get the first chapter of 'Palaces and Calouses' when the author put it up on her blog.

Fiendishly smart move on her part!!

I sat down intending to read 'just a bit' and got dragged into the heroine's glamourous life within a few short paragraphs.
And then it all came crashing down - the glamourous life, that is - right at the end of the chapter!

To say I was on tenterhooks is an understatement.

Thanks to the glories of modern day publishing, I was able to purchase it on Kindle and was back in the Cotswolds within a few hours.

Rebecca has created characters as full and flawed as our dearest friends, and as you travel through her novel,
you yearn, and laugh, and learn with each of them.

Until the end leaves you satisfied and thoughtful.

I found it hard to believe this was a debut novel.
I can't wait for her next endeavour.
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I guess because this was my first read of so-called chick-lit, I didn't start to really "get" this book until I stopped taking it so seriously and started to enjoy it for the light-hearted, campy, high-energy romp it is meant to be. The book just gets better and better as it moves along. The author writes smoothly and with confidence about a young woman's journey from glamour and superficiality to discovering who she really is what she really values. Buoyant, funny, and quirky, this book was a delight to read. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, the author throws you a curve - and keeps the story open. I'll definitely be reading the follow-up novel on this to find out what happens to Mary and Jackie. An impressive first novel - well done!
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Palaces & Calluses is the debut novel of Rebecca Woodhead and the first of The Cotswolds Chronicles. Light, heart-warming and entertaining, this novel has it all. A cheating husband, an abnoxious boss, fabulous shoes and fashion, a family you'd kill for, and the sweetest dog in the world.

Mary, is living her dream. She has a charmed life. She is married to the love of her life, has a beautiful house and is the queen of the social high life in London. But when the unthinkable happens, she loses everything she has, and everything she knows, including herself. She escapes to her parents' above average house, in the Cotswolds hidden under her dog's blanket in the back of their car, ashamed and hurt.

Back in her childhood bedroom, Mary slowly comes to terms with what she can have out of life, one chocolate Hobnob at a time. But it doesn't look good.

The story is easy to follow, easy to read and hard to put down. I read it from start to finish in two days, something I haven't done in a while. This is down to the plot flowing effortlessly from chapter to chapter. By the time I get through the first three or four chapters, I become almost obsessed with finding out whether or not Mary, the protagonist would get her life back.

Mary doesn't know what she wants for most of the story and I find myself sharing her dilemmas, her indecision, her dark hours. She is not perfect. This is what I like most about her. I wholeheartedly feel her anguish and cheer her on her path to self-discovery. I laugh at her naivety at times, and I feel frustrated at her initial inability to deal with the situation she's found herself in.

Finally, relief comes to me, as a reader, and as the story progresses. Mary grows up.
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I too was enticed in by the first chapter give away on the author's blog. I was hooked.

Luckily I did not have to wait too long before it was published and I could buy the kindle version.

For a first novel this is spectacularly good, Rebecca writes as if she has been producing novels forever; drawing you into the characters lives and the rise and fall of their fortunes. She makes you care what happens to them and will them to succeed. The characters are so believable and you get so involved you come to the end far too soon. I sat down to read a little before I went to bed, it ended up being a very late night as I couldn't put it down! It is the first part of a series and I cannot wait for the next installment.

The book has a great storyline, well written and incredibly enjoyable, what more could you ask for in a book? Rebecca has an easy style of writing that you can read anytime, anywhere. Worth every penny, I would highly recommend it.
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