- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Palaces and Calluses (Cotswold Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not really into what is widely known as 'chic-lit' but this was easily read and I enjoyed it. I hope the author goes from strength to strength, as I'm sure she will.Published on 29 April 2013 by Ruby slippers 66
I donwloaded this on Friday and have not been able to put it down. Great story line and love the way the story unfolds. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2012 by Workfmhomediva
...I did enjoy this book. I'm not a fan of romantic novels, they don't appeal to me however Rebecca has written a charming book with good pace and drama. Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by G. Whalley
Rebecca has created an excellent novel. I was also one of the first few to read the preview chapter and was completely drawn into the story and the characters. Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Monna Ellithorpe
If you don't know about Rebecca Woodhead, you should.
Her life story is amazing, and she is something of a Twitter phenom (you can find her as @rebeccawoodhead on... Read more
Rebecca has an amazing way of creating the characters and scenes in her book that puts you right into it as if you are there yourself. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2011 by Edward Elliott
I don't read many novels and have to admit that I was not sure that I was going to enjoy this. I read the first chapter on Rebecca's blog and was expecting a the standard "Mills &... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2011 by Martin
I enjoyed this book very much. It is warm, witty and charming, the characters felt real and I found the descriptions vivid and interesting. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2011 by E. King
I met Rebecca through facebook groups last year and she was truly inspiring so when her book came out I was one of the first to get it. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2011 by K. Fielding
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