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The Perfect Retreat by [Forster, Kate]
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‘This beautifully descriptive and touching story about love and hope is fabulous sunshine reading.’ Closer

About the Author

Kate lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. Kate is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BZ6KLI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 735 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is the first Kate Forster book that I have read - and wow - I am THRILLED to have discovered this wonderful author!

Willow Carruthers has it all - a house that many people would be envious of, an Oscar sitting on her shelf, three children and a rock star husband. It seems like the perfect life! But suddenly everything comes crashing down - her personal life is not only in tatters, but everything is splashed across the tabloids for all to see. Kitty Middlemist is nanny to Willow's three children, and is facing problems of her own. However, Kitty offers Willow and the children the perfect place to hide and escape away from it - Middlemist Manor, the ancestral home of Kitty and her older brother, Merritt...

The Perfect Retreat was gripping! A few pages into the first chapter I was hooked - and I didn't put the book down until I had finished the very last sentence. I spent a glorious afternoon immersing myself in this book, the characters and their world, and it was brilliant.

The characters were fantastically written, whilst reading the story I felt as though I knew them, and I genuinely cared about what happened to them, which compelled me to carry on reading. My favourite character was Kitty Middlemist, she opened her home and her heart to Willow and the children, and she was keen to do her best for others - she shone from the page and I was so pleased to have `known' her character! The other characters were equally as interesting to read about, I enjoyed getting to know them, their personalities and reading about their journeys.

I would describe The Perfect Retreat as the ultimate escape book! It has everything you could want in a book - sex, scandal, secrets and a fantastic plot line!
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By Agi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
I haven't read Kate Forster before (shame, shame, I know) so I didn't know what to expect. First of all, I was drawn to this book by its wonderful cover (yeah, I know, how old am I??? But anyway, the cover is brilliant) and then I read a synopsis. And then I started to read.
What can say, this book have me hooked from the very first page. There was not a moment that I've lost my interest or was bored. The writing was just flowing, it is written in a magic way, I just wanted to read, and read and read.
The characters were great and they were really developing through the whole book. At the beginning I didn't like Willow at all, she was so selfish and childish but she must have grow up and it was really great to see how she is fighting. At first I thought, Merritt, oh my, what a bore and then quickly I took my words back. No bore at all. The children were great, Poppy was a real character, I am already scared when I think that my Sophie can be like her in the future:)
There are a lot of characters in this book actually, but each of them brings something with them. All are connected with each other, there is a lot of drama but also a lot of funny moments. What I especially liked about this book is that Kate Forster is writing about really important issues, such as illiteracy and autism, and not only about trivial stuff.
What I missed in "The perfect retreat" is Kerr stirring much more troubles. After his phone call I was expecting much more action about children but there wasn't any, and this is why I give this book 4.5 stars.
It was really a great read, about people who must really fight for their lives, feelings, families.
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This book was light and fun. The characters are well rounded and developed. This book had me laughing out loud and wanting to pull my hair out in frustration; at the characters antics, in equal measure. This book was the perfect retreat for me. I will certainly read more by this author.
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I still cant beleive I finished reading this book, which I think would have been more at home serialised in a teen magazine. (Although I disagree with the reviewer who objected to the 'f' word everywhere. I thought it was used fairly and in the honest way people speak these days)

As for the story -- what a coincidence everywhere! And how likely that a famous movie star has a nanny who just happens to have a country house going spare, and a brother (not seen for three years) who suddenly turns up, totally gorgeous of course and who unbelievably has a natural affinity with children! Need I go on.....

I am staggered at the amount of 5* reviews this book has received to be honest - do these people not read decent books I wonder? I found this fatuous and totally non-believable. (Like a film set would be held up for family rows every two minutes!)
Just nonsense from start to finish.
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I must have read hundreds of books like this however you know it's a good one when you can't wait to turn the next page. This classic Chicklit novel is exciting, sexy, mysterious and full of everyday problems. Definatelyyyy recommend this book!
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nobody expects a masterpiece from a book like this but it should be enjoyable and at least make some attempt at passably good writing- this failed on both levels for me and it was all a bit of a stuggle.

the level of coincidences was just too high and rendered any attempt at a plot as ridiculous.

suspect that she may feel that she has discovered a winning formula and this just one manifestation

All the characters were flawed individuals in one way or another and mostly of their own making so it was hard to care what happens to them

All in all, it was a silly little book that it was hard to become immersed in.

It also speeed up dramatically speeded up toward the end as the author tried to tie in all the loose ends and give everyone their expected happy endings with the result that the universal happiness ended up being glossed over which rather defeated the whole supposed purpose of the book.

also seems to be trying hard to appeal to a younger audience by frequent use of ' naughty' language although the actual sex scenes are tame enough so an innate conradiction there.
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