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The Real Katie Lavender by [James, Erica]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 347 customer reviews

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With the turn of every absorbing page, you'll find yourself caught in the rapture and despair of each character as they find their way through this beguiling drama. (CANDIS)

Very addictive reading (Leah Graham CHICK LIT REVIEWS BLOG)

She writes with a wry sense of humour and this story quickly reels you in... (EVENING TELEGRAPH)

A great big romantic, emotional and involving read. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

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A secret that changed everything...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1037 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4WBMI
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 347 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, it wasn't taxing just an easy to read family saga. An interesting look at complicated family relationships. I read some of the other reviews about this not being up to her usual standard and Erica changing style. I think her style as changed, but I feel that is only natural and right, she has been writing for several years and as with all of us, as you get older you experience diffrent things and your place in life changes. I think therefore it is only natural that is reflected in an author's fiction. I look forward to her next book.
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Format: Hardcover
Erica James' books hit my bookshelf very soon after they hit the ones in the bookshops. I've found that her books fall into two categories - "absolutely brilliant" and "enjoyable". Katie Lavender falls into the latter category.

Within the first page or two, it was predictable what the big "secret" would be, and unfortunately it played out exactly as you might have predicted. The first couple of chapters move a little slowly through this predictability.

The book really picks up when we are introduced to the Nightingales. At first look, I thought the names were meant to be a joke - Stirling Nightingale, Scarlet and Rosco just seemed way too unrealistic. It was a bit of a shock to realise that they weren't a joke. They certainly convey an image of an upper class family.

At this point I began to get interested in the book and the storyline. As others have mentioned, there are quite a lot of equally important characters, and I found myself more interested in the lesser ones. Katie was a little annoying, and Stirling provoked mixed reactions. For someone so intuitive and sensitive, he was remarkably dumb about how much he pampered and spoiled his wife and kids. Lloyd, Pen and Cecily are the best characters, followed by Stirling's brother, Neil, and his mistress.

The ending of the book is nice and happy, but again, it happens just as you expect.

If this is the first Erica James book you have read, please go back and read one of the older ones - "The Queen of New Beginnings", "Paradise House", "Precious Time" (my favourite). If you like Katie Lavender, you will love Erica's older books even more.
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By LEP VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not going to give a synopis because the previous reviewer has already done so, perhaps in too much detail.
I enjoyed this book, it was not really what I expected, if I expected anything, and was indeed better for that.

It shows the cracks in an extended family when a series of crisis hit them. From the outside the Nightingales seem the perfect family. Stirling, the father, well-heeled, with his own successful business that he is in partnership with his brother. Gina, Stirlings wife, beautiful, sophisticated, if somewhat cold, the perfect upper class hostess and wife. Rosco and Scarlet, their somewhat spoilt and over-indulged children. Cecily, Stirling's mother, the matriach, who unfortunately allows the family to see that she has decided favourites amongst them. Neil, the brother and buiness partner and Pen his wife who loves her beautiful garden and spends time there, perhaps at the expense of everything else. Lloyd, their son, who makes bespoke garden furniture.

However, the perfect picture of Stirling's family falls apart under crisis and shows how disfunctional it really is.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Katie Lavender suddenly finds her life turned upside down when she loses her job and finds out something shocking about her parents who are both dead. She finds herself involved with the charismatic and complicated Nightingale family just in the middle of a family crisis. Can Katie find out who she really is and what she wants to do with her life in the future?

I did enjoy reading this book though the Nightingale family are something of an acquired taste in my opinion and the book is mainly about them – even more than it is about Katie Lavender. I liked the background to the story – large houses and beautiful gardens where money was really no object. Some of the characters were less than inspiring and if this had been a murder mystery I would happily have murdered them myself!

I thought Stirling Nightingale was probably the most three dimensional character in the book and someone who appeared able to examine his own mistakes and realise where he had gone wrong. His wife, Gina, was a two dimensional harpy and her son Rosco was very much a yuppy who started off caring for no one.

Katie Lavender herself was all right as a character but I found her a little wishy washy. In spite of all these criticisms I did enjoy the book and it did keep me reading probably because of the story line and the background though I thought Cecily and Pen were excellent older characters. I’m sure Erica James’ many fans will love this.
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Format: Hardcover
The Real Katie Lavender tells the story of Katie Lavender who, a year after her mother's death, is summoned to a lawyer's office and is told that her mother has left her a letter. A letter that tells Katie that the father she thought was her own wasn't in fact her own father and that her real biological father is called Sterling Nightingale. It rocks Katie's world to its core and Katie sets out to find out exactly who the "real" Katie Lavender is. It may be quite simple of me, but I've always been confused when people in novels find out their life isn't what it was and they suddenly start questioning their entire being. All the "OMG I don't know who I am" has always grated on me. You know who you are, surely, but as I've never gone through something like that, I presume I'm somewhat innocent to it all. I was expecting the novel to perhaps take a while to get to the real crux of the story - of Katie going to find her biological father, but it didn't; it got right to it.

Whilst reading the book I was expecting a fairly sedate read - the covers of Erica's books all look rather peaceful - but it wasn't as sedate as I expected. In fact, there's a lot going on. Not only is Katie looking for Sterling Nightingale to see who he is, but the Nightingale family, as a whole, are dealing with their own issues are Sterling's brother and business partner Neil kills himself. The novel then follows all of the characters as secrets come out and relationships are made and broken and I found it to be a much more complex novel than I expected. Despite the complexities and the numerous characters and storylines flying around, I really, really enjoyed reading the book.

There are lots of characters to keep track of in The Real Katie Lavender, though it's relatively easy.
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