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The Real Liddy James by [Casey, Anne-Marie]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Casey's observations of posh New York life are as hilarious as her descriptions of Ireland are poetic, and the central character is wonderful. Liddy is clever, honest, hardworking and well-meaning and you'll root for her like mad. We leave her in Ireland. I hope there'll be a sequel. (Daily Mail)

Zippy, smart, well-written ... it manages to be both delicious escapism and refreshingly real. (Sunday Times Ireland)

Energetic and immensely readable...an engaging take on the balancing act of the modern woman...sure to resonate with readers who like no-nonsense, mature heroines with a bit of bite and a good deal of self-deprecating humour. (Irish Independent)

Casey can be very funny, but also makes serious points about modern womanhood. Delicious. (Saga Magazine)

An extremely funny, mischievous tale. (Sunday Independent (Ireland))

The Real Liddy James is a lively, stimulating piece of fiction, of a kind that revels in the intricacies of small-scale domestic drama. What was good enough for Jane Austen and the Brontes 200 years ago is celebrated here in its contemporary context today. (Sunday Business Post)

The language is smart and funny, and the observations are wry. Liddy will resonate for readers who love strong, mature women with a bit of Irish fire, as with fans of Cecelia Ahern and Marian Keyes and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. (Booklist)

Wonderfully funny, brilliantly observed, and completely addictive! (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister and The Quality of Silence)

Original, sharp, funny and timely, The Real Liddy James is a spectacular novel from Anne-Marie Casey who understands the high wire act every working mother attempts in the circus of life . . . A dazzling gem. (Adriana Trigiani bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens)

Breakneck and bursting at the seams with all of modern life's great questions and challenges, The Real Liddy James made me wish my chair had a seatbelt. Anne-Marie Casey has a way of skewering city life with her acute observations. (Alison Jean Lester, author of Lillian on Life)

A charming and insightful study of one fabulous, forty-something woman. (Jules Moulin, author of Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes)

Immensely readable, fast-paced, and full of Casey's charming yet acerbic wit, the book is thoroughly engaging all the way through. (Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack, bestselling authors of Freud's Mistress)

Whip-smart and crackling with energy, The Real Liddy James had me stopping nearly every page to read paragraphs out loud to anyone who would listen. A true delight! (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumour)

Rife with drama both in and out of the courtroom, infidelity, and more, [THE REAL LIDDY JAMES] is perfect for fans of women's fiction with a dose of travel and a strong-and sometimes flailing-female lead. (Library Journal)

[The Real Liddy James] is an energetic novel; Liddy's self-deprecating humor makes for chuckles in even the toughest situations. And while Liddy is clearly the protagonist, other characters have interesting triumphs and tribulations as well. Liddy is a memorable character who could easily appear again as The New and Improved Liddy James in Casey's next novel. Let's hope so. (Kirkus)

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Fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones or Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette? will love this hilarious novel about the lives and loves of a far-from-perfect modern superwoman...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1601 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OGLKHN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Liddy is a mother of two, divorced and with a very good job, but when one day everything starts to go south she decides to search for her soul and a path in her life with a trip to Ireland, I am not sure she will find there what she really needs, but we will accompany her in case she needs us! ;)

This is a fresh and real book, not just to entertain you, but with real characters with real problems, that you and me could have. That makes this book a good read, because even you know is fiction, you can understand the thoughts and dreams of the characters and put yourself in their situation and decide what would you do in their position.
I do believe that right now, a woman in a high position in a company needs to sacrifice her life and desires for the job, a family is not included, sadly, because you will have to put all your energies on the job. Is it worth it? I think this will depend on the woman you ask the question, I love having a family, I work to live not live to work, but as I said, the answer will depend on who you ask. That's what Liddy discovers, will she choose to live or to work? You will have to read the book!
I didn't like neither Rose decision, sacrifice her dream job for the family, you can have a family, but you can have your job, possibly not a high position job, but one that is worth your energies. But as before, this is just my opinion and I am sure not everyone will agree with me!
I can't say that I liked very much Peter, Liddy's ex-husband... he doesn't seem to know very much what he really wants and still have some feelings for Liddy, even if they are hateful thoughts. Lucky for us, he seems to have taken a decision at the end...!
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2016
Format: Paperback
Superwoman, or a woman who thinks she can have it all, that describes Liddy James. Liddy is a high powered lawyer, specializing in divorces, and she makes her money the hard way, working long hours. She was married to Peter, a college prof, but things did not go well. Peter is now in a long term relationship with another woman, and the child he had with Liddy, splits homes during the week. Rose,Peter's new woman loves Maddie the child in question. Everyone post divorce seems to get along, except Maddie, entering his teen years, is problematic. Liddy's money is helping to support everyone, what could be better?

This is a story of women trying to juggle it all, trying to best the men, and we have seen and heard it all before. I liked the writing style, we learn more about the characters seen through someone else's eyes. The storyline may be trite, but the characters all have appeal. Inner struggles that most women admit to, are seen here in overdrive. No real solutibs are found with a simple measure, this storyline is more realistic. The author, Anne-Marie Casey has a knack with the characters inner dialogue, so that I felt I understood each character. A story well told.

Recommended. prisrob 07-28-16
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2016
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High-powered family law expert Liddy James specializes in ruthless divorce settlements, she a great money earner for New York's Oates and Associates. But has she placed career before the needs of her own family - a painful time of reckoning imminent...?

Here is a bitter-sweet tale of a life unravelling. Initially at any rate smiles and chuckles abound - this a wry, witty look at those for whom materialism is all. Laughs become fewer with realization certain likeable people are genuinely hurting. Liddy herself is victim of a serious past mistake. Arrival of baby Cal (courtesy of a one night stand) caused the collapse of her marriage to Peter. Cal, now six, wants to know who his dad is. Other son Matty is a teen, with all that entails. Money coming in is barely enough to cover school expenses and the like. Meanwhile the apartment needs expensive repairs. As work commitments multiply, surely Liddy is in danger of a breakdown?

Much was enjoyed, especially in Ireland (things perhaps dragging a little afterwards). Always welcome is a novel that encourages us to re-examine life's priorities, so many destined to find happiness if able to escape from the rat race. Will Liddy do this, or does she prefer the limelight and power that come with her job?

Some will find it hard to empathize with Liddy, this not a novel for them. Many will welcome a fun read, others perhaps detecting more serious undercurrents.
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By 💥 Vivid TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2016
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A really slow start to this meant that by the time things picked up (around the half way mark) I'd kind of lost interest in most of it. The writing style isn't terrible and the characters are a nice mix with dialogue to match but the story itself wasn't nearly as entertaining or amusing as I'd hoped for (or been led to believe from the blurb) and I didn't really care what happened to most of them.

It just isn't for me. Some you win, some you lose...
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I found this book really difficult to get into and found the scene setting to be drawn out and boring. Therefore unfortunately I did not finish the book
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By Haselbury TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2016
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This was a bit disappointing for me, described as 'whip-smart and crackling with energy', I was expecting something fast-paced that would make me stop and laugh out loud.
This was neither. The story was engaging enough; Liddy the successful divorce lawyer has her own dysfunctional background with an ex-husband plus partner who she gets on with and sees regularly, her teenaged son lives with them, but her younger son, (the result of a one night stand with a surfer and the reason for her marriage break-up) lives with her, looked after by a nanny.
The first 2/3 of the book takes a long time explaining the set up of these two family groups and I found myself getting bored. Not bored enough to give up on the book, but bored enough that it took me much longer yo read this than I expected.
Finally the book gets going with her having a melt down on Live TV which brings about a turning point in her life where she escapes to a remote location in Ireland, with both boys, to find herself and rebuild her relationship with her sons. Unfortunately, this is where it all gets a bit boring again.
I certainly didn't hate this book, and it was a pleasant read, but I think the publishers descriptions of the book gave me unrealistic expectations that the book couldn't fulfil.
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