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Starting Over Paperback – 30 Nov 2009
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A delight to read. Full of laughter and tears. --Katie Fforde
~Nothing soothes the soul quite like a well-crafted romance. This novel revolutionises a genre familiar to Romantic Novelist Association members (such as Moorcroft) by subverting a great many romfic clichés. Sure there's plenty of conflict, and romantic stuff happens with a good heat level, but all the main characters are given equal weight: no objectification of besotted heroine by brooding hero .... This isn't just romance, this is literary Viagra.~ --The Woman Writer Magazine for The Society of Women Writers & Journalists
~Moorcroft writes a thoroughly engaging, utterly believable, occasionally moving, often funny tale; with just the right amount of sauciness where some over spice, Moorcroft gets the balance spot on. Chic lit can often be predictable, unrealistic in it's over romantic portrayal of the relationship between men and women and worse: entirely dependent on the rampant sex scenes. But with Moorcroft, or at least, with Starting Over, you get the sense that the blossoming relationship in all its little foibles, nuances and problems is the real core of the novel. Starting Over is pure self indulgence. And maybe it was just me, but don't worry if you shed a little tear at the end, we won't tell if you don't.~ --The Truth About Books - Honest Reviews about Real Books.
About the Author
Sue is an accomplished writer of novels and short stories, as well as a creative writing tutor. She's also the fiction judge at Writers Forum. Her previous novels include Family Matters, Uphill All the Way and A Place to Call Home. She is also the commissioning editor and a contributor to Loves Me, Loves Me Not, an anthology of short stories celebrating the Romantic Novelists Association's 50th anniversary. Sue's a regular guest on Liz Rhodes Chat Room at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Sue's Choc Lit novels include: Starting Over (Nov 09), All That Mullarkey (June 10), Want to Know a Secret? (Nov 10) and Love & Freedom (June 11). Love & Freedom won the Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award 2011.
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I couldn't put this book down, Sue Moorcroft's characters are fabulous. Tess, recovering from her past, understandably makes some silly decisions and Ratty, intense, intelligent and naughty is just the sort of hero every book should have. I loved it.
I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to see the background to Miles 'Ratty' Rattenbury as I had only seen him briefly in ATM.
I must admit that it did take me one or two chapters to really get hooked on it but that's not to say I didn't enjoy the opening chapters - I just wasn't hooked straight away.
The story opens with Tess Riddell getting a horrible email from her fiancé calling off the wedding and the relationship, which sends Tess into moving away and "starting over" elsewhere to get over this terrible ordeal. She then, quite literally, crashes into Ratty, with whom she doesn't hit it off with straight away. As the story moves forward the reader is constantly wondering whether there is something more with the two of them as their relationship seems an unlikely one but there is definitely something there. They develop a friendship but it is apparent that both want more; but neither of them realise it of each other. Ratty comes across as quite the womaniser but things are not always as they appear to be.
When old flame Olly, (the horrid fiancé!) comes back looking for Tess, she needs to decide whether or not he will fit into her new life in Middledip, and after a few encounters she makes her mind up.
Tess and Ratty's 'relationship' continues to baffle the reader and you are always left thinking, will they, wont they? the whole way through the book which makes for excellent reading. Then when things seem like they are going well - another blast from the past comes along to try and ruin it! The question is, are they successful in doing so?
Even though the book ends as a lot of the stories do within this genre, that is what makes the readers of this particular type of book, happy. It is what we want!
The characters are very well written and portrayed realistically. Making it easy to identify with them and go along the journey with them.
A great read and a definite recommendation to all fans of romantic fiction.
I absolutely adore Moorcroft's style of writing. I felt an instant warmth to the characters. The way of village life was put across very well, and I found the book very visual; I actually think it would make a wonderful film!
When I first started reading the book, it struck me that it was going to one of those predictable storylines. After all, it begins with Tess accidentally driving her car into the back of Ratty's breakdown truck. After an initial thorny meeting, it is clear that these two strong characters are going to end up together at some point. Yes, it is relatively predictable: they have their ups and downs, but there are a couple of twists along the way which aren't at all forced to keep your interest. The book is paced exceptionally well, and most importantly the ending is one that is satisfying so that you can close the book with a smile on your face (and not one of those, "but what actually happened!?!?" moments that leave me extremely frustrated!). In fact, I smiled a lot throughout the book - mostly brought about by Ratty!! Who wouldn't want a man like him in your life to chase you across fields, and pull you into a strong embrace! Choc Lit's slogan of "Where heroes are like chocolate - irresistible" certainly works exceptionally well for this book!
This isn't just a love story, there are heart-warming moments centered around village life, friendship and family life (Angel's children, in particular the way Jenna calls Tess 'Teth' and Toby calls Ratty 'Watty' melted my heart every time!). It also explores the parent-adult child relationship extremely well, and is something I think most of us can relate to.
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