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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751545090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751545098
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classy chick-lit story (Woman)

A real winter warmer - enjoy! (Star magazine)

Just the thing to make you feel good on a winter's afternoon (Take a Break)

A heart-warming read (Woman's Way)

Packed with romance and laughter (Lighter Life magazine)

A heartwarming, feel-good, magical book, once unwrapped you absolutely have to read to the very end! Totally absorbing, a great read. Likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Highly recommended! (Hot Brands Cool Places blog)

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A fabulous, festive winter-warmer from the wonderful Carole Matthews.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Wrapped up in You is Carole Matthews 19th novel.

Janie Johnson is a 30 something single hairdresser living on her own in a little cottage in Buckinghamshire with just Archibald the Aggressive (her cat!) for company.

Her Clients and Friends constant check on her love life gets her down. Nightmare blind dates and the news that her Ex is getting married and his Fiancee is with child pushes her over the edge. Before she knows what she is saying she blurts out that she is off on an Adventure to Africa!

Arriving in the baking heat in Maasai Mara in Kenya whilst the UK is covering in Christmas snow with the knowledge that all her friends think she has lost the plot! Janie meets Dominic, a Maasai Warrior who is to be her guide for the next week and who takes her breath away the moment she meets him. Can "Just" Janie stop herself falling head over heels in love with Dominic and return to her boring in life in the UK or could she dream of a happily ever after with him?

I was delighted to get an advanced copy of Carole's latest book armed with a hot chocolate and a blanket, (well it is a Christmas read) I set about Janie's journey. Straight away I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Janie is a very loveable character and I could understand her need to show her friends she had the guts to try something different with this trip to Africa. The sheer joy of her relationship with Dominic and the tenderness Carole writes of their developing love at the beginning of the story had me turning the pages to see what happens next.

An absolutely delightful story, packed full of comedy moments and also the changing dynamics of friendships as people reach new chapters in the lives.
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Wrapped Up in You is the first of the current crop of Christmas themed books which I have read. I was drawn in by the cover and the other Carole Matthews books which I've also enjoyed. And I wasn't disappointed.

I immediately empathised with the plight of Janie in her dead end job, trying to make a life for herself after being dumped by her boyfriend. I laughed at her disasterous blind date and her accidental acquisition of a persistent, obnoxious stalker. I loved her next door neighbour Mike who was a tower of strength for Janie which she needed one. I even grew to like her toxic friend Nina who had problems of her own. But for me, the novel really gets into its stride when Janie and Dominic meet in the Maasai Mara and he sleeps outside her tent to protect her from the wildlife (and her fears). It's the first time Janie's felt protected and cared for - and it's a feeling she doesn't want to relinquish.

We are rooting for Janie from the get go when she takes the initial - and for her, giant step - of going on holiday to the Maasai Mara to break out of the rut she's in. And when she almost bankrupts herself to return to Africa for a second time and brings home her own personal souvenir, we've got our fingers and toes crossed and hope that it'll all work out for her - and Dominic.

I don't want to give away the plot [I hate when reviewers do that!]. All I will say is: if you want to follow Janie and Dominic's path to happiness and true love as they fight against prejudice and ignorance - then get out the box of kleenex, top up your hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream and prepare for an emotional ride. By the end of it you'll have forgotten all about Christmas Lists and on-line shopping and will want Santa to bring you a Maasai warrior of your very own!! Just like Just-Janie.
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This is the first book I have read by Carole Matthews and I loved it.

Janie Johnson is a hairdresser. She is single and the only relationship she really has is with her cat Archibald and her neighbour Mike (who is also single after his wife leaving him). She does have a best friend Nina but she is married.

Janie goes away on holiday to Africa on a spare of the moment decision after a date that goes a bit wrong. Her holiday turns out to be the adventure of a life time thanks to her Masai Warrior Dominic.

When Janie returns from her holiday she has a lot of thinking to do and her freinds are not very supportive.

This book had me laughing out loud and a one point I was nearly in tears. This book really shows the emotion and it works. Very well written - highly recommend.
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By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Carole Matthews has come back with a bang this year. From the first chapter of Wrapped Up in You I was hooked. I connected with the main character from the moment I met her. Janie works as a hairdresser which is a similar industry that I work in so when we first meet her at work with her chatty clients talking about love and holidays, I felt like I was reading about my working day! Janie's character comes over as very warm and caring if a little vulnerable. We only hope that she can soon find the love and happiness she deserves.
Carole teases us in this book with two gorgeous men, Dominic and Mike, who are two worlds apart and who are both perfect in every way and will have you looking at your partner wondering why he isn't more like these characters!
The descriptive method of writing Matthews uses in this book really gives this book an intriguing and exciting feel to it. I think this book should come with a warning on the festive front cover as once you have read this it will have you looking at holidays in Africa!

As you will see from the picture above now that Carole has moved over to Sphere she now has a fresh new look which in my opinion looks much more inviting. I was expecting more of a festive feel to the book judging by the cover so I was a little surprised y the storyline when Janie leaves the festive setting for a gorgeous setting in Africa.

We also get our little touches of humour in this book, my favourite involving a difficult escape route! The book starts at a great pace and continues the whole way through with no dull points to the book. I thought by the second chapter that I knew how the story was going to pan out but I was wrong. This novel is beautifully written and the ending is wrapped up in a lovely way not leaving us hanging and not feeling a rush to the close.

This is one of my favourite Carole Matthews books and I cannot recommend it enough, everyone needs this book sitting under their Christmas tree.
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