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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552156388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552156387
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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"Appassionata - the divine Jilly Cooper's latest and greatest novel" (The Sunday Times)

"Triumphant... a boisterous tale of sex and Chopin amongst Rutshire folk" (Tatler)

"Sexy, dazzling protagonists... the humour comes thick and fast" (Daily Express)

"Delicious: light as a souffle and with divine flashes of wit. I could not put the damned thing down" (Sunday Express)

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One of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles

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Adore everything Jilly Cooper writers. Brilliantly soothing stuff.
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I do love Jilly's books. This was a wonderful and funny story set in the world of music. I have read it probably twice before but tales about Rupert and Taggie, Hermione, horrible Rannaldini etc never pall.
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Best read within the series but stands alone as a good story. Characters you emotionally invest in, a really great read.
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Really enjoyable, a page turner from the start. As good as any of Coopers books and I loved the continuation of the characters
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Despite other reviewers saying that this is the beginning of a downwards curve, I think this had maintained the high standard Jilly Cooper set herself with 'Riders'. After all, one can't expect all of Cooper's books to be set around horses and sex. Sometimes we need a change of scenery but still with plenty of sex.

Abigail Rosen is not my favourite character in the book- maybe it's because she's a bit to knowledgeable of her looks and talent, and slightly vindictive- but if you don't like her in the beginning you will by the end as she loses that arrogance.

It marks the return of some brilliant characters- Rupert and Taggie Campbell-Black, now adopting two children who will come into play hugely in later books, the greatest plonker ever Rannaldinni, his ex-wife Kitty and Lysander Hawkley make brief appearances, aswell as Hermione Harefield and the magnificent Flora, who is the best character in the book.

We also learn more about Marcus Campbell-Black and his extremely irritating mother Helen, who marries Rannaldinni. You will find yourself rooting for Marcus especially in a huge twist later in the book. Flora carries the book in my opinion, with her vivacious personality and beauty which shines through. Not much about Tabitha C-B however, as she comes into play more in Score!.

Also, the wild ochestra come up with some hilarious moments, and the wondeful Viking O'Neil is certainly a character that you feel a mixture of empathy and lust towards. Also, there is the adorable Cherub, who you just want to give a hug.

Brilliant book, perhaps not as good as it predecessors, but just about as good. (:
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disappointing
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not bad
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OK, I am a sucker for all Jilly's horse oriented books - but my second love is music and I actually attended The Royal Academy of Music in the late '70s so this book, which takes up a lot of the characters from The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous - is just a joy to read as some of the scenes are set in familiar territory for me .
OK, the main character Abbey Rosen isn't likeable - or at least, I found her annoying , but isn't that the same in life ? And who is to say with Cooper's huge cast of characters that SHE was the main character intent in any case - my money is on Marcus Campbell-Black and Flora Seymour as main, main characters and also the wonderful cast of the Rutshire Symphony and lets face it, we all keep coming back for more and more of Rupert CB. The wonderful conductor Sir Rodney Macintosh was a joy - have met so many like him when I played in orchestras . The sinister Rannaldini , the annoying Helen Gordon - all Jilly's characters are so very well drawn that I can find parallels throughout this book with people that I know .
Having read this, you MUST then read "SCORE" and please ignore the less than 5 star reviews - they are simply not accurate and you will miss out on a great story .
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