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Maggie promises to stand up for herself; Ella promises not to let her heart rule her head; Ethan promises 'no more women'...
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion. The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians. Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @TheEricaJames
It's the ultimate do-over fantasy: three unhappy people stuck in soul-sapping jobs and relationships promise to turn it all around-and make a delicious mess of it. This U.S. entry from seasoned British chick lit champ James (The Queen of New Beginnings) proves that bitter dissatisfaction, aching loneliness, and stubborn self-deception span the economic spectrum. Maggie, married to a couch potato she nicknames Mr. Blobby, cleans houses for a living and faces a major decision when she meets another man; Ella, shaking off seven bad years with a widower and his sad, manipulative kids ("A dead wife never leaves the marriage; she's there for eternity, immortalized, sanctified, an untouchable, ruthlessly divisive meddling force"), takes on a redecorating project in a home Maggie cleans, for the wealthy Edwardses. Ethan Edwards, business and marriage both in decline, seeks solace in one-night stands-but hopes for more with Ella. Individual emotional meltdowns trigger alternately heartbreaking and hilarious collateral damage and lead each character into relationships they couldn't predict and can't resist. Their liberations may be a foregone conclusion, but gooey dollops of happily-ever-after romance, rowdy humor, surprisingly affecting drama, and a despicable supporting cast make this formulaic page-turner rollicking and satisfying. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Three lives collide with unexpected consequences in this heart-warming, affectionate and witty story. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * A great holiday read and a real page turner. * SANDBACH CHRONICLE *