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Cecelia Ahern: making the everyday magical. How can you know someone you've never met? Joyce Conway leaves hospital after recovering from a terrible accident. Having faced a near-death experience, she is suddenly awakened to the stark reality of her futile marriage, and vows to start afresh -- separating from husband Conor and moving back in with her dad. Justin Hitchcock arrives in Dublin to give a guest lecture. Recently divorced and living near his daughter Bea, but far from his Chicago home, he's lonely and restless. When beautiful doctor Sarah persuades him to give blood, he nonchalantly accepts, hoping he'll at least get a date with her. Then one rainy evening, Joyce and Justin cross paths in the strangest of circumstances. They have no idea that their fates are more entangled than they could ever have imagined ! / Cecelia Ahern is a no. 1 bestseller in the UK and Ireland -- all of her books have hit the top of the charts. /Cecelia Ahern's writing has a timeless, magical quality which ensures she has fans across the age spectrum -- from 15 to 85. /New cover approach to refresh sales and continue to give Cecelia her own distinct look. /PS, I Love You (HB) has sold over a million copies in English worldwide / Cecelia Ahern garners worldwide, year-round publicity. /A major feature film of PS, I Love You starring Hilary Swank is set for release in December 2007 / Cecelia has created a TV comedy series Sam I Am which will premiere on the ABC Network (producers of Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and Lost ) in the autumn in the US, starring Christina Applegate.

About the Author

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia completed a degree in journalism and media studies. She is also the author of PS, I Love You, Where Rainbows End and If You Could See Me Now. A film adaptation of PS, I Love You starring Hilary Swank is set for release in December 2007 in the UK and US. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.

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Contrivance and a multitude of sitcom mixups drive Ahern's fifth novel. When Joyce Conway gets a blood transfusion after a tragic accident that caused her to miscarry, she strangely picks up the memories of her donor. Upon release from the hospital, she moves in with her father to try to cope with her impending divorce and the loss of her baby, but ends up instead on a wild goose chase after feeling a connection with a mysterious, smoldering stranger in a hair salon. Their relationship is obvious to the reader immediately, which makes the following several hundred pages a less than satisfying exercise in delaying the inevitable. Fans of Ahern's earlier work won't be disappointed with the fairy tale-like feeling, but readers not already in the fold might not stick around to the obvious conclusion. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Cecelia Ahern: 'A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.' Cosmopolitan 'A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.' Company 'Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.' In Style 'Heartwarmingly good.' Heat 'A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer!This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.' Express 'A heartwarming, completely absorbing tale of love and friendship.' Company 'Enjoyable'. Cosmopolitan

After falling and suffering a miscarriage, Joyce moves back in with her aging father when her marriage dissolves. Suddenly, she starts having the strangest daydreams, finds herself able to speak Latin, and spouts academic facts regarding architecture and Irish history. Justin, a visiting professor at Dublin's Trinity College, wants to feel important-he imagines saving someone's life and having that person forever in his debt. After giving blood one afternoon, he keeps running into a mysterious woman wherever he goes and can't understand why he's attracted to her. Turns out, his donation went to Joyce during her hospital stay, and now the two are inexplicably linked. The secondary characters of Justin's family and Joyce's amusing father help to keep this tale grounded. Ahern (P.S. I Love You) has a knack for getting to the heart of human emotions-Joyce's emotional pain is palpable, as is Justin's longing for meaning in his life. The author started out writing chick lit before venturing into decidedly fairy-tale terrain. This title manages to blend the two elements smoothly. For all fiction collections.-Rebecca Vnuk, Glen Ellyn P.L., IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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