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Helen Chandler read English at Oxford University before working as a general manager in various NHS organisations. She lives in East London with her husband and three-year-old daughter. TWO FOR JOY is her first novel.
...Imogen's relationship with Pete was once fun and carefree but since they've become parents, everything is different. Then an accident provides the catalyst for a life-changing decision. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe is miserable at home and at school. And now her dad, who was always her ally, seems completely distracted by something - or someone. Maybe it's time Phoebe took a stand, and took control of her own life. As Ella, Imogen and Phoebe contemplate taking the biggest risk of their lives, marriages, families and friendships hang in the balance. Should they take the leap, or will they risk losing everything?
One of our Books of the Year 2013. University chums, Julia and Toby, back then had a fumble, went their separate ways and are now the best of friends. Then Toby gets dumped, they have an epiphany and a romantic weekend in Brighton. From the start we know they were right for each other so for them to also work this out early on in the novel means we have trouble ahead ... and trouble we certainly have. This is a pure delight. Toby is an old-fashioned, decent bloke, Julia a stubborn, modern girl. How they get it all by the end is beautifully handled with some unexpected, humorous and emotional moments, all thrown into a fast-moving plot. I loved it. July 2013 Debut of the Month.
Put your feet up, tuck into a mince pie and enjoy this treat-sized piece of festive fiction. For fans of Jenny Colgan and Lisa Jewell.It's 27th December, and Julia is thinking about Christmas, and the cosy, relaxed days she spent with her best friend, Toby. Maybe it was just the magic of Christmas, or maybe it was just her, but was there a frisson of something else between them? After ten years of friendship, and a couple of near-misses, is Julia coming to realise that true love might have been under her nose all along? Most importantly, does Toby feel the same?