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Bernadette Strachan was born in Fulham, London and now divides her time between Twickenham, Middlesex and Nashville, Tennessee. Before becoming an author she ran a voice-over agency working with many household names including Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Johnny Vegas, Mariella Frostrup, Kathy Burke and Harry Enfield. Bernadette Gaughan has written for many publications including Chat, Bella, Woman's Own and J17.
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This is such fun, full of incident, full of great characters and smattered with some wonderful one-liners. Ruby, our heroine, is a delightful character with hidden depths despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in herself. Unknowingly she married a trickster and when he gets carted off by the police her life takes a very different turn. A pacy read with lots of heart. Comparison: Jill Mansell, Katie Fforde, Harriet Evans.
Really the most tremendous fun as a pampered theatrical management PA girl juggles two worlds, the celeb life and hands-on charity work in a centre for the homeless. I love the style, affectionately humorous at times, tongue-in-cheek, and then poignantly astute. Itâ€™s got a great twist at the surprising end too. Highly recommended.Comparison: Lisa Jewell, Adele Parks, Anna Maxted.Similar this month: Lissa Evans, Colleen McCullough.
Novelist Sunny Parkinson might write scorching romances, but her own life is decidedly lacking in passion. A knicker-snatcher is at large in her block of flats. Her best friend's marriage is crumbling over a luncheon meat scandal. She lives with a spherical couch potato and a workaholic virgin. And an Irish nun has just moved in to their spare room. But one night at the launderette she meets Count Fabio Carelli - a man so traffic-stoppingly sexy he could have stepped straight from the pages of her latest novel... Candlelit dinners, luxury spa dates and weekends in Paris are a far cry from the weekly pint and pork scratchings with her ex-turned-TV-gardener. Sunny is understandably dazzled. But is this the happy ending she's always craved or is it too good to be true?
Why do we have to live with men? As another evening with her best friends and a few bottles of wine comes to an end, Cat O'Connor is left pondering this very question. And, escaping from a ruined love affair, she is about to find the answer. When Cat joins a group of women in a huge, decaying farmhouse deep in the countryside, she prepares to embark on six months without men. Cat is promised a nirvana of serenity where the chores are done without mutinous mutterings, where nourishing food simmers on the Aga and where feelings are taken seriously. But Cat soon discovers that women are no saints either . . .
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