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It's Now or Never by Carole Matthews

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If life begins at forty don't let it start without you!

Ever felt that it's time to turn your life around? When twins Annie and Lauren attend their older sister Chelseas' fortieth birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so different.

Why is Chelsea's devoted husband twirling her round the dance floor, while Annie's husband has gone fishing and Lauren's lover is at home with his wife and children? There and then, they decide it's time to turn things around. To go all out for what they want, to start living again.

The question is: have they left it too late?

If you like Carole Matthews you might also like to read books by Isla Dewar, Claudia Carroll and Coette Caddle.


It's Now or Never by Carole Matthews

Can it ever be too late to chase your dreams? The witty, clever and heartbreaking new novel from the bestselling author. When twins Annie and Lauren attend their sister Chelsea's fortieth birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so totally different from their gorgeous, glamorous sister. Why is it that Chelsea's handsome husband is twirling her round the dance floor, with an expression of utter devotion on his face, while Annie's husband is away on a fishing trip and Lauren's boyfriend is at home with his wife and kids. Surely, they are doing something wrong here. The question is, is it too late for them to change...?


'Witty, funny and incredibly touching, this is perfect for lifting the spirits during a dull February.' Heat Magazine

'It’s Now or Never is a must-read and I hugely enjoyed reading the book. Right – when’s the next Carole Matthews book out?…' Chick Lit Reviews

'This is a great read about finally changing your life when you're not happy with it. You will laugh out loud at the crazy things these sisters do in order to shake things up.' Chick Lit Club

As with every one of Carole’s book, you’re kept riveted to your chair and guessing until the very last page!' The Citizen

'This charming tale about love, relationships and family is guaranteed to please fans of Matthews' previous novels. It's full of laugh-out-loud moments and genuine poignancy, and will have readers nodding knowingly at the all-too-familiar depictions of family life. With likeable characters and a roller-coaster plot, Matthews has delivered once again.' The News of the World

'Utterly absorbing, satisfying, the absolute perfect weekend read! Recommended!' Hot Brands, Cool Places

About the Author

Carole Matthews

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2013, Summer Daydreams was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Fiction about Life and Love. Carole was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy RoNA in 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Carole Matthews by Mary Hogarth.

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20th June 2013


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


384 pages


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