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Christmas at Claridge's by Karen Swan
  

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The glittering Christmas cover is certainly deceptive here. I think Karen Swan one of the most sensitive authors in this romantic fiction area we have had for a long time and this perfect gem is her best yet. Our central character, Clem, at first appears shallow, spoilt and selfish but once she get to Portofino and we realise she has a secret, then she becomes quite a different person. We are drip fed clues to this secret and kept on tenterhooks racing through the pages, but through romance and twists we really do not see the surprise coming until it truly shocks us at the end. A lovely, lovely read.

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Synopsis

Christmas at Claridge's by Karen Swan

'This was where her dreams drifted to if she didn't blot her nights out with drink; this was where her thoughts settled if she didn't fill her days with chat. She remembered this tiny, remote foreign village on a molecular level and the sight of it soaked into her like water into sand, because this was where her old life had ended and her new one had begun.' Portobello -- home to the world-famous street market, Notting Hill Carnival and Clem Alderton. She's the queen of the scene, the girl everyone wants to be or be with. But beneath the morning-after makeup, Clem is keeping a secret, and when she goes too far one reckless night she endangers everything -- her home, her job and even her adored brother's love. Portofino -- a place of wild beauty and old-school glamour, and where a neglected villa has been bought by a handsome stranger. He wants Clem to restore it for him and it seems like the answer to all her problems -- except that Clem has been there once before and vowed, for her own protection, never to return ...

Reviews

Praise for Christmas at Tiffany's:

'This has makeovers, teasing twists, red herrings and episodic adventures in spades, making it a deliciously engrossing saga
Easy Living

'Funny, clever and superbly spun, this is a cut above most contemporary romances. A hugely uplifting feel-good read'
Candis

'Devour with a mince pie'
ASOS magazine

'Full of glamour and the tantalising promise of love'
My Weekly

'A heartwarming read'
Irish Examiner Praise for The Perfect Present

'Our tears were welling before we'd even finished the prologue ... Hide indoors with a glass of mulled wine and lose yourself in this'
Heat

'This fast-paced novel is perfect for snuggling down with on a winter afternoon'
Bella

'Deliciously glamorous, irresistible romantic and, once started, impossible to put down'
Hello

! '[A] charming, well-crafted tale of love, loss and reinvention
Marie Claire

'A fab bit of escapism'
Woman

About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism - working at Tatler, Vogue and YOU magazines, as well as consulting to companies like Thomas Pink - before giving it all up to raise her three children and ADHD puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She moved out of London in 2006 and now lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs.

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Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Karen Swan

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
528 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Romantic Fiction
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Adult & contemporary romance

ISBN

9781447219699

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