"The greatest gift is a passion for reading" - Elizabeth Hardwick
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Set primarily in London, 'Thirteen Weddings' tells the story of Bronte, an Australian woman who moves to the UK, only to discover that one of her new work colleagues, Alex, is a guy she had a one-night-stand with the year before. When it becomes clear Bronte and Alex are still attracted to each other, and Alex's own wedding day getting closer, things become rather awkward, especially Bronte realises she also has feeling for the rather delicious Lachie!
Sophie was a very likeable heroine, and her work as a photographer was interesting. She was a little over-shadowed for me by the host of brilliant secondary characters - hotel owner Dot and author Marguerite were particular favourites, and I loved their tangled storylines. Josh's friend Riley was an unexpected hit with me; he turned out to be nothing like I'd expected! I was very pleasantly surprised....
Nell Sullivan is shocked to lose her rather boring office job, but decides to make the most of her redundancy cheque by going on a trip to visit her cousin in San Francisco for eight weeks. Taking time out from her regular life gives Nell the chance to make plenty of new friends and work out what she really wants to do in the long-term, but will she be able to hang onto her dreams and new plans when she returns to London?
My story is no different from pretty well every other writer. I canít remember a time I wasnít making up stories, even as a little kid. Unlike others, though, I kept them to myself. They were all in my head. I was a loner as a child and had zero self-confidence. It never occurred to me that anyone, including family, might be interested. They were purely to entertain myself. And when I began writing as a late teen it was short stories. I submitted several to magazines that were rejected, and that was enough to make me stop writing. I was in my early thirties before I began again. Iíd toughened up a bit by then.
As one currently teetering on the mental precipice that is 'marketing a new book', it is difficult to know whether I am blindly leading myself down a dark alley or heading on the road of financial enlightenment. It is certainly a trek of some foreboding. I've read a dozen or so free self-help books and the conclusion so far seems to lead to two camps. Find an agent or a publisher. OR head off into blog land, find kindred spirits, and build up the Amazon and Goodreads reviews. We are all led to believe a certain magic number of reviews or a combination with sales will miraculously prod an Amazon algorithm up its digital backside, triggering an inexorable slide into fame and fortune. But what does one actually need, what are the numbers?
My debut adult novel was a romantic comedy called Learn Love In A Week. It started because one day I wrote a 400 word piece in The Times, in which I described a trick that women could use, to get their man to propose by the end of the week. The piece got an amazing response. Thinking I was onto something, I then thought deeply about married love too. Why does it start? Why does it go? I developed the idea of a book, which would be narrated by a wife, her single friend, and her husband. The events would last one week exactly, and, on each day, the three heroes would learn something about love... The book did fine. Itís about to come out in Germany, for example. But developing it, I think I made a key mistake: I thought wayyyy too hard. People donít read books, because they want a course in love. They want to read a story. So with my new book, The Things I'd Miss, I resolved just to write one out, from beginning to end, without correcting a word. I sat down, and quickly
It's Bea Bishop's wedding day and she's having doubts. She loves her fiance Adam, but marriage is a big step and memories of past sadness threaten to overwhelm her. Whilst walking down the aisle, Bea falls and loses consciousness. When she wakes up, her life has split in two: in one version she marries Adam, in the other she leaves him at the altar. The question is, which path will lead Bea to happiness?
Something I've noticed in Fraser's previous novels is that she's not afraid to write characters who aren't completely likeable. Her protagonists are flawed, and very interesting for it. This was certainly true of this book, and I did find though that I didn't bond with the main characters very well purely because they just weren't very nice! A prime example of this was Emma's husband, who behaves absolutely appalingly! He doesn't take his new wife's thoughts or feelings into consideration at all and is completely selfish. This is only countered by Emma's own behaviour at some points in the story! What a pair!
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