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The Queen of New Beginnings

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

a tender second chance at love tale

Almost infamous fortyish Clayton Miller flees London after causing a public humiliation involving his former girlfriend Stacey and his former writing partner Barry "Lucky Bazza" Osbourne. His heart is shattered and his career as a scriptwriter recently in the stratosph...
Almost infamous fortyish Clayton Miller flees London after causing a public humiliation involving his former girlfriend Stacey and his former writing partner Barry "Lucky Bazza" Osbourne. His heart is shattered and his career as a scriptwriter recently in the stratosphere has crashed to earth as he is out of work and out of ideas except for writing his obit

His agent Glen told Clayton to relocate temporarily in the countryside at the Cuckoo House. There he and Alice Shoemaker meet when she arrives as the housekeeper. The house is actually her family abode and though she suffered broken hearts here, she relishes being able to come home. The pair dislikes one another from the onset yet also feels a fascination. They forge a friendship as each tells the other why he and she rusticate in the country. As they start to trust and rely on one another for emotional relief, they begin to fall in love; but both fears that feeling will lead to a fresh heartbreak with no one around to help them weather the storm.

Although the story line is linear as the plot goes as expected, the cast (London and the villagers) is superb. The support characters enhance the look at the lead pair while Clayton and Alice are nice people who each fears love having recent heartbreaks. The strong characterizations make for a tender second chance at love tale if the lead duet can take that leap of faith and trust in their respective hearts.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 24, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Just okay

Just a simple summer read. Not an award winner. I was curious enough to see it to the end.

posted by snaphappy on June 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Just okay

    Just a simple summer read. Not an award winner. I was curious enough to see it to the end.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

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    One word: boring. This book was extremely well written, had a go

    One word: boring. This book was extremely well written, had a good plot line, characters were well developed - it was just boring. There was no real excitement or drama that pulled me into the story. It was mainly just a recitation of a woman named Alice's life (past and present), and how it intersected with a down-on-his-luck writer named Clayton. Throw in the almost obligatory romance theme, and there you go. There were a few "twists" along the way, but I use that word lightly. None of them added any element of surprise or suspense to the book; I saw them coming from a mile away.
    The only redeeming quality about this book was the character of George. She is an overbearing, brash, eccentric old lady, who had me laughing in just about every scene she was in. It was a shame that such a great character was wasted on a book like this.
    I finished the book, but I hate to say it was really only because I am OCD about leaving no book unfinished once started. Unless it is just written horrendously, I WILL finish it.
    This is the first book by Erica James that I have picked up, so I can't say that I will never try another one. She writes beautifully - this just wasn't the story for me.
    Overall, I would recommend this book if you just want a simple, easy read to distract you for a couple of hours if you have nothing else to do.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

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    was bored

    I read the first 50 pages, it didn't really grab me in anyway and didn't seem to really be going anywhere interesting to me. I didn't like it but it may be something someone else is really into.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Ultimately disappointing

    This was pretty well-written, but I found myself getting bored. There was far too much narrative and very little action. I considered giving up about half-way through, but the story was just interesting enough to continue. Once I got to the revenge plot, I wished I hadn't. Characters who had begun to redeem themselves made themselves look bad by indulging in this childish, unethical and ultimately totally unnecessary activity. It was particularly out of character for Isabel. I really didn't understand what was accomplished by it.

    Too bad. There was a lot of potential. The author can write, but some more severe editing would have made this much more readable.

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    Posted April 28, 2013

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    Posted February 14, 2012

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