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The Queen of New Beginnings
     

The Queen of New Beginnings

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by Erica James
 

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What happens when your best hope for the future is through the past?

Voice-over artist Alice avoids telling the truth. It's not lying, exactly, and the freedom of reinvention makes those tough years in the past a little easier to bear. So when she meets writer Clayton Miller, she recognizes the suspicious signs of someone who wants to shrug off his

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What happens when your best hope for the future is through the past?

Voice-over artist Alice avoids telling the truth. It's not lying, exactly, and the freedom of reinvention makes those tough years in the past a little easier to bear. So when she meets writer Clayton Miller, she recognizes the suspicious signs of someone who wants to shrug off his old life. Untangling the web of secrets they've constructed creates an unlikely friendship-until Alice discovers that Clayton has betrayed her in the worst possible way.

The author of fifteen international bestsellers, Erica James deftly explores infidelity, bereavement, and the bonds of family with a sparkling voice that will resonate long after the book is finished.

Praise for Erica James

"Intense, compelling stuff."
-OK! magazine

"The author writes with a sturdy, feel-good optimism."
-Sunday Times

"It is a captivating read: beautifully written."
-Daily Telegraph

"You know you have made it as a storyteller writer when readers simply cannot put your book down...Erica James has this page-turning ability in abundance...I wouldn't have thought this writer could get any better, but she has!"
-Welsh Country

Editorial Reviews

Palmer's Picks for Reading
At first I thought this book would be fluffy chick lit but it is much more than that... This book seemed to be a mix of chick lit, southern fiction and romance all rolled into one.
Library of Clean Reads
The strength in this novel, however, is the dialogue. It is simply fantastic-witty, funny, honest. It divulged appropriately who the characters were.
From the Publisher
"At first I thought this book would be fluffy chick lit but it is much more than that... This book seemed to be a mix of chick lit, southern fiction and romance all rolled into one." - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"The strength in this novel, however, is the dialogue. It is simply fantastic-witty, funny, honest. It divulged appropriately who the characters were. " - Library of Clean Reads

Part of the story's charm is the fact that it takes place in England. I don't know what it is about British authors but I find British chick lit to be far superior to American chick lit in many cases. This is one of them. James has an extensive backlist and I look forward to discovering more of her works.

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.

There is something about this book that is just bright and shiny and cheered me up in spite of the troubles of last week. I also love that this was just as much of a family drama as it is a romance. Both genres were very well done and balanced well. James also accomplished the very rare feat of creating amazing characters and having them all be likable-even Rufus.

This a great contemporary romance with a flair for the dramatic. The characters are engaging and funny and I think readers will find them easy to identify with and their story a tale that could happen in every day life. I recommend this one to romance readers of all kinds. A great story about a second chance at love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402253171
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
546,911
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

The author of fourteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, Erica James now divides her time between Cheshire, England, and Lake Como in Italy.

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Queen of New Beginnings 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. I couldn't stop reading it. It makes you want to keep reading until your done. Get!!
geatdanemomDT More than 1 year ago
I had a great time reading this book. The village characters are a hoot. overall an enjoyable read and would read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughly enjoyed the book and the well defined characters. Sad at times and funny at others. Just a delightful book for a quiet weekend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a simple summer read. Not an award winner. I was curious enough to see it to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Lots of laughs and feeling bad for people, and I was involved with the story and the characters from page one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how she explores every character and gives closure of each one.
JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
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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Slow read... very boring
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Fantastic!!!
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She is a great storyteller. I enjoyed it.
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