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The Queen of New Beginnings [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Queen of New Beginnings

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Overview

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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402253171
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 182,048
  • File size: 2 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    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 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

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Couldn't put it down.

    It was amazing. I couldn't stop reading it. It makes you want to keep reading until your done. Get!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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 December 19, 2011

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    Recommend

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Had Me From The First Sentence

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Very enjoyable

    Throughly enjoyed the book and the well defined characters. Sad at times and funny at others. Just a delightful book for a quiet weekend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    My dad would die for this book!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG!!!!!"!""

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Good book

    Easy read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Fun Read

    I like how she explores every character and gives closure of each one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    ABBY TO BJORN

    Your lockrd out next res

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Super!!!

    Fantastic!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Easy read

    She is a great storyteller. I enjoyed it.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Very good

    Great read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 December 5, 2011

    It was good

    Not a great book. But for free it was fine. It wasa little slow.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

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    Good read

    Story kept me interested. I love when the characters are quick thinking and fun. Would definitely read more by this author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Unexpected gem

    Found this book by chance- it took a couple chapters to get into it - but wow, what a great story! It's one I will be thinking about for awhile. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Pretty good for a free book

    I didn't have high expectations for this one, and was pleasantly surprised. It was well written and fairly engaging.

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