Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

by Homa Pourasgari

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ISBN-13: 9780977978007
Publisher: Linbrook Press
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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Lemon Curd 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
beckvalleybooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For years now I have had the same two favourite authors, Mary E Pearce and Margaret Dickinson, I now have three!! After reading the authors book, The Dawn of Saudi I was absolutely blown away and knew I had to read her first book, Lemon Curd. I literally could not wait until it arrived, although when you look forward to something so much you do worry slightly in case it doesn't match your expectations, I needn't have worried. Another fantastic 'unable to put down' read.The main character, Anna Lisa, has a great job at a marketing firm with a fantastic boss and also has the benefit of working with the love of her life and ladies man, Paul. Her parents died in a car crash when she was three months old and she was brought up by her grandmother and aunts. Without any word of warning she is suddenly told that the firm have brought a colleague over from the London office to work with her on the important Olson account, a cosmetic company ran by an aunt and nephew. The guy stood next to her, Neil, who she is supposed to not only work with but share an office with, is the annoying man she ran into earlier that day and who had stole her cherished and rare car parking space. Not only that he has decided to call her Leeza which is even more annoying !! They slowly fall in love with each other, although denying it to themselves as Neil has a fiancée, who eventually starts to infuriate him due to being so spoilt and self centered and Anna Lisa has Paul. When things fall apart in Anna Lisa's relationship with Paul it hits her hard and starts to have even more impact on their feelings. Can they finally allow themselves happiness and fall in love with each other or will they both walk away from what potentially could be the 'one'?You may feel that you want to shout at the characters at times to make them see sense and act on their feelings. A truly enjoyable read with a great storyline. The way the author writes draws you into the story and you warm very quickly to the characters in the story, which is why I loved reading both books. Another really enjoyable read by this wonderful author !
jj8098 More than 1 year ago
If you are like me, you like a book that just keeps you enthralled and entertained from start to finish. Lemon Curd did not let me down. I read this book on my lunch breaks at work and had a hard time putting it down to head back inside! The writing is great, it is very easy to read, and the story line is interesting. There were a few times when I thought the dialogue was a little different from what you might hear in normal conversation, but overall this was a great read! If you love books of any kind, especially romance novels, this is one you will want to pick up!
National_Board_Certified More than 1 year ago
Looking for a lighthearted summer read? Lemon Curd by Homa Pourasgari is a good one to pack for the beach. A gently budding romance between two career-minded Type A individuals is the premise of the story. The obstacles standing in their way border on the predictable, but you won't mind. There is enough humor and cultural drama to keep things going. I finished this book in two days because I just needed to see how the two fared by the end. Sometimes I felt that the actions of the characters conflicted with their personalities. Romance books are not my cup of tea so I was glad to see that this was a relatively clean book. There were some expletives sprinkled in the storyline that could have been left out; they did nothing to add to the story. The book needed another once-over from the proofreading department. Still, it's an overall decent read and one that I wouldn't mind sharing with a friend. I received this book for review. These opinions are 100% mine.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
For years now I have had the same two favourite authors, Mary E Pearce and Margaret Dickinson, I now have three!! After reading the authors book, The Dawn of Saudi (read my book review here) I was absolutely blown away and knew I had to read her first book, Lemon Curd. I literally could not wait until it arrived, although when you look forward to something so much you do worry slightly in case it doesn't match your expectations, I needn't have worried. Another fantastic 'unable to put down' read. The main character, Anna Lisa, has a great job at a marketing firm with a fantastic boss and also has the benefit of working with the love of her life and ladies man, Paul. Her parents died in a car crash when she was three months old and she was brought up by her grandmother and aunts. Without any word of warning she is suddenly told that the firm have brought a colleague over from the London office to work with her on the important Olson account, a cosmetic company ran by an aunt and nephew. The guy stood next to her, Neil, who she is supposed to not only work with but share an office with, is the annoying man she ran into earlier that day and who had stole her cherished and rare car parking space. Not only that he has decided to call her Leeza which is even more annoying !! They slowly fall in love with each other, although denying it to themselves as Neil has a fiancée, who eventually starts to infuriate him due to being so spoilt and self centered and Anna Lisa has Paul. When things fall apart in Anna Lisa's relationship with Paul it hits her hard and starts to have even more impact on their feelings. Can they finally allow themselves happiness and fall in love with each other or will they both walk away from what potentially could be the 'one'? You may feel that you want to shout at the characters at times to make them see sense and act on their feelings. A truly enjoyable read with a great storyline. The way the author writes draws you into the story and you warm very quickly to the characters in the story, which is why I loved reading both books. Another really enjoyable read by this wonderful author !
MelzMcEwing More than 1 year ago
This novel was a nice surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked it up but the characters and the writing pulled me in and I could instantly see the story playing out like a movie in my mind. Not your typical fluffy romance and that is a nice change.
busymommylist More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect to get so wrapped up in this book as I did. I thought it would be a good book, just not as exciting as it was. I sure didn't expect to relate to the characters in this story, but ended up having a lot in common with the main character, Anna Lisa. On top of being well written, this author has a unique way of describing the characters and making them so real and life like, for a few minutes after reading, I still wanted to find Anna Lisa's ex, Paul, and smack him;) This story provided a fun escape from my very busy and hectic life, and it was time well spent! I always enjoy books that I can relate to, learn from, and make me happy that there are still books out there and with all the technology and TV, we still have talented writers and books that are always better then TV or movies. I did re learn that you should never judge a book by it's cover. The book itself, when I received it, I thought, Oh, this looks a little boring, but I was proved wrong! No boredom found in here! I thought it was neat how Anna Lisa found her new co worker, to be such an arrogant jerk, and ended up being proven wrong. The same went for him, finding out that Anna Lisa was not as busy and mean as she seemed. Both Anna Lisa and her new enemy, (the British jerk who comes to share her office to work with her on a very important job with a very important client), have significant others. Both of those significant others are true, well, jerks, and fortunately, this is all figured out in the story. I found myself getting angry and I swear I could feel my blood boiling at times when Paul, (Anna Lisa's bf), was found cheating on her, and treating her like dirt. That's how real it is, you definitely start to feel as though Anna Lisa is your friend, right from the beginning when this mean British guy takes the last Lemon Curd, practically right out of Anna Lisa's hands! I do recommend this book, highly! It is worth your time, and a book you will loan to your friends, mom, sisters, etc. **I did receive a copy of this book in return for my honest review**
TheLadiesLounge More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd is the story of Ana, the average workaholic woman living in United States. She ends up having to work with and even share an office with Neil, a British man that came to the US for a work assignment. However, her and Neil got off to a very rough start. Needless to say, Ana is not happy about the new situation. Ana and Neil are both in serious relationships when they meet each other, but their attraction to each other is very apparent. Even though they cannot get along and do not like each other, they develop a very interesting relationship. The book deals with work problems, family relationships, friendships, and love. I would consider this to be a romance novel. The book is very easy to read and understand. I read it only in a few days, because I really enjoyed it. Lemon Curd borders on the predictable side, but little twists and funny bits made me really enjoy the book.
mglawler More than 1 year ago
I dove right into this book. The characters and story line drew me in and kept me there. I fell in love with Neil and I wish he was real! This is one of those books that is hard to put down so plan on reading until you are finished! Definitely a must read.
GypsyMamaLogs1 More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd is a lovely romantic story without being a “romance novel”. I really enjoyed the fact that the heroine was a REAL modern day woman. Anna Lisa is very relatable, and feels like someone I might know or call a friend. I flew through this book in just a couple days, and I can’t wait for the authors next book!
khale46 More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd introduces you to Anna Lisa Gibson, a powerful marketing executive in Los Angeles with a history of bad relationships and poor self esteem. The first pages bring her head to head with Neil Scott Whittaker her British counterpart who is equally complicated and mostly opinionated. Although both Anna Lisa and Neil are involved in serious relationships already - it is immediately obvious there is an attraction and tension between the two. Anna Lisa is in a dead end relationship with a no good man several years her junior but remains in denial for some time. Neil is engaged to marry a high class British socialite who although he felt was the perfect partner, he begins questioning the longer he remains in Los Angeles working alongside Anna Lisa. This book covers common issues regarding men and women and their battles in the workplace as well as in relationships. There is a strong sense of fidelity, morality and family in Homa's writing. Overall, I enjoyed the story line - the idea behind the book. Anna Lisa is a powerful woman in her career field of choice. She is highly respected and knows what she is doing - there is no doubt from anyone that she is in control in her office and with her clients and accounts. Unfortunately, her own self image is rocky and she has had a tendency to fall for the wrong men. Neil is a strong and self sufficient man who just needs to relax and enjoy life more. Going from the "stiff" or perhaps "stuffy" lifestyle of London to the carefree and fun lifestyle of Los Angeles he begins questioning what he really wants in his life and future wife. As you already suspect, this becomes a bit of a love triangle that includes heartache, pain, infidelity, and questioning of all common sense and what real love truly is. I felt that the plot was excellent, but unfortunately the writing itself was a bit on the choppy side at times. Perhaps it was the excessive details that I had a problem with or maybe it just wasn't as fluid as I would have liked. Either way, I love the idea of the book but cannot say that I am a huge fan of the writing style of Homa Pourasgari. She includes great culturally and politically relevant topics that I loved and her characters are well fleshed out, but I simply find the style itself difficult to follow and enjoy. I give the book 3 1/2 stars. Although a good plot, the writing could use some polishing.
Becca71 More than 1 year ago
**Brilliant** Lemon Curd by Homa Paragarsi was a really good book I was thoroughly captivated by it. A love story that follows two very head strong and independent people Anna Lisa and Neil don’t like each other at first but are forced to work together. Through their working relationship they begin to find common ground and soon realize how much they have in common but sometimes love isn’t easy and when both characters are stubborn and headstrong find ones way to back to the person you love can be a rather difficult road. If you enjoy a good love story with well developed characters and a good story line then I suggest you pick up a copy of Lemon Curd it’s sure to help you pass the time on any day.
misteedawnw More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It is a romantic fiction novel that keeps you involved and interested with every page. The relationships in this book are relatable and intruiging. It was very well-written and full of drama. I loved this book.
kgaines More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd is all about comic romance, it is also a type of sarcastic romance as the two main characters are very sarcastic to one another. It is very humorous and you really feel as you know the characters. Their are times when you will want to say "Oh what the heck are you thinking" or "come on already", but you will not be disappointed at all with this book. I was sad when it ended and I cannot wait to read more books from Homa POurasgari. She is an amazing writer.
MeganCoffie More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd is the story of Anna Lisa, a successful accountant and her coworker, Neil Whittaker. Things don't start off well for these two - Neil's cocky attitude does not sit well with Anna Lisa, a hardworking woman who has no time for drama. After taking a second look, these two start to wonder if maybe they were wrong about each other... maybe there's something more between them than they had thought. The story isn't just about Neil and Anna Lisa. There's Anna Lisa's boyfriend, who is anything but nice to her and Neil's fiancee, a spoiled brat. There's a good deal of drama between all of the characters, which kept me interested. I found the characters to be quite relatable. Anna Lisa, the main character, is a sassy, successful woman who knows what she wants (well, for the most part). I loved her spunk and I often found myself saying/thinking "Oh my gosh, that's exactly how I feel!" or "I would have done the same thing." This book also has a little bit of a soap opera style to it. Some things seemed a little over the top and some of the dialogue seemed unrealistic. I may have tolled my eyes a time or two but I know the same things that made me roll my eyes, others will go crazy for! Quite a few of my female family members are soap fans so I'll be passing the book on to one of them. Overall, I liked the storyline and the drama in this book. The characters seemed to be well-thought out. I was able to relate to Anna Lisa's professional lifestyle, relationship troubles and her struggle to balance the two! It's a great book for both romance fans and all the women out there who represent sexiness and success.
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd, the first book by author Homa Pourasgari, was a definite page turner for me! This book outlines the unique struggles that women have to face if they want to be successful at work and in their love lives. Any woman that has had to climb that corporate ladder can definitely relate to the main character, Anna Lisa. Anna is dealing with a not so nice fiance that it seems she has in her life only for convenience. Most of us have had a man (or woman) in our lives that we know isn’t good for us, but we feel compelled to keep them for one reason or another, right?! It is so difficult to find the partner, and you tend to settle for the person as long as they meet some type of emotional need – but not necessarily what you “actually” need. Anna has a new colleague, Neil Whittaker that she is forced to work closely with – and this does not make her happy! In fact, it infuriates her! But, it ends up being a blessing in disguise as Anna Lisa and Neil both try to figure out what is most important – security,money,social status – or is it just happiness? You watch as these characters struggle to find balance between their love lives and professional lives and they learn lessons from each other along the way. I can really relate to this book since I worked in the corporate world for almost 20 years. It is so difficult to be a woman in a male driven world, while still trying to balance relationships with family, friends and lovers. Anna Lisa has many rough patches throughout the book, but she eventually finds what she is looking for. I really enjoyed reading this book!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up Lemon Curd by Homa Pouragari, I had some trouble getting into the flow of the book. I kept noticing my mind wandering and I had to force myself to keep reading. Once I was about halfway through, it seemed to pick up and hold my attention. While I wouldn't say this is a must read book, it does have potential.
s_gallegos More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started reading this book I found it very difficult to put it down. Finished it in 3 days! First of all, I am feeling homesick to my hometown Los Angeles so having this book take place their made me feel like I was home. Second, I was able to relate to Anna on a personal level. At one point in my life I wanted to be a career woman who had it all with no help from anyone. It made me think that had I chosen that path, that's how I would have ended up being instead of a Stay-At-Home mom. I am sucker for love stories so this had me right away but it also talked about those decisions we have to make to gain happiness. Will our sacrifices be worth it in the end? Should we expose ourselves and make ourselves vulnerable just for the sake of love? I loved that this book covered it all, not many romances are as realistic as this one was. In this day an age we are constantly tested to do the right thing, make the right decision and live with our decision. This comes easier to some versus those that decide to take the easy way out.
KPug More than 1 year ago
Anna Lisa Gibson and Neil Whittaker are both account executives at the same prestigious marketing firm, Anna Lisa based out of Los Angeles and Neil out of London. Anna Lisa is on the fast-track to partnership. When Nick is brought by the firm to the Los Angeles office to help Anna Lisa with a major account, their first impressions are less than optimal, with her finding him to be arrogant and him thinking she's wound up. Unfortunately, they have to find a way to not only work together but share an office as well. Luckily they share similar work ethics - which is why they are both so important to the company. I enjoyed this book a lot and finished it in two days. It was an easy read and just when I thought it was becoming predictable it would inevitably take a left turn. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished Lemon Curd by Homa Pourasgari. I really enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down. The characters were rich and interesting and the plot line was really suspenseful--were they going to get together or were they not going to get together! Gosh, if that Starter Wife can be made into a TV mini so can this book. It has all the elements--I also loved the way she described the various environmental situations--Brentwood, jogging, restaurants--around L.A. the English Tea shop, and of course, lemon curd! Thanks a mill for the book, it certainly has enriched my reading intake!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lemon Curd is a tale about family and friendship, love and betrayal taking place in the present. Pourasgari has the knack to pull the reader into each character¿s head in order to explain why he/she behaves in a certain manner. More importantly, there are parts in the book where the author has managed to acquaint the reader with the Iranian culture which makes the book unique and interesting. All in all, it is a romantic and moving story that you will not forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading novels with romantic themes and this book is one of my favorites. It's a story about two people who don't like each other at first but are forced to work together at a large corporation. As their friendship blossoms, so will their love for each other except that they're both involved. The characters are interesting and the plot makes you wonder if Neil and Anna Lisa are ever going to get together. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two sittings.