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After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.Charlotte Lawrence, widowed at thirty-four, decides to return to all things pre-Peter, and that means moving back to the Cheshire village of her childhood. It also means exchanging a clinical company flat for the pretty but overgrown garden of Ivy Cottage, and the constant attentions of her interfering sister Hilary. Most of all it means Alex, Ivy Cottage's drop-dead-gorgeous tenant, with whom Hilary is determined Charlotte should find love anew, and whose charming exterior hides his own secret tragedy...
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Reissued behind TELL IT TO THE SKIES - new in paperback. All the backlist are being reissued in the new livery in 2008. A BREATH OF FRESH AIR was Erica's debut, and was selected for the WH Smith Fresh Talent promotion. Erica James has sold over two million copies in paperback alone. GARDENS OF DELIGHT debuted at Number 5 in the bestseller lists, and won the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year award. All Erica's novels have received terrific reviews: 'James is a great storyteller' Woman's Weekly. 'A genuinely heart-warming yet unsentimental tale - a perfect recipe for restoring, if only briefly, our damaged trust in humanity' Sunday Express. 'Wry humour and romance ... Erica James is a breath of fresh air' Daily Mail. 'An excellent, compulsive read' Woman's Realm. 'A brilliant read you'll find impossible to put down' Best.

About the Author

Erica James grew up in Hampshire and has since lived in Oxford, Yorkshire and Belgium. She now lives in Cheshire. All of Erica's recent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

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An entertaining excursion to an English village of the 1990s, this first novel updates the traditional English cozy with a few contemporary bells and whistles. Mere hours after lonely, dissatisfied Charlotte Lawrence has finally requested a divorce from her husband, Peter, she receives word that he has died in a car crash. Departing Brussels, where one of Peter's frequent job transfers had landed them, she returns to her home village of Hulme Welford. But retired father who is obsessed with gardening and a mother just a few degrees warmer than Medea do little to improve Charlotte's spirits, and she doesn't share her feelings of guilt with anyone. Worse, her meddling younger sister, Hilary, throws a dinner party, hoping to fix up Charlotte with new man in town, Alex Hamilton. Less than two days after her return, Charlotte is accused in church of already having slept with two men. The pranks, while humorous, have a bit of an edge, as when the local philanderer switches the town prohibitionist's nonalcoholic vino with something stronger at a fork supper, prompting a rousing rendition of Sinatra tunes from the smashed teetotaler. And some supporting characters shine, particularly the teenaged babysitter Tiffany, who drills her charges in math and helps Charlotte hunt for a job. With puce-colored hair and a decidedly postfeminist attitude, she's the freshest breath of air in this sturdy little English diversion. (Dec.)

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