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Pure entertainment. (A Curious Statistical Anomaly 20100917)

I was expecting this book to make me chuckle and it did...a lot... surprising and hilarious. (Books Like Breathing 20100929)

About the Author

Wendy Holden (UK) was a journalist on the Sunday Times, Tatler, and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full time author. She has now published nine novels, all top 10 bestsellers in the UK. Her novels include Beautiful People, Farm Fatale, Simply Divine, Gossip Hound, The Wives of Bath, The School for Husbands, Azur Like it, and Filthy Rich.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402240619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402240614
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on August 30, 2010
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Anna's sense of self-worth hits tock bottom. As a "wanna-be" writer, she cannot seem to write anything but entries in her diary nor can she make a relationship work. Heeding advice from Geri, a girl she meets at a wedding, Anna takes a job as a writer's assistant. Her life takes major turns not the least of which is being a nanny to the eight-year-old horror, Zak, the writer's son.

Zak and his parents, the writer Cassandra and the aging rock star Jett, make the term dysfunction family come to life. Happenings in their lives are not for the faint-of-heart to read. Caustic humor about the "one-ups-man-ship" of the wealthy and of secret habits flabbergast at times.

Geri pops up often as Anna works toward "finding herself". Geri's irrepressible optimism, creative thinking, along with her uninhibited life style brightens even the gloomy old castle on the dreariest of the isles of Scotland. She sees possibilities that no one else even dreams of. She even enlivens the repressed Jamie whom Anna believes to be hopeless.

Ah, finally, Robbie, the poet, adds a touch of mystery, then, Mrs. McLeod and Nanny help stir the happenings on Skul Isle. These characters influence Anna's finding her way and quite remarkably bring hope for Cassandra, Jett, and Zak.

Wendy Holden writes a fast-paced, witty satirical comedy that reveals the imperfections of people but also shows how they rise above personal flaws and defeats to find fulfillment in their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherri_Hunter on July 21, 2013
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I immediately got a clear sense of how miserable Anna's life is when I began this book. The author doesn't waste precious time or pages dragging the reader through a maze of miscommunication and inner dialogue to bring us to the conclusion that Anna's life is crap. I rather enjoyed that this information is thrown into the mix right from the start. It's important that I learned this sooner rather than later because only then would I understand how Anna could end up working for Cassandra Knight, a vile, cruel, rude beyond belief, arrogant witch of a woman who is so full of herself it will make you sick. Anna takes a job with this horrible person, thinking the position will be as an assistant to a best-selling author. Instead, she somehow gets roped into being the nanny to Cassandra's son, Zak, who is just as vile as she is. Unfortunately, desperate times call for desperate measures on Anna's part.

Even as horrible as Anna's time under the Knight household is, this book made me laugh deeply and loudly at some of the antics going on. Cassandra takes center stage with her drunken outbursts and anger management issues. Her son, Zak, is a spoiled brat who behaves like a troll, while managing to deflect it back onto his mother. Then there's Cassandra's husband, Jett, an aging rock-star, who can't seem to keep his trousers on. Throw into the mix several supporting characters who I found to be quite interesting makes for an enjoyable story.

I liked this book. The story does a good job of making the reader forget her troubles for a while by bringing to light a whole new dysfunctional group of people. It made me laugh a lot and I am still amazed that there wasn't any bloodshed in the Knight home.
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This book was surprisingly unique and a good read. Nothing heavy, and yet you can sympathize with the main character. As the book continues you find yourself laughing and shaking your head at her folly and cheering at her growth.
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By Eliza on May 16, 2014
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When I chose to read this book, I thought it was going to be similar to a Jill Mansell or Katie Fforde book. But it wasn't. Not everything that was supposed to be funny was. And it was just too long.
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