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From Notting Hill with Love...Actually [Kindle Edition]

Ali McNamara
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Book Description

She was a girl, standing in front of a boy...


Movie fanatic Scarlett O'Brien dreams of a life as
glamorous and romantic as all the big screen flicks she
worships. When a chance house-sitting job in iconic Notting
Hill comes along, she knows living in one of her favorite
movie settings is an opportunity too good to pass up.



Leaving behind her skeptical friends, family, and fiance,
Scarlett heads to London and finds herself thrust into the
lead role of her very own romantic comedy. But can real life
ever be just like the movies? Larger-than-life new friends, a
handsome but irksome new neighbor, and a mystery from
her past may prove to Scarlett that living her life like a
RomCom is more complicated than she thought!


"Sparkly, fun, and endearing."—Kate Fforde


"This romantic comedy is the perfect way to pass a winter afternoon should Johnny Depp be unavailable."—Daily Record



Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In McNamara’s fun tribute to the pictures, cinema lover Scarlett O’Brien doesn’t have anything to run from, exactly. She has a successful fiancé and a business she owns with her father. But lately, her tendency to daydream is worrying those closest to her. Scarlett’s friends and family agree that some time away from sleepy Stratford-upon-Avon could help bring Scarlett back to reality before her imminent wedding to David. Scarlett jumps at an opportunity to house-sit in posh Notting Hill, excited to prove that her love of movies isn’t a hindrance at all, because real life can be just like all her favorite romantic comedies. In London she quickly befriends her colorful neighbors and, before she knows it, loses count of the times her new life mimics a scene from Bridget Jones’ Diary or The Holiday. Complicating matters, however, is neighbor Sean, about whom Scarlett can’t decide how to feel and who helps her unravel the mystery of the mother she never knew. Readers will guess to the end and enjoy the sweet setting and abundant rom-com references. --Annie Bostrom

Review

Sparky, fun and endearing Katie Fforde An endearing, romantic and fun read for chick-lit (and rom com!) fans Closer Utterly enjoyable Stylist If you love your rom coms and know your Mark Darcy from your Daniel Cleaver then you're going to adore this Carole Matthews As adorable as a Richard Curtis movie, as funny as that Welsh bloke in the baggy grey pants, this romantic comedy is the perfect way to pass a winter afternoon should Johnny Depp be unavailable Daily Record Joyous and carefree, a souffle of a book that will lift the spirits of anybody who ever daydreamed about a different, more glam life Bernadette Strachan The book is a great read and I devoured it in two days, I was unable to put it down, I had to read on. I was laughing and crying with the characters and at times shouting out... The author's love of the films came through in the writing ... they were cleverly woven into the story and did not distract from the storyline at all ... I recommend it to all chick lit and chick flick fans alike Sarah Broadhurst, sbroadhurstreviews.blogspot.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BWDCGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't get it November 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book neither cute nor funny, just annoying. The characters were one dimensional cliches and the stock portrayal of the Campy Gay Guy was downright offensive. The plot was preposterous, even by chick-lit standards. Some scenarios in this genre are a stretch and require a suspension of belief. That kind of story can be a fun ride even when you know it is improbable, but this was simply irritating, it was so far fetched. As far as I am concerned, this was a waste of money and of time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
The book is very predictable but I could not put it down. Its so romantic and just how I wanted it to be. The book has moments from all my favourite movies within the book (hence the title).
If you love romantic comedies and corny romance than this one is for you!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good. April 9, 2013
By Bjc9781
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book in a long while that I couldn't finish reading- the writing was just too terrible. Can't believe this got past editors. Repeated references to "oriental gentlemen" and the gay neighbor caricature were cringe-worthy too. Don't waste your money.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this book! February 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading this book and honestly can not gush about it enough. The story was perfectly woven into a beautiful love story and the main characters are nothing short of wonderful.

I honestly cared about the characters and while Scarlett's stomach was doing gymnastics mine was right along with hers each time she got closer to Sean. The main character, Scarlett, is obsessed with the movies and I have found that I must be also. As different situations happen around her that remind her of one movie scene or another I was there also saying out loud what movie it was from. It was an amazing feeling as I was living the new moment through Scarlett but of course I was also remembering the movie and how it also made me feel the first time I watched it.

If you are reading this review and you have even a passing interest in 'Chick Flicks' or 'Chick Lit' then you must read this book! It made me very happy.

To me, it was perfect... and it had me at the very start. :)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Took it back to the library unfinished November 13, 2012
By °-°
Format:Paperback
This book has a lovely cover. What's inside is incredibly dull. The pages are filled with mention of every celebrity the author could remember--but she could not remember to create believable, interesting characters. I struggled through a couple chapters, hoping it would improve. It did not.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute, fun read September 26, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Scarlett has lived much of her life watching movie. When she is given the chance of house sitting in Notting Hill, Scarlett jumps at it. Then she meets Sean, a man who does not like movies very much. But soon Scarlett and Sean themshelves living out the plot of "Four Weddings and Funeral." Along the way Scarlett learns that sometimes life cannot be like a movie and she may have to change the way that she looks at life.
"From Notting Hill with Love Actually" is the first book by Ali McNamara and it a cute, fun read. The writer clearly know her "Rom-Com" films that comes out in the book. This is cute book that anyone of the "chick-lit genre" will enjoy. Overall "From Notting with Love Actually" is a fun, pleasent read that you may not want to miss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 stars October 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Movie fanatic Scarlett O'Brien dreams of a life more glamorous than her own. So, leaving behind her family, friends, and fiancé, she travels to the infamous Notting Hill to house sit. There she meets eccentric new friends, a hot, sarcastic neighbor, and a mystery from her past. One should be careful what they wish for...

This is one of those rare cases where I think a movie version might supersede the book. This first half of the book I had a hard time relating to Scarlett, and it dragged a tad. With no other word coming to mind, she was just silly. Normally, I love Brit humor and stories, and in a way this was no exception aside from Scarlett. The secondary characters shined, outweighing the main ones, and the underlining tension and back-story were interesting. The hero, Sean, was freakin' amazing. I fell in love with him from the start. The most redeeming quality of the book, however, was the end. Boisterous, ridiculous, and over the top perfect for this storyline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but not memorable May 10, 2013
By Char
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this book, but it isn't one that will find a permanent home in my library. I liked most of the characters, but the whole "life is like the movies" thing got to be a little silly toward the end. Good for fans of the formulaic rom-com, but just a one-time read for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the movies,you'll love this book
This is a wonderful read that combines a cute story with some of the best romantic comedies. You'll love the title character and the supporting cast. Read more
Published 11 days ago by mammymurphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story
This is a fun story with a predictable end, but I highly recommend it. You'll want to look up all the movies she referenced to refresh your memory.
Published 1 month ago by Linda W
1.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal
Overkill of movie plot references, as if the author didnt have any creativity of her own. Just see the movies themselves, don't waste your time on this book.
Published 1 month ago by Julie A. Leta
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and great trip prep!
This was a fun light weight read...perfect for summertime and for getting ready to visit this part of London England. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CK22
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this book
Have reread this several times. Really like this book.
Published 2 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Mom Gift.
I bought this one just in time for Mothers Day, and holy crap was this a good purchase. My mother emailed me right away, gushing about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Evan Purcell
3.0 out of 5 stars From Notting Hill with Love...Actually
When I was packing for my trip to Australia, I allowed myself to take five paperback books with me. Primarily for the purpose of airplane reading I chose books that I didn't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun read!
I love this book! Imagine having all the good things in the world you could possibly imagine happen to you! That's this book. One of my favorite reads~ was sad when it was done.
Published 4 months ago by Boopsquared
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
This is a fun easy read. The main character is a movie buff but it's not necessary to know all the rom-coms mentioned to enjoy the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
This was a fun, easy read. I loved the character and her unfailing love for all things Hugh Grant, and the romance was well-written and realistic. Very cute.
Published 6 months ago by Sarah
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