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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


"I found this book to be a lighthearted humerous book. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone out there who love the chic lit genre." -

"I had a feeling I was going to love From Notting Hill with Love...Actually, and I was correct. I read it in one sitting. " -

"If you have a love for romantic scenes from films then this is a book you won't want to miss. Great scenes from 1940s films to the present are incorporated into the story with adeptness and creativity." -

"This book was such a sweet and charming piece of one of my favorite genres out there: chick lit! " -

"I am sure you will enjoy the delightful story that just lets you enjoy the fun of thinking what your own 'magic movie moment' might be.
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"A cute read if you're a fan of romantic comedies." -

"With a touching sub-plot, plenty of fun movie references, and a romance that's truly screen worthy, this is a book that I'd read more than once and recommend time and time again." -

"McNamara does a fabulous job of juxtaposing what Scarlett is doing with the movie version she longs for. Each movie reference is to something familiar, without being painfully obvious" -

"From Notting Hill with Love...Actually is a super cute book. Quotes from all of your favorite Chick Flick movies are rampant in this book. The characters are colorful and fun. In my mind as I was reading, I was envisioning how it would be staged on the big screen. " -

"Readers will guess to the end and enjoy the sweet setting and abundant rom-com references." - Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140226948X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,382 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
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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14 of 15 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
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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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rom-Com book form! April 12, 2013
Having never read any of Ali McNamara's books I had no idea of what to expect. When I read the synopsis and saw some of the comments left I started to look forward to it immensely. Something I should clarify having now read this book though. The book is described as an endearing and romantic fun read. That's exactly what it is and it's frustrating when people leave negative reviews because of this. You should always know the sort of book you are about to pick up and that description is perfect for it.

Scarlett our main character is almost obsessed with the movies. She loves all films but romantic comedies are her thing. Her fiancé David is sensible and caring but that's where it ends. As soon as I started reading I just fell in love with Scarlett. Yes she is slightly ditzy and has her head in the clouds more often than not, but she is very endearing. Her fiancé the most boring character I have read about in a while and my empathy was firmly with Scarlett when she compared him to some of her movie idols.

The movie theme is what really made this book and the fact that the films and certain well known quotes are used from start to finish gave it that extra bit of magic. Scarlett also seems to have an extremely bad habit of causing havoc and mayhem wherever she goes. When Scarlett is given the opportunity to house-sit for a friend in Notting Hill she jumps at the chance. With her house-sitting duties comes a whole heap of new friends as well as an annoyingly handsome next-door neighbour.

Now I know that some people may write this book off as being predictable and far too fluffy and romantic, but I say don't knock it until you tried it. After all Rom-Com films make millions because people sometimes want the predictable fairy tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!!!
I have been wanting to read this for ages! I heard so many great things about Ali's writing and especially that s ries, so I was really excuted to read it! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Simona Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars As delightful read!
If you are into the movies this book is for you,it's a light refreshing read,thoroughly enjoyable.... Read more
Published 17 days ago by M. Bulk
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
If this weren't on a shared family account, I would return it. Not a single one of the characters was believable. Everyone and everything they did was ridiculous and tiresome.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth A Scheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this one twice because it was so much fun to read.
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh and you'll cry-
This story was so cute! If you are a fan of books and movies, this is the story for you. The end was so heartwarming that I was laughing and crying at the same time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed it
Published 7 months ago by Alison
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A major plot line (the movies) was just stretched way too far and was not believable.
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Minsberg
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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago by Julie A. Leta
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