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From Notting Hill with Love...Actually Kindle Edition

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Length: 447 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Series: Actually (Book 1)

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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

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"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." - celticladysreviews.blogspot.com

"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. " - http://www.chicklitcentral.com

"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." - likesbooks.com

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

"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.
FUN...FUN...FUN!
" - romancing-the-book.com

"A cute read if you're a fan of romantic comedies." - bookbitch.com

"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." - www.cocktailsandbooks.com

"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" - chicklitandwine.com

"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. " - charlotteswebofbooks.blogspot.com

"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)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BWDCGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Bookworm on November 26, 2012
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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 By ps76designershopping on August 24, 2011
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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 By Bjc9781 on April 9, 2013
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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 By Christine on February 25, 2011
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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 By °-° on 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 By M. E. Newell on September 26, 2011
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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 By KJMReviews VINE VOICE on 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 By Best Crime Books on April 12, 2013
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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 ...is 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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