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The Liberation of Alice Love [Kindle Edition]

Abby McDonald
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Book Description

"Delicious in so many ways, you'll find this one hard to put down."
-Laura Dave, Author of The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America

Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it's just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous trips, sexy lingerie, and a to-die-for wardrobe-and leaving Alice with lots of debt. As a dashing fraud investigator helps her unravel the intriguing paper trail, Alice discovers that the thief is closer to home than she ever imagined. What's more, it seems like her alter ego's reckless, extravagant lifestyle is the one Alice should have been leading all along. As the little white lies begin to stack up, how far will Alice go to find the truth?

And whose life, exactly, is she fighting for?

"refreshing, fun, and sexy...a perfect beach read."

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From Publishers Weekly

Mousy London lawyer Alice Love gets her identity stolen and finds her true self in this rocky tale of trust, personality makeovers, and a lying globe-trotting thief. "She didn't leave me any worse off, in the end," Alice says of Ella, a work pal who makes off with Alice's credit card info to set up a new life in Hollywood. But before the ruse is over, Alice retaliates by morphing into a compulsive stalker, taking on Ella's identity, and discovering that a lot of little lies add up to a whole lot of fun. The transformation nearly costs her the love of a good man, but Alice comes (nearly) to her senses by the time she corners her arch-frenemy. McDonald (The Popularity Rules) keeps the pace brisk, but a plot busy with an international chase and Alice's many reinventions proves on occasion too much to handle, and Ella, paradoxically, proves a more intriguing character than Alice. What works best is what lies beneath all the frantic action: a good old-fashioned romantic page-turner. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Alice Love is a planner and a saver, so when her bank account is drained, her credit cards maxed, and creditors come calling, the only thing more shocking is that the culprit turns out to be her new best friend, Ella. With the help of her stepsister Flora�s husband, Stefan, and his friend Nathan, a charming investigator, Alice sets out to prove that Ella is a professional con artist. As Alice follows Ella�s transactions, she gets a taste of the glamorous, well-lived life Ella hid from her: dance and cooking classes, fancy lingerie and dresses, and spontaneous trips. Even as Nathan warns her of the dangers of getting obsessed, Alice is secretly seduced by this lifestyle. McDonald�s smart chick-lit novel takes a provocative view of a timely subject�identity theft�within the usual framework of romance and comedy. --Aleksandra Walker

Product Details

  • File Size: 1365 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME6Y8
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Meet Alice Love. Alice works at The Grayson Wells Agency and Alice is saving up for a place of her own. You could say that Alice lives a normal, quiet life. Alice is about to discover how quickly her life is about to get turned upside down. First it started with packages arriving to Alice of expensive purchases that she supposedly bought and then there was her credit cards being declined due to her reaching her maxed limit. The final straw is when Alice discovers that her bank account has been completely wiped out. Who could have done this to Alice and what type of glamorous life are they living?

The situations that Alice found herself in were priceless. Like for example when she moved in with a friend, who could not stop having sex with her boyfriend in every room. I felt sorry for Alice. It is bad enough if you hear someone having sex but to witness it with your own eyes that is worse. While I did love Alice, if it was not for her friends, Alice would seem a little boring.

I knew The Liberation of Alice Love was going to be a winner, when I read the first sentence..."It began with a vibrator. A smooth, stainless steel, jewel-encrusted vibrator. If this sentence does not grab your attention, than you might want to go to the doctor and make sure you still have a pulse. After this, there is no where else to go but up. The Liberation of Alice Love is a barrel ride of laughs, witty characters, and a book that you will want to make a permanent spot on your bookshelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick-Lit meets crime-lite May 20, 2012
By Resa
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Alice Love is living the perfect, if uneventful, life. She has a large savings account built up, perfect credit, a decent job, and a life that is drama (and adventure) free. That all changes when she meets Ella at a yoga class. The two become friends fast, like they'd known each other for years. Then Ella leaves without a word and Alice discovers her perfect life has started to fall apart around her. Her credit is ruined, her savings gone, and her life just got a lot more complicated. In an attempt to figure out what went wrong, Alice takes on the persona of the woman who ruined her life and finds out that while she's been planning for her life she's forgotten to live it.

If there's one thing McDonald does well in this book, it's craft a main character. Alice isn't always likable, there are points in this book where I couldn't stand her, but she comes across as a real person. Alice is full of faults, insecurities, and untapped potential. As you read this book you will feel for her problems, cringe at her mistakes, and applaud for her when she stands up for herself. The plot itself brings something unique to a sort of "chick-lit-lite" book. While the story of a woman going through a life altering crisis to find herself isn't new, I like the twist McDonald throws at you. Identity theft is a real worry and seeing it as the pivotal point in the text creates an interesting dynamic. The other characters, however, aren't quite as dynamic as Alice and come across a little flat. Even the antagonist Ella doesn't seem quite as developed as she should be.

I found "The Liberation of Alice Love" to be an entertaining read, but not as original as I would have liked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book March 13, 2012
By Jess
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While a bit far-fetched, this is an okay book for those looking for something fun and easy to read on a relaxing day off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite the ridiculous ending December 20, 2011
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This book started out interesting and was a fairly good read throughout most of it. But as the story progressed, it became more and more ridiculous - almost as if the author didn't know where to go with the story. It is unfortunate, because if it hadn't crossed over into ridiculous (it is the only word I can come up with for what happens), it could have been a good book overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great beach read March 19, 2011
The beginning of the book started out really slow and Alice was a good character, just kind of boring. But when she decides to find out who took her identity, the book really takes off!! Alice is almost a different person, doing things she never really did before. Her little white lies slide by but compile until they blow up in her face. What would you do if someone stole your identity? I'm not sure I would go to the lengths Alice does, but I wouldn't just do nothing either. Fraud Investigator Nathan is a nice compliment to Alice's character, to say nothing about how attractive he is.

Alice's character blossoms through out the book, as well as the relationship she has with a step-sister. Will she go back to her humdrum life in the lawyer's office, or will she pick up the extravagant life style her thief is leading with her name?

Abby McDonald spins an entertaining chic-lit novel. Carefully crafted, the pages just fly by, which I have found most British chic-lit's do. The writing is smooth and attention grabbing, as well as complex and characters you want to believe in and hope they succeed. If your looking for a great beach read this summer, or want to while away some hours on a lazy evening, pick up The Liberation of Alice Love!! Laugh out funny and a relevent story for today's society!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Took too long for Alice to be liberated March 19, 2011
I normally don't read chick-lit so I didn't know what to expect from this book. Alice Love is a woman who lives a very orderly and routine life. She's responsible and thorough in her personal and professional life. She doesn't color outside the lines. But all of that changes when someone decides to steal Alice's identity and turns her orderly world into chaos.

The first inclination that I would have a hard time with Alice was when Alice credit card was declined when she was trying to purchase lunch. And she then found out that she never received a credit card that was sent to her. For someone who reviews contracts for a living, you'd think the first thing she would do is check her bank account to make sure everything was okay. But no. In the age of technology and increasing identity theft, she didn't bother checking her bank! She assumes that it was a mishap; no worries. I check my checking account daily; sometimes twice a day. I'm crazy like that. I couldn't understand how someone who is so organized and thorough could let something like this slide without investigating. But then, if she did check her bank account, she would have discovered the identity theft much sooner and we wouldn't have a story.

I had a difficult time getting into the story. The beginning was slow and drawn out. I didn't find Alice's character to be very likable so when the identity theft happened to her and her life was almost ruined, I didn't have any sympathy for her. I felt that she was judgmental with her friends and family. She came off as too high and mighty. I also felt that Alice lacked personality. Her character was kinda blah. Compared to her sister, Flora who is perky, bright and full of energy, Alice was about as interesting as watching paint dry.
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Published 5 months ago by Leta Swindell
2.0 out of 5 stars Book has a promising concept but does not deliever
I thought this book had potential. The book is about Alice Love who leads a very well organized life is a victim of identity theft from someone she thought was a friend, She... Read more
Published 7 months ago by cem
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Great book, easy reading but fun to read, good story. I read a lot so it is fun to order different types of books.
Published 16 months ago by Wendy A
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start...but overall good
This is a harder review to write then I was expecting. Alice Love is a woman who is a pleaser. She tries to make everyone elses life happy even at the expense of her own, even... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paperback Daydreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it!
I'm usually not fond of books with an English/British setting but this book proved to be the exception. Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by muffiemae
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enjoyable story
I liked this story and all of the characters. It was interesting to see the growth in Alice and the changes in her interactions with and reaction to others in her life as she goes... Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by hrchic
Loved this book! Reminded me of the James Patterson I first fell in love with! We are given further insights into the fascinating characters who were introduced in the first book... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Teresam01
5.0 out of 5 stars This book kept me up until 1:30 am
I downloaded this book to read on my iPad quite a while ago. I began reading with no expectations. It was a little slow to get into, but then I was hooked! Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by KatheK
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, good writing, and engaging plot
I really enjoyed Liberation of Alice Love. I couldn't put it down and would compare this to Sophie Kinsella. The plot kept you engaged and was very enjoyable to read. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book! Loved it!
I would recommend this. It's a fun, relaxing book. Her life in many ways is so interesting and all of her stalking behaviors are so funny you can't help but keep reading. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by TB
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More About the Author

Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She began writing at college, and graduated to work as a music journalist and entertainment critic; drawing on her loves of pop culture, film and feminism, and interviewing acts as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, The Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson. She is now a full-time novelist and screen-writer.

Her debut book for teens, 'Sophomore Switch', was published by Candlewick Press in 2009. It was a Kirkus starred review, ALAN pick, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Polish. A second title, 'Boys, Bears & a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots', followed in April 2010, and a third, 'The Anti-Prom', will be published in Spring 2011.

Abby also writes for adults. 'The Popularity Rules' was published in the UK by Arrow Books in 2009; it was a Glamour Magazine 'must-read' pick, and received a 4-star review from Heat magazine. Her second adult title, 'The Liberation of Alice Love', was published in July 2010, to glowing reviews in Closer and NOW magazines. Both titles will be published in the US in 2011 by Sourcebooks.

After spells in Montreal and London, Abby recently moved to Los Angeles, where she is enjoying blue skies, drive-thru everything, and an abundance of frozen yoghurt. She is twenty-five years old.

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