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About the Author

Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London in 1959 and is married with three children. She has always written in her spare time, and her short stories and articles have been published in women's magazines for several years. Her first novel was the acclaimed JULIA GETS A LIFE, and she now writes full-time. In 1994 she and her family moved to Cardiff, and fond though she is of Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, her Welsh isn't getting any better.

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  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EUL8TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in London and now based in Wales, Ghostwriter Lynne Barrett-Lee has been a full time author since the mid nineties. Having enjoyed several years of success as a short story writer, with her fiction appearing in almost all of the UK's leading women's magazines, she had her first novel, the acclaimed Julia Gets a Life, published by Bantam in 2000. She has since written seven further novels, including her 2006 work, Barefoot in the Dark, which was shortlisted for the inaugural Melissa Nathan Award. Lynne was also approached to write one of the first titles in the Quick Reads series for emergent readers, and went on to ghost a further title for TV presenter Fiona Phillips.

Lynne began ghostwriting full length non-fiction in 2007, when approached to co-author paraplegic Melanie Davies' incredible story, Never Say Die, and since that successful collaboration has been ghostwriting full time. Her 2010 title, for Faith Scott, I Won't Forgive What You Did, enjoyed seven weeks in the UK Sunday Times Bestseller list, as did the 2012 memoir The Baby Laundry. She also ghosted the acclaimed memoir Giant George: life with the World's Tallest Dog a bestselling title in both the UK and US.

More recently, Lynne ghosted two bestselling titles which were published in the spring of this year. The first, Mum's Way, is the story of mum of eight, Angie Millthorpe, who died of breast cancer, aged 48, in 2010. The second, The Girl With No Name, was published in May 13, and relates the story of a young girl abandoned in the jungles of Colombia, and has already been sold in eighteen countries, with film rights being negotiated and a National Geographic documentary being shown in December 13.

Lynne also co-writes a major non-fiction series for one of the world's leading publishers, under a pseudonym. The first seven titles have also all been Sunday Times bestsellers, with three more being published in 2013/14. The series was launched in the USA in 2013, and the first ebook in the series was a NY Times bestseller.

Lynne also writes about writing, as she teaches the craft weekly, at Cardiff University - her ebook NOVEL being the written distillation of her popular novel writing course.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mommyofone on September 13, 2012
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I got this book because it was free, on the top of the Kindle Store free list, and because the one review listed gave it 5 stars. However, I immediately had difficulty following the story due to the heavy Welsh/British colloquolisms used. If I didn't watch Top Gear on BBC America often with my husband, or had not picked up a few popular terms from Harry Potter books/movies, this book would have been almost impossible to read. I got the gist a lot of the time, but references to foods and places in Wales were lost on me, as well as a lot of the specifics regarding art. For instance, a lot of, if not most, American women I have known would not know a boot is the trunk of a car or call Jaguar cars pussies. I suspect many people trying to read this, even though free, may just give up.

Overall, when speaking about the storyline and characters, they were decent, but the ramblings of Lu were quite annoying sometimes. Sometimes phrases, the same phrase or variations of them, were stated several times with the intent to show Lu trying to rationalize a thought. I just thought it was frustrating to read when it happened. I HATED the Stefan character, and the part with the Trading Places show was just silly for me. Again, terms that must be used only in Wales made those pages with the Trading Places show tedious to read and I found myself skimming over them. I usually find myself wanting books to be longer, and I felt myself wanting this one to just get on with it already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. batten on November 5, 2012
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It was a good read, it just took some time getting it going,I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have liked there to be more about lu n joe 's romance n how it turns out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joan on October 11, 2012
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A quirky little book, I enjoyed the book because it kept my interest but one that I could put down and come back too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on September 25, 2012
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This is classic British Chick Lit to me - very much like Jill Mansell or Harriet Evans. In those stories you always get back to the "hero" and "heroine", but it is never a straight line - and I always feel like we have to meander around a bit to get where we are going.

There is a lot going on in the story - and I loved it all. For me - I was a die hard fan of "Trading Spaces" - the bit about being on reality tv was great - just so entertaining - and exactly how I imagined it really happened.

The changing of gears in the story was not completely smooth - there were a few times I would realize that we had switched and I needed to re-read a few sentences to catch myself up. And of course - all the british slang can be confusing. Every once in a while I have to google a word to know what it means, but most of the time, the setting explains it to me. For me, that is a part of the experience I enjoy. I love being immersed in the UK version of our language.

I loved Lu, and thoroughly enjoyed reading her thoughts and watching her get through her life.

All around - this was a really enjoyable read for me - and I will look for more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Burns on September 16, 2012
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I got this book when it was free, but would have gladly paid for it. The story was a little slow at times, but I once knew a woman like Lu in real life and so the story kept my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2012
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This is the third Barrett-Lee novel I've read. If you like Katie Fforde or Jill Mansell, she writes in a similar style although her protagonists tend to be a bit older, into their 30s or 40s usually.

There's perhaps a wee bit too much going on in a Barrett-Lee novel and, in addition, we're in the protagonist's head perhaps more than I'd like, but the author does amuse the reader here with her take on things such as modern art, pretentious artists, home-decorating TV shows, etc.

The characters are flawed, vulnerable and very real. Our heroine Lu is a 35-year-old single mom who isn't sure what she wants to do with her life, rather indecisive about career moves and very fearful about romantic attachments (once bitten, twice shy). She gets involved with the tutor of the art class she enrolls in, and during the day she has a temp job working for a divorced businessman.

The relationships Lu develops with both have humorous moments and very real-world moments, not romanticized love. You'll be rooting for her to choose the right guy, maybe not sure at first that there is a "right" guy, but I think you'll be happy with the ending. And along the way, there are lots of secondary characters to meet, among them Lu's down-to-earth sister Del and Lu's co-worker at the office.

This is worth the read, if only to see how life is different yet similar across the Pond. I did do a bit of my own version of speed-reading at times when things were just a bit too off-on-a-tangent for me, but in general this is a pleasant read. I downloaded it when it was a free offering so it was a win-win situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By txcajun on September 14, 2012
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The story line didn't have a good flow to it making hard to want to read. The female lead came off as twit no confidence and the 2 main males mentioned were just incompetent men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mus on September 13, 2012
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I don't know if its the fact that this was clearly written overseas but I had A LOT of trouble following this storyline. I didn't understand a lot of references, foods, weird ways the sentences began and ended. I wish there was more depth and description to the characters - also very predictable story line. My big question though is - does Lu find her happiness and peace in the end besides for the new love in her life?
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