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One Day, Someday [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Barrett-Lee
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Can one day change your life? For Lu Fisher, ex-french teacher and fraught single mother, one day is pretty much like another: typing, translating, making endless cups of coffee…oh, and daydreaming about finally giving up her dull temp job and going back to college and her first love, studying art. Nights, however, are quite a different matter. Particularly those that involve the delectable Stefan, who tutors the local evening class on impressionist painters, and who is making a serious impression on Lu.

But one day is about to change her life. The day on which her irascible boss, Joe Delaney, breaks his arm in an accident and writes off her car. He’s sorry, of course, and yes, he’ll get her a new one, but in the meantime she needs transport and he needs a chauffeur. Simple, he says. She can drive his car instead. No matter that his Jaguar costs more than her house. Or, indeed, that Lu knows he’ll drive her up the wall..

One Day, Someday is a clever, funny novel about that time in a woman’s life when dreams begin fading and princes – handsome or otherwise – are getting thin on the ground. Lu’s always rather hoped that hers would show up someday – trouble is, that someday has been so long in coming, she’s not altogether sure she’d even spot him if he did…

‘An absolute joy to read‘ – Jill Mansell

‘A sassy comedy of romantic errors‘ – Cosmopolitan magazine

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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
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EUL8TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but very difficult to follow 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 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
3.0 out of 5 stars one day someday October 11, 2012
By joan
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, entertaining - classic british chick lit 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for a rainy Saturday 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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3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Romance of the Insecure. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't flow smoothly September 14, 2012
By txcajun
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Trouble Following - Ok read September 13, 2012
By Mus
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic
What can I say, I am a lot like Lu. Deceived by a wanker and found my Joe in the end.
Published on May 18, 2013 by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this one!
This was a great book; I got nervous about where the story was headed. But it was a cute story.
Published on April 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One day someday
A funny and book. Good reading and I was surprised by the ending and that is all I am saying because I don't want to mess it up for others.
Published on January 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Amusing English romance that had an easy flow, overall enjoyable. Would recommend book to anyone who like liked lighthearted romances.
Published on December 30, 2012 by Erica J Dierkingsterling
1.0 out of 5 stars Luv2read
Read the first 3 pages. Didn't grab my attention so I never completed the book. Maybe someday ill go back and read it.
Published on October 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One Day
Really enjoyed this product. Not too short or long. It met all my expectations. Would recommend to others. Very good.
Published on October 6, 2012 by L. Waters
3.0 out of 5 stars A litle on the boring side for me..
I agree with others it was hard to understand some references of British English but it was okay story wise for me. Probably wouldn't choose this author again. Sorry.
Published on October 6, 2012 by Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars It's fine
This book is fine for a super cheap Kindle read. The writing is not so great, but the story is fine - enough to keep me interested on my commute and not get angry at. :)
Published on September 28, 2012 by Carra McKenzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I tried so hard, really I did, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book. Maybe it was because of the different language barriers, I don't know. Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by CINDY F.
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More About the Author

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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