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"Talli Roland is rapidly running up my ladder of favorite authors...If you haven't read anything yet from Roland, get her on your list!" —Chick Lit Plus

"All of Talli's books are funny, romantic and easy to read, and you find yourself constantly turning the pages, becoming involved in the story and wanting to find out more." —Kim the Bookworm

"Talli's writing is fresh, lively and different. Her words carry you along and her characters make you care what happens to them." —Bookersatz

About the Author

Talli Roland was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. By age 13, she’d finished her first novel and received very encouraging rejections from publishers. Talli put writing on hold to focus on athletics, achieving provincial records and becoming a Canadian university champion in the 4 × 400 meter relay. After getting her BA, she turned to writing again, earning a Masters in Journalism. A few years later, she left Canada behind and settled in London, where she now lives with her husband and their young son.

Talli writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women’s fiction.

Her debut novel, The Hating Game, was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite.

Talli’s website is www.talliroland.com, and she blogs regularly at www.talliroland.blogspot.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477820175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477820179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Talli Roland writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women's fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's novels have been short-listed as Best Romantic Reads at the UK's Festival of Romance and chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites.

To learn more about Talli, go to www.talliroland.com or follow Talli on Twitter: @talliroland. Talli blogs at talliroland.blogspot.com.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BookChick on December 12, 2012
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When Talli Roland's first novel came out in 2010 I remember reading it and thinking "Wow! That woman can write!". Fast-forward two years and Talli has become one of my favourite authors. When she announces a new book I can't wait to get my hands on it, and when it is released I can't wait to read it!

Talli's latest release is The Pollyanna Plan. It tells the story of Emma Beckett, who is living a perfectly adequate life. She engrosses herself in her job and has a fiance who loves his job as much as she loves hers. They are planning to marry as soon as they can leave their desks long enough to plan a wedding and although Emma doesn't feel any sparks with George she does feel that their relationship is perfectly fine. She chooses to look at life in a realistic way and if that doesn't make her the world's most exciting person, well, oh well!

When Emma loses her fiance and her job in the same week her best friend Alice challenges her to live her life like Pollyanna. Instead of always seeing the glass as half-empty, Alice encourages Emma to see the glass as half-full. Figuring that she has nothing to lose Emma goes along with the experiment and suddenly she is seeing the world in colour instead of monochrome! As she decorates her sterile apartment, gets to know her little half-sister, and meets a man that makes her heart race Emma finally sees what she's been missing all along. However when her new love interest's secret is revealed, Emma's new world comes crashing down around her. She sees how participating in the experiment opened her up to new heartbreak and she closes herself off to the world again. Is Emma fated to carry out a dull but safe existence or will the changes that she has recently made lure her back to a life of risk with a great potential payoff?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Kendall on January 30, 2013
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Every once in awhile life throws us for a loop. The Pollyanna Plan starts off with its heroine getting thrown twice. Emma Beckett is a sensible underwriter in London, living her life in what she considers to be realistic expectations. Emma is strictly no-nonsense in her approach to life. She has a relationship with a boring fellow named George and a strained family life with her mother, in place following the death of her father. In short order though, Emma loses both the boring boyfriend and the job when she gets downsized. Her free spirit best friend Alice persuades her to start looking at life more postively, like the character Pollyanna, to find something optimistic in everything. Emma dives into the experience, which draws her to a karaoke evening with Alice.

The other half of the equation is Will Ballard, who's spending his time working at a home decorating store, though he in fact comes from a well to do family with a paint business. Will has retreated from the world, for the most part, dealing with a medical diagnosis that's changed his life. There's friction between he and his father, over his refusal to take the reins of the company. Will feels a sense of safety in isolation, not wanting the pity that will come with people knowing about his condition.

The pair meet when Emma comes to Will's shop looking for paint, and then when they turn up at the same karaoke establishment. There's a spark between them, definite chemistry from the start, and the story follows them both as they work through issues with family, and with their own wariness about trusting in love.

Talli Roland is a transplanted Canadian living in England, and she's obviously soaked in the British way of life. The dialogue and atmosphere of the book has a very British sensibility.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Katie Muller on December 15, 2012
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As I was debating what book to start last night I looked at my options and decided I needed something happy. This fit the bill perfectly. It was happy, funny, easy to read and totally enjoyable escape reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 3hamburgs on January 5, 2013
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For a book that I didn't really want to read, but since I just lost my father, I thought what the heck, I need to live a little. I loved everything about this book. The characters and the idea that sometimes you get into a rut that you feel nobody understands, but with friends, family and the will to live you can find being happy really does help..being a Pollyanna isn't' so bad, is it? I may just try myself! Read this book, it will make you happy or think life isn't so gray after all...enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Betty on June 6, 2014
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This was the first book that I have read by Talli Roland. While I enjoyed the overall story, I had trouble dealing with the language, drinking and casual sex of the 20 -30 something generation. Where have morals and values gone? I don't know if I will read another of her books.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hype on June 3, 2013
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Great idea to work in a serious illness, but too fairy tale ish. I never really bought into the characters and the dialogue felt redundant...how many times can the characters "shrug" off their coats? I felt she drug out the story in places to make her page quota then rushed the story toward a preposterous happy go lucky ending. Granted the theme was about having a Pollyanna attitude, but the story stayed undergraduate and fell short on sophistication. The most self depreciating part of the novel was when the main character went back with the boyfriend. This is tragic for strong competent women and made for a Clumsy, unnecessary interruption of the plot. Few little use of literary concepts. Descriptive language was juvenile also at times. A bit forced this read.
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