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"Do you feel lucky when you get more than you expect? If so, I strongly recommend this book. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but this gave my smile muscles a good workout while engaging my brain. The writing is snappy and refreshing...This was my first Claire Cross [a.k.a Deborah Cooke] and I plan to pick her up again when I need a good laugh."
--All About Romance

"Funny, quirky, touching and romantic!"
--Suzanne Forster

"A cross between a Julia Roberts romp and an episode of Seinfeld!"
--The Romance Reader

"Laced with a good deal of humor. Ms. Cooke creates characters that will alternately have you laughing and sniffling. [She] makes the transition from writing historical romance to contemporary romance seamlessly and without apparent effort. Writing with a completely different style, [her] creative voice still shines through. I thoroughly enjoyed this emotional, riveting tale."
--Romance Reviews Today

This book was originally published under Deborah Cooke's pseudonym, Claire Cross.

About the Author

Claire Cross also writes medieval romances for under the name Claire Delacroix.

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  • File Size: 1758 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke; 2.2 edition (July 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KQO31S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BayouGirl26 on August 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I recently came across a free book "Double Trouble" and read the reviews. After reading the reviews, many suggested reading the Coxwell Series before beginning this one. The reviews of "Double Trouble" seemed favorable enough. I purchased the other 3 novels before beginning "Double Trouble". I'm beginning to think this was a mistake! I just finished reading Book #1 "Third Time Lucky'! It took me till almost 50% of the book to become interested. The beginning was painfully slow! Now to the part that really irritated me (besides the slow start), the ERRORS! The errors in this book were horrendous! I can't believe I paid $5.00 for a book riddled with errors! I am on Page 2 of "Double Trouble" and it already has omitted words and spelling errors! Oh, but shame on me...this is the FREE one! Hopefully, books #3 and #4 are better edited, that's if I ever read those books. Book #2 will be the deciding factor!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fifteen years ago he left Rosemount and his buddy overweight Philippa Coxwell behind. Only his beloved, but estranged grandmother Lucia "Dragon Lady" Sullivan could get Nicholas to return home. When she asks him to do so, he leaves behind his successful Seattle adventure travel company for New England. Nick arrives at Lucia's home only to see the gory corpse of his murdered grandmother. When Nick hears the siren, he flees the crime scene. Fifteen minutes later, Lucia rises, proud of her first act performance teaching her favorite grandson a lesson in life.

Nick turns to the only person in the area he trusts, his high school buddy Phil for legal advice. Phil always loved Nick. He is stunned to learn she never became a lawyer, but instead became a garden advisor. Unable to resist Nick, she accompanies him back to Lucia's home to find no body. Feeling he played her for a fool, an angry Phil tells him to leave. However, Nick realizes that he needs Phil for more than just moral support, but can he commit to her if he is lucky enough for her to allow him a third time in her life?

THIRD TIME LUCKY is a screwball comedic romance that stars several interesting charcaters. The convoluted, yet charming story line works because of the interrelations between the cast, especially Lucia's overriding influence and the brother of Nick's injurious behavior. Nick and Phil are an ideal couple even if he is a bonehead unable to see clearly that she is his love. Claire Cross writes a warm, witty, and often wild novel that shows the expanse of her talent.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JBJ on May 27, 2014
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I am only about halfway through this book. Will update the review if I can force myself to finish it. I have two of the other books in the series on my Kindle but don't think I will even start them. This book is extremely boring. I cannot care about the characters. The plot jumps around. Parts of the story make no sense. I wish I had not wasted my time on it. I read a lot of books & am sure I chose this based on good reviews. I am usually picky about books I read as I want to enjoy each book I select. This is not on the level of Emily Griffin or Elin Hilderbrand. Don't waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover from GA on July 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Third Time Lucky" is Phil, short for Philippa, Coxwell's story. She's the only daughter in the Coxwell family and the only one so far who hasn't gone on to become a lawyer. She's the odd one out of her family and the only one who has followed her heart. Enter Nick Sullivan, who disappeared over 15 years ago and took Phil's heart with him. He doesn't know that and mistakenly thinks her heart beats for his brother Sean. He's come back at the behest of his grandmother Lucia, whom he finds murdered in her greenhouse. He panics and runs to the only person he knows will trust him, Phil.

I love how this book started off with a mystery and slowly unfurled to give glimpses of what had happened in the past. The past was very, very important in the development of this story. Not just with Nick and Phil, but also with Lucia, Nick, and Sean's story, as well as the little side stories of Elaine and Jeff and Phil's parents. I loved reading about Nick and Phil and how their love story developed. I am also now intrigued to read about the other Coxwell siblings and will definitely be picking them up to read!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HeyJudy VINE VOICE on September 15, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Claire Cross writes some of the best dialogue ever read in this type of book, sprightly and fun. Her heroine has an outlook on life and a turn of phrase so clever that this character borders on genius. Still, the romance genre itself is limiting. THIRD TIME LUCKY conforms to the genre with a single storyline that is linear and ultimately predictable. There is an additional plot about the heroine's business partner that could have been expanded, but that would have taken the novel outside the limitations of romance novels. Also, the mystery which drives this tale wasn't explored thoroughly enough to be exciting, though the book starts with great promise. Nonetheless, THIRD TIME LUCKY is an easy read, and a fun one. I look forward to Ms. Cross's next book in this series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RMA on March 7, 2013
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Enjoyed the 'Who done it?' mystery element in this book. Will definitely look up more books by Deborah Cooke as I've enjoyed all of the books in 'The Coxwells' series. Glad they all could stand on their own as I read them out of sequence but it really didn't matter as there isn't enough cross over in the story lines to make a real difference.
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