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Charming story (BookPage 20110520)

Overall, this was a great book, and would make the perfect beach read, in only the best sense of the term, as most of the book focuses on vacation getaways. As one reads this on the beach, one could imagine other vacations in other far off places.

(Fresh Fiction 20110524)

The story has good continuity, a lively romance and foreign travel which makes it entertaining to read. I really enjoyed this tale of two star-crossed lovers who find their way back to each other.
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About the Author

Phillipa Ashley read English Language and Literature at Wadham College, Oxford before working as a freelance copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, DECENT EXPOSURE, won the 2007 RNA New Writers' Award. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband and daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755334639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755343980
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,778,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning British author, Phillipa Ashley, loves writing lively, sexy, funny romantic fiction. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, she worked as a copywriter and journalist.

Her first novel, Decent Exposure - titled DATING MR DECEMBER for the US - won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award. In 2009, it was filmed as a Lifetime TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins.

She also writes the Oxford Blue series of New Adult romance as Pippa Croft, which is published by Penguin and is an Amazon US romantic erotica bestseller.

Her latest contemporary romance GIRL VS EARL is also US Amazon.

She lives in an English village with her husband and daughter and loves champagne, Jane Austen, hiking and boogie boarding.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
While holidaying in Corsica, eight years ago Beth Allen met and fell in love with Jack Thornfield. He apparently felt the same way as he proposed and she accepted. Only he vanished without a word. Heartbroken, Beth returned home to England's Lake District.

Beth obtains a position running the European Sector of Big Outdoors travel agency. She is euphoric as the job seems great and her family needs the income ever since her father was injured in an accident. However, her excitement collapses when she meets the CEO, Jack. Stunned Beth agrees to work there only if Jack agrees never to mention dumping her and their relationship is to remain strictly business only. Beth and Jack still have the deep feelings but he tries to adhere to her stipulations until she heads to Corsica. Jack accompanies her hoping the magic will give him a second chance.

This is an entertaining second chance contemporary romance starring a strong cast to include the lead antagonists, her family (her dad and sister Lou) and the office. Readers will want to know the reason he dumped her although the cause of Jack's vanishing without a regard to Beth's feeling as he owed her an explanation is weak for such a strong person. Still, fans will enjoy his attempts to regain the trust he nuked in vividly described Corsica.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The book lady VINE VOICE on December 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
*Spoiler Throughout*

I really hated the Jack, the supposed hero. If any of you watch Mad Men, he is just about a clone of Don Draper, a womanizer and a coward. He leaves Beth, a 19 year old kid he promised to marry, with not a word and is never heard from again. And why? Because it would be too hard for him to face her and tell her things were moving to fast, so instead he hurt her in one of the worst ways possible. There is more about why he left, involving an old girlfriend, but to me it's totally superfluous being he had already decided to leave her and had "left her" for about 24 hours before the old flame showed up. Not only that but half way through the book he hooks up with someone new because he can, I suppose. If he was actually committed to trying to be with Beth he wouldn't need to resort to such childish behavior and he didn't even attempt to explain anything to her until the very end. I guess it wouldn't have been the same story if he would have acted like an adult, instead of playing games, he could have spent some time trying to earn back her trust.
2 Stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loves FAB Romance on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Beth Allen works in the travel industry; she does backpacking trips in various parts of the world. She'd been working her father's small local company until he had a serious accident six months ago; while he's been recovering the business has slowly wound down. Now her younger sister has been accepted to an expensive college, and Beth is looking for temporary work in London to help with her sister's college expenses.

Jack Thornfield is the newest CEO at Big Outdoors travel company. When his personal assistant shows him Beth's application for Product Manager, he knows she'd be perfect for the job, but is hesitant to interview her. Jack feels guilty about how things ended between them eight years ago, and she doesn't know he's been hired on at Big Outdoors.

Beth hasn't stopped thinking about her whirlwind romanced with Jack Thornfield - it took her years to get over the pain he caused her. When she gets to the interview (she thought she was interviewing with someone else), she's floored and runs out. After thinking about all the reasons she needs the job, she goes back and agrees to accept the job - with the caveat that they don't discuss their past. Ever.

Beth realizes she's still attracted to Jack, and thinks he feels the same about her, but she's got an almost-fiance at home, and needs to concentrate on helping her family's finances. Besides, Jack broke her heart eight years ago, she shouldn't forgive him for that, should she?

My thoughts:
Wish You Were Here was a sweet read; I'm a huge fan of the reunited lovers storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Pittman on September 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A quick read with not too much smut or sap. Not the book I was looking for or thought it was but I read it anyway.
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Eight years ago, Beth and Jack had everything going for them – fun, sun, each other’s love – until Jack disappeared.

Now Beth has the financial stability of her family on her shoulders, her ailing father and her sister who wants to attend the “best” school. It’s up to her to ensure that they are cared for. To do that she heads for an interview that will change her life.

When Jack and Beth meet up again after all this time, the sparks of interest are still there – now to find out if they will act on them.

With a delightful cast of secondary characters Wish You Were Here turns into a fun, lighthearted story that will grab your attention and your heart. We get to watch as helpers and haters step into the attraction between Jack and Beth, most often with hilarious results. There are people you will love and folks you will simply love to hate. But you will always root for this couple to find their happy ever after.

Recommended for those readers who enjoy chick-lit, funny love stories and a couple evil bad, annoying characters to hiss and boo at. Basically anyone who loves a good love story – find this one and enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of Wish You Were Here from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

~What you, the reader, always must remember is this simple truth. Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain if any novel is right for you – is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~

Originally reviewed at KeeperBookshelf.com
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