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Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled, and his long term girlfriend has left him for his ex best friend and ex writing partner. Just when he thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace, and with the press hounding him, his agent banishes him to the middle of nowhere until the dust has settled.

At a remote country house he meets Alice. Alice Shoemaker is a voiceover artist who habitually goes to great lengths to avoid telling the truth. After agreeing to help out a friend, by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House, she soon becomes suspicious that her strange and obnoxiously rude client has something to hide. But equally so does she. When they discover the truth about each other they form an unlikely friendship, but then Alice discovers Clayton has betrayed her in the worst possible way.

©2009 Erica James (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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The Queen of New Beginnings

This book is like a very gentle, English-village-with-duck-pond version (without any murders though) of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', and with a whole lot of poetic licence, in that you just have no idea what is around the next corner! It really is a book full of surprises that keeps you listening and wanting to know the next part, but feeling great loss when it all ends.

I love Erica James' descriptions of characters, beautifully written so that you can imagine them clearly and I almost found myself seeing them for real! It was as if I was part of the story and cringing with the rest of them at the sometimes cruel and at other times hilarious twists of events.

If you are looking for an easy read that will see your emotions fluctuating, then give this one a go. I am looking for another book of Erica's to follow this one...

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Brilliant

I found this book so enjoyable that I am listening to it again. The narration was fastasic. Its a book of sadness and happiness a good mix and I found myself laughing out loud especially at George with her gun.

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The Queen of New Beginnings

What an enjoyable example of so-called chick lit. As more of an old boiler than a chick, I enjoyed the poignancy, humour and modernity of the tale of cause, effect and satisfactory conclusion.
With interestingly flawed characters and a good story line (brilliantly narrated) it was a pleasure from the first sentence to the last!

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loved this,

Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Well read and paced, Definitely would recommend to friends.

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Cheery Chick Lit

A voice-over artist has returned to her childhood home town where she meets an author hiding out from some media scandal. They gradually get to know each other, and why they are both hiding out. Nice, wee, pick me up kind of book!

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Easy Listening

It is a well read, entertaining novel. Easy to listen.
Maybe it is not very high in literature value, but definitely a good choice for a long daily commute.
The story line is growing expectedly but the characters and dialogues are quite entertaining.
I enjoyed it very much, it was fun altogether.

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Is it a man's book?

I enjoyed the first part of this book very much. However, sadly, this enjoyment did not last as I found the flashback stories of both main characters rather long-winded and slightly irritating - a good editor would have helped.

While the two main characters (Clayton and Alice) are fairly believable and likeable, 'George' is far too stereotyped and unlikely. Also, the story of Alice's family really does stretch credibility to the limit.

Having said all that, the story moves along at a good pace and, although two or three times I felt like giving up on it, eventually I listened to the end - hence the three stars. Incidentally, I found the narrator very good throughout.

But I do think it is probably a book that women would enjoy more.

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Real and involved

Great characters and believeble story - loved every minute and fully finished story

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Erica James always pleases

This story written by Erica James is well up to her usual standard. Beautifully read by Juanita McMahon it held my interest throughout. I laughed out loud several times but the overall effect is of quiet humour wrapped around a heartwarming story with a happy outcome.

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Enjoyable, easy listen

I listened to this in the car, whilst cleaning and cooking and it definitely made the chores much easier! Well-paced, good, entertaining listen. Often had to sit in the drive when I got back from work just to listen to a bit more!

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  • Kevin Herman
  • 15-01-17

I couldn't put it down....

The story draws you in quickly and you can't stop listening. The characters are rich, flawed and funny. I dare you not to laugh out loud and shed a couple of tears. Well worth the download.

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  • joan
  • 04-04-16

Good story

This is a great easy listen, the right amount of characters that u can get into them without having to follow too many plot lines. The story has some twists and turns, and it moves along at a good pace. Well worth a read.

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  • Jane
  • 14-10-15

Enjoyable and well rounded

This was one of those books that delivered more than it promised. Well written, plenty going on, depth of characters and some interesting twists. Satisfying.

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  • Aimee
  • 20-09-15

The Queen of New Beginnings

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This is my first Erica James book. Took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. The narrator was lovely to listen to and did wonderful accents.
Great story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-07-21

Amazing story telling

I loved the narration so much I want every book read by Juanita McMahon!
The story had me completely lost in it and never wanting to end.

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  • Karen
  • 10-11-20

My first book by this author

This is the first book I have listened to by Erika James and will definitely not be my last. I will also seek out other titles narrated by Juanita McMahon.

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  • KB
  • 19-01-20

Great narration.

Juanita McMahon is a wonderful narrator. She brings this book to life. The story is complex and interesting.