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KISS
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KISS

By Mansell, Jill (author)

Headline, 2000. Paperback. Good. Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness When Izzy is knocked off her motor bike she doesn't just lose her dignity - she loses as a result not one but two long-term boyfriends, her job and, to boot, her extremely bijou flat. Gina, who caused the accident, has more important things to worry about - her husband's mistress is pregnant and she's suddenly on her own. Why should she care about Izzy? Yet somehow the well-heeled Gina finds herself opening her home to Izzy and her spirited teenage daughter. And it's there that Izzy meets heart-stoppingly handsome Sam, whose lingering kiss is all it takes for her to find the true love that has always eluded her - though there are just a few obstacles between that first kiss and the 'happy ever after'.

$5.64

BIG GIRL
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BIG GIRL

By Steel, Danielle

Corgi Books, 2011. Paperback. Good. 'Watch out, world. Here I come!' For Victoria Dawson, growing up isn't a ha ppy experience. Born to picture-perfect parents, she never feels pretty eno ugh. But when her parents have a second child, Victoria is thrilled - she c an't help but adore her new baby sister Gracie. And her parents finally hav e the perfect daughter they always wanted. Meanwhile Victoria still never s eems to get it quite right - she battles with her weight, she's told she'll never find a man if she's too clever, and the one career she feels passion ate about her parents don't approve of. And so Victoria decides to move to New York to fulfil her dreams and escape her family. Though her new life is exciting, the old temptations remain, and she continues to wage war with t he scales. Can Victoria find a life far from the hurt and neglect of her ch ildhood, embrace the courage to find freedom, and become who she really is at last? An inspiring and uplifting novel from the incomparable storyteller Danielle Steel.

$4.70

GOOD AT GAMES
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GOOD AT GAMES

By Mansell, Jill

Headline Book Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Very Good. Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness Suzy fell for Harry t he moment she showed him her husband's sperm sample. It didn't really belon g to her husband, though, because she wasn't married. It wasn't a sperm sam ple either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. B ut when you're trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvi se, don't you? And it wasn't actually love at first sight. Still, it was un deniably a healthy attack of lust.

$4.70

LOTS OF LOVE
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LOTS OF LOVE

By Walker, Fiona

Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. Paperback. Very Good. When Ellen Jamieson breaks up with her long-standing boyfriend, she plans t o go traveling. But first she agrees to house-sit for her parents, who are trying to find a buyer for their idyllic cottage in the Cotswold village of Oddlode. The village is full of quaint and eccentric characters, both blue -blooded and below the salt, and Ellen is the subject of much speculation. Under the wing of Ophelia "Touchy Pheely" Gently, an impoverished local scu lptor, Ellen goes to an Auction of Promises village fundraiser and wins a m ysterious lot of three wishes. These have been donated by Jasper Belling, t he incredibly gorgeous prodigal son of the local lord of the manor. Falling in love with a notorious hell-raiser is the last thing Ellen intended, and the convoluted scandals of the villagers put many obstacles in the way of the young lovers. Several ancient skeletons come rattling out of various cu pboards before a no-holds-barred, loved-up finale.

$4.70

TONGUE IN CHEEK
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TONGUE IN CHEEK

By Walker, Fiona

Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. Paperback. Very Good. From the very first day that they move to the Oddlode Valley, it's inevitab le that young teacher Mo Stillitoe, recently separated socialite Diana Lamp eter, and cool, retired dressage diva Anke Brakespear will find their lives entangled. Despite their differing generations and backgrounds, the women are on a relocation collision course. As inept removal men deliver furnitur e and even horses to the wrong houses, other moves are being made. Mo's bad boy lover takes Diana's eye, Anke's flirtatious husband immediately sugges ts Mo hop into bed with him, and Diana's local heartthrob brother comes joy fully face to face with the Danish ice-maiden he posted on his wall as a te enager. As a long, hot Indian summer burns its embers into winter, the newc omers settle into their beautiful frost-hugged surroundings, generating eno ugh heat to melt every heart in Oddlode. New passions ignite and old flames are fanned amid the honeyed villages, enchanted gardens, haunted parkland, and raucous country social life. The heat is on, and sparks fly but is thi s just a flash in the pan or is somebody fuelling the fire.

$4.70

EXCESS BAGGAGE
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EXCESS BAGGAGE

By Astley, Judy

Transworld Publishers, 2000. Paperback. Very Good. A family holiday was the last thing Lucy was expecting to have. But as a pe nniless house-painter with an expired lease on her flat and a 12-year-old d aughter, she could hardly turn down her parents' offer to take them on a on ce-in-a-lifetime trip to the Caribbean.

$4.70

UNDEAD AND UNAPPRECIATED: NUMBER 3 IN SERIES
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UNDEAD AND UNAPPRECIATED: NUMBER 3 IN SERIES

By Davidson, MaryJanice

Piatkus, 2010. Paperback. Very Good. Undead shopaholic Betsy Taylor has found that being vampire queen has more problems than perks. It may be easy to find blood in the dark of night, but try finding a strawberry smoothie. And employees at her nightclub Scratch have been giving her nothing but grief since she killed their former boss. Some people...But Betsy's "life" takes an interesting turn at a baby shower for her wicked stepmother, who lets it slip that Betsy has a long-lost hal f sister. Now twenty years old, this girl just so happens to be the devil's daughter and destined to rule the world. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly What's a vampire queen to do? Betsy Taylor has a lot on her plate-operating a nightclub for vampires and searching for essential fashion items consume her and allow little time for socializing. When she learns that she has a long-lost half sister, alleged to have been fathered by Satan, she remembers a prophecy predicting she and this person will rule the world together. Her satanic sibling turns out to be a sweet, unaware college girl with a clergyman father. Betsy tells the story, which poses a problem for narrator Wu, who describes events and filters other characters' dialog through her own flat, terminally hip, and world-weary delivery. This monotonous tone makes it difficult for the uninitiated to follow without serious concentration. Davidson's Undead series has gained a loyal group of fans who will be eager for all the dish from the queen herself. Turns out sibs will be sibs, dead or undead. They've just been around a little longer, can only go out at night, but nevertheless manage to have hot vampire sex. (Sorry, no.

$3.76

SEVEN FOR A SECRET
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SEVEN FOR A SECRET

By Astley, Judy

Corgi, 1997. Paperback. Very Good. It was Heather's silver wedding anniversary. But this important milestone d id not mark her marriage to Tom, her often-absent airline pilot husband and father of their two teenage children. It was for her first marriage - a wi ldly romantic, secret affair, when she and Iain - twelve years older than h er and the heir to a Scottish baronetcy - had eloped immediately after her final school speech day. She was just sixteen at the time. The marriage had not lasted twenty-five weeks, let alone years, and it was, as her mother f irmly announced, As If It Never Happened. But secrets have a habit of comin g out, and when a film crew arrived in the attractive Thamesside village wh ere Heather and Tom lived, Heather was horrified to find her ex-husband amo ngst them. As Heather and Iain met again, many secrets jostled to be reveal ed, including Tom's own highly secret life. Heather, her daughter Kate - th e same age as Heather was when she embarked upon her disastrous elopement - and her mother Delia all had to reveal things which they never thought wou ld need to be revealed, and their peaceful Oxfordshire village community bu zzed with speculation and scandal.

$4.23

UNDOMESTIC GODDESS
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UNDOMESTIC GODDESS

By Kinsella, Sophie

Dell Publishing Company, 2007. Paperback. Good.

$3.76

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET
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CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET

By Kinsella, Sophie

Dial Press Trade Paperback, 2005. Paperback. Good. With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delive rs a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corr igan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few l ittle secrets: Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Sammy the goldfish in my parents' kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt. Secrets from her boyfriend: I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks. I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. From her colleagues: When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pre tty much every day.) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, al l the times. Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world: My G-string is hurting me. I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. But come Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack H arper, the company's elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the st ranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn't possibly get worse-Until they do.

$3.76

THE IVY CHRONICLES
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THE IVY CHRONICLES

By Quinn, Karen

Pocket Books, 2005. Paperback. Good. Minimum wear, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: Having lost her high-powered Wall Street job, her husband and her plush Park Avenue apartment in one afternoon, Ivy Ames emerges broken but unbowed. The newly-single mother-of-two picks herself up, dusts herself down and reinvents herself as a private school admissions adviser whose well-heeled clients will do (literally) anything to get their children into the A-list schools. Thus begins a fast-paced and very funny rom com as Ivy's bid to support her family and regain her self-esteem becomes a tale of modern-day reinvention - and unexpected romance.

$2.35

SHOPAHOLIC & BABY
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SHOPAHOLIC & BABY

By Kinsella, Sophie

Dial Press Trade Paperback, 2007. Paperback. Very Good+. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Kinsella's follow-up to Shopaholic & Sister(2004) finds the irrepressible Becky expecting her first child with her dashing husband, Luke. Naturally, there's shopping to be done: Becky is determined that her child will be as stylish as a baby can be. That includes having the best obstetrician, so when Becky learns about Venetia Carter, who caters to models and movie stars, she's determined to get herself into Venetia's practice. She succeeds, only to discover to her dismay that the stunning Venetia dated Luke in college and may still be carrying a torch for him. Becky will go to any length to keep her husband, whether it be intercepting text messages from Venetia in Latin or hiring a private detective to trail Luke and learn whether or not he has actually been unfaithful to her, rendering marriage over before it has really begun. Through it all, Becky never loses her spark, making this fifth entry in the Shopaholic series every bit as delightful and hilarious as its predecessors.

$4.70

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

By Kinsella, Sophie

Dial Press Trade Paperback, 2001. Paperback. Near Fine. A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill bef ore opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the open ing pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca B loomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few m onths, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous o ffer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain t hat she couldn't have spent the reported sums. In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures: parks, museums, and so forth. Yet her first Saturday at the Victoria and Albert Museum strikes her as a waste. Why? There's not a price tag in sight. It kind of takes the fun out of it, doesn't it? You wander round, just looking at things, and it all gets a bit boring after a while. Whereas if they put price tags on, you'd be far more interested. In fact, I think all museums should put prices on their exhibits. You'd look at a silver chalice or a marble statue or the Mona Lisa or whatever, and admire it for its beauty and historical importance and everything--and then you'd reach for the price tag and gasp, "Hey, look how much this one is!" It would really liven things up. Eventually, Rebecca's uncontrollable shopping and her "imaginative

$4.70

SHOPAHOLIC & BABY
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SHOPAHOLIC & BABY

By Kinsella, Sophie

The Dial Press, 2007. Paperback. Very Good/Very Good. A crisp clean first edition no markings throughout, not an ex-lib: Hail the return of Kinsella's airhead heroine, Becky Bloomwood, now married, pregnant and working as the head personal shopper for a brand-new London boutique. In this latest installment of the Shopaholic franchise (Shopaholic Ties the Knot; Shopaholic Takes Manhattan; etc.), the commercially insatiable Bex shops for two in every upscale baby shop and catalogue in London, snags a celebrity ob/gyn and leverages a pair of the moment's "most coveted" boots to negotiate a home purchase. Complicating an otherwise uneventful pregnancy, Becky suspects her husband, PR biz-wiz Luke Brandon, is having an affair with her hot doc (who also happens to be Luke's ex-girlfriend), so she hires a gumshoe with predictable madcap results. For chick lit lovers with babies of their own, or for those who covet one, Kinsella mines a rich vein by tweaking 21st-century glossy mag obsessions: from sonograms to the hottest baby strollers to tricked-out birthing rooms. Kinsella's ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick--and for now, at least, Becky is more lovably Lucille Ball than annoyingly Paris Hilton.

$6.11

BEGINNER'S GREEK: A NOVEL
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BEGINNER'S GREEK: A NOVEL

By Collins, James

Little, Brown and Company, 2008. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. A crisp clean first edition (as stated)no markings throughout, not an ex-li b: The two young professionals of Collins's polished debut, Holly and Peter, meet on a flight bound from New York to L.A. They tacitly understand they are soul mates, and she invites him to dinner, but Peter soon discovers that he has lost the number Holly wrote on a page torn from Mann's The Magic Mountain. With Peter's financial career and New York society as a mundane backdrop, years pass and Holly ends up married to Jonathan, a successful author and womanizer--and, conveniently, Peter's best friend. Still aching for his one-time seatmate, Peter marries Charlotte, a dull Francophile, because it made sense. Charlotte, of course, is also in love with someone else--a former flame, Maximilien-Francois-Marie-Isidore. At Peter and Charlotte's wedding, Jonathan is struck by lightning, precipitating an endless series of events that changes the lives of family, friends and lovers alike--including Peter's boss and Charlotte's ex-stepmother. Former Time editor Collins, 48, writes as if fully aware that anyone who saw any one of a thousand other romantic comedies will find the plot familiar: he plays romantic comedy clichés with an expert coolness. Anyone for whom chick lit is a guilty pleasure will find the tone here multiple notches above the usual fare.

$9.40

DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS
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DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS

By Weir, Arabella

Hodder & Stoughton, 1999. Paperback. Very Good+. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: 'A hyper-active stream-of-consciousness confession which is both very funny and unexpectedly touching!' -- Joanna Lumley 'DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? This was a question that had to be asked and thank God someone has had the courage to answer it. This is Weir's first, and in my view by far her best, work to date.' -- Angus Deayton 'Interestingly, Arabella herself doesn't have a big bum at all, it's really quite small. In fact, we're happy to tell the whole world about just how small it is, honestly, we are, just as soon as she stops sitting on us.' -- Paul Whitehouse & Charlie Higson 'This book does for bums what Cyrano de Bergerac did for noses.'.

$4.70

THE CARRIE DIARIES

By Bushnell, Candace

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS, 2011. Paperback. Very Good. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: A teen prequel to "Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaires" is the story of how small-town girl Carrie Bradshaw becomes "the" Carrie Bradshaw.

$4.70

LAST NIGHT AT CHATEAU MARMONT

By Weisberger, Lauren

Simon & Schuster Ome, 2010. Paperback. Very Good. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: In her fourth novel, the incisive, trend-focused author of The Devil Wears Prada (2003) explores the effect of fame on a young married couple. When Brooke first comes across singer Julian in a dive in Manhattan, she's entranced by his voice. She starts to attend his weekly shows until a mediocre blind date leads to an unexpected meeting. It isn't long before the two fall in love and marry. Brooke, a nutritionist with aspirations of starting her own company, works two jobs to support Julian's musical ambitions, which pays off when he lands a recording contract. The record label sets up a showcase just before the album's release, and Julian's performance attracts the attention of a scout for Jay Leno, who invites Julian to play on his show. That performance turns Julian into an overnight sensation, but both he and Brooke find themselves wholly unprepared for superstardom, which includes stalking paparazzi, tabloid smear articles, and flirtatious fame seekers. An absorbing, thoroughly entertaining read about the ins and outs and ups and downs of life as a celebrity.

$4.23

THE STARTER WIFE
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THE STARTER WIFE

By Levangie, Gigi

Black Swan, 2006. Paperback. Near Fine. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: A social satire that's biting and touching in equal measures. Elle Bitchy and entertaining.

$4.70

P.S. I LOVE YOU
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P.S. I LOVE YOU

By Ahern, Cecelia

Harper, 2004. Paperback. Fine. A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumour. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike--Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ahead and carry on with her life. As the novel takes readers through the seasons (and through Gerry's monthly directives), we watch as Holly finds a new job, takes a holiday to Spain with her girlfriends, and sorts through her beloved husband's belongings. Accompanying Holly throughout the healing process is a cast of friends and family members who add as much to the novel's success as Holly's own tale of survival. In fact, it is these supporting characters' mini-dramas that make PS, I Love You more than just another superficial tearjerker with the obligatory episode at a karaoke bar. Ahern shows real talent for capturing the essence of an interaction between friends and foes alike; even if Holly's circle of friends does resemble the gang from Bridget Jones a bit too neatly to ignore (her best friend is even called Sharon).

$4.70

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