My Pear-Shaped Life

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This is a joyful, uplifting book for those of us who sometimes wake up and feel we’re not good enough. Spoiler alert: we are!

Meet Greta.

She’s funny.

She’s flawed.

She’s hiding so much behind her big smile she’s forgotten who she is.

But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is...being you.

Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.

But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped...

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Publisher
HarperCollins
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Published on
Mar 1, 2020
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780008276638
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
Fiction / Friendship
Fiction / General
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Women
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‘Charming and uplifting’ – My Weekly

This is a novel about community, love, laughter and healing. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but Cherry Blossom Mews is a miraculous place. It's somewhere that finds you, rather than the other way around.

Sadie McQueen has leased a double fronted space in this small cul de sac in a culturally diverse corner of central London. The cobbles muffle the noise of double-deckers roaring past the arched gates. Turn right and you are in a futuristic maze of corporate glass monoliths. Turn left and you see a wide street with many different houses. Towering above the mews are the degenerating tower blocks of an infamous estate. The old folks home and the nearby school are both in need of TLC; the private members' club that set up shop in a listed Georgian building has been discreetly refurbished at huge expense.
 
Into this confusion comes Sadie. She fell in love with the street the moment she first twisted her ankle on its cobbles. Her double-fronted unit is now a spa. She has sunk all her money into the lease and refurbishment. She's sunk all her hope into the carefully designed treatment rooms, the calm white reception space, the bijou flat carved out of the floor above.
 
Sadie has a mission to connect. To heal herself from tragedy. Sadie has wrapped the mews around her like a warm blanket, after unimaginable loss and unimaginable guilt. Her hard-won peace is threatened, not only by the prospect of the mews going under but by a man aptly named Hero who wakes up her comatose heart. 
Sadie has a lot to give, and a lot to learn, not least that some ghosts aren't ghosts at all.
Praise for Juliet Ashton's novels:
 
‘A warming testament to the elasticity and enduring love of true family bonds. I adored this book' Penny Parkes

'Fresh, funny and utterly fabulous’ Heat

‘A joy from start to finish. The relationships within the family ring so true. And the twists kept me guessing. A beautiful book’ Laura Kemp
‘I literally giggle-snorted... Laugh out loud.’ Goodreads reviewer

Eleanor Manning is finally leaving behind her glittering but empty life in the city (and her soon-to-be-ex-husband) to return to the comfort of her childhood home in Apollo Bay.

She’s landed a lovely new job and a flatshare with her bubbly best friend, Penny. So yes, she’s well and truly learnt her lesson when it comes to love...

But then she meets gorgeous teacher Marcus Blair and Eleanor’s self-imposed rules fly out of the window! Surely she can resist him long enough to keep this fling no strings attached?

Fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Colleen Coleman will love Belinda Missen!

What readers are saying about Lessons in Love:

‘From the very first page I was laughing and giggling as I read... A perfect fun, flirty beach read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘The perfect summer read.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘OOOOOOH – Marcus!... He's hot, yes, but he's also nice... You're going to root for Eleanor (and Penny too!). Perfect beach or garden read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Laugh-out-loud funny... Lessons in Love was a rollicking ride... You can't help fall in love with them all and wish they were your friends too.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Had me swooning and laughing out loud. Also, the drama !!! had !!! me !!! going !!! crazy !!!... Cute, fun, and laugh-out-loud funny. This is for sure a winning novel.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I absolutely adored it... A really fun read that warmed my heart and left me smiling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilarious... Wonderful.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Exciting and hilarious... You won't read this story without a smile on your face.’ Goodreads reviewer

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

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