Doubting Abbey

Doubting Abbey

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Hilarious and heartwarming, spend your holiday season with Gemma and Abbey Swapping downstairs for upstairs... How hard can it be!?

Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner...at a kebab shop. No joke!

The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion.

So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward.

Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought...

Praise for Samantha Tonge

'I was hooked from the start, by this impressive debut novel' – Chicklit Club

'This really was a humorous read, Gemma is such a witty character who always seems to get herself into mischief, I never expected this book to be a witty read but it was the humour that kept me hooked.' – Rea Book Reviews

' Samantha Tonge has taken an every-day girl and stuck her in this crumbling manor where she has to pretend to be her best friend and help win a reality TV program. She takes all our guilty pleasures and wraps them in one good read.' – Novel Escapes

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Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next...

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no....she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page... And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime... Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun...

Praise for Samantha Tonge

'I was hooked from the start, by this impressive debut novel' - Chicklit Club

'This really was a humorous read, Gemma is such a witty character who always seems to get herself into mischief, I never expected this book to be a witty read but it was the humour that kept me hooked.' - Rea Book Reviews

'Samantha Tonge... takes all our guilty pleasures and wraps them in one good read.' - Novel Escapes on Doubting Abbey

'Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge is a well written, engaging and fun read due to a different plot line and lovable characters. A recommended read for all the lovers of Rom com and chick lit.' - HarlequinJunkie

'This was a fantastic debut for Samantha Tonge and I look forward to more of her books.' - Rea Book Review on Doubting Abbey

'Doubting Abbey is a lovely fun read set in a beautiful old hall and with a lovely family ethos behind it.' - Room for Reading

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Nov 10, 2013
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781472073778
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / General
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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Eligible for Family Library

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From the bestselling author of Doubting Abbey

Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next...

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no....she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page... And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime... Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun...

Praise for Samantha Tonge

'I was hooked from the start, by this impressive debut novel' - Chicklit Club

'This really was a humorous read, Gemma is such a witty character who always seems to get herself into mischief, I never expected this book to be a witty read but it was the humour that kept me hooked.' - Rea Book Reviews

'Samantha Tonge... takes all our guilty pleasures and wraps them in one good read.' - Novel Escapes on Doubting Abbey

'Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge is a well written, engaging and fun read due to a different plot line and lovable characters. A recommended read for all the lovers of Rom com and chick lit.' - HarlequinJunkie

'This was a fantastic debut for Samantha Tonge and I look forward to more of her books.' - Rea Book Review on Doubting Abbey

'Doubting Abbey is a lovely fun read set in a beautiful old hall and with a lovely family ethos behind it.' - Room for Reading

The perfect holiday sequel to the hilarious and romantic Game of Scones – return to Taxos for a Christmas you’ll never forget.

‘If you're looking for a lovely romantic Christmas story with a difference then...this is it!’ – Julie’s Reviews

The perfect Christmas romance to curl up with as the snow falls

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As winter comes to her sleepy Greek island, former hot shot city girl Pippa Pattinson loves her new life of rustic simplicity, running a quaint teashop with her hot fiancé, Niko. But it’s been a quick change to slow living – and you can’t blame a girl for wondering as Christmas approaches, ‘how did I get here?’

As her Christmas wedding approaches, a trip back to snowy England for her ex’s engagement party makes her wonder if those are wedding bells she’s hearing in her mind, or warning bells. She longs for the excitement of her old London life – the glamour, the regular pedicures. Can she really give that all up to be...a fishwife?

There’s nothing for it but to throw herself into bringing a little Christmas magic to the struggling village in the form of a Christmas fair. Somewhere in amidst the sparkly bauble cakes and stollen scones, she’s hoping she’ll come to the right decision about where she belongs...fingers crossed in time for the wedding...

My Big Fat Christmas Wedding is perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Debbie Johnson. Don’t miss the Christmas Wedding of the year!

What readers are saying about My Big Fat Christmas Wedding

‘Probably the Samantha Tonge story I most loved! ... the perfect Christmas read’ – Zoe Monodee’s Reviews

‘Samantha Tonge has created another witty story with romance, friendships and community spirit right at its heart’ – Shaz’s Book Boudoir

‘My Big Fat Christmas Wedding...is a very enjoyable book, that is easy to read and will brighten you up at any time.’ – Rachel Gilbey

‘My Big Fat Christmas Wedding was a suspenseful and sweet story.’ – Living Life with Joy

‘What could be better than a big wedding at Christmas in the gorgeous Greek Island of Kos?’ – Chicks that Read

‘a novel with a heart that for sure is going to put you in the festive mood already.’ – On my Bookshelf

‘Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a lovely, cheery festive read, a good old-fashioned feel-good romance’ – Books with Bunny The icing on her Christmas cake!

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café in Ashford, Connecticut was made for...but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened... Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

Finalist for the RWA Ella Award 2014

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Check out Rebecca Raisin’s newest series: The Little Paris Collection
Book 1 – The Little Bookshop on the Seine
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Praise for Rebecca Raisin

‘If you are looking for a Christmassy romance then don’t look any further.’ – Bookbabblers

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‘If you love Christmas, romance and HEA then you will love this sweet novella.’ – Clue Review

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