Such a Perfect SisterPaperback
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- Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 2 September 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0752848364
- ISBN 13: 9780752848365
- Sales rank: 727,998
Yet another of Phoebe Redmond's friends is getting married and once again, as bridesmaid, she must suffer the mortification of a taffeta frock that does nothing for her figure. As if she didn't have enough problems, her job as sous chef at a smart bar and restaurant is like working in a war zone under the command of a psychopath. To cap it all, the man she wants, Luke, is dating someone else, and it happens to be her dazzling sister Alex. It's tough. It's even tougher because she suspects that Alex isn't really in love with Luke at all. Then Alex rashly accepts Luke's proposal and Phoebe must don taffeta once more. But Phoebe's not the only one let down in love. One evening, into the bar/restaurant walks Will, all dressed up with nowhere to go. He's just come from a wedding - his own - where the bride jilted him at the altar...
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Donna Hay's first novel, 'Waiting in the Wings', won her the RNA New Writers' Award, and since then she has attracted praise from critics for 'Kiss & Tell', 'Such a Perfect Sister', 'Some Kind of Hero', 'Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday' and 'No Place for a Woman'. She writes regularly for TV TIMES and WHAT'S ON TV magazine. She lives in York with her husband and daughter.
Phoebe Redmond has reached a time in her life where she feels the urge to settle down, but unfortunately her sister Alex is engaged to the only man she sees as a candidate for the role of husband. When this is combined with the fact that Phoebe believes Alex has only got engaged because she couldn't think of anything better to do, the scene is set for a rollercoaster of emotional upheaval. This wickedly amusing and fast-paced novel turns the spotlight on all Phoebe's relationships: with her sister, her parents and the new man in her life, her landlord Will. Will too is the victim of unrequited love - his fiancee has jilted him at the altar in order to go to America and become a film star. But not everything is as it seems and by the end of the book Phoebe has to reassess her relationships, particularly with her parents and her sister. Phoebe's job as a chef provides moments of high humour and there are numerous occasions when the reader is able to feel pleasantly superior to the characters because they can see the misconceptions and delusions the protagonists are operating under. The power of self-delusion is explored, as is the complexity of relationships. Enjoyably if predictably, the story races along towards the inevitable happy ending via a number of false starts and false promises. By the end Phoebe is wiser and much happier. No longer feeling second best to Alex, she has found her own role in life and is able to move out from under her sister's shadow. (Kirkus UK)