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Venetia Summers is 'buffered from single-motherhood' by boyfriend David, but when work takes him to the tropics, things begin to unravel. Phone lines crackle, e-mails languish unanswered, while children run amok, brother Desmond's outrageous wedding takes over her home and new neighbour, Hedley Sale, makes his dastardly presence felt. It's no surprise that Venetia ends up dumping David. But how is she to fend off the amorous Hedley, or break the news to the children?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747262225
  • 9780747262220
  • 724,673

Review quote

'Raffaella Barker's wistful prose fills your head with soft, luminous, Cezanne-like images only to be disturbed by the lively but lovable children who riot through the story... as you draw to the close you've come to care passionately about Venetia and a possible happy ending' -- Daily Mail 20020322 'Captures with a light touch the frustrations and indignities of single motherhood' -- Sunday Telegraph 14/04/2002 20020322 'A light, bright and optimistic read... Throw yourself down on the sand, dive between those silken sheets or luxuriate on the shag-pile, and enjoy it - I certainly did' -- Literary Review 20020801 'I love [Raffaella Barker's] books - so funny and acerbic; a very good thing in a woman' -- Maggie O'Farrell in the Observer 20020801show more

About Raffaella Barker

Raffaella Barker is the daughter of novelist Elspeth and poet George Barker. She lives in Norfolk, and is a regular contributor to Country Life and the Sunday more

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348 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 28% (98)
4 34% (120)
3 25% (86)
2 8% (28)
1 5% (16)
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