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A warm, witty and wise debut about the ups and downs of life as a TV presenter.

When Christie Lynch, journalist and single mother of two, appears as a guest on a daytime TV talk show, she could never have imagined that it would lead to a new career. Spotted by hugely successful talent agent, Julia Keen, Christie can't help but be impressed by Julia's charm and stellar client list. And once Julia takes Christie on as a client, Christie's life changes for ever as Julia secures her a high-profile presenting job on a daily chat show.

Christie is immediately thrust into the limelight and, despite the intrusion of the paparazzi in her front garden, she starts to enjoy her new-found wealth and fame. But as her career soars to new heights, her home life starts to suffer when she's forced to spend more and more time away from her children.

Will Christie find a way to balance her role as a mother with her increasingly demanding job? And can she make it in the cut-throat world of entertainment? Whatever happens, Christie's going to give it all she's got…

©2011 Fern Britton (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Real life 40-somethings.

I’ve been searching high and low for novels featuring women in their 40’s rather than 20’s, with more realistic ups and downs that I can relate to. Fern Britton has nailed it! This is the second book of hers I’ve read (third if you count her autobiography) and I’ve enjoyed them all. She’s a great narrator too. I enjoyed this storyline more than the first one, although that had a better setting. I actually couldn’t wait to get to the gym to play the next chapter! Lol. Thoroughly enjoyable, definitely recommend.

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  • susan
  • 12-15-13

Slightly predictable

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, found it hard to listen to due to the speed of the narration.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Pretty predictable

What didn’t you like about Fern Britton’s performance?

unlike her other book I have listen to, it felt like she was in a hurry narrating it. It was on a one way track so I did not feel relaxed to listen to it and I had to stop listening as it was quiet stressful.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No!

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed.

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  • Tanya
  • 05-12-11

Characters that get you hooked...

Really enjoyable, much to my surprise. I put off listening to this book thinking that it would be fluffy nonsense! But within the fist chapter I was hooked on the characters. Fern does a great job, you can hear the amusement in her voice while reading.
I can see why commentators asked her when she brought the book out was it based on her life...

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  • heather
  • 04-18-11

New Beginnings

Nicely spoken by Fern who had a very easy to listen to voice. A chick lit which is fine for the beach or those who like this type of reading. Not really my thing but always good to read a variety of books and I did finish it to the predicable end.

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  • Debs Turner
  • 08-23-20

slow

perhaps it was because this is not my usual genre to read but I found it very slow to get going and rather clichéd at times and the over use of description became really annoying, did we really need to know detail about a motorway service atation. I won't be re visiting any of Ferns other books . Ferns narration was ok.

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  • Dan & Kim
  • 07-30-19

A triumph!

Another triumph by our dear Fern! Really enjoy the books she reads herself. Her expressions and lovely soulful voice have really blessed me.
Very sad to see she’s not reading some of her other books for us, a good narrator certainly makes an audiobook.
I hope Fern will consider narrating others.