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Wrapped Up in You

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,183 ratings  ·  120 reviews
A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing?

Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster, and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realizes it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leav
Paperback, 440 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2011)
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Shaz Goodwin
I have to admit that having read and enjoyed quite a few novels from author Carole Matthews before my blogging days began (Let’s Meet on Platform 8, The Chocolate Lovers Club and All You Need is Love spring immediately to mind) I was really excited to be offered a copy of Wrapped up in You to review.

Through Janie’s clients in the ‘Cutting Edge’ salon we get to know about her love life … and how she feels about romance. Having listened to all her regular clients about their love lives she asks he
Rea Sinfield
am a huge Carole Matthews fan.. I cannot walk past new Carole Matthews book without picking it up. I was so excited when an advanced copy of Wrapped up in You arrived in my letter box to review, all wrapped up in a lovely little bow, my Christmas had come early!


A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing? Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disa
Kim Nash
I’m thrilled Carole didn’t fail to disappoint me with her new novel Wrapped Up In You - a delightful, heart warming, hilarious and truly wonderful read.

Janie, a single hairdresser, is constantly harassed by her clients about her love life and when she meets her ex, who tells her that the girl he left her for, is now pregnant and that they are getting hitched, she finds herself telling him that she too, is happy in her life and is going off to Africa on safari, an idea which was given to her by
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Okay, where do I begin? I was looking forward to reading Carole's new book as I always find I can curl myself up and lose myself in the stories she writes. Indeed I did curl up, however as for losing myself... well.. it never really felt like that. Let me explain...

Now maybe I am biased, ever since reading Carole's Chocolate Lovers Club I have been a little bit obsessed with those books as they were perfect tens in my eyes. I have read each and every book of hers and have never, not enjoyed one.
Lucy Felthouse
Article first published as Book Review: Wrapped Up in You by Carole Matthews on Blogcritics.

Wrapped Up in You is the first of Carole Matthews' novels that I've read. Based on how much I enjoyed it, it definitely won't be the last. I read it in a couple of sittings, and had life not gotten in the way, I could have easily have done it in one. It's that easygoing, not to mention a page turner!

This heartwarming romantic comedy is about Janie Johnson, a thirty-something hairdresser who's pretty much
Carol W

Janie is just an ordinary girl, and single for way too long. So long that her friends and clients at the hairdressing salon are trying to fix up her love life. She tries to convince even herself that she is happy being single.

Lovable Mike, is the divorcee from next door. He is a good friend to Janie and she would be lost without him. He is always there for Janie and wants to be more than just a good friend.

Lewis is Janie's blind date, never to be repeated, who just doesn't get the message that J
Juliana Graham
As you can see, I read this book really quickly. It had very short chapters that made it ideal to pick up and read here and there, and so perfect to have on the go on the Christmas holidays. However, one of the main reasons I started this book mid December is that I thought it would be at least a bit festive. It has a lovely sparkly cover and asks the question 'will Janey bring love home this Christmas?' However, I think the word Christmas is mentioned once or twice in passing, and the main char ...more
Miré el libro por encima pero hubo cosas que no me gustaron y por eso lo dejé. Entre otras, estas fueron algunas razones:

1) La protagonista tiene novio, y pasa gran parte de la novela junto a él. Suspirando por su novio hasta que rompen.

2) Una vez que está soltera, inicia una relación con el chico africano, pero en otro continente. Y alli hay toda clase de momentos dramaticos pues la vida para este joven es lo opuesto a lo que conocia. Él se siente inadaptado y es incapaz de comprender el mund
Mia Campion
We all know how all chick-lit goes: lonely girl meets boy, they fall in love, something bad happens and it seems like they can't be together and in the end, everything's great when they finally get together for what seems to be the rest of their lives. "Wrapped up in you" follows the exact same pattern, but I dare say it's much more intriguing than any other chick-lit I've read.

The story is quite realistic from beginning to end, which surprised me. Come on, he's a Maasai warrior, after all, who
First of all, the cover for this novel is incredibly misleading. Although the story takes place in winter, there was nothing Christmas-y featured which was a bit of a disappointment as that was why I have chosen to read this . I struggled with this novel a lot, both with reading it and deciding how to review it. I loved the happy ending, but at the same time, I didn't enjoy how the story got their and at one point I nearly flounced and gave up on reading this in the middle. The romance is sweet ...more
Louise Graham
Wrapped up in You is Carole Matthews 19th novel due out at the end of October 2011.

Janie Johnson is a 30 something single hairdresser living on her own in a little cottage in Buckinghamshire with just Archibald the Aggressive (her cat!) for company.

Her Clients and Friends constant check on her love life gets her down. Nightmare blind dates and the news that her Ex is getting married and his Fiancee is with child pushes her over the edge. Before she knows what she is saying she blurts out that
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
This is a wonderfully unique book. Don’t let the cover fool you – it isn’t your typical girl meets boy storyline. Yes, girl (Janie Johnson) certainly does meet boy, but he isn’t just any boy – he’s a man, a Massai Warrior man (Dominic). Carole Matthews has a wonderful style of writing, it’s descriptive enough for you to feel like you’re in the same room as the characters and flowing and paced well to keep you reading. I really enjoyed the short chapters, something which has been lacking in my li ...more
This charming story hooked me from the start. Janie Johnson is looking for what most of us want – true love – but of course life hasn’t turned out as she hoped. News of her ex getting married is the shock that gives Janie the push to get away and do something different and she takes a less than conventional trip to Africa. There she meets Dominic, her Maasai Warrior tour guide. Dominic is brilliant – naïve in many ways yet very perceptive and he certainly has an effect on Janie!

I loved the locat
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I've read all of this authors books - a few recent ones I haven't quite enjoyed as much but I loved this one. It sounds an unbelievable scenario - to go on holiday and fall in love with a Maasai warrior - who apparantly spoke perfect English...and supported Arsenal ..but it just worked. Janie Johnson is a very likeable and vulnerable character and I found myself rooting for her and hoping that everything went her way. The scenes involving the 'stalker' and his unrequieted passion were funny and ...more
I am a huge fan of Carole Matthews read most of her books and loved them .....BUT I really didn't warm to this book... I've thought this through a lot to think why on earth I feel like this but although I liked janie the main character I thought the whole plot of her falling for her warrior all a bit strange and felt it uncomfortable reading when He came to see her in the uk.... I loved the character mike but the rest of it just didn't work for me... I'm really disappointed cause I've been waiti ...more
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This is literally what it says on the cover, Funny, Romantic, Heart-warming fiction! All Carole Matthews fans will love this story of Janie and her Maasai Worrior. Funny things that the girls get up to in the hairdressers where she works will have you giggling with knowledge of the antics of modern life, while the time spent in Africa will leave you dreaming of visiting the country. A story that will warm the winter nights and leave you believing that love should conker all.
Chic lits don't fire up my reading experience as fired-up as crime thrillers, most of the time anyway; Because the ending is always predictable and the storyline is way to similiar. But I have to differ when it comes to WRAPPED UP IN YOU by Carole Matthews because it is an excellent brilliant piece! It begins with a cliche beginning and halfway through the pages, I kept expecting it return to its cliche ending but it never did. It kept right on! And the characters are so brilliantly crafted, the ...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)

Audiobook: Nicely narrated, unfortunately I found the story a little unbelievable but it was entertaining.
'Wrapped Up In You' is an easy to read, romantic chick-lit book, about a hairdresser Janie and Dominic, a Masai Warrior, she meets when she travels to Kenya for a holiday. I loved the insight into the African culture, and I wished there was more about it.

I was slightly disappointed with the ending because secretly I wished Janie would end up with the other guy, the one who was there for her all time. I found him more likable...

I felt like the book lacked twists and turns and pages, which will
Janie in her thirties loves her job as a hairdresser, plenty of time to catch up on gossip with her friend Nina and attend to her regular clients in the salon. But things are getting her down, her ex is getting married and she has no love life of her own, after a hilarious episode of a blind date, Janie is swayed by a client's tales of her trip to Africa on Safari and on a whim books the trip. Arriving in Africa Janie find herself besotted with Dominic , her own personal Maasai warrior assigned ...more
When I love a particular author, as I love Carole Matthews (if you haven't read any of hers do it!), I tend to pick up their newest novels without paying much attention to what it's actually about. That was the case with Wrapped Up In You. It was by Matthews and it looked Christmassy. I was in. I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I failed. Now, I definitely didn't hate it and I'm sure others would enjoy it but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I can't quite pinpoint what failed to excite me. Pa ...more
Carole Matthews is a go-to author for me. I devour her new releases as soon as I can and she’s one of the most prolific Chick Lit authors there is. Of her 19 novels (including Wrapped Up In You), there’s only four or five I haven’t read. She’s consistent and she’s proven that it is possible for authors to publish two novels a year as that’s what Carole has been doing for the past few years and is going to continue to do so well into the future. Wrapped Up In You is her first novel with her new p ...more

When the winter months descend on us, the cold weather draws in and the days get darker and darker there is one thing that I look forward to, and that is curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and an inviting Christmas novel. With an abudance of Christmas related novels released each year I always have to try to be selective in which ones I read and Carole Matthews' Wrapped Up In You was one that I just could not pass up. The cover is so gorgeous with the
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Valerie Jaafari
I would like to give 6/5 but I couldn’t but for me it’s 6
Janie is a haidresser in a town . She lives alone in a house she had bought when her ex boyfriend and her slipt several years ago.
It’s the time before Christmas ..
Around her, everyone is asking about her love life which is desertic . Her best friend Nina wants her to find the good one .Nina is married to Gerry who doesn’t seem to be a really nice man .
One day one, of one of her client tells her that she went to Kenya to the maasai mara vil
Patricia Barrett
I absolutely love Carole Matthews, but I found this one a little disappointing. The cat, Archie, is absolutely brilliant, but the story-line rang a little unrealistic at times. She falls in love with an African warrior, who is well-spoken and appears educated, yet he arrives in England and starts patrolling neighbour's gardens and drinks blood and milk combinations. He also, whilst she was in Africa, arranged a hot air balloon ride and had a sunrise-breakfast set out for her - now either he is w ...more
William Banks
Dec 19, 2011 William Banks rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to William by: Kim Maya Sutton

I didn't think that I would successfully read through a chick-lit book. I must say, it is an interesting and feel-good genre. This book changed me from an "I'm too tough to read this stuff" to a "What a great read, where do I get the next romance novel?"

I loved this book. Character development, catchy story, great prose. I could empathize with the main characters (Janie, Dominic, Mike). I hated the characters that deserved hating (Gerry, Lewis). The characters filling out the story (staff an
I really enjoyed this. It took me a little bit of time to fully get into the book, but once I had, I was wanting to keep picking it up and read some more about Janie and Dominic!
I had won this in a blog competition quite a while ago, and have only just got around to reading it! Was a little bit strange reading about Christmas on a sunny March day, but it was such a nice book it didn't matter.
It was a bit different to what I would normally read, with part of the book being set in Africa, but I
Treena Beavers
I've just finished re-reading this one :)

Loved it all over again Carole has a knack of pulling you into the book it's like you watching a film rather than reading a book.
Hairdresser Janie fed up with life going on around her.....and with out her,decides to book a trip to an African Safari.Having the time of her life,the days go by fast she needs something to always remember this special place so she ends up bringing home a souvenir from her holiday...Dominic a Masai warrior..that's were all the
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Carole Matthews is an international bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

A Minor Indiscretion and A Compromising Position both reached the Top 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart in the UK. You Drive Me Crazy reached number 8 in the original fiction charts. The novel Welcom
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