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Love Potions

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  370 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
When aromatherapist Sukie starts using her cottage garden to provide raw ingredients for her products, she thinks she's hit on a good way of saving money while offering her clients a way of de-stressing and relaxation. However, Sukie discovers that her new improved lotions and potions are making her massages distinctly magical.
Paperback, 303 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Piatkus Books (first published August 1st 2006)
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Susan
Nov 30, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
This is my first Christina Jones book, and it has left me wondering what took me so long! Love Potions is a truly delightful story and a wonderful read.

Christina Jones tranports her readers into the lives of several larger than life characters in the deceptively sleepy village of Bagley-cum-Russet. Before you realise it's even happened you care about what happens to everyone of these characters. The tone of this story from start to finish is warm and funny. Actually, that's an understatement, be
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Juliane
It was kind of boring. The idea of the story is great and it could have been so much better.
For this ~300 pages it's too less story. Derry, the male "protagonist", was nearly not there. From time to time with a few scenes he was there but mainly he was not. I couldn't really believe that they raelly have fallen in love.
All in all: Could have been worse & better.
PrettyFlamingo
Mar 19, 2017 PrettyFlamingo rated it really liked it
An interesting and slightly kooky tale of romance with some magical realism thrown in there, so much so I might even be tempted to try it myself! The story is very well-written and structured, and she is great at describing the village and the seasons, one of my very favourite things. “.. without a breath of wind, the air filled with birdsong, and blossoms fluttering against the blue of the sky, petals gently swirling around her as she wandered, like pastel confetti” – what a perfect spring day! ...more
Patricia
Dec 14, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sommernachtszauber- Christina Jones

Erschienen: 2008
Verlag: Goldmann
Seiten: 378
Preis: 7,95 Euro

Klappentext
Komisch, turbulent und zauberhaft romantisch – das ganz normale Chaos der Liebe

Als Sukie Ambrose einen nackten Mann in ihrem Bett vorfindet, ist sie ein wenig irritiert. Wurden ihre heimlichen Wünsche endlich erhört? Leider stellt sich heraus, dass Derry ein Mitbringsel ihrer attraktiven Mitbewohnerin ist und eigentlich für sie tabu. Aber seit Sukie Duftöle mischt und verkauft, geschehen merk
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Leanne Crabtree
Since I don't seem to be having much luck with books that I have actively bought to read and then struggled to get into, I've gone back to the Random Number Generator and it chose #32, which is this one: a chick-lit romance. We will see how I get on with it...

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2.5 stars.

I'm really picky with my chick-lit. I like authors like Paige Toon and Belinda Jones who focus a good 80-90% of the story on the main characters and their romance.

This was probably 3
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Chanpreet
May 11, 2011 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing
Who knew love with a little magic could be so sweet? Christina Jones's book is another in her series about mad villages where magic is possible. In Love Potions, Sukie, an aroma therapist who was mentioned in the previous book, Seeing Stars, is the main heroine of the story. She comes across a naked man in her bad upon her return from an aromatherapy convention. Come morning, she finds out this hunk of a man belongs to Milla, her glamorous room mate, therefore making him unavailable to her.

When
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Andy
Feb 12, 2016 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch habe ich nach dem ersten Kapitel abgebrochen. Ich wollte mal was anderes probieren und meine Erwartungen habe sich (leider) erfüllt.
Es ist einfach nur ein simpler Groschenroman. Dummchen findet nach Geschäftsreise (Aromatherapie-Kurs!!!) schlafenden nackten!!! Mann in ihrem Bett vor. Geht's bitte noch schlimmer? Ja.
Kleine Kostprobe: Sie... trat mit abgewandtem Blick zurück, für den Fall, dass er splitternackt war. War er nicht. Zumindest nicht ganz. Er hatte es geschafft, ausgewasche
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Silvia Kay
Jul 17, 2014 Silvia Kay rated it liked it
While I quite enjoyed the reading experience in that it was very light and therefore summery despite the autumnal setting, I can't give it more than 2 stars. The plot was extremely predictable and the characters did not seem very real to me. Also, it was a bit on the soppy side at times, even for chick lit. I did like all the descriptions of village life and Cora's garden, though, and do not regret picking this up. It was, well, OK - which is what 3 stars are for me - enjoyable, yet lacking in s ...more
Priscilla
Aug 03, 2013 Priscilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: magical-fiction, 2014
I have enjoyed reading quite a few of Christina Jones books, with her quirky characters set in Fiddlesticks. For some reason though it took me a long time to get into this one. I tried reading it back in 2012, and put it down! Tried again this year and finished it. It is pleasant and along the same lines as her others but it just didnt have the same spark! I will read more by this author though, as they are always an enjoyable read.
Amy
Oct 04, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a fun quick read.
Recommended to Amy by: Sue
Chick lit isn't usually my thing. However this was recommended to me by a friend so I decided to give it a go. It was adorable! I throughly enjoyed reading about Sukie and the rest of the gangs antics...

I would consider reading more by Christina Jones, and I think I will look out for more of her books at charity shops and such.

Read this if you want a bit of fluff in between serious reads.
Judy Jarvie
Jan 09, 2012 Judy Jarvie rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-paperbacks
This was a merry, frothy read with a nice warm ending and a punch the air moment for downtrodden housewife Joss (much deserved).
I enjoyed the main character Sukie and Derry K was gorgeous ... but ... and it's an honest but. I'd honestly have liked to have a bit more on Derry on the page. But I certainly couldn't complain with a full cast of madcap supporting characters it's a jam packed cosy read.
Fluffychick
Feb 23, 2009 Fluffychick rated it really liked it
So I've finally read up this series...a gentle, mildly humourous story with a slightly old-fashioned romantic feel. The character of Sukie was less likable at first than some of the others I've read and she is a little wishy-washy...her need to go to the awful shack pub didn't make sense other than to fit the plot, but overall I've found these books likable.
Nellie Williams
Nov 13, 2012 Nellie Williams rated it it was amazing
Of course I am going to be biased and say I love this book, so I will! Christina again dreams up the characters you know you want to meet and makes them so real you think you know them. In my case I do.

Of all the books by Christina Jones this one holds a very special place in my heart and just looking at the cover makes me smile.
Lynne
This was the first book I read by this author - some years ago now, and it remains one of my favourites written by her. It captured my imagination because I am interested in aromatherapy myself, and use essential oils...although no where near as much as the heroine in the story! An amusing fun read and generally uplifting story.
Yun Zhen
Oct 02, 2012 Yun Zhen rated it liked it
hmmm I liked the premise and the story and all. But I felt it was just a bit too messy for my liking, the story wasn't tight enough, maybe because it delved a bit too deeply into the stories of relatively more minor characters. And I guess the writing was passable only while the first ten chapters or so was quite trying to read though. A pretty average book on the whole.
Alida arabelle
May 20, 2015 Alida arabelle rated it it was amazing
Really good. So warm and lovely. No more lonely souls. Oh I want the camomile and jasmine potion..distressed. to think that derry used a potion on her was so sweet. Cheers to u christina jones. I'll be reading more of u..
Andrea
Aug 12, 2011 Andrea added it
found it pretty hard
Nell
May 05, 2012 Nell rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read by an accomplished author. It needed much more of Derry on the page however and there was a surfeit of characters.
Mark
Apr 20, 2010 Mark rated it it was ok
Ok, it's not rocket science - but reasonable chic lit which has a few laughs and is an easy read. Increase the rating if you like chic lit :)
Adam
Mar 10, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, romantic romp! Light and deliciously frothy...
Heike
Jan 02, 2014 Heike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wäre schön, wenn es die Zauber im Buch auch in Echt geben würde...
Victoria Power
Mar 06, 2014 Victoria Power rated it really liked it
Relatable characters. I love how it ended, and particularly enjoyed Joss stealing Marvin's thunder.
Tasneem
Jan 06, 2011 Tasneem rated it really liked it
Yet another book set in the quaint English countryside around Berkshire. The characters are delightful and the mix of magic and romance well handled.
Azra Tabassum
Sep 28, 2011 Azra Tabassum rated it liked it
I have just finished this book and like a few of the other sweetly slushy romance books I've read, it's another mediocre read that I enjoyed but wouldn't pick up again.
Debby
Nov 11, 2007 Debby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
this book got me right from the start! fairy tale ending. a bit hard to believe but who cares?! and I don't mind waking up with a gorgeous naked guy in my bed. haha.
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I've written all my life, but only became a published novelist in 1997. Before that, I wrote short stories and newspaper articles for pin money while doing a series of naff jobs. In fact I've had twenty seven jobs and been sacked from nineteen of them for writing when I should have been working. I've been, among other things, a shop assistant, waitress, cleaner, secretary, factory worker, market-r ...more
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