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Marshmallows for Breakfast

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  4,703 ratings  ·  306 reviews
When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She's looking forward to a fresh start and a simple life. Then she bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made.
Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Sphere
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Erika
This was a tricky one. It started off good, however, by the middle of the book I was very upset with the main characters.
They were so whiny and just emotionally inept and couldn't handle almost anything.
I felt the author really missed the mark with this one. Good story concept, but bad characters. I won't even say bad
characters so much as they were just unrealistic in how they handled their emotional lives.
Ashli Montgomery
I forced myself to complete this one, but I would not recommend it to others...too many great books out there to spend valuable minutes reading this one. I kept thinking Kendra was going to shed her victim mentality (which she rightly desrved, but it got old and irritating a few chapters in)and embrace the good people around her. She never did; she continued to wallow selfishly throughout and then tried to play the "I'm sacrificing my life and no one realizes my gift" card.
Dale Harcombe
The candy pink, white and blue cover of this novel seems to suggest it is a light chick lit read, which was what I expected. You couldn’t be more wrong. Although there are some elements of that, this novel covers some serious issues. No, I’m not going to tell you what they are as that would give too much of the plot away. Suffice to say, Kendra Tamale is looking for a new start, after having left Australia and returned to England and her old job. She rents a room and, before she realises quite h ...more
Laurel-Rain
"Kendra Tamale is looking for a fresh start and a simple life when she rents a room from Kyle Gadsborough." This is from the front flap.

Well, you know that's not how things are going to go, right? Trying to hide out, after the mess she left behind in Australia, Kendra's settling down in the English village of Kent is sure to provide her with the respite she needs. Right? Wrong.

Almost immediately, she is thrust into the daily life of the single father and his adorable, yet feisty, six-year-old
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Célia
"Pedaços de Ternura" foi o primeiro livro que li da inglesa Dorothy Koomson, mas decerto não vai ser o último.

Kendra Tamale regressa a Inglaterra, o seu país natal, vinda da Austrália, fugindo mais uma vez da nuvem negra que tem pairado sobre a sua vida. No seu regresso, aluga uma casa a um recém-separado que tem a seu cargo um par de gémeos muito especial, Summer e Jaxon, ambos com seis anos de idade. E é aqui que Kendra, que tenta ao máximo resguardar-se do envolvimento sentimental devido a tr
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Filipa
Bem. . . É o primeiro livro de Dorothy que leio impelida pelas boas opiniões que tenho lido dela e não sei porquê estava decidida a que este livro fosse um romance puro, talvez tenha sido a sinopse (que me agradou imenso) e o meu cérebro delineou automaticamente um romance implícito :D Não o sendo, pelo menos não achei, é uma história lindíssima de como acontecimentos terríveis podem acontecer, como isso mesmo nos pode envolver e quaseee, um grande quaseee, destruir e mesmo assim no último momen ...more
Liliana Pinto
Mais uma vez Dorothy Koomson surpreende os leitores com um livro que pode sensibilizar muita gente.

Quando comecei a ler o livro pensei que estava a ler sobre um caso de violência doméstica e isso fez-me ficar de pé atrás. É um tema muito sensível e que me deixa fora de mim quando leio sobre ele...
Mas não era disso que se tratava. Não posso dizer que a violência doméstica seja pior ou "melhor" do que a violação mas, na minha opinião, a violência doméstica está num patamar acima no que diz respeit
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Yousra Serry
Dorothy Koomson is definitely on the very top of my favorite authors list, tho I haven't really read that much by her. which says alot about her talent.

To make a long review short, the story was written so beautifully, I didn't want the story to end. The characters were very well developed and written. I just loved this book! Koomson has this way of writing that not only makes you like or relate with the characters, you alsocare for them. like right at the this second I can't help but thinking i
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Sharon
I read this author's previous book "My Friend's Girl," and rated it three stars, but this one was not as good. The plot involved both alcoholism and rape (a real fun-fest), but the subject matter was not the problem. The writing style here was very clinical, as if the author had read alot of information about these problems and then put it into the book without really distilling it. It comes out in the protagonist's omniscient observations about the motives of the people around her, even though ...more
Stefania Gartz
μολις τωρα τελειωσα το Πρωινο απο Ζαχαρη της Ντοροθι Κουμσον!Τελειο!!δεν εχω λογια..πολυ ανθρωπινο και συναμα τοσο συγκινητικο..ενα βιβλιο που μιλαει στην καρδια σου..Αγγιζει 3 ευαισθητα θεματα..την αντιμετωπιση του διαζυγιου με 2 παιδια..τον βιασμο και τον αλκοολισμο...πολυ καλογραμμενο και με ωραιους χαρακτηρες..
το συνιστω ανεπιφυλακτα!
Filipa
(http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.pt/2...)

Kendra Tamale é uma jovem de trinta e três anos que tem uma história emocionante para nos contar. A sua vida nem sempre tem sido repleta de alegrias e ela tem um segredo que insiste em esconder de toda a gente e a que atormenta todos os dias da sua vida... Após ter saído da faculdade em Leeds e ter ganho algum dinheiro com o seu primeiro emprego em recrutamento de trabalhadores temporários, Kendra decide mudar-se para a Austrália. Aí, encontra o amor da
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Rita
(3.5/5)
Dorothy Koomson desde muito cedo se mostrou uma apaixonada pelas letras, tendo escrito o seu primeiro romance com 13 anos, “There’s a thin line between love and hate”. Contendo uma licenciatura em Psicologia e Jornalismo, pela Universidade de Leeds, a escritora inglesa lança a sua primeira obra em 2003, “O Amor está no Ar”.

“Pedaços de Ternura” é a quarta obra desta escritora, que se tornou uma das mais adoradas das leitoras portuguesas, tendo sido lançada inicialmente em 2007. Kendra Tama
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Claudia Andrade (Patty_sc)
Este é o segundo livro que leio de Dorothy Koomson, o primeiro foi A Filha da Minha Melhor Amiga, e apesar de ter gostado deste confesso que gostei mais do primeiro.

Como o outro que li, este livro aborda diversos assuntos do dia a dia, assuntos que podem estar relacionados connosco numa ou outra fase da nossa vida, como alcoolismo, violação, divórcio, poder paternal. E, na minha opinião, não é qualquer escritor que consegue escrever sobre todos os temas, como Dorothy consegue, que cria uma histó
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Nicki
Nov 20, 2014 Nicki added it
Shelves: gave-up
I read about 80 pages. I just couldn't with this one. Dorothy Koomson is a really good writer, but the story didn't interest me at all. I read a few spoilers saying the start is good, but slows down in the middle and crappy ending. Well, I was already struggling with the beginning, so time to quit it.
I do find I either love Dorothy's books or I can't get through them. It really does depend what she's writing about.
Barbara Elsborg
Maybe two and half stars. I did like it but - me and my buts!!! I liked some aspects and not others. The topic of rape - not really spoiling anything there - is a tricky one and I think she did show very well, the difficulty of coming to terms with that - or not coming to terms with it as the case may be. But unfortunately that leaves the reader with little sympathy for a woman who clearly has issues but won't face them and in not facing them, ends up hurting other people. I didn't like the Will ...more
Kristin
Nov 09, 2009 Kristin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I kept seeing this book in Target, but never bought it. When I was at the library, I saw it on the shelf and decided to check it out. I was bawling by the very end of the book. Having gone through a similar incident that the main character went through (you learn towards the end of the story what happened), Koomson has somehow found a way to express the feelings and thoughts that someone in those shoes has, but like me, struggled to vocalize. By the end of the story, I believe you can understand ...more
Michelle Robinson
This book had a unique feel.

I really enjoyed reading this book.
It had moments of real sadness.
I was also, as a mother, very impressed by Kendra's ingenuity when dealing with the children and their needs.

Komson paints such vivid images while writing this book, that even though it has been at least a year since I read this book, I can still envision certain images clearly. Such as, when Kendra first "meets" the children.

These charachters are all flawed, however, they are all likable and I found m
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Laura
Aug 15, 2010 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2010
This book can be very powerful to some people. I think that, unfortunately, some of the things are very predictable, which takes some intensity to the book. But at the same time, I have a way of thinking similar to the main character - not about everything, obviously. It's a nice reading, but not the best one. Also, I wish the end was diferent. I guess I can "make my own ending" by imagining what happened then after the last words, but still it's only in my mind, which makes me think it isn't en ...more
A
I think this is my first book by this author. It kinda remind me of Jodi Picoult and Cecelia Ahern’s books. It’s a good read, characters dealing with rape and alcoholism, children dealing with separated parents. This book has a good start, Kendra moved to London from Australia, rent a room from Kyle, a divorced father, and all of sudden she was involved with the family, with the twins. Somehow this new change able to make her forget all the stuff that she’s tried hard to forget. But, past is pas ...more
susana
estrelas: 3.5/5
Gostei do estilo da autora, da intriga, mas achei por vezes as cenas um pouco longas. O final apesar de não ser convencional, é o ideal, e que no fundo traduz na prefeição o titulo francês: um novo começo. Esta é a historia de Kendra, uma personagem marcada por algo do seu passado, e que vai voltar para assombra-la. Algo que fez com que” fugisse” para a Austrália, e que voltasse de novo a condicionar uma nova fuga, desta vez de regresso a casa. É uma personagem, solitária, e basta
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Gina
3 and 1/2 stars- story was okay, but I just didn't find any of the characters to be truly believable or endearing. The author tried to touch upon too many heavy subjects at once- divorce, abandonment, alcoholism, rape.... just too much for characters I didn't really care about. Of course, I liked the title and cover, so here I go again realizing you really can't judge a book by its cover;-)
Jessica
I feel bad giving two stars when I did think the story line was reasonably good and maybe deserved three. I picked up this book from the library as I had watched the TV dramatisation of Ice Cream Girls and found that story quite powerful.

The main problem I had was the plot was so slow moving. The book needed a massive condensing job! I have no problem with books where very little happens but you can enjoy the main character's voice. With this book, however, it was hard sympathising with Kendra
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Ana
A nice book with a storyline of several stories from the past that are being revealed gradually so we can understand the current reactions of each character.
Debbie
Predictable - I figured it out within 50 pages, and the story just wasn't that compelling. I had previously read a book by the same author which I had finished, but didn't care for, and I don't plan to read any further books by her.
Lthelibrarylover
The story of a lady running away from years of trauma. Kendra moved to Australia to escape what had happened to her many years ago. Now she is back in the UK as the truth followed her to Australia. She is renting a flat from Kyle and his two children as he is going through a divorce. Despite the children adopting her as their 'other mumma' Kendra is reluctant to fully embrace the role. Things get even more complicated when a work colleague unknowingly antagonises Kendra, pushing all the buttons ...more
Janet
I read about half of it and could walk away so I did. Too many books, too little time to waste if it's not "really good".
Neide Parafitas
Um livro docinho, docinho como um marshmallow!

Gostei muito :))
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
3.5/5

I recently finished reading Marshmallows For Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson. She’s a British author whose written several books, but some of them are harder to track down here. This particular book, as well as her bestseller, My Best Friend’s Girl, are easy to find though (fun fact: I got the name for my future daughter from My Best Friend’s Girl: Teagan. It’s also one of my favorite books!). Anyways, she is FANTASTIC, and I would recommend both of these books. I preferred My Best Friend’s Gi
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Michelle
I have hundreds of unread books sitting patiently upon my shelves. I am a compulsive book buyer. I made myself two pacts. First was to read the books that were recommended to me by my students this past term. Second, was I had to read 10 books off my shelf before I would be allowed to buy another (only exception being my book club's pick.)

I walked into my office and this book, halfway down the stack, literally just jumped out at me. I was in the mood for a light read. I can equally enjoy what is
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u
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