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Marshmallows for Breakfast

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,802 Ratings  ·  353 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 (first published June 1st 2007)
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Ena Hasečić
Jul 19, 2015 Ena Hasečić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na momente jako tužno, ali svakako predivno. Volim način na koji Dorothy piše, način na koji vodi radnju. Jako kvalitetno i vrijedno čitanja.
Erika
Jun 10, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok
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.
Aleksandra
Apr 26, 2016 Aleksandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zanimljiva priča o Kendri, koja se, progonjena vlastitim demonima prošlosti, nađe u središtu životne drame privlačnog stanodavca Kyla, koji ostaje sa dvoje djece nakon što ga je napustila supruga. Malo po malo, ali baš malo po malo, raspetljava se jedna po jedna od priča koje je Koomson zapetljala u ovom romanu. Tu ide moja prva zamjerka, roman je mogao biti kraći barem za stotinu stranica, bespotrebno razvlačenje otkrivanja jedne po jedne tajne, inače karakteristično za Koomson, u ovom romanu m ...more
Tempo de Ler
Com personagens tão interessantes e dramas tão realistas, é uma pena que Dorothy Koomson não tenha preenchido e rematado melhor este Pedaços de Ternura; da forma como sabemos que consegue.

Enquanto os adultos tentam lidar com os seus problemas da melhor forma que sabem (sem, no entanto, garantirem os melhores resultados), os gémeos Summer e Jaxon vivem no meio do turbilhão provocado pelo divórcio dos pais, servindo muitas vezes como arma de chantagem e sofrendo imenso com isso. Não é, portanto, d
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Ashli Montgomery
Feb 22, 2010 Ashli Montgomery rated it it was ok
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.
Cristina•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•
Marshmallows for breakfast!!! Yummy!!!
Dale Harcombe
Sep 06, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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Sharon
Feb 05, 2010 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Filipa
May 30, 2012 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2014 Yousra Serry rated it really liked it
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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Stefania Gartz
Aug 31, 2013 Stefania Gartz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sonia Cristina
Nov 07, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2015
Não consigo perceber porque é este livro considerado o mais fraco e menos apreciado de Dorothy Koomson, mas assim são os gostos.

Sendo assim, está visto que adorei este livro! A delicadeza com que Dorothy Koomson tratou o trauma de Kendra, a sua forma de sobreviver e lidar (se é que o chegou a fazer) com o que lhe aconteceu quando era mais nova, comoveu-me profundamente. É claro que não nos é logo dito o que aconteceu, a informação vem aos poucos, como peças de puzzle mas só quando Kendra decide,
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Jessica
Jan 23, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Feb 23, 2013 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados
(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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Patrícia Barreiros
Dec 31, 2015 Patrícia Barreiros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine, 2015
Nunca nenhum livro me tinha deixado tão incomodada como este. Incomodada numa bom sentido, obviamente. Este livro levou as minhas emoções ao extremo, num momento estava encantada com a relação de Kendie com os gémeos como no momento seguinte estava com uma angústia enorme devido às situações enfrentadas.

Dorothy conseguiu, de uma maneira brilhante, prender-me da primeira à última página.
Apesar de o fim não ser o esperado, até este me deixou satisfeita porque possivelmente foi o fim mais justo pa
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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
Feb 28, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Rikke Andrup Jensen
Aug 15, 2013 Rikke Andrup Jensen rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman, lydbog, chick-lit
Skumfiduser til morgenmad er et bombardemant på følelsesregisteret; Søde mænd/slemme mænd, ægte veninder/ægte bitches, den nysgerrige nabo, børnene, EKS’en…(!!!)

Jeg elsker de dejlige børn, som er skildret med den rette mængde nysgerrighed, naivitet og ærlighed. Og Kendra som kommer til med lige præcis den mængde overskud, uvidenhed, tålmodighed og mod, som kun en ikke-mor besidder.

Det er et mudderbad af grimme, skjulte følelser og oplevelser. Alkoholisme og overgreb, der er blev fornægtet og skj
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Michelle Robinson
Mar 29, 2010 Michelle Robinson rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Devashree Vyas
Sep 21, 2016 Devashree Vyas rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
At first, when I saw that the only reviews I could read (as they were in English and not in some other foreign language), I got highly concerned. Why? Because I had picked up this book, with its lovely looking, colourful cover, sweet name and the back description. And the reviews were mostly by people who weren't particularly impressed. I was already halfway through the book by then, worrying about all the characters and if everything was going to be okay.
Thank God, because I just finished it an
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Lizzy Baldwin
Jul 21, 2015 Lizzy Baldwin rated it really liked it
I read this book a little while ago now but completely forgot about it so I thought I would get it all posted up for you now. The cover to start with is gorgeous, but it suggests it’s a chick-lit read but you would be wrong to think that and I like that the cover kind of misleads you in this way. I don’t want to give too much way because it’s a sensitive book and the subjects covered work in the book because they are danced between with sensitivity. However, the basic plot is that Kendra is look ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 10, 2016 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf
Was this like fiction hidden in a chiclit cover? I like both. But this one was meh
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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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