No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
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No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

2.83 of 5 stars 2.83  ·  rating details  ·  316 ratings  ·  76 reviews
If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley.” —Isabel Gillies,New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day

Sometimes what you want in your twenties isn’t what you want or need in your forties. . . .

When Lucy Lovett’s husband loses his job, she is forced to give up her posh life in London and move their family to a tiny ap...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (first published May 13th 2013)
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Terri Jacobson
A funny, quirky little novel about 4 very different New York City women who meet at their children's
school and become friends. The book has many insights into being a woman and being a mother, and the difficulties that can beset a marriage as the woman reaches middle age. The characters are well-drawn and memorable. The writing is witty and thought-provoking. I really enjoyed this book.
A weightless collection of linked stories about women living in Manhattan. Most of the characters are American, but they all talk like the Queen Mother—"you lot," "quite liked," "holiday" instead of "vacation," etc. etc. There's no literary merit here whatsoever, but there are plenty of laughs. I'd recommend this one for the plane, or drunken vacation reading.
I wasn't thrilled with this book. A story of 4 different women, and how they are dealing with different changes/experiences in life. I didn't see how the characters really had anything to do with one another. There seemed to be some deceit and back-stabbing. I kept hoping that it would get better, but never quite seemed to get there...
i'm a little over halfway done this novel. you know one of the things that -as a reader- i have learnt after decades of selecting books to read, is how to pick books that are 'right' for me. there are bound to be slip ups however and this is definitely one of them. unless this book as a stellar ending, i am going to end up feeling very 'meh' about it ... this translates to a 2 star 'it was okay' rating, which doesn't mean the book was really that bad. it just means i made a bad choice.

i think No...more
Book Review & Giveaway: The book cover drew me to No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey (UK title = An Englishwoman in New York). It piqued my curiosity and I had to find out more. When I read the publisher’s brief description, it resonated with me so I knew I had to read it. Other reviewers are comparing it favorably to The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, which I haven’t read.

What I can say about No One Could Have Guessed the Weather is that it’s quite a timely pie...more
This novel had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to it. The chapters are really short stories that are somewhat linked together, but the result is a disjointed collection. The novel might have been better with less narrative and more dialogue. I never felt that I got to know the three main female characters at all, let alone the men in their lives. I could not relate – or even like – any of them. The character development was shallow, or maybe the characters were just...more
This book is a cliche. Or rather, a whole host of cliches. The poor super rich women are bored with their lives and don't know how to adapt when the market tanks and they have to live "normal" lives. They don't feel fulfilled and have affairs or their husbands have affairs or they gossip about the affairs that are happening. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, ever. Also, the author kept using the British terms for things (i.e. jumper instead of sweater), even though the setting was NYC....more
Emily Antonen
Sex in the City meets Married, With Children.

Four women in New York City deal with marriage, children, aging, oh...and lots of wealth, while they bat around their angst about life and consider whether each has the "splinter of ice" necessary to survive in Manhattan.

The message I took away from this book was that if you have rich friends who purchase you an 8 week writing course (and perhaps have some pull with a publisher,) you can get such a book published and highly placed, which otherwise wo...more
Pam Gary
Author Anne-Marie Casey weaves a story of flawed, but likable, fortyish females living their imperfect lives in New York City. Ms. Casey expertly intertwines their lives which includes a wide assortment of life issues: marriage, divorce, children, careers, friendships, wealth, financial loss, affairs, death, and more. She covers it all with smart prose brimming with humor, poignancy, and sophistication.

I particularly liked the very last page which cleverly pulls the story together into a neatly...more
Sandy M
I’ve been trying to read outside my romance box lately and have, so far, had pretty good success. So I’m a bit surprised at my reaction to this book, so much so that I did what I never, ever do before writing a review – I checked out a few others to see what those readers thought.

One of those reviews did help me a bit, allowing me to see past my initial feelings about the story. However, I don’t quite agree with those reviews on certain aspects, but I do understand the author’s “concept” a littl...more
When I first started this book, it took me a chapter or two to get into the rhythm of the writing. Each author has their own flow and with this being a UK writer and the quirky sense of humor that they tend to enjoy, it took a few pages to get in the swing. I enjoy the British dry wit and this book is full of it. There are many humorous areas that made this an enjoyable read.

I love reading about relationships that women tend to develop. The author has taken four different women whose lives have...more

Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. At first glance, it sounds like another chick-lit novel, where four women get together and then start dishing on their lives, their unhappiness and missed opportunities; and proceed to have affairs that will “make things all better.”

Well, it is none of those things. What is is, exactly, is up to the reader to decide. While the book is told from four different standpo...more
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Jul 26, 2013 Jill rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I don't remember how this book eked up on my to read list. After I read some of the reviews and the dust cover synopsis, I was intrigued, though. While I wanted to like it, and was even prepared for a Sex and the City type indulgence, I felt let down at the end. It seems to be a character study, with a few "dramatic" plot twists that never really actually moved the plot (and were actually predictable). An average summer read, short and sweet, but not my favorite of thr summer.
A great looking cover and an interesting title, but the book reads like Nora Ephon's book but without its heart and humor. Still, if you're looking for a quick read about dysfunctional, self-indulgent, mildly amusing, middle-aged women in New York, you may try to breeze through this book and see if something resonates.
John Gurney
Like many of the other reviewers, I struggled with the way the book is told from the POV's of a number of NYC women. To the good, Anne-Marie Carey is a talented writer and her humor shines through, page after page. The plotting, though, is slow for my taste (granted I'm male, so take what I say with many grains of salt).

The book is introspective, yet, with some "Sex In The City" shallowness. Unhappy mothers have affairs with doormen. The characters were aptly described, but most were not partic...more
Megan Sayers
Beautifully written with several lines that stick in your head for days after reading. The only real criticism I have is that all of the main characters are so far removed from reality... A Park Avenue millionaire mommy, an award-winning television screenwriter, etc.
I was initially unimpressed by this book. One of the main characters who opens the novel, comes across self-involved, boring and self-absorbed. Pick whatever word has “self” in it and there you go. But I continued on with the book because it deserved a chance- as all books do. And I’m glad I did. This novel follows a group of friends who go from being self-involved and colorless twits to women pursuing authenticity and enlightenment. They’re searching for a way to fully inhabit their lives and g...more
No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
Anne-Marie Casey

My very own "in a nutshell" summary...

Four women with a rather fragile connection live out their not so happy lives in NYC.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I am on a roll with novels that take place in NYC! I truly enjoy them. This one is a story of women friends...each with heart aches or dysfunctions or adjustments within their lives that have to be made. It starts with Lucy...abruptly transported to NYC. We then meet Julia...who seem...more
The Book Maven
“Sometimes what you want in your twenties isn’t what you want or need in your forties.”

So reads the inside cover of this diverting novel, which felt a little like Sex and the City for mothers (only with less sex and more city). And true to the title, when we’re in our twenties and trying to reach our castles in the sky, how are we to guess what the weather will be like around our castles when we hit adulthood? No one can guess the weather. Or how we respond to the weather. Or who we will experie...more
Sandy Sopko
This book began well, with a woman uneasily making the transition from comfortable suburbs to gritty city when her family's finances hit the skids in our current depression. If not for her mother's death and having to fly to London to deal with the funeral and family, she would never have formed a friendship with Julia, another mom at her kids' school. As the story progresses, the relationships between four moms at the school evolve. Just as the characterization gets interesting, the author deci...more
Genre: Women's Relationships, Mainstream
Cover: Mild Weather Turbulence, Woman's Hidden Face, Not Menacing Though
Author: Middle-aged, Script Editor, TV Drama Producer, Irish
Endorsements: Six contemporary authors provide positive comments on book's back cover
Epigraph: Sets tone with "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." (Nora Ephron)
Debut Novel Hardback: 275 pgs
Tone: Contemporary language, feminist in tone, energetic
Audience: Women in their 20s through middle-age
Readalike Autho...more
I liked the premiss and initially I found the book to be delightful as it followed Lucy, whose husband's sudden job loss required her to move from London to New York and learn to live a much more financially conservative lifestyle. But then the author moves on to other characters that exist in Lucy's sphere, and I found the majority of these women to be shallow in their wants and needs. Though the characters were well developed, I never cared about them or rooted for them to find happiness. It w...more
This was a book about disenchanted 40 year old women living in Manhattan trying to rewrite their story so they get the happy ending they missed out on the first time. Or at least don't end up in a mental institution after suffering from a public (school yard) nervous breakdown. It was a decent book but I thought the author was trying too hard to sound cute and/or edgy and the characters' cavalier attitude toward infidelity was off-putting. It also really annoyed me that the copy editor didn't co...more
Penny McGill
This was a nice book. Just plain nice. There were 3 or 4 main female characters and their lives intersected occasionally - usually around the New York public school that their children attended - while they experienced disintegrating marriages, loss of work, aging and dying parents. Two of the four women had strong personalities and a bigger share of the pie in this novel and all were interesting, likable women. They were living fairly normal lives that were easy to relate too but there was enou...more
This story is chock full of life, as told by at least four different women whose lives intersect via their third grade children. They are women like you and me -- well, sort of (I do not own a summer home in the Hamptons, nor can I afford a first-class upgrade for over $1,000) -- who are workaholics, doing the best they can to be happy, sane and keep their families together. They are dysfunctional, making excuses for themselves and their partners, marrying for money and slaves to the demands of...more
I liked this book. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars because 3 just seems a smidge too low. I liked the characters and found their interactions interesting and thought-provoking. What keeps it below 4-stars for me is the timeline. I did not like at all the jumping around and playing fast and loose with time. Here we are 6 months forward, now we're back 7. I had a hard time keeping track of when things were happening. I also had a bit of a hard time keeping up with who was who - all the husbands,...more
Probably something we all think about. Lucy and her husband end up in a small apartment after he loses his job. And Lucy seems to want to be younger, maybe that middle age, where you are not sure where you are at.

She friends 3 other ladies, who all seem to learn from each other and mistakes made. I think that part of the book is really good. But I also think the women are a bit too cliché and boring. Been there done that, but this was done a bit different.

Lots of characters and names thrown, and...more
Sherri Lewis
This book is about life changes. It is all about how you deal with those changes, whether you let them break you or transform you into someone new. Lucy, used to living in the lap of luxury, is hurtled out of her comfortable shell when her husband loses his job. They move to a tiny apartment in Manhattan and she begins to not only fall in love with her family all over again, but she makes 3 new friends who are dealing with life changes of their own. You ride the ride with them as they make mista...more
Written in first person --woman having a bit of an early midlife crisis as she adjust to changes in income, lifestyle --finding herself--
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Anne-Marie Casey was a script editor and producer of prime time television drama for ten years before becoming a writer full time. She has written scripts for films and television series in the UK and Ireland and her stage adaptation of 'Little Women' enjoyed a sell out run with rave reviews.

She is currently working on her second novel and a stage adapatation of 'Wuthering Heights'.
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