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4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Sam Sweet is terrified of giving birth.

Only she doesn't dare tell anyone. Especially her grandchild obsessed mother, or her fiance, Simon - top surgeon by day, mind-games expert by night.

Represesed by the expectation of others, Sam feels trapped. All she ever wanted was a crack at independence, but as a catastrophically failed psychiatric nurse who now injects facial fille
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Crooked Cat
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Jul 18, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a most enjoyable comic read from the wonderful Sarah England, which made me laugh out loud at times. Fair dues to Sarah too, for providing humour on a topic which is actually no laughing matter at all. The truth is, many people, women in particular, have the weight of expectations of others weighing them down and holding them back.

Take this novel's heroine, Samantha Sweet (don't you just love that name?). Sam is burdened by her mother's expectations of being a grandma. That's why she's
Jenny at Jennyinneverland
Sep 30, 2013 Jenny at Jennyinneverland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, chick-lit
If you could tape your every thought – that is what this book sounds like. But in a good way. Sometimes “I walked down the dull, dreary street” isn’t realistic when “the weather was shit” will suffice. Sarah told me that Expected wasn’t your “typical” chick lit novel and in which I responded with “different can be good” and in this case in really was. Expected is about a young girl called Sam Sweet (what a name!) Sam is engaged to an infuriating, obnoxious man called Simon, her mother is obsesse ...more
Shani Struthers
Oct 08, 2013 Shani Struthers rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading Expected and to be fair it wasn't what I expected at all! What I thought I was getting was a humorous romantic romp, what I got was something a lot more thought provoking than that. There are some serious issues in this book: emotional abuse for one, how easy it is to find yourself trapped in life, the illusion often attached to freedom of choice. All heavy issues but wrapped up in a wonderful sense of humour that prevents it from becoming depressing - an admiral achie ...more
Gayle Beveridge
Sep 14, 2013 Gayle Beveridge rated it it was amazing
Expected by Sarah England was both funny and thought provoking. When we meet the protagonist, Sam Sweet, her job is under review, her finances are in disarray and she is teetering at a crossroads in her life. Will she take the safe route and marry a fiancé she doesn't love or will she find the courage and the means to move on?

Sam's problems are exacerbated by a comedy of errors, many of which made me laugh out loud. The author, Sarah England has a dry sense of humour that she has invested in her
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A story of Sam Sweet and a section of her life. The part where she is living with Simon and comes to the realization that she doesn't really like him, let alone love him. Her mom however has the full wedding and grand kids planned out as far as booking the venue and buying the dress.
Sarah writes with a lot of wit and keeps the reader entertained on this journey of Sam's, from filling in the faces of the wrinkly women to the shopping sprees she does daily. The story certainly gives the reader a l
Sep 01, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing

"The child was so full of milk, if they shook her up for long enough, she'd crap butter."

This is by far the funniest line I have heard in a while, and I see from the other reviews that I am not the only one. Sam Sweet is sarky, funny, and trapped. She says and thinks what we all (or maybe just me) are thinking. I think that we have all been swept away into a relationship with a man who does not light our fire, or is quite frankly, a bit of a git and this book explores this with hilarious results
Kate Robbins
Jul 24, 2013 Kate Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Real Gem!!

"The child was so full of milk, if they shook her up for long enough, she'd crap butter."

EXPECTED follows the life of Samantha Sweet, a former nurse who has opted for a career change. We meet her when she's at a point in her life where she's stopped to take a good look around. She is NOT happy with what she sees.

This story, while tackling some serious issues on the under-current, made me laugh out so many times I lost count. Sam is usually not the kind of protagonist I go for and so
Sue Watson
Sep 23, 2013 Sue Watson rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. A well-written, funny tale about former-nurse Sam, who’s found herself in an unsatisfying relationship while dealing with all the other issues life throws at us. Struggling with a career-change, and work/life balance Sam is a flesh-and-blood flawed heroine you don’t forget. She’s not a one dimensional ‘Little Miss Perfect’ which for me made her so much more real and had me rooting for her throughout. Sarah England’s writing style is brilliant - chatty and casual yet draws you ...more
Mark Morris
Nov 04, 2013 Mark Morris rated it it was amazing
This a very enjoyable cross between Cinderella and Bridget Jones which is set in contemporary England. Sam is an angst-ridden cosmetics products rep feeling trapped into the pressures of living a life she's unhappy to commit to and struggling with her self-confidence. The writing is pithy and real – and often hilarious – and you quickly come to empathise with Sam as her life rapidly spirals out of control. The author deals sensitively with some important relationship issues but, on the whole, th ...more
Gina Dickerson
Aug 21, 2013 Gina Dickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is the second book I've read by this author but the first novel. (The first book was 3am & Wide Awake - a short story collection, which was very good). Sam Sweet is a likeable character, yes she's a bit ditsy and puts up with an awful lot from her boyfriend Simon but that's what makes her so likeable. I laughed with her, cringed, gasped, and cheered her on. I really enjoyed this read, it was funny, entertaining, and I liked the style in which it is written. Is there more for Sam Sweet? ...more
Rebecca Raisin
Jul 21, 2013 Rebecca Raisin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me laughing out loud literally!
I had to stop and read the hilarious parts to my boyfriend because he thought it was odd I kept giggling to myself.
Sam Sweet is trying to muddle her way through life and she grew on me so much I wanted to reach through the pages, grab her chunky kit kat and stab Simon in the jugular for her. The quality of the writing stood out for me and I enjoyed the book so much that I seriously hope there's a follow up. I want to see what Sam gets up to next!
Jeff Gardiner
Aug 19, 2013 Jeff Gardiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny - 'Expected' is a delirious and manic narrative that sparks and trips off the pages. Even as a bloke reading chick-lit (the therapy is too expensive) I thoroughly enjoyed the sarcastic and self-absorbed humour that comes from the first-person narrative. Many of the characters are grotesque and exaggerated (ie. the mum and boyfriend) - but this only adds to the comedy and - strangely - to the reality that poor Sam Sweet must face in her crazy world. Read it and giggle inanely.
Tracy Simmons
Sep 29, 2013 Tracy Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt a bit breathless as I read Expected. It's fast-paced with many laugh-out-loud passages. I enjoyed the author's voice and kept (hopefully) turning the page, looking forward to the moment when Sam would take charge and stand up for herself and tell her boyfriend/mother/employers where to go. The end wasn't quite what I expected, but it was a sweet and happy ending that left me feeling satisfied. I will definitely look forward to more books by Sarah England.
Sarah Louise Smith
Nov 05, 2013 Sarah Louise Smith rated it it was amazing
"Prepare to be dazzled" - a line from this book and also my advice to those about to read it. This novel had me laughing out loud all the way through. The protagonist, Sam, is in a mess and goes on a hilarious journey of self discovery. The writing style is very direct, with Sam often addressing the reader directly, and the whole thing moves along at a fast and exciting pace. One of the best chick lit novels I've read this year.
Rebecca Emin
Oct 21, 2013 Rebecca Emin rated it it was amazing
A well-written book which made me laugh aloud in several places, I particularly liked the way the character "spoke to the reader" at times, always in such a humorous way.

Not your typical formulaic chick lit, (and thank goodness for that) but a book which you could easily sit and absorb in one go (if you don't have kids/work etc).

Love the cover as well.

I'm already looking forward to the next book by Sarah England.
K.B. Walker
Sep 26, 2013 K.B. Walker rated it it was amazing
On the surface Sam, the main character and narrator, is a hopeless airhead bumbling her way through life trying to live up to everyone's expectations from her mad mother to her repulsive psychotic boyfriend, with a horrible boss thrown in. Yet somehow, I liked her and found the book compulsive reading. A sure sign of good writing. The satisfying ending left me with a smile on my face.
William Hancock
Dec 30, 2013 William Hancock rated it it was amazing
a hilarious yet thought provoking novel. laugh out loud in many places, squirm inducing embarrassments in others and with debate invoking points tapping you on the shoulder along the way. recommended.
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Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Expected by Sarah England in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled a bit with this novel. I understand that Sam could be trapped and like she feels, well, Expected, to do certain things, but I didn’t really get why she wouldn’t eventually stand up for herself. She seems to hate her fiancé who was portrayed as mind-game expert and was really quite a piece of work. She out and out said she wasn’t attracted to him and didn’t want to be with him, so why she stayed with him f
Jul 02, 2013 Komal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read a kindle sample of this book and found the beginning quite interesting, so decided to buy the book and see how the story goes forward. But to my utter disappointment, the protagonist did not grow and mature as the story unfolded in series of repititive rants and use of excessive "fuck" language from the characters. I found the frequent use of foul language gross.

The faults in a character are relatable when the writer brings out the inner beauty and makes the characters realise their wron
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Sarah England is a fiction writer based in the UK. Originally she trained as a nurse in Sheffield before working in medical sales & specialising in psychiatry.

To date she has over 160 short stories and serials published in magazines and newspapers.

'Father of Lies' is the first occult horror in a trilogy, with the sequel, 'Tanners Dell' newly released and the third scheduled for Autumn 2016

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