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Behaving Badly

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  936 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
All men are beasts…

…or so Miranda Sweet believes. As an animal behaviourist, she can get inside the heads of deluded Dalmatians and introverted iguanas, but she can’t work out why the men in her life behave so badly. Animals are braver kinder and a lot more reliable. So Miranda’s given up on love to open her own clinic and work her magic on neurotic pets and their grateful
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Mira Books (first published 2003)
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 Gigi Ann
Nov 12, 2011 Gigi Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To animal lovers and fans of Isabel Wolff
The first book I read by Isabel Wolff was A Vintage Affair, which I read in 2010. Just a few weeks ago I read her book The Very Picture of You, and I really liked both books, so went hunting and found this book by Ms. Wolff Behaving Badly, and I loved it. It was such a charming, and fun book to read. Of course having animals talked about throughout the book as well as a wonderful story made it a page turner for me. Did I say I loved this book?
Briana Alzola
Sep 08, 2014 Briana Alzola rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect this book to be as ... dark ... as it was, based on the cover and description. Still a love story, of course, but it also had bombs and muggings and things of that sort. I did want to keep reading as soon as I started it. The author does something where she takes her time revealing things. Like "this really bad thing happened 16 years ago but the character still isn't ready to talk about it" or "my mom has a really crazy idea about llamas but it's too crazy to even say right now. ...more
Princess Lulu
Apr 20, 2014 Princess Lulu rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book. Miranda is a very indepth Character with a lot going on. I found her very easy to relate to which is why for me this book was an absolute page turner. The twists and turns in this book were predictable but in a fun light hearted way. For me the fact that Shelties were mentioned in the book is a big seller as a big sheltie fan. The stories of the animals Miranda sees are funny and insightful. I really enjoyed all of the characters and found the book to be very charasma ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever cried or laughed while reading a book? Have you ever thought that the story you are reading is real? Have you ever remembered perfectly a book and saw in your mind the images of the story like if it was a movie?
If yes, I’m sure you would like to experience those feelings again.
If no, you can experience them right now, by reading the book of Isabel Wolff, “ Miserable Miranda ”.
Miranda a young talented Londoner who just begins a business for animal’s psychology and is preoccupied by
Dec 17, 2011 Mandolin rated it really liked it
An animal behavior therapist, Miranda has long found comfort and understanding with animals more than people. Since watching the destruction of her parents' marriage and being hurt as a young teenager, Miranda has hidden behind a wall of reserve and privacy. When she finally opens up to love, only to have it traumatically end, Miranda is devastated and confirmed in her belief that animals are much more humane than people. Her unhappy view of men and relationships is only strengthened by watching ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book

As a dog person I found myself really enjoying Behaving Badly. Before I get too far into my review, let me just say that the dog on the cover is NOT the same breed as the dog that is Miranda's faithful companion. Her Doxie, Herman, the complete opposite of the dog shown on the cover! Silly Art Directors need to READ the books they are creating covers for, at the very least read the synopsis! Having said that, I will say that Miranda Sweet is such a compass
Clare O'Beara
Apr 26, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, british-romance
A vet who switched job to help animals by focusing on their behavioural problems, is coming to terms with her changed life. She's split from her fiancé and trying to go it alone with just Herman her dachshund. Miranda's best friend has a boyfriend who just isn't committing to her and both of their lives change during the tale.
Miranda faces up to the fact that when she was an impressionable teen, she was persuaded to do something in the name of an animal rights movement which resulted in a perso
Nice story with characters that had interesting occupations (fun to hear all those animal behaviour problem stories).

Only thing that really really got on my nerves was this constant reference to the BIG BAD THING Miranda once did and now has to confess to her new boyfriend. That there is a secret was established at the very beginning, later on we also learned what is was precisley. That would have been enough, maybe a small reminder here and there. But there was practically a line of inner mono
Apr 11, 2015 Mollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story with a lot of moral twists. It describes different meanings of courage and looks at types of forgiveness. Isabel Wolff easily shows the different sides of the events that happened, arousing sympathy for many (if not all) of those involved. The novel not only demonstrates the consequences of certain actions, but the consequences of those consequences, and how sometimes good things come from bad. All in all, it is a good and thought-provoking book.
Jan 07, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Of books that I have read by Isabel Wolff so far this one is my favorite. It was written in such a way that there are secrets or ideas that the main characters know, but they take there time revealing to the reader. You first read about this event or idea that is having a great effect on the characters, but they won't tell you what it is. You have to read about the character confessing it to someone else or the idea coming to fruition. I really enjoyed the writing in this book more than the othe ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Ieva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nu tas būtu tipisks vienreiz lasāms dāmu romāns, ja ne apstāklis, kas sākumā man deva veltas cerības par īpašu patikšanu – galvenā varone ir dzīvnieku biheivoriste (nu tāds kā psihologs): papildus dzīvnieku deva ir ļoti laba jebkurai grāmatai, tikai ja tā nesludina pat gaužām bīstamus aizspriedumus. Nē, kucēm NEVAJAG ļaut dzemdēt vienu reizi. Nē, ja suns aiz garlaicības sāk plucināt spilvenus, viņam nevajag ieviest garlaicības kliedēšanai draudziņu – otru suni. Un ir traki, ka tādas muļķības sak ...more
Satu hal yang tidak menyenangkan dalam buku ini, setiap kali suatu rahasia akan diungkapkan, saat itu pula selalu ada telepon berdering atau pintu yang diketuk, dan terjadi beruntun. dan itu tidak hanya satu kali terjadi di buku ini.
kesannya seperti untuk memanjang-manjangkan cerita saja. kelihatan sekali kalau itu tidak natural. ya aku tau sih, si Miranda itu sibuk :v tapi kurasa tidak harus begitu-begitu amat kan. ya mungkin bisa dicoba dengan cara yang agak natural sedikit. jangan hanya meng
Oct 11, 2007 Cecilia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers/women's fiction readers
A charming story about a former vet who decides to give up helping animals’ physical ailments and instead work on the emotional side by opening a practice as an animal behaviorist. As the book begins, she just ended an engagement with a man who broke her heart and is struggling with that…in addition to the pit-falls of opening a new practice. Just when things could not get worse, she stumbles upon a man from her past…and that encounter brings back all sorts of bad memories that she feels are unr ...more
Michelle Aziz-laroche
Dec 17, 2014 Michelle Aziz-laroche rated it it was ok
I get that this is a romance novel and normally I can get lost in them as easily as any other book but this novel just had a huge flaw, there is no way these two would end up together, even in the world of romance this is too far fetched for me
Jan 19, 2016 SK rated it liked it
I [clearly] was looking for a little chick-lit and Isabel Wolff delivered. This book is cute, easy to read and follows a central character who struggles with guilt over something she did as a teenager.

I liked it well enough. :)
Jennifer Whiteford
Oct 08, 2012 Jennifer Whiteford rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is the first book of Isabel Wolff's that I haven't burned through very quickly. It could have been that we moved into a new house right in the middle of me reading it, but I don't think that was the only reason. I've been working my way backward through her books, which means that this is an earlier one and I suspect she hadn't quite hit her stride yet. The characters were still interesting, but the plot was a bit tiresome, centring on when the main character was going to tell her love inte ...more
Laura Burdekin
Jan 27, 2016 Laura Burdekin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book! Took me a couple of chapters to get in to it but then I had to find out the big secret and what would happen. "Just one more chapter" led to 3 and 4 chapters!! Very well written! Would recommend.
Mar 22, 2014 Krisz rated it it was amazing
My fave from IW so far.
The suspense was a bit tiresome: when do we get to know Miranda's secret, and when will she tell David?
The dogs were put more into central place than necessary, so this book is for dog-lovers only!
Jan 01, 2016 Kitvaria rated it it was amazing
Just my kind of book - a romantic chick lit, that includes quite some four legged characters, which I really love. An easy to read chick lit, with quite some giggling moments, that entertained me the whole book through.
Apr 26, 2016 Julie rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed several of her more recent books, this one was older and kinda of dud. I felt the writing was a little repetitive and I just didn't connect with the characters so much.
Dec 27, 2013 Cláudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book I've read from Isabel Wolff, after "discovering" her last year, and I'm definitely a fan, her books are so much more than just plain chick lit. We've got a strong female figure, that has some problems to solve in her life and that struggles a bit to find and keep the man she loves.
I've liked Miranda since the beggining (even though I hate the name Miranda, don't know why!) and I was keeping my fingers crossed for her. As the story is about animals too, it raised the interese
Oct 15, 2010 Maura rated it liked it
I liked "A Vintage Affair" so much that I got a couple of other older books by the same author. This one is likeable enough, but I began to see the formula that Isabel Wolff uses for her stories. Even so, it's a good book, dealing with an animal behaviorist with some dark secrets to hide. One has to do with the man she was recently engaged to, while the other is an incident from her youth. Trying to resolve the issue from her past leads her to a new romance which has major complications because ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Barbarac rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, uk
Enjoyed that it wasn't just a chick-lit book but actually had a very serious theme.
Sandra Brown
Lovely undemanding, feel-good story, perfect in between heavier stuff
Tanya C.
Aug 17, 2015 Tanya C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was a pretty cute, readable book. British romance at it's most charming. I am a sucker for books with added animals so this one was fun to read. It bugged me that she has a Dachsund and there is what appears to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback on the cover but that's not the books fault. ;-)

I did find the protagonsit a little self absorbed and how this was highlighted through her relationship with her best friend made her a bit less sympathetic to me but then - this is sort of what happens to us i
Mar 23, 2015 Awdrya rated it it was amazing
another great read frim Isabel Wolff
I was disappointed with this book. It started out well, I enjoyed the animal behaviourist angle, but what I found very annoying was the continual allusion to the 'something bad' Miranda had done in her past, and the 'terrible thing' her fiance had done. It became very frustrating to have these constantly mentioned, but not expanded upon until well into the book. I became frustrated about a quarter of the way in, then ended up just skimming through the rest of the book to find out what these 'thi ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Anitra rated it liked it
Quick, light, chic-lit story
Apr 08, 2015 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'adore ces livres ! Ils sont piquants et plein d'espoir ! En plus l'héroïne est comportementaliste animal !
Dec 05, 2007 Lena rated it liked it
I think the one thing about this book that bothered me was it took SO long to find out what her secrets were. It was like she was hiding it from the reader. It wouldn't have been so bad if she hadn't kept alluding to the secrets, but it was all she talked about and it was the focus of the story. Like, we don't find out about what happened between her and Alexander until the middle of the book.
All in all, it was pretty entertaining. I like how the book gives hope to those over 30 about finding l
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Isabel Wolff's ten bestselling novels are published worldwide. 'Ghostwritten', set in present day Cornwall and on wartime Java, was published in the UK in March 2014 and will be published in the US in February 2015 as 'Shadows Over Paradise'. 'The Very Picture of You' was published in the UK and the US in October 2011. 'A Vintage Affair', was an 'Best of 2009' title and was shortliste ...more
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