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It's the Little Things

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Dan and Sally Oliver and their friend Chloe Hennessey are lucky to be alive. Three years on, after surviving one of the world's biggest natural disasters—the Boxing Day tsunami—their lives have changed dramatically. Dan and Sally are now parents. Dan is enjoying being a stay-at-home father taking care of their young son, and Sally is the bread winner and loves her job as a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Orion Publishing (first published January 6th 2009)
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Jan 12, 2010 Maia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like women's stories
Erica James is a slight read, and yet also nearly always an immeasurable pleasure. Her stories are grounded in a narrow circle and, though her writing is less than great (for a pre editor, there are cringe-worth moments), her characters are nearly always believable. More importantly, you believe the author's voice--you believe that she believes what she is writing about, and cares about her characters. So that you want to care, too.

This isn't her strongest. The whole Tsunami thing didn't work fo
Sep 26, 2009 LindyLouMac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed reading the novels written by Erica James since her first one ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ was published in 1996. With the exception of a couple (Gardens of Delight and Hidden Talents) that are still sitting on my bookshelf, plus Love and Devotion which I still have not obtained a copy of, I have now read all her novels. I regard her work as a thoroughly good read where you can immerse yourself in the story, not great literature but so much better than some of the novels regarded as ‘c ...more
Dale Harcombe
Feb 28, 2012 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
I like the novels of Erica James ususally and this was no exception. It involved me in the lives of Chloe, Dan and Sally, survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.When Seth comes on the scene and him and Chloe start to become involved the reader knows Seth has a secret but I doubt they will suspect what it is and no I'm not going to spoil it by telling you.If at times I became really annoyed with the selfish (in my opinion) attitudes of one or two of the characters it was because I was so involv ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Komal rated it it was amazing

It is my first book by Erica James. I picked this one from my local bookstore. When I saw a little kid on the cover, my hormones (blame the bump!) kicked in and I got tempted to buy the book. The blurb made me feel that it was going to be a fantastic read and I was right!

I won’t say that I was immersed in the story from the very first chapters. It took me a while to get a grasp of the characters and the situation, mainly because it was not a usu
Jan 25, 2014 Kerry rated it it was ok
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Sep 07, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Chloe Henessy is 37 and a GP at the local surgery where her Dad
previously worked, Chloe along with her friends Dan and Sally are
grateful to be alive after being caught up in the Boxing Day Tsunami.
Chloe is single after being dumped by her Ex Paul after her Tsunami
ordeal. Paul rings and asks her to meet up but will she?
Dan and Sally are married with a 2 and a half year old son Marcus,
Sally is the breadwinner and Dan the Househusband, Sally works too
hard. Sally doesn’t know that Dan is still
Jan 19, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2010
Chloe, a doctor, and Sally, a high-flying lawyer, are close friends. Sally is a dynamic risk-taker, married to the peaceable Dan who stays at home with their delightful small son Marcus. Chloe is still rather hurt by rejection from her last boyfriend, and reluctant to start another relationship. Then she gets to know Seth, who seems to be perfect in just about every respect... except that he is harbouring a secret.

Chloe, Dan and Seth are all very likeable people, but I couldn't quite bring myse
Nov 13, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read about the effect the Boxing Day Tsunami was still having on the personal lives of people caught up in it 3 - 4 years later. The lives of the people involved will never be the same again and this was a time of great transformation. Good interrelationships within this book with a few twists, and in particular a big one right at the end! Do tend to like Erica James's writing style.
Dec 31, 2010 Penny rated it really liked it
The 2nd Erica James book that I've read and like the 1st one I was surprised. It was different from my expectations based on the back cover information but I really enjoyed it. Her characters are all really believable and I can actually get emotionally involved with them. I'll definitely be reading more of her books.
Nov 20, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it
This was a light but good read. Maybe not as well done as some of hers, but I would still recommend it. I have read most of Erica James books, she is an English author who places her books in English settings. She does very well with women who are past the 1st blush of romance & have some "life experience." Maybe that's why I like her.
Nov 03, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-books
That was somewhere between "Days of Our Lives" and "Home and Away" being smashed together with a British Accent, but smack in the middle of bad. I hung on for the ending and was sorely disappointed in its predictability.
Jun 02, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
Well done. I enjoyed the story - was frustrated by the characters which meant I was invested in their future
Mrs G Smith
Mar 01, 2016 Mrs G Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

A fantastic book which I could not put down. Lots of highs and lows but a great read non the less.
Mar 09, 2016 Agi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

Let's start with saying that, to be honest, judging on the synopsis, I thought that the Tsunami is going to be like one of the main characters in the book, that everything is going to evolve around it, and while yes, the characters' survived it and of course it made a great impact on them, it was only in the background. I'm not saying it's wrong, I actually think that maybe it's better, as to be honest I was a little scared that it's going to be a tearful read about it. Author's explanatory at t
Allison Ann
Dec 09, 2012 Allison Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
MY LETTER: E - author name - Erica James

Book: It's the Little Things by Erica James
Finished: Dec. 22, 2012
Rating & Book Review: 3 stars - A new author for me and I enjoyed this book. The story takes place several years after the Boxing Day tsunami, friends dealing with the aftermath of the disaster and their daily lives. I do wish that someone, anyone could write a love story that fell somewhere between the typical romance where ridiculous misunderstandings and
Meirav Berale
Dad explaining to four-year-old son: "Grown-ups do that. When something really nice happens, we sometimes cry."

This made me smile, especially as I'd just been sniffling like crazy... this was towards the end of the novel, at the tear-jerking stage :)

I didn't realise how much I'd been missing Erica James - for a while she was churning out a novel a year but it had been some time since I'd seen a new one of hers, so when I saw this one in a shop I pounced on it with great delight. I think I've rea
Feb 14, 2017 Janelle rated it really liked it
I really liked this book - the reshaping of lives after a natural disaster! The story was great. Couldn't put it down.
Mar 21, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this light quick read. It was lent to me quite some time ago with hearty recommendations. Every time I picked it up I was put off by the bit in the blurb that talked about surviving the Boxing day Tsunami. This is because when relaxing I detest to be harrowed, and assumed there would be lots of angst and suffering. Turns out I had the wrong end of the stick, its one of those nice English family village saga's. The whole Tsunami thing was just a reference to ...more
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The new Erica James book introduces us to Dan and Sally and Chloe and her ex Paul. After surviving the Tsunami, their lives are altered and they go back home to start afresh. Chloe splits up with Paul and is finding her job as GP in her village is not enough until she meets Seth Hawthorne, who she thinks can give her everyhting she wants. Sally and Dan have their son Marcus to consider and with Dan working from home and Sally being the breadwinner it doesnt take long for things to start going aw ...more
Mar 14, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
I bought this book thinking it would have the story of the characters survival in the Boxing Day Tsunami but sadly there were only a few brief references to it. It was more about the everyday life of the characters several years on. Dan deserved much better than the appalling selfish creature Sally that he was married to who cared only about her career and herself. Her continual bitchiness to her husband and young son made me so mad and she got worse as the book went on, turning into a real mons ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Lily rated it liked it
Recommended to Lily by: 117
Enjoyable and very easy to read realistic romantic literature with predictable plot but deep characters.

The book is about the almost collapsing marriage of housefather Dan and hard working lawyer Sally, their son Marcus, their friend the general practitioner Chloe whose biological clock is ticking, and the man she meets at the fitness centre with whom she falls is love. Through the book we come to know the huge impact of the tsunami of Boxing Day on the lives of Dan, Sally and Chloe.

I recommend
Jul 01, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
I pretty much enjoyed this book. It didnt have me page flicking which is a good sign. The Tsunami thing was a bit pointless I thought and no way did it justify the awful Sally's behaviour. Although that said seems she was in the wrong relationship from the outset.
Loved the whole Chloe and Seth thing.
Sorry I dont go on and on like a lot on here but I actually dont want to spoil the book for people.One reason I dont use this site for reviewing books prior to reading.
Enjoyable book and worth the
I picked this book up because of the blurb on the back sounded intriguing. I didn't regret it. Erica James is a superb writer. Instead of writing directly about the tsunami she writes about the changes to relationships that can occur after surviving something as horrendous as that. However, the book isn't doom and gloom, it has sad moments, but they are balanced out with some fun. I either loved or loathed some of the characters which I think is great. I'm definitely going to read more of Erica' ...more
Nov 25, 2016 Osama rated it really liked it
I found this book by a chance in a restaurant in Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt. it really helped me to understand a new perspective about Life & Love and most certainly about myself. it showed me how much it takes for one to realize how fragile & vulnerable life really is and that everything we know & believe can change just like that.
Timing is really not my ally but this book really came just in time for me & I don't really believe it's a coincidence.
Aug 31, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as Erica James' books go, so far for me this has been the one that has been the most extreme rollarcoaster ride. So much so I simply couldn't put it down and ended up reading it at such a fast pace that I am re-reading it again. She kept me on edge to the point that I knew I couldn't get on with my Dissertation reading until I knew what happened, and I most certainly did not want to take a sneak peek at the end. Read it and I challenge you to close it after the first few chapters!
Aug 22, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I absolutely loved this one. Two couples had been caught up with the Tsunami and the book follows their lives and the way that the tragedy affected their outlook on life. Chloe, a gp, is desperate for a baby of her own to love. Dan and Sally have a little boy and Dan would love another one, but Sally refuses to think about it.

It follows the strains in the relationships and the emergence of a new one.
Apr 10, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I loved the way Chloe, Sally and Dan interacted as characters. Dan is a great Dad and I loved the relationship he has with his son. I did not like Sally's charcter very much, Chloe was much nicer. Seth was also interesting and I liked the theme of the book with the Tsunami disaster influencing their lives and how they change because of it.
This is another well written, intriguing book which I would highly recommend.
Pat Osment
Sep 27, 2015 Pat Osment rated it liked it
I didn,t enjoy it as much as some of her other books.I liked the underlying theme of deceit that nearly all the characters were guilty of but I found the character of Chloe very superficial and not believeable as a GP did she ever do any work.Also the effects of the Tsunami seemed very dumbed down in all but Dan.
Oct 23, 2016 Joanne rated it really liked it
The book is essentially about a group of friends who experienced the Tsunami together and how their lives changed since then. I loved the fact that it had the main characters that were Sally, Dan, Chloe but then the book allowed for other characters to develop as they were introduced as well. Great sun lounger book :)
Dec 19, 2010 Booksdingle rated it liked it
Fairly enjoyable it jogged along nicely but ending was a bit obvious. Am not sure the tsunami reference was necessary, it wasn't elaborated on particularly in the story and not enough made of it to convince me it was really significant to the story. If you already like this author you'll probably enjoy it, but if your are about to read first Erica James read 'Tell it to the Skies' instead
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