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The two Miss Parsons
by Jill Marshall (Goodreads Author)
Cally is a solo mother in her thirties who has just been made redundant from her classy London marketing job. One day her nine-year-old daughter Paige announces that she wants to go to New Zealand to meet her father, Alan, who abandoned Cally when she became pregnant. Alan is told they're coming, but during the flight to Auckland, Cally finds herself sitting next to the lo ...more
paperback, 245 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Penguin Books
(first published 2008)
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NZ/UK chic lit. The author appears to bear a strikingly resemblance to the main character, Cal, in that they are both solo motrhers with 1 daughter who come to NZ from the UK, which was abit disturbing. Loads of naval gazing by Cal which is tiresome but if you skip all those bits and read it as a fantasy (no solo mothers I know have the pulling power she has) then its a quite good quick read. Not nearly as good as Michelle Holman's Bonkers.
Jun 28, 2012 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: Great Minds Literary Reviews
In January 2007 I did a one-week course on Writing for Children (tutored by a very capable Kathy White). During the course Kathy gave us a list of recent books for children (in age-group lists, which was very convenient) so we could look at examples for the age-group and genre that we were each thinking of writing for. I had vague ideas at the time of writing for smaller children, but so liked the idea of "Jane Blonde" that I read Jill Marshall's first in that series. It's ever so much fun.
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An intriguing story of a girl in search of her father, and maybe getting her mother and father back together. But not this is not the normal "parent trap" idea. From the UK to New Zealand looking for a dream they doesn't even know they truly want and finding dreams along the way that challenge what they really do want. Two Miss Parsons with two dreams and both of them unknown yet full of surprises in the search. I felt the language was unnecessary (F word) and didn't add to the read but took awa ...more