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All You Need Is Love

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,096 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Single mum and superwoman Sally Freeman wants a better life for herself and her son Charlie. But it's not going to be easy when their home is on a run-down Liverpool council estate.

Just as Sally's mission to improve their surroundings gets under way, she's offered a ticket out of there, in the splendid form of Spencer Knight. He has everything she could wish for - the look
Paperback, 416 pages
Published 2009 by Headline (first published 2008)
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Oct 17, 2011 Jayden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book just went on and on...and on. I don't understand why Carole Matthews felt the need to put down every single emotion, every thought the main character was feeling. I tried to skip these paragraphs but realised I was leaving out three quarters of the novel. Most aspects of it were just plain ridiculous and unrealistic like "Sally" saying a 30 second speech that drives a large part of Liverpool to suddenly reform and live good lives, another thing was a rich guy like Spencer (younger vers ...more
Hestia Kibou
Jun 05, 2010 Hestia Kibou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have read an awful lot of thrillers lately and this was a refreshing change. It's a story about Sally Freeman, a young single mother who lives on a council estate with her son Charlie. Spencer Knight comes along and sweeps her off her feet. He is rich, charming, affectionate and sexy and Sally can't quite believe her luck. However her ex Johnny is still in love with Sally and has to try to win Sally back. As a penniless aspiring painter, who also lives on the estate and cares for his ill mum, ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Mar 05, 2009 Barbara Elsborg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from the chocolate ones, I have loved her books but I really didn't like this one. The voice of the mc drove me mad - She was supposed to be from a rundown Liverpool council estate but her language hovered between common (supposedly hip) and highbrow. The plot was completely predicatable - that might not matter to some readers but I do like a few surprises. The loser in love never got to give us his POV - which made him seem very shallow. What the hell did he see in this 'superwoman'? He h ...more
Jan 24, 2012 V H rated it it was ok
One of those books where I could guess how it would end by the first page, but it was interesting to see how they got there.

The love story between Sally and Spencer moves a bit too quick and with some too over-the-top situations to be believable. Actually the love story parts of the books I didn’t really like, what I did like was the interactions of the residents on the estate and what was happening with Sally’s son Charlie. Charlie is like any other 10-year-old and young teenager and Matthews m
Aug 23, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This book was a great find in the holiday swap box! It was a good easy read, predictable but hey most books are these days! I really got Sally, and felt the passion she had for where she lived. A great read.
Amira Fanous
Not one of Carole Matthew's best books. Just seemed to go on a bit and at times the story was very flat and not really going anywhere.
Dec 27, 2016 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The most ludicrous book I think I have ever read. I have given it 1 star for the simple reason I couldn't give it any less.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
It was okay, predictable a little bland though
Mar 31, 2014 Katharine rated it it was ok
Whilst I didn't have great expectations of this book, I certainly expected more than I received. The start was promising, not brilliant, but plenty of potential to progress and entertain. Frankly, it just got worse. There is no other way to put it. It's simple. It. Got. Worse.

I had expected at least some humour or light-heartedness given that the book is effectively a chick lit, especially given the dull writing. There wasn't any that I could find. I wouldn't have minded, as I love a heart-warm
Aug 30, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
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Carole Matthews is a highly-acclaimed author and has novels out regularly – she has had two novels out every year for the past couple of years. As a huge fan of Carole’s later novels that’s great news to me that she’s so prolific. I’ve liked many of Carole’s books (The Sweetest Taboo, With or Without You, The Chocolate Lovers Club & Diet and You Drive Me Crazy) however there have been a few I haven’t liked (Let’s Meet on Platform 8 & It’s A Kind Of Magic). It two I disliked haven’t put m ...more
Rea Cobb
May 29, 2011 Rea Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found myself reading a lot of books by Carole Matthews recently. I find them all easy reads which is the kind of book I like to read in between more in depth books. All You Need is Love was calling me from the shelf in Asda with a bright red £1 sticker! Now please tell me how could I walk over such a great authors book as new for £1? That is how I come to lay my hands on All you Need Is Love!


The story revolves around main character Sally Freeman who lives on a run down council estat
Annabel Nguyen
I got the book from a charity shop in Bournemouth for a good deal so to be honest I didn't have much expectation. But the book has proved itself a good read.

A simple, all-about-life book. There are no handsome millionaire, no modern Cinderella, no love at first sight and no extremely happy ending. Instead, it's simply about the life of Sally Freeman, a single mum, a jobless person and a "superwoman". I quite like the way Carole used to describe Sally, a woman who is constantly uncertain about l
Valerie Jaafari
Jun 23, 2011 Valerie Jaafari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
carole matthews did a good book here ..sally freeman is a single mum living in a house estate ..charlie her son doesn't have any news from his dad and has a new dad as substitution sally ex boyfriend johnny whith who sally still have great relation ship
sally trully wants to improve her life and her son's one ..and would like to leave the house estate she lives in despite the great friends she has but he do want a better life for her son
while taking computer classes she falls in love with her t
Keiran Broadhurst
Apr 05, 2015 Keiran Broadhurst rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was OK. I feel bad giving it a 3 but the reason is although the story churns over quite nicely, it is unbelievably predictable. Right from the second chapter you know how the book will end. There was no real tension in the book. Some minor decision making but even when the main characters X moves on you don't feel the emotion. If anything Jonny is the most rounded and interesting character. He was likeable and you felt for him. The writing style was again OK but it felt like a free ama ...more
Carolina Harries
I'm a big fan of the soppy story with a strong female lead and the happy ending. I mean who isn't?

However, this book did not delivered as promised.

The sinopsis at the back read " single mum and all-round superwoman".. let's get this straight. The main character was a single mum yes, but other than that she had NOTHING to make her notable. She was a nice person who was kind to others, that did not made her a super woman. She raised her kid as best as she could with little resources while getting
Mar 28, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why but something just left me feeling a little off about this book. First, I didn't like Sally's best friend Debs. She wasn't supportive of Sally in anything and seemed almost condescending. I kept thinking "Why would you want a best friend like that?" And then, I'm not sure if its the way it was written or what", but I kept thinking that Sally was with Spencer just for his money, which really set me off. And then another part of the time I kept waiting for Spencer to just be using ...more
All You Need Is Love
By Carole Matthews
(Headline Review)

FROM the moment I started reading All You Need Is Love, I felt like Carole Matthews’ main character Sally Freeman was speaking directly to me. Sally, aka single mum and superwoman, lives with her son Charlie in Liverpool on welfare. She enrols for a computer course where she meets an instructor, Spencer. Spencer whisks Sally away to Cuba for the weekend, and she has to make important decisions for her life. — Nicolette Scrooby

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Feb 22, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kat Robson
Apr 18, 2016 Kat Robson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a happy easy going read. poor single mother wants more in life than her high rise flat and no money. her ex isn't her way forward who is too sweet and doesn't want anything other than her and her son. Sally meets a rich passionate man and his family are not nice to her.
she tidies up the council land around her area falls in love with her ex without realising it. he meets someone who helps Sally get a focus in life and in the end they become a family. Sally the ex and her son, charlie.
Dec 02, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All You Need is Love is a sweet story about not knowing what you already have when you are wishing for something different. It is a bit predictable, which isn't always a bad thing. I found Spencer to be kind of a cardboard character, couldn't really get attached to him. It kind of felt like we didn't really get to know him. Whereas we really got to know Johnny, how kind and caring he is, how much he loves Sally and Charlie, even if his role in their life is not what he wants it to be. Without sp ...more
Margherita Dolcevita
Molto carino e umano, belli i capitoli sulla riqualificazione del quartiere in cui vive la protagonista. Tuttavia è un po' troppo tirato per le lunghe e l'inevitabile finale giunge dopo troppe pagine, grazie alle quali verrebbe voglia di intitolare il romanzo "Le donne preferiscono l'amore quando non sono così cieche da non accorgersi che ce l'hanno sotto gli occhi". Certo che chiunque preferirebbe l'amore con uno come Johnny, ma se ne accorgerebbe dopo 3 pagine.
julie armani
Sep 16, 2015 julie armani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carole Matthews never disappoints!

Carole Matthews is one of my all time favorite authors and you know when you get one of her books it is going to be good. She writes her characters so that you feel like you know them and like them. This story was so wonderful and Sally is all of us just wanting better for herself and ger son. This was just a great story and you are really rooting for Sally.
Samantha Bee
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Jul 23, 2016 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did I enjoy my first Carole Matthews book? Not really. I did find it so long to get to the end and the characters were a little bit hard to believe..I mean come on a rich perfect man falls in love with you and your umming and ahhing that living your poor life is definitely a better choice..just a little far fetched..will I indulge in another of Carole's books? Maybe not right now..just glad I didn't give up on this one half way through..
Nicole van der Elst
Sometimes you just need a predictable book. And this one definitely fits in that category. Nevertheless Carole Matthews was able to hold my attention with her dead funny descriptions! She really captures the atmosphere of Liverpool and that really reminded me of my days there this summer. And one thing is certainly true everyone needs a little bit of Beatles in their lives!
Jan 02, 2013 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn’t sure and I was going to give up on it but I read a bit more and more and I am so glad I did because its really nice story.
For starters, Sally is a single mum living on benefits whereas your usual chick-lit heroine is single, no kids and has a great job. I enjoyed that it was from a different perspective.
I would defiantly Recommend it.
A good book even when it was pretty predictable. I will admit there are moments when I need a good predictable book. This book definitely took care of that feeling of want. The author did a good job of putting this book together. Even with it being pretty predictable it kept my attention from beginning to the end. A decent read and can;t wait to read more from the author.
Simone Loubser
A quick, light read which I enjoyed. Although the story was fairly predictable, it was great to read a straight forward, uncomplicated book for a change. It had many parts which made me laugh out loud which is what I love most about Carole Matthews' books. Oh, and I loved Charlie and his friend - so adorabley funny!
2.5 to 3 Very easy read. DEFINITE Beatles theme :-P The ending was pre-destined though, and she didn't seem that much of a "superwoman" to me, at least not until AFTER she decides to do something about where she lives...
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Carole Matthews is an international bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

A Minor Indiscretion and A Compromising Position both reached the Top 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart in the UK. You Drive Me Crazy reached number 8 in the original fiction charts. The novel Welcom
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