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Zum Glück Fehlt Nur Die Liebe Roman

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,068 ratings  ·  205 reviews
From Lisa Tucker, the critically acclaimed author of Once Upon a Day and The Song Reader, comes an extraordinary novel about the way we live now: the choices we make and the decisions we let life make for us.

Matthew and Amelia were once in love and planning to raise a family together, but a decade later, they have become professional enemies. To Amelia, who has dedicated h

381 pages
Published 2009 by Ullstein (first published March 25th 2008)
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This book wasnt nearly as good as Lisa Tucker's other books. All the characters are unlikable: There's Matthew, the greedy CEO who only cares about making money, Amelia, the bleeding heart do-gooder who thinks capitalism is evil & that she needs to take care of the world because she thinks she knows what's best, & Ben, the nerdy scientist with no people skills who ends up getting Amelia pregnant & not supporting her. There are also 2 foster kids, Danny & Isabelle, who Matthew & ...more
I had high hopes for this book. At least, I hoped to enjoy this book, which initially seemed promising. For the first 100 pages. Then, it turned to crap.

You know a book is bad when characters can't seem to see the obvious. In this book, it started when the main character, Matthew, suddenly had the problem of desperately needing to pretend he was going to be a father. He simply couldn't figure out to solve this "sudden" problem, even though there just happened to be two young homeless children ca
It's hard to review this book. At times it was really hard to even read it, but I wanted to see how it ended.

First the good:

I liked a few of the characters. Matthew was interesting. At times he was funny in the dry way that I like and he was multi-faceted and complex the way that well written characters are. I also liked Danny as a character and Kim, his mother was a well written, complex, secondary character.

I loved the way that the writer dealt with drug users. She didn't relegate them so much
J.M. Cornwell
A tale of relationships growing and changing in a corrupt and moral modern world.

Danny accosts Matthew at just the right time, while he is high on Ecstasy for the first and only time, to help him, his sick three-year-old sister, Annabelle, and his drug addict mother for a night that turns into more than any of them bargained for. Matthew wakes to find a filthy little boy adamant about staying until Annabelle wakes and has a chance to get better. Matthew’s money, watch, cell phone and credit card
Radnor Library was closed on Saturday and I am a little bit mad at them because I forgot to anticipate this and was stuck with very few options for reading material in my the "Never Got Around to Reading Pile" we go and away we come with a bit of a turd.

Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh but this was really just not a good book. The story was a little on the trite side: Matthew allows two homeless children -- Danny, 10, and Isabella, 3 -- into his apartment late one night while he is
This should really be one and a half stars, it's a bit better than "I didn't like it" but not really good enough to be in the "it was ok" star rating. It was okay - but only just! If this is the only thing left unread on your bookshelf then go ahead, but if the library is open then go there instead :)
Laura K
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JoAnne Pulcino
In this heartfelt and touching novel, a high-powered pharmaceutical executive who only cares about money finds his balance threatened when he encounters a homeless ten year old boy screaming for help. The boy and his three year old sister appear to be in dire straits. The boy, however, is a street-wise and world-weary child who will do whatever it takes to get the help he needs. Through the wiles of the young boy, the executive finds himself with two children on his hands. He then enlists the ai ...more
This was a surprisingly good book - I'm arguing with myself about 3 vs 4 stars as I write this review...

It's about a brilliant but fairly callous guy that works for a Big Pharma drug manufacturer and collects up money and women, etc. etc. with the proceeds from his blockbuster pain medication. And here is where I was probably more interested than the general public, because, as a pharmacist, all of the drug companies seem pretty evil and out for money rather than the public good. So..this point
Daci Jaye
I suppose I can't complain about the plot of this book, seeing as once I started reading I felt like I needed to find out what happened. That doesn't mean I really enjoyed the journey, though.

I think my problem with this book is that I hated every character. Amelia was over the top annoying, and I couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for her in the parts where I know I was supposed to. Matthew had his moments, but he never really won me over; and from the very beginning I wondered why Ben was suc
Awful, terrible, horrible ending. And I can't decide if I like any of the main characters. The book does raise the question of financial security vs corporate greed, and allows the reader some 'what would you do' moments, but when it's all said and done, this book is terribly disappointing.
Another great read from Lisa Tucker. She always delights and surprises me.
Spoiler alert: This book suuuuuuucked.

Very predictable. Little thought to plot and character development. The author gave up on it while writing it, and I wish I had given up on reading it.
Moved this into "read" but actually didn't read--other than a quick cover of the beginning, middle and end. Didn't grab me--very blah blah blah.
This got a low rating because I didn't like any of the characters in this book...except maybe the kids, Daniel and Isabelle.
Danielle West
I enjoyed it, but the characters were a little one dimensional. Still, not a bad book.
Liked it so much, I even found other books by her to read ... that says alot!
Somewhat improbable but, still an enjoyable light listen
Good book. Really enjoyed the language.
Ugh. Predictable and trite.
Arapahoe Library District
In this heartfelt and touching novel, a high-powered pharmaceutical executive who only cares about money finds his balance threatened when he encounters a homeless ten year old boy screaming for help. The boy and his three year old sister appear to be in dire straits. The boy, however, is a street-wise and world-weary child who will do whatever it takes to get the help he needs.

Through the wiles of the young boy, the executive finds himself with two children on his hands. He then enlists the aid

The story starts off with a though provoking line: "Was Matthew Connelly a bad man?" Like most of us, it's something that he's never asked himself...and probably like most of us, we really don't want to know the answer to that question.

Matthew and his ex-girlfriend Amelia are at odds over Matthew's job as an executive at a pharmaceutical company. She thinks he is pushing a nasty drug on society simply to make a name for himself and his company and she does all she can to let him know as well as
Michael Jenkins
Jan 25, 2012 Michael Jenkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Matthew is an eccentric man that only cares about getting paid and trying to get over his ex Ameiia. As a pharmaceutical executive, his plate is full of deadlines to meet and trying to satisfies the people he worked for. He gets more than what he bargained for, when he sees two homeless kids on the street, against his better judgment, he takes them in his home to reside. Danny is a ten year old boy that is very attached to his mentally unstable three year old sister and his drug addict mother. H ...more
The ingredients for this book are 1 love triangle; multiple inversions of said triangle, as people hook up and machinate against each other; and the addition of two children, which always screws up the careful calculus of adults. Shake well.

When I finished reading this book, I thought to myself "This plot is so relationally convoluted that most likely a woman wrote it." On the flipside, I could also think "That a woman is expected more than a man to write something so complex yet coherent could
Tucker offers a cure for modern readers seeking an enjoyable literary page-turner that also explores serious social issues such as addiction, ethics and genetics. Tucker's fourth and most ambitious novel (following Once Upon a Day) is her first to have a male protagonist. Sardonic and emotionally aloof, Matthew Connelly directs his energies away from romantic entanglements and toward his work as an executive at pharmaceutical giant Astor-Denning. His bitter ex-girlfriend, Amelia, works as a medi ...more
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Deon Stonehouse
The Cure For Modern Life by Lisa Tucker follows the lives of three friends. Mathew, Ben and Amelia are bright, hopeful college kids, and best friends, the three musketeers. Mathew and Amelia become college sweethearts, life’s road stretches out with great promise. Everything goes swimmingly with Mathew studying to be a doctor, Ben focusing on medical research, and Amelia planning a career in ethics. After college life gets a bit more complicated. Matt realizes he does not want to be a doctor and ...more
Beach Read, woo-hoo! I like buying light reading in the summer; somehow calling them "beach reads" makes me feel less of a light-weight.

Matthew, Ben and Amelia have been friends/lovers/enemies/frenemies since college; Matthew and Amelia even planned to get married once, before her hatred of Matthew's job with a big pharmaceutical company demolished the relationship. Now Ben and Amelia are in love, and Matthew is planning to use their relationship to shelter his pet drug, Galavan, from Amelia's p
The Cure for Modern Life While highly implausible and a little bit preachy, this was a simple book that was easy to read and kept me engaged.

Other reviews commented that the characters were annoying. I don't know about that, I did however, find that a lot of the premise between Amelia and Matthew was based on unresolved feelings and hurt and so typical of many a rom-com movie! I don't for a second buy the scenario with Matthew and the "kiddies", but hey, books are all about escapism!

It's far fro
(3.5 stars) Not a bad book, but probably could've been better. Matthew is a power-hungry single guy. Ben is his genius best friend. Amelia had a prior relationship with Matthew, then several years later, hooked up with Ben. Matthew & Amelia no longer like or respect each other. In the meantime, Matthew happens upon a young kid & his younger sister, children of a junkie mom, and an interesting sort of relationship develops there.

I rarely despise a character as much as I did Amelia in thi
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Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Winters in Bloom, coming this September; The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, and The Promised World.

Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, A
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