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Miracle on Regent Street

(Evie Taylor #1)

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Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name. But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable poss ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published January 1st 2011)
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Blair
Entry #145 in a series entitled 'I really need to look at what books actually are before I start reading them'. I knew this would be a very fluffy, guilty-pleasures sort of book, but because of the vintage-style cover and the blurb talking about the setting of a traditional London department store, I had the impression it was actually historical fiction. I was hoping for something like The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which might be girly as hell but is also a truly great book. However, when I s ...more
Kathryn
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
I'm wavering between two and three stars on this one

4 stars for the beginning
3 stars for the end
1 star for the (way too long) middle

SPOILERS AHEAD (though, since I don't really recommend this book, my friends should feel welcome to go ahead and read my review!)

Although this might win my "Favorite Book Cover of 2011" Award, there is no way it will win any awards for the book itself. Unless, perhaps, it is the "Why did I bother finishing this book!?" Award. Then again, I do know why I finished it.
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Emer
This was a perfectly nice book. However for some reason it just didn't hold my attention for very long and I kept having to force myself to keep reading. However I really don't want to write a bad review about this book as I don't think I can be fair in my assessment of it and I don't think it deserves a bad review. There was nothing truly wrong with this book. It was a nicely written story of essentially an ugly duckling becoming a swan.

The story follows Evie and what her life has become after
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Ann
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not really anyone...
Shelves: chick-lit, christmas
I was so excited for this book – I loved the concept and the cover. But, it became clear about a third of the way through that the book was not what I had hoped it would be…

First things first -- Things I loved:

The premise:
---A throw-back girl with a throw-back style, eager to advance her career and save her beloved store (of which she's currently the stockroom girl) by reviving the store, via its decor, to what it was in its prime.
I LOVE this! I love the era our protagonist, Evie, is trying to r
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Sarah Broadhurst
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. A fantastic story, great to reminisce about how department stores used to be, full of history and family members. There is the old fashioned spirit of Christmas and all the magic of shopping in big stores at Christmas time with their special displays. A real nostalgic book that kick starts the Christmas reading for me.

This is the author's, Ali Harris, debut novel and after reading this book I can't wait for the next book!

The main character within the book is Evie,
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Triduana
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-books
I've given this book 2 stars on the basis that I loved the setting for this story. Hardy's sounds like somewhere I would go. It reminds me of my favourite department store from when I was in single figures.

I didn't really like the rest of the book, however. Now, because I don't tend to read much chick-lit because every book I've read of this genre is pretty much the same, I've kept this out of my review because that isn't the fault of the book.

The main issue with this book, for me, was the prota
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Aoife
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Evie Taylor loves her job at Hardy’s department store in the middle of London. It has class and style not to mention history, or at least it did. Hardy’s is failing, and when Evie overhears it’s in danger of closing she’s determined to save it in the run-up up Christmas.

This was a sweet, festive book that made me really wish Hardy’s was real so I could visit in the heart of London, a city I love! I loved all the visual descriptions in this book from the different makeovers Evie complete
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Shaz Goodwin
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Evie really is invisible in the London she inhabits. She’s not called by her correct name at Hardy’s by the staff who visit her in the stockroom to tell her all their problems or by the yummy mummies at the nursery her niece and nephew attend. She also dresses in drab clothing. Evie has cultivated this ‘non identity’ for reasons that become clear to the reader as the story unfolds.

Rupert, the great grandson of the founder, now manages Hardy’s. We get to know Evie’s history with Hardy’s, which is
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Aimee Bates
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: standalones
Despite this taking me forever to actually finish, and the fact that it didn't half feel as though it dragged on for no reason in the middle, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
This book is everything that a book should be to reminisce about old department stores and how they would look at Christmas time, and the hustle and bustle of the festive time of year.

It's a shame that it felt as though some of it was unnecessarily dragged out for no particular reason, but I really can't take anything away from the be
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Hayley
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review written after reading the paperback version from 3 to 5 December 2011

I've given this novel five stars as I absolutely loved the story, it was heart-warming and a perfect Christmas read. However, my copy (which wasn't a proof copy) contained too many errors. There were grammatical errors, words used incorrectly (are instead of our is one example) and details about characters changed halfway through the book. It's a real shame because the story itself is fabulous but the editor and proof re
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Natalie
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: borrowed-books, dnf
Literally nothing is happening.....there's about 5 pages of just her getting changed. It drags, and Evie is doing nothing but complaining. Pages and pages of boring work days.
I can't finish it.
DNF.
Hannah Howard
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
an absolutly amazing book that has had me in tears an giggling (very loudly in inpropriate places ( like coffee shops and on the bus lol)
Hannah
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the gorgeously elegant cover art to the utterly cheerful atmosphere of the entire novel, Miracle on Regent Street is a book that I will definitely be rereading and recommending for years to come and it has got me into the Christmas spirit more than any tinsel or music ever could without needing to vomit Christmas. The entire novel is split into chapters and then days as it counts down the time Hardy's has until store closure and the time Evie has to secretly transform the store and hopefull ...more
Jane
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
“I gaze out of my bedroom window into the dark winter morning as the snowflakes fall softly outside. Is that it? I wonder. It’s not a sudden change in the wind, like the one that carried Mary Poppins to the Banks family, or the tornado that carried Dorothy to Oz, but maybe, just maybe, this downfall is the universe’s way of telling me that my life is about to change …”

That’s Evie Taylor, waking up on the first day of December.

She hasn’t quite got back on her feet since the first boyfriend, who s
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Rhi
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, 3-stars
This is pure chick-lit through and through.
Do I think it's great chick-lit? Not really. Do I want to write a full review on why I don't think it's great chick-lit? Not really?
I'm aware it's the author's first published novel, and I guess perhaps that best sums it up. It reads like a first published novel. And it's not a bad first (chick-lit) novel. Not at all. I have read far worse.

I do love that the author clearly loves London. It's a little frustrating that yet again it is that whole wealthy,
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Cath
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Evie works as stockroom girl in the once-famous store Hardy’s. Now, after hundred years nobody knows the department store anymore and sales numbers are decreasing every day.
Evie is so unnoticed that people don’t even know her real name, but when she overhears a conversation between her boss and the manager in which is said that the store will close soon, Evie comes out of her stockroom and starts changing the shop floor in order to attract new customers. It is nearly Christmas and Evie wants to
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Ellie
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Hardy's is an ageing department store on the wrong side of Regent Street. The weeks before Christmas should be the busiest of the year but there's more staff than customers. It will need a miracle in order to survive. In the depths of the stockroom, Evie has a plan, if only her colleagues can remember her name.

It's certainly a contemporary tale. For many of us, the run up to Christmas is all about the shopping and the decorations. In the last few years hundred of stores similar to Hardy's have c
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Miracle on Regent Street was a light, festive read. Straight from the beginning, we are introduced to London, where Evie works and resides. The story begins on the 1st December and the atmosphere that is created surrounding the festive holiday is almost magical. Harris manages to make London come alive with her vivid descriptions of the city. The Christmas feeling is very clear too, with the sights, sounds and smells being explored throughout the book. Evie is a likeable character, as are her fr ...more
Sara
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I bought this book because I wanted to feel Christmassy (it was my first Christmas spent away from home). It was set in London, which is where I last lived before moving far away. It has a nice front cover, it was supposed to be lightweight chick lit.
Well, I have been in for a surprise.

On one hand, I found Evie sometimes irritating. The way she just takes it all in, whatever life throws at her, irritates me. She does not react, she loves being invisible. Then I realised that this annoys me in
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Sophie
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is a fine example of everything I find stomach-churning about 'chick lit'. Predictable, schmaltzy tripe. Yes great if you want something to get you into the Christmas spirit and don't want to be challenged at all. It's fluffy, festive fun, but the characters need more than descriptions of every stitch of clothing to become 3-dimensional. The main character Evie annoyed me so much - she may be mousey and lack in self-esteem, but would someone really not correct the people she works with for ...more
Jennifer Joyce
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Evie Taylor feels invisible; she's been working at Hardy's for two years yet nobody knows her real name. Instead, they call her Sarah, who was the previous stockroom girl she replaced. But when Evie overhears a conversation between the store's management, revealing the threat of closure of the hundred year old store, Evie knows she must do something to save all their jobs.


First of all the cover (because they are important, despite what we are told about not judging). I loved the cover of this bo
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Alejandra
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy-reading
I don't really have much to say about this book, maybe that I should have read the reviews before I even bought it.

In short, the characters were flat, and Evie was really irritating. At some point at the beginning of the book she seems to be determined to be remembered. Yet, some pages later, she goes back to the 'poor me-but I'm so good' attitude that I found so annoying.

I like retro-vintage, but I got really tired of the detailed description of every character's clothes almost every single tim
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Alison
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have not read a chick-lit in ages! However, during one of my favourite time of the year- Christmas, I wanted a cheerful and adorable read :) A good friend lent me this book and although I was hesitant in reading chick-lit (as I usually stick to historical fiction) I really enjoyed it. Halfway through the book, it slows down a little and the author tends to go into pointless descriptions in some places. The main character although relatable could be a bit frustrating. Some of the events and cha ...more
Aileen
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Evie Taylor is 28, single lives with her sister brother in law and
children. She loves her job she works in Hardy’s department store as a
Stock Room Manager, she knows all about the staff and their families
however hardly anyone seems to know her name or get her name right,
she’s disappointed she didn’t get the promotion she hoped for.Evie
hears Sharon talking to Rupert Hardy unless sales improve Hardy’s may
be sold. American retail consultant Joel Parker asks her out is it the
beginning of a successfu
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Melindam
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I love books on makeovers, even the unbelievable ones & if they get combined with Christmas, yes, please just give them to me.
So, the makeover part on how Evie, the MC, is transforming Hardy's for Christmas is lovely & interesting, even though totally improbable (view spoiler). It kept me reading the book to the end, which is good, for I
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Book-shelf Shelf
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This brings back the real meaning of Christmas, Yes we all want gifts, but a shopping experience to get all the gifts is sometimes the best bit. Here Ali Harris gives us a truly wonderful experience in a shop which has lasted years in the same family. I can picture the company in London which got burned down in the riots earlier this year and wonder if it was similar. I like to think that maybe this could have happened to it if the riots never happened... Bit of a romantic notion I know.
Ali cap
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Pages and Tea
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It's not a genre I read masses of, so I found it a real treat. I loved the seasonal theme, and the fact that it's set in London, a place I adore.
I thought the classic theme of the book, drawing on the flavour of bygone eras to revitalise the faililng department store, was lovely.

Have already passed this one on to a friend and implored her to get reading, I enjoyed it so much.
Kezza22
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Really enjoyed this book although the fact that the main character let people call her by a different name moaned about it but. Ever corrected them got annoying but loved the feel of the storyline and how she met her true love!
Lynsey irvine
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I could picture every single page of the story in my head. Loved the characters, fashion and style, I could imagine myself shopping in a store like that. WE NEED ONE SOMEONE! :0 Looking forward to her next book in 2013 x
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Favourite chick-lit novel read in 2012. Nuff said.
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