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Fall Girl

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Dr Ella Canfield, evolutionary biologist, is seeking funding for a highly unorthodox research project. Daniel Metcalf is a good-looking, expensively dishevelled millionaire. Problem number one: There is no such person as Dr Ella Canfield. Problem number two: Della Gilmore, professional con artist, has never met anyone like Daniel Metcalf before.
Published November 1st 2010 by Text Publishing (first published October 25th 2010)
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Della is a professional con-artist who was trained at a young age of 6 by her family of con-artist to rip off innocent people. Daniel Metcalf was her biggest job to date. She needs to convince him to invest millions of dollars into a scientific project to prove that Tasmanian tigers still exist. This should be easy enough for Della as she’s put in a lot of effort and research into this job. But things are not falling into place as she expected. She has feelings for Daniel that she’s never ...more
I've never yet been disappointed by Toni Jordan's books, so I thought I need to read all of them! FALL GIRL was such an unexpected fun read for me, which shows Jordan's versatility as a writer. This one was definitely on the lighter side, and contained a soft sprinkling of romance, which normally is a total no-no for me, but worked well in this context. I immediately fell in love with our MC, Della. Quirky, fearless, smart and with a certain innocence that comes from an unusual upbringing in a ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Fall Girl’ was the 2011 novel from Australian author, Toni Jordan.

Yes – this is my newfound Toni Jordan obsession continuing. Deliciously. Deliriously. Thanks to the character of Della Gilmore.

‘Fall Girl’ is indeed all about a family of scam-artists (emphasis on *artist*) and young woman Della who had a most unconventional upbringing, learning from her Fagin-esque father all the tricks of the scam trade. When we meet her she’s in the midst of her biggest haul yet – for a scientific grant
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Fall Girl”, the latest novel by Toni Jordan, is the sort of book you can’t stop reading, yet you don’t want it to end. This book has a bit of everything: humour, intrigue, romance, sexual tension, witty dialogue, characters you can’t help liking, even a chase! When I read the summary on the back cover, I thought I could predict which way the plot would go, but I was in for a few surprises. Jordan deals with a few issues on the way: knowing who you really are; what you tell yourself about your ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 out of 5.

This novel was refreshing and original.

Set in Australia, Della is a con artist. Her whole family are con artists: including extended family members.

So you can imagine how her view of the world is a bit skewed, to say the least.

Enter Daniel Metcalf, her next con job.

Except, there is something not quite right.

Because as a con artist, Della can read her victims pretty well. But she isn't getting a good read on Daniel.

While I didn't enjoy the ending much, it was original.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Very clever - who is the scammer and who is being scammed?
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from the author after listening to her at a seminar. I loved her 1st book "Addition" and this one too is fantastic. The main character is a lovable con woman after a big sting. She finds herself in deeper than she would like. A great story idea and a lovely free writing style. After getting it personally signed and an interesting chat with Toni this one will stay on my bookshelves!
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2010
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This is a novel of a professional con artist who have been raised to be one and who's future seems bleak unless she follows the footsteps of her family by being one. Della Gilmore, also known as "Dr. Ella Confield', will be doing yet the most important job that could make her parents proud by walking away with a quarter of a million of donation.

I really like the whole concept of the story! I thought it's going to bored me to death with the silly love games of indecisiveness but there's other
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fall Girl I knew it wasn't a mistake on picking up this book. I was in a book sale and I spotted this book when I was about to head for the cashier. It must be fate.

Fall Girl follows Dr Ella Canfield, an evolutionary biologist with incredible qualifications. She meets millionaire Daniel Metcalf for her research's funding. The problem here is, there is no such person as Ella Canfield. However, there is Della Gilmore, a professional con artist. As much as Della thought she could finish her task
Lisa Walker
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s not to love about a good romantic comedy? You know that the girl’s going to get the guy and there’ll be some laughs along the way. Toni Jordan has positioned herself as the thinking woman’s rom com author of choice. Her first novel, Addition, was a best seller and Fall Girl is a worthy follow up.
The plot centres on Della Gilmore, part of a family of con-artists, as she attempts to pull off the biggest con of her life. Her ‘mark’ is Daniel Metcalf, a millionaire with a penchant for the
Lizzy Chandler
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, aww-challenge
Gambling, Greed and Gullibility

Fall Girl by Toni Jordan is a mixture of romantic comedy, mystery, chick lit and fable, with an underlying Cinderella-cum-Robin Hood motif. The Cinders-Robin character is “Ella” – although that’s only one of the aliases she uses. Ella is an honourable young woman, in her own way, almost an innocent abroad, despite her years’ experience as a “grifter”. She, along with her circus-retinue-like family, have put the “artist” into “con artist”, as Jordan writes, and made
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Della lives in an extended family of con artists in Melbourne, Australia. She has never attended school or done anything else that would give her a public record. The family live off the proceeds of their various stings, taking turns to mastermind or play support roles for one another. Della has developed a plan to get $25,000 in a research grant from a Trust which funds offbeat scientific studies. The Trust is headed by a handsome millionaire named Daniel Metcalf.

This is an intriguing and
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely refreshing read, made me smile and laugh... Loved it.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book rather addictive - devoured in a matter of days
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A surprisingly good book.
Kathleen Grace
This is such an original story, I hadn't ever come across a light read with this kind of plot before. However I kept waiting to get past the introductions and for the real story to begin, and when I looked at the spine and saw I was already half way through the book I realised I wasn't going to get a knock out, all consuming read. I was a little disappointed because it really is such an interesting plot.

I think that character of Daniel could have been explored, definitely at the end, although
Margaret Cahill
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have officially become a Toni Jordan fan. We've moved area and I thought I'd join the local library as it's so close - and hopefully it will save me a load of money as I read so fast. Talking about reading fast, I really couldn't put this one down. I hadn't heard of Toni Jordan before so started out with an open mind, but within a page I realised she could actually write, and I was hooked. A fascinating look into a world I know exists but I've never experienced (probably lucky for me!), and with ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can imagine this book as a movie - loveable rogues; funny, appealing, yet down to earth protagonists; family intrigue; and satisfying ending. It could have done with being a little more fleshed out in its final chapters - it came to a rather all-too-fast conclusion. Where is this Metcalf character in real life? I’m eager to meet him. Totally recommend it as a great holiday read - highly entertaining, fun and weightless. It was my first Toni Jordan book, guaranteeing it won’t be the last!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, fiction
The concept for this novel was intriguing, but somehow the execution was lacking. I didn't really like Della, or Daniel, or really anyone in this book. I didn't feel much sympathy for Della's family and their way of life, I didn't feel the sexual energy that was supposedly between Della and Daniel, and I didn't feel much of anything when the story was all wrapped up.
Chloe Simpson-White
This book was good for the setting and the premise was interesting. unfortunately the characters were rather bland and the pace dragged like no one's business until the last few chapters, then it felt forced and pushed.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good fun read!
Kristin Alford
Fun read of evolutionary biology, scans and attraction
Janet Camilleri
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. This is the second book I've read by Toni Jordan and I have an enormous respect for her as a master story teller.
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I noticed Fall Girl by Toni Jordan on Amazon earlier this year I was intrigued. I’d never heard of Toni before, but when I read the synopsis of Fall Girl I really, really wanted to read it. It sounded really different to any Chick Lit novels I’d ever read before so when I saw it available as an e-book I downloaded it to my Kindle and started it immediately, because it sounded totally awesome and totally brilliant.

Fall Girl is Toni Jordan’s second novel and is reminiscent of Hustle (the UK
Charlotte Lea
Good love story, would read again.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really took me by surprise. I thought it was going to be a brainless chic lit but it turned into something deeper and more interesting. It's still an easy read though. I would recommend it as a good present.
Cheyenne Blue
I was given a signed copy of this, so although it falls loosely into 'chick lit' (not my normal read), I figured I'd give it a go. Plus it's Australian. Set in Victoria. And it has good reviews.

Basic plot is professional scammer, Della, (from an eclectic family of professional scammers) poses as a evolutionary biologist to gain a grant to track down the extinct Tasmanian Tiger in Wilson's Prom national park. Of course it's a scam - she's going to get the dosh and disappear. As it's a chicklit
I was so eager to read Toni Jordan's second novel after loving Addition. And again it's a romance with a twist.

This time Della (or Ella?) who comes from a long line of professional con-artists, is hoping to seduce Daniel, a millioniare from a well-known Melbourne family, out of a grant for her fictional quest to discover the mysterious Tasmanian tiger alive and well in Wilsons Promontory National Park. Whilst keeping up the act of a Harvard-educated evoluntionary biologist Della soon starts to
Jo Case
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aus-authors, novel, humour
In some families, there are longstanding traditions of things like barracking for Collingwood, or eating Brussels sprouts at Christmas. In Fall Girl, the family traditions are a little less innocuous: Della Gilmore comes from a long line of con artists, and their newest sting is her biggest yet.

Daniel Metcalf is a tremendously rich man who heads the Metcalf Trust, a fund that donates to scientific projects that are a little outside the norm. Enter Dr Ella Canfield, an evolutionary biologist
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Toni was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school (Seven Hills State School) but by high school (Lourdes Hill College) had become a science nerd. After leaving school, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, which she completed part time after almost failing due to a preoccupation with chasing boys.

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