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In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticised and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is
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Published June 18th 2013 by Across the Pond Press (first published February 21st 2013)
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
This book was fun British Chick-Lit at its best. I keep saying that I do not like British books, but keep finding books that me a liar! This story is total Mayhem (a state of rowdy disorder) from beginning to end, and totally fun! This book has a great little mystery to it, and to be honest - I was very much surprised at the end.

Great character development. I didn't even really like the main character but I wanted to keep reading just to find out what more trouble she and her friends could possi
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Ellie Campbell
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From the author:

What do you do if you're a thirty-something, not-yet-back-in-the-workforce mother, who discovers someone is mailing love postcards to her husband? Well in my case I used it for inspiration to write Looking for La La and roped in my sister Lorraine to work on it with me. The novel gives a humorous look on the ups and downs of married life, the importance of having a lot of female friends who like to drink wine wrapped up in a mystery suspense package. I never did discover who sent
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
Who the heck is La La and why on earth is she making Cathy's life hellishly unbearable? Go on an amazingly funny, brilliant and entertaining ride with Cathy (the neurotic and humorous main character) and her crazy cast of friends and neighbors! Looking for La La is so much more than British Romantic Comedy at it's best, but also a story about the fractures of marriage, facing ones own insecurities and learning to find happiness within one's life! I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to rea ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
There are a lot of catty women in "Looking for La La" and while I'm not normally a fan of catty women as they always seem to be written as evil without purpose, the women in this story are very real. Not everyone in a group of friends will like each other and they'll be civil to stay friends with the key person but civil doesn't mean nice. Their conflicts with each other made these women simply a lot of fun to read. Despite the extensive cast of characters, we get to know the people with whom Ca ...more
Matu Nila
This was a bit different. For me the book started a bit slow, but after I got into it, it took me straight to early hours of a day before I could put it down.

I felt really sorry for Cathy; I guess life can get pretty boring if you're a stay-at-home mom (no need to get angry, I understand this is not the case for every mother out there) and you might have a bit too much time just to think. And at least in my case that's never a good thing..

There were really happy moments as well as exciting, sa
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Melissa Stephan
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a result of winning a Goodreads First-Reads Giveaway. The first part of this review is spoiler free and the second will contain some spoilers.

I would call this book appropriate for 16+, it has some swearing and raunchiness and sexual innuendo but nothing too graphic to turn your hair gray. I would recommend this book mostly to the "hopeless romantic" type or to mums who need a good laugh because it is very focused on the intricacies of marriage and being a stay-at-home m
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Charlotte Lynn
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Stay at home mom, Cathy, is majorly stressed out. Her hubby Declan does not appreciate her. He is working extra hours with his younger sexy secretary. When notecards start arriving with the signature of LaLa, Cathy starts getting worried about her life and her marriage.

This is a novel of catty women. All of Cathy's so called friends are civil to each other but not really nice to each other. Each of their Tuesday Twice Monthlies meeting had alcohol and gossip as their main topic. These meetings l
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Laura
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ellie Campbell is actually a pseudonym for two writers- sisters Pam and Lorraine. The story was inspired by Pam's husband who started to receive anonymous love postcards.

When Cathy discovers a letter written to her husband signed off from someone called La La, Cathy decides to start investigating with her best friend Raz. It is a hot topic of conversation with Cathy's Mothers Restaurant Research Group and at first Cathy is more happy that it might bring some excitement into her life rather than
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Silvana
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your husband receives love postcards?
Cathy and Declan are in marriage have two kids and they had perfect life. Cathy is home staying mum with many obligations like every mum. She cares about her children, cooks, ironing and does all domestic things, but always something missing. She wants to find a job and to pay attention to herself a little bit, but is not simple because her husband doesn’t like that idea.
Declan is alpha man in the house or he thinks that he is. He has a c
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Kylie
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Looking for La La was not quite what I expected. From the description I was expecting one of my usual chick lit/detective books, but to be honest it was really just chick lit. There was a "mystery" storyline, but although this is what formed the title of the book, it was really a minor storyline used to connect the lives of the characters.

Cathy is a nearly 40 year old stay at home mum who has lost her identity and her purpose now that her youngest child is in school. A random postcard sent to h
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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like when women aren't just a decoration character. They are more than the eye-candy on the arm of our hero or the damsel that needs rescuing because of some fault in her own judgement that has left her in this peril. What these sisters (Ellie) do is craft characters that have weight. They aren't wallflowers, no. They're a group of real-life women.

Cathy is an amazing character. One we don't necessarily want to know, but by the end we are right there with her. She speaks out to elements inside
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Ellie Campbell
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
What do you do if you're a thirty-something, not-yet-back-in-the-workforce mother, who discovers someone is mailing love postcards to her husband? Well in my case I used it for inspiration to write Looking for La La and roped in my sister Lorraine to work on it with me. The novel gives a humorous look on the ups and downs of married life, the importance of having a lot of female friends who like to drink wine wrapped up in a mystery suspense package. I never did discover who sent my husband the ...more
Mary
This is one of those books that ended better than it started, I might even have given it three stars. But probably not because I just can't stand the main character to be so weak for the majority of the story. Dragged at the beginning but there were funny moments so I'm giving it 2 stars.
Sophie (Blogger)
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review of Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell

About Looking for La La -

In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticized and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically however with the arrival of a heavily-lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked? Whatever - it will definitely prove
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Melanie
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
For years Cathy has been a stay at home Mum, but both of her children are now in school. Her Husband, Declan thinks she should get a job, as have many of the other Mother's she knows. They have a cleaner, so she doesn't need to stay at home to do that and the kids are in school, so she doesn't need to be home all day to care for them but Cathy is not quite ready to return to work and she's not quite sure what career path she wishes to follow. She is reminiscent of her fun youth, the life that he ...more
Anne
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't think that I'm quite the target market for Looking For La La, the latest novel from two sisters who write together under the name Ellie Campbell. I'm in my late forties and have never had kids, so the school-gate politics of the Mummy group is quite alien to me. I live in a small market town in rural Lincolnshire, so again, don't really identify with the professional city-dwellers that populate this story. However, despite really really taking an instant dislike to Cathy, the main charac ...more
Kristy Gillespie
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fielding is one of my favorite books & Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell (a pseudonym for sister writing team Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell) had similar laugh out loud British humour. My first lol moment is when Cathy reminisces about meeting her now husband, Declan. They had several meetings before they went on a date. One run-in occurred in the grocery store where Cathy is looking for obscure items. She admits to Declan that the grocery list she's using is ...more
Elaine
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny-haha
This is a very good read about a woman, Cathy, who is at that stage in life where the kids are both at school and all the other mums around her in the school playground all seem to be getting jobs and leaving her behind as the only stay at home mum. She has that feeling, which all mothers have had at around about that time, of being undervalued, taken for granted and bored to tears. She knows she really should get a job, but she just doesn't want to.

Cathy is a fantastic character and there are b
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Katey Lovell
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The cover image of a madcap lady with manic eyes peeping over a fence reminded me of myself on a particularly stressful bad hair day...maybe this could be a book I could relate to?







Looking for La La is the story of Cathy. A wife and mother struggling to retain her own identity in the hectic world of school runs, housework and other necessities of life, Cathy feels tired and unfulfilled. When flirtatious postcards addressed to her husband start arriving, Cathy feels even more threatened-could he b
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Christy
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love to read British Chick-Lit, then Looking for La La is one you need to put on the top of your to read list! It is filled with great characters and hilarious, yet believable scenes.

What would you do if someone started mailing postcard love letters to your husband? Would you laugh it off, or would you go looking for the sender? I'm not sure what I'd do, but my life certainly isn't as exciting as Cathy's! I'm sure all of what she goes through in the story would send me over the edge! I d
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Wendy Janes
Now Cathy’s two kids are at school, life is pretty predictable, with nothing much more to tax her than the usual demands of motherhood and the nagging feeling that she should find herself a job. Then the first postcard from La La arrives, and her life starts to go haywire.

Cathy plays both super-sleuth and scatty mum in this story that mixes elements of high farce with moments of genuine emotion. Sometimes the mix doesn’t quite gel or the humour feels a little forced, but there are some scenes th
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R.G.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I think to some degree I may not fit into the target audience for this book. I don't have kids, and I haven't been married that long, so there's a lot in here I can't really relate to and I felt a bit disconnected from. However, I could easily relate to the feelings of jealousy that at times arise even when you know you might be overreacting, and the fear of losing the person you love most in the world. What really drove this book is the wonder of who La La might be, and what their aim is in try ...more
Debbie
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Looking for La La is best read before reading To Catch a Creeper.

And I would recommend for women, between the ages of 30 and 60 who have been in a long term relationship or who have been married.


4.5 stars

Looking For La La is a brilliant story which relates to life in the real world. If you have ever had children and you have split with the father you will relate to this book, like I have. Well written it has inspired me to enjoy reading again. Very impressed and would recommend as light hearted
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E.L. Lindley
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn to Looking for La La by the front cover, which is spectacular. The book begins, however, with a sort of dedication to mothers and I have to confess that, as a non-mother, my heart sank. I needn’t have worried though as this hilarious romp is not likely to feature on the Mumsnet reading list. From the opening page, I loved the dysfunctional heroine Cathy and her merry band of pals.

This is a story essentially about women and the intense relationships, both the friendship and
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Kristin Scearce
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cathy is a stay-at-home mom, but that's starting to be an issue for her husband. He thinks all she does is sit at home all day, now that both kids are in school most of the day. He harps on her about joining the workforce again, but she has her own issues and reasons for not wanting to go along with it. Then, random postcards start arriving in the post from a person called "La La," talking about Cathy's husband. Is he having an af
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Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
As a stay-at-home mom of her two children, Cathy doesn't exactly have the most exciting life. However, that is all about to change. In Looking for La La by Ellie Campbell, postcards signed by a mysterious La La begin arriving for Cathy's husband, Declan. What does any sane woman do in this situation? Of course, Cathy starts to freak out a little and is determined to find out who this La La person is and if, in fact, Declan is really having an affair. As Cathy continues her hunt for this person, ...more
Paige
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, you just need to read a really good chick lit book. Well, at least I do. One like this book, that it doesn't really matter that you're not the exact target age group because it's just that good--they don't come along too often. I absolutely loved this book!

Now, I'm going to be perfectly honest. The reason I decided to read this book was the cover. That's unusual for me, to decide I'm going to read a book before even reading the synopsis. Something about it just jumped out at me, thou
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Agi
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
3.5 stars.
I received this book from the author for review.
It is the first Ellie Campbell's (pseudonym for two sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell) that I have read. Te idea of the book, looking for La La, was very intriguing. But, to be totally honest, there was not much about looking for the mystery La La itself. If there was, it was not too original.
On the other hand, the story is a total chaos, full of original, witty, funny dialogues and surprises. There are a lot of characters in this
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Sheri
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for La La by Ellie Campbell

Cathy is a stay-at-home Mom and bored with her life. When her husband Declan receives a postcard with lipstick on it and signed "Love La La", Cathy's guard is up. Is her husband having an affair? Cathy starts to investigate, and soon more letters arrive.

With the help of her friends, she is determined to find out who La La is and if her husband is cheating. What she doesn't know and will find out, is everyone has secrets. Not only are there secrets, but it turn
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Marilou George
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Ellie Campbell gives the reader a quirky yet insightful glimpse at a stay at home mom who is facing personal struggles. ‘Looking for La La’ is filled with British humor and intrigue making it a fun read that touches on some serious issues many stay at home and working mothers can relate to.

Cathy is a stay at home mom who feels unappreciated and is obviously stressed out. She has a group of friends that she assumes will support her only to find out their hidden secrets and dramas convince her tha
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Ellie Campbell is the author name for two sisters, Lorraine Campbell and Pam Burks, who write together collaborating by phone and email from Surrey, UK and Colorado, USA. They have published six novels, How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch a Creeper, Million Dollar Question and Meddling With Murder. They also have published a collection of short storie ...more
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