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Laying The Ghost

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  129 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
When Nell was a student, she and Patrick were a serious item. They were inseparable, and she really thought he was The One. But then Alex came along - the safer, more restful option - and thanks to her over-controlling mother, she opted for him instead. But now, Alex has left her to live in New York with a younger, blonder woman. Escaping to the Caribbean for a recuperativ ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 28th 2008 by Black Swan (first published July 1st 2007)
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May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Felt like something light, this wasn't a bad choice. Author has a nice way with words, and this flows along well.
Couldn't overly relate to the main character, who is a newly single mum with a teenage daughter, but I liked her. Was really interested to see how Patrick ended up - to this 80's fan, his description was very attractive. I was disappointed he never actually appears!
I also thought something more could have been done with the Mimi and Tess subplot.
Overall, this was a nic
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I read one of Judy Astley's books, and I'd forgotten just how much I enjoy them. The insightful humour that really hits the spot makes these books a very enjoyable read. I could identify with the main character of this book in many ways. I read this as an e-book and the ending came upon me very suddenly. It was quite abrupt, but also quite perfect.
The Cats Mother
I don't read much of this kind of thing but needed a break from violent death and this has been on my bookclub pile for ages and looked like a quick easy read, which it was. Nell returns from holiday with her teenage daughter after her husband has left her for another woman, is mugged at the airport and decides to take a self-defense class and look up her ex. Most of the book is about the trials of having a 15-year old and feeling sorry for yourself, but it's obvious from the first paragraph he' ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Judy Astley has a very clever knack of writing about things that are happening all around us, right this very minute, not last year or last decade like so many writers of contemporary women's fiction do. This funny (but also maybe a little sad) story is about the wisdom of getting in touch with old boyfriends. It's about hope versus reality, told with humour and sensitivity - it's vintage Astley and I loved it!
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I liked Nell from the start. I felt sad for her becuase I feel like I'll end up going through the same thing. It's strange that you never actually get to meet Patrick in the book as he's mentioned loads. I clocked Steve as being a bit off straight away. Good read :)
June Jones
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
To slow for me.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Enjoyable enough quick read.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An easy read, slightly over detailed in places especially in description of decor. I enjoyed it and would read more by the same author.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were moments where the book was ok but mostly it was really dull to read.
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Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other Peoples Husbands, are all published by Transworld/Black Swan. Judys specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love-a ...more
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