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Fall Girl

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  516 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
'The secret to having people give you money is to act as though you don't want it.'

Meet Ella Canfield, highly qualified evolutionary biologist. Attractive, if a little serious-looking in those heavy glasses—but then she's about to put her career on the line. Dr Canfield is seeking funding for a highly unorthodox research project. She wants to prove that an extinct animal
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sceptre (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 experi ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘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 bein
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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 p ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 as
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2010
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Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Lizzy Chandler
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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)
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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 origi
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely refreshing read, made me smile and laugh... Loved it.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book rather addictive - devoured in a matter of days
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?
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A surprisingly good book.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, australian
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.
Kristin Alford
Fun read of evolutionary biology, scans and attraction
Bewertung: 2.5 / 5.0

Della Gilmore ist in eine Familie hineingeboren worden, die sich das Betrügen zum Beruf gemacht hat. Vom Täuschen von Passanten auf der Straße bis zum Verscherbeln erfundener Grundstücke ist an Missetaten alles mit dabei. Und auch Della hat mit ihrer Betrügerkarriere früh angefangen und demnach schon vieles miterlebt. Jetzt aber steht sie vor einem Fall, der ertragreicher ist, als die bisherigen – aber auch aufwendiger. Und gerade ihr Täuschungsopfer Daniel Metcalf is
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 T
Charlotte Lea
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Good love story, would read again.
Lisa Walker
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 T
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stellt euch mal vor, ihr wolltet jemanden von der Vorstellung überzeugen, euch ein 25.000,- Dollar-Stipendium zu geben, sei eine gute Idee. Und stellt euch mal weiter vor, dieses Opfer genösse die Vorstellung euch ein Stipendium zu geben sei eine so gute Idee, dass der Einsatz sogar noch auf 250.000,- Dollar erhöht wird. Dafür müsst ihr als Stadtpflanze nur übers Wochenende campen und das Opfer von euren wissenschaftlichen Qualitäten überzeugen. Wäre das nicht eine coole Vorstellung? Und ü
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia
Dr. Ella Canfield hat als Evolutionsbiologin beste Referenzen, mit denen sie sich um Forschungsmittel aus einer Stiftung bewirbt. Ausgerechnet den seit 70 Jahren ausgestorbenen Tasmanischen Tiger, einen Beutelwolf, will sie erforschen. Ella wirkt gleichermaßen selbstbewusst und sonderbar, so als wollte die Rolle der Wissenschaftlerin ihr in ihrem jugendlichen Alter noch nicht passen. Della (so ihr richtiger Name) ist eine gewiefte Trickbetrügerin. Sie hat nicht in Harvard geforscht, wie sie beha ...more
Cheyenne Blue
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ro
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 r
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 wit
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This romantic comedy was different than what I was expecting; it surprised me and surpassed them. It was interesting to read about an experienced con girl fall for her mark. Della Gilmore is after a $25,000 grant from a wealthy millionaire. Daniel Metcalf is a wealthy orphan and in charge of writing the check Dell, or rather Dr. Ella Canfield is after. Della isn't the only one in on the scam. Her entire family is involved in bringing her plan to fruition. Unexpectedly, things change when Daniel ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: australia
I don't usually read books like this. It's what you might call a light read. The kind of book you might read on holiday or to kill the time on a flight. I've been reading some heavy books lately and decided a light read was exactly what I needed.

Della comes from a family of con artists and under a bit of pressure to pull off a big score she finds her self getting a bit too involved with her latest mark, millionaire Daniel Metcalf. As the con gets bigger and bigger Della realises that Daniel is
Sid Nuncius
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This enjoyable book seemed rather like an episode of Hustle written by Richard Curtis - which is just fine by me. It is an amusing light comedy which I thoroughly enjoyed in a throwaway kind of way.

The central character is Della, who is single and attractive. She and her family are lifelong professional con-artists in Melbourne, Australia and she is engaged on a sting involving a single, attractive millionaire. It's not hard to guess what is going to happen between them, and I also found other p
Kay Hart
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this rather humorous breezy take on the life of a family of con artists. In the person of Ella Canfield whose really Della Gilmore a member of this amazing family the writer explores the dilemma of what happens when love enters the mix, particularly when the subject of attraction is not a member of the community of those who seek to dupe others to make their living.

The writing style is handled with a light touch although the sub-text of the tale touches on the morality of the
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Della comes from a family of con-artists, and is busy tricking wealthy Daniel into believing she was a biologist, ready to proove that some extinct animal, the Tasmanian tiger, still exists if only she had some funding for her studies. Things go well untill he wants to spend a weekend with her and her assistants in the bush on the site of the studies. Neither Della nor her relatives who pose as her PhD students know much about biology and even less about campping or hiking.

The story and the way
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't think it's giving too much away to say that this is a story about a tells you that much in the blurb on the back of the book. To tell you what the hustle is, well, that would be giving too much away. But imagine trying to sell someone the Sydney Harbour Bridge (or the Golden Gate Bridge). It's kind of colossal in the extent to which it is unbelievable (or maybe I'm just too much of a cynic!) That is where, however, Jordan's skill as a writer comes in. Just like a hustler, she ...more
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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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