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Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 576 Pages.

Published: 01 March 2012 by HarperCollins

ISBN: 0007260822

EAN: 9780007260829

From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as they're discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they're separated. Alex's family moves from Dublin to America – and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie's lost without her best friend. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever – and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each other's lives but neither of them knows whether their friendship can really survive the years and miles – as well as new relationships. And at the back of Rosie's mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them out of each others’ arms, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything – including their friendship – for true love?

Destiny, Alex and Rosie discover, is a funny thing and fate isn't quite done with them yet…


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A long running romance

Since Harry met Sally we have known that a man and a woman cannot be "just friends". From the beginning of this story when Rosie and Alex are just five years old we know that they are fated to be together .... eventually. But fate (via the author) puts some sizable barriers in the way - missed flights, pregnancy, misunderstandings, pride, ex-boyfriends appearing at the wrong moment, marriage, the Atlantic ocean, undelivered letters, etc. etc. Everything that could possibly get in the way of their relationship becoming romantic and consumated does. Most romance novels are content with only one barrier to romance, or at the most two, but in this book we seem to have all of them possible thrown at the story.

Along the way to the inevitable happy ending we become very involved with the lives of our main characters and their friends and families. This is a book full of interesting people with whom it is easy to identify and lots of incident.

The story is told as a series of letters, e-mails, cards, instant messages and other written forms of communication. This is often difficult to pull off as most people do not immediately write down all their innermost thoughts and, therefore, sometimes it can be seen as unbelievable. The epilogue is told as straight narrative, the only piece in the book, and I think that it jars, as if the author has lost the courage of her convictions. In truth, I particularly like this type of story telling and the format of the book raised this from a three star to a four star book for me.

Very readable, totally engaging ... you will be hoping and cheering for true love to be recognised and become frustrated with the author as she hinders it.

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