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    • ISBN:9781409107446
    • Publication date:23 Dec 2009

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Erica James

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After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

Charlotte Lawrence, widowed at thirty-four, decides to return to all things pre-Peter, and that means moving back to the Cheshire village of her childhood.

It also means exchanging a clinical company flat for the pretty but overgrown garden of Ivy Cottage, and the constant attentions of her interfering sister Hilary.

Most of all it means Alex, Ivy Cottage's drop-dead-gorgeous tenant, with whom Hilary is determined Charlotte should find love anew, and whose charming exterior hides his own secret tragedy...

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  • ISBN: 9780752883458
  • Publication date: 01 May 2008
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Orion
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