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The queen of new beginnings / Erica James.

By: James, Erica, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Charnwood series.Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2011Edition: Large print edition.Description: 576 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444805789; 1444805789.Subject(s): Authors, English -- Fiction | Voice actors and actresses -- FictionGenre/Form: General fiction. | Large type books.
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Clayton Miller's life is a mess. One of the country's best comedy scriptwriters, his career has stalled. His girlfriend has left him for his ex-best friend and ex-writing partner. When he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is hounded by the press, his agent banishes him to a remote country house until the dust settles... Alice Shoemaker is a voiceover artist who habitually avoids telling the truth. She's agreed to help a friend, by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House. She suspects that Clayton has something to hide. But equally, so does she... As they discover the truth about each other, an unlikely friendship is formed and secrets are revealed, until Alice discovers the worst kind of betrayal.
Summary: Clayton Miller's life is a mess. One of the country's best comedy scriptwriters, his career has stalled. His girlfriend has left him for his ex-best friend and ex-writing partner. When he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is hounded by the press, his agent banishes him to a remote country house until the dust settles... Alice Shoemaker is a voiceover artist who habitually avoids telling the truth. She's agreed to help a friend, by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House. She suspects that Clayton has something to hide. But equally, so does she... As they discover the truth about each other, an unlikely friendship is formed and secrets are revealed, until Alice discovers the worst kind of betrayal.
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Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled and his long term girlfriend has left him. Just when he thinks his life can't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is banished to the middle of nowhere until the dust settles.

Clayton Miller's life is a mess. One of the country's best comedy scriptwriters, his career has stalled. His girlfriend has left him for his ex-best friend and ex-writing partner. When he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is hounded by the press, his agent banishes him to a remote country house until the dust settles... Alice Shoemaker is a voiceover artist who habitually avoids telling the truth. She's agreed to help a friend, by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House. She suspects that Clayton has something to hide. But equally, so does she... As they discover the truth about each other, an unlikely friendship is formed and secrets are revealed, until Alice discovers the worst kind of betrayal.

Clayton Miller's life is a mess. One of the country's best comedy scriptwriters, his career has stalled. His girlfriend has left him for his ex-best friend and ex-writing partner. When he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and is hounded by the press, his agent banishes him to a remote country house until the dust settles... Alice Shoemaker is a voiceover artist who habitually avoids telling the truth. She's agreed to help a friend, by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House. She suspects that Clayton has something to hide. But equally, so does she... As they discover the truth about each other, an unlikely friendship is formed and secrets are revealed, until Alice discovers the worst kind of betrayal.

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Lately, life has dealt Alice Shoemaker and Clayton Miller some heavy blows. While prickly Clayton's superstar writing career has unraveled, thanks to a messy and public break with his girlfriend as well as his professional partner, gentle and secretive voice-actress Alice has found herself back in her childhood hometown and mired in the bitter memories that haunt it. A chance meeting of the two leads to an unlikely friendship and to Alice opening up about her eccentric parents, her chilly stepfamily (including her equally charming and craven stepbrother), and the chain of events that tore them apart. As Alice and Clayton draw closer together, Clayton is drawn back to the keyboard, unbeknownst to Alice. While this story could well have ended in disaster, James opts for a happy ending that, for the most part, is sensitive and honest, even though it lets some characters off too easily while condemning others too harshly. The writing is sometimes weighed down by obvious metaphors and needless repetition, but sharp dialogue and sharper characterization shine throughout.--Vanderhooft, JoSelle Copyright 2010 Booklist