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About the Author
Laura Ziepe was born in Essex and has lived there all her life. She had a small part in the first series of The Only Way is Essex but decided a life in front of the cameras wasn’t really for her; she much preferred the dramas she could dream up on her laptop! When she’s not writing, she loves to read, travel, cook and spend time at home Essex with her fiancé and two Chihuahuas, Dolly and Dusty.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first thing I want to know about this book is if the three main characters all work on the same counter in a Department Store how did they manage to have a holiday away together? This is referred to a couple of times in the book and it just stuck with me - we are invited to believe that they became friends through their work and somehow they all managed to get away from a retail job at the same time? Okay, this has nothing to do with the actual story being told and is just a passing background information notation in the text but, 10 days after finishing the book, it has lodged in my head. I found the main story to be a bit of a jumble if I'm being honest and there was quite a lot of frustration involved in reading about the three women. I think that the main bone of contention for me was the title suggests that this is a book about people reaching for their own personal happiness without it relying on others. Instead what we get is the very clear message that a woman cannot be happy without a man - friends are just not enough it seems, so much so that they lie to each other continuously and break their vow about the Christmas Party. May be I am being a bit harsh as the genre this firmly falls in is, after all, one that promotes romance. So with that in mind lets discuss the writing and the plotting. The writing itself is what saved this book for me - it is well paced, funny and did keep me entertained throughout. There is a good understanding of people and everybody in it has a distinct multi-faceted personality that is very difficult to pull off so I applaud the author for this. On the whole the plot was reasonably good, it was just the message at the end when they all partner off that irritated me beyond redemption. Would I read something else by this author? Well, YES, yes I would and happily.
Rachel returned home one evening after work to her boyfriend Mark telling her he no longer loves her and that he thinks he should split up. Turning to her best friend for comfort, Rachel gets a shock when she discovers that the reason for him no longer loving her is that he is in love with someone else and the two have been having an affair behind her back for the past two months. Grace has had enough of feeling like a doormat and cook, maid and bottle washer for her lazy husband Simon. She has had the talk with him before about being unappreciated, this time she has had enough and decides it’s time the two split up. However, Simon might have more love in him that Grace ever realised as he’s not about to leave their marriage without a fight. Amber has just returned from her three weeks holiday in Thailand and back to work to discover both Grace and Rachel looking pretty miserable. Not great given the fact they work on a cosmetics stand in a department store. She also finds out her best friend Jack is getting married and can’t understand why she feels so terrible about it. Surely the two are only just friends and would never have been anything more? With Christmas fast approaching the three women decide that being single is the best, especially at this time of year and ban all men until New Year, but can they keep their promise? ‘Tis the Season to be Single is a lot of fun. Yes, there are a few down moments, but there is also a lot of humour too. All three women are delightful in their own way and each is so different from the other. The book moves along at a nice pace and all I can say is so much for staying away from men, if that is them staying away I don’t know what the book would have been like if they were full on in the dating mood!! If you are looking for a festive book with a great plot, well written and with a wonderful cast of characters, then this is the book for you.