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Welcome to the Real World

by Carole Matthews

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I have read quite a number of Carole Matthews' book and this book definitely is not one of her best. Basically, the story evolved about Fern and by reading the synopsis, one would have thought that Evan's character is also one of the main characters. However, it was not because, the story focused mainly on Fern and her life. I like Fern, very much so when she decided to reject the reality singing competition for the reason that the producer wanted her to ditch her companion, Carl for the game. It just so to me how humble and good she is for choosing her friend rather than popularity that may change her and her family life.

I was rather dissappointed though with the way Carole's write about the relationship between Fern and Evan which are rather sporadic at times and with such mentions, the relationship between them is rather unrealistic to me. However, i do like the supposedly wedding between Lana and Evan at the end of the book. I really thought that Evans is marrying Lana and was rather dissappointed. ;) Overall, the book is nice and is an easy read with low intensity in terms of conflicts and really suitable to read during summer holidays! ( )
1 vote jolzyn | May 11, 2012 |
Having LOVED The Chocolate Lover's Club, this one was never going to live up to it.. but it was still a great, fun read.

Carole has a knack of writing warm, believeable characters, even if they're rich opera singers! The most loveable, however, is Fern.. who has to deal with a grotty flat, a sick nephew, and hilarious parents!

One of the things I love about these books is the sense of humour that runs through them. Carole proves, however, that she can also write very touching moments.

All in all, a fun, light read when you need to relax. ( )
1 vote michelle_bcf | May 11, 2007 |
This book was okay - just basic chick lit, really, nothing to recommend it beyond that. I felt like I was reading a watered-down Marian Keyes novel sometimes... ( )
  superblondgirl | Apr 12, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373895720, Paperback)

International bestselling author Carole Matthews brings her unparalleled wit, warmth and wisdom to a fresh venue -- the highly competitive world of professional music -- in a new, un-put-downable romantic comedy set in London and Los Angeles.

Scraping by for years on pub gigs and odd jobs, Fern Kendal has always suspected she might actually have a decent voice. But caring for her feuding parents and sickly nephew took all her energy -- until now. During one crazy week, she lands a spot on the reality television talent show Fame Game and a glam new job as personal assistant to world-famous singer Evan David.

Fern's handsome new boss lives in the spotlight, but memories of a childhood tragedy keep Evan from truly enjoying all he's achieved. Though flanked by a hovering entourage and adoring fans, he feels isolated and set apart. That is, until free-spirited Fern is added to the mix. Though she can't seem to master her assistant duties, Fern brings a rare smile to Evan's face and makes him long to rejoin the real world.

Through a twist of fate, Evan becomes the newest judge on Fame Game, a sour note for Fern, who has reasons for keeping her ambitions under wraps. She goes on the run, but Evan can't forget her, and thus begins the adventure of a lifetime -- both onstage and off!

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When she lands a spot on the reality TV show "Fame Game" and becomes the personal assistant to world-famous singer Evan David, Fern Kendal becomes close to her new boss, and, in a twist of fate, is shocked to learn that he is the newest judge on the show.… (more)

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