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Release Date:  7th December 2013

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Nobody’s Perfect Are They?

Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.

In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.

Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?

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An enjoyable and light hearted read about 2 sisters with completely different lives at different ends of the world.  Rebecca now lives in Dublin, whilst Jennifer has remained in New Zealand.  When Jennifer finds her marriage is on the verge of breaking down, she calls Rebecca back to New Zealand to help her look after the children and business whilst she works on saving her marriage.

I enjoyed this book and whilst I initially thought it was a chick lit novel it is actually a warming story of family relationships.  Rebecca and Jennifer are like chalk and cheese and can’t agree on anything.  They both think their own life is the perfect life and can’t understand why the other one lives the life they do.  That is until Rebecca goes back to New Zealand to help Jennifer out, and the two sisters work out that perhaps they are more alike than what they think and they have a lot of fences to be mended.

It was a lovely, easy to read book.  The locations were described perfectly and the characters were all so likeable it made it a pleasure to read.  The book was well paced and there were plenty of funny moments throughout to keep you chuckling your way through it. A perfect read for the summer holidays, one which I would definitely recommend!


“Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.”

“I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.”


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