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'a warm, laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy' - Kerre McIvor

A romping chick-lit with heart-ache, misunderstandings, travel and love.

No one knows 'happy endings' like romance novelist Darrell Kincaid. She's delivered eight of them to her readers with pleasure. But it's not to be with book number nine. In the act of adding the final full stop, Darrell has a revelation: it's not the ending that really matters but what comes next. Darrell now sees that when her husband Tom died (twenty-one months and three days ago, but who's counting?) she lost more than the man she loved. She lost her own 'happy ever after'. The life she expected to live has gone, vanished forever in a puff of fickle, unfair smoke.

Darrell knows she has a choice. She can stay in New Zealand and live a half-life, or she can leave in search of something - perhaps someone - else. So Darrell decides upon London, the least romantic capital she knows (why set yourself up for disappointment?). Armed with Nancy Mitford's Love In A Cold Climate as her guide to proper Englishness and the ideal romantic hero, she sets out to live the sweet second life she deserves.

The Catherine Robertson Trilogy
Book 1: The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid
Book 2: The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence
Book 3: The Misplaced Affections of Charlotte Forbes


"poignant, warm and entertaining""reminiscent of Marian Keyes""Bravo Ms Robertson. More, please"

Sonya Rowell, Hawkes Bay Weekend

"a promising debut"

Shandelle Battersby, Weekend Herald [Canvas]

"wonderful characters and engrossing storyline""a wonderful read""not many books can make me cry - but this one surely did"


the novel I wished I'd written""a warm, laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy

Kerre McIvor, Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend

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  • EBook


    September 2, 2011

    Random House New Zealand

    328 pages

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