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    • ISBN:9780340838662
    • Publication date:04 Jul 2005

Ready or Not?

By Chrissie Manby

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When 'I do' becomes 'I don't know' . . . Chick lit bestseller Chris Manby writes romantic comedies that are witty, fun and full of heart.

Every bride is entitled to some pre-wedding jitters. And who wouldn't think twice about marriage when their fiancé gets their eyebrows shaved off just in time to look horrendous for the photographs?

But what if it's not the ceremony that freaks you out but the happy ever after? Heidi Savage wonders whether she can really forsake all others for macho, beer-swilling Ed. The what-if's are too pressing to ignore...

Will the answer come in the form of her ex-boyfriend Steven? Grown-up, gorgeous and good-with-children. Is Heidi's dilemma simply a case of the 'grass is greener on the other side'?

Praise for Chris Manby

'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface...A delicious read' - Daily Mail

'Nothing short of brilliant' - Marie Claire

Biographical Notes

Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.

Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can't walk in.

You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.

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  • ISBN: 9781848948259
  • Publication date: 09 Jan 2009
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Praise for Chrissie Manby — :
'Be prepared to get completely lost in this deliciously funny read' ***** — Heat on CRAZY IN LOVE
'Destined to keep you up until the small hours' **** — Daily Mirror on CRAZY IN LOVE
Smartly written, extremely readable, and gives us a fascinating and funny glimpse into the dark side of love — Heat
'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface . . . A delicious read' — Daily Mail
'Nothing short of brilliant' — Marie Claire
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