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    • ISBN:9780340838822
    • Publication date:13 Jul 2006

The Matchbreaker

By Chrissie Manby

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Bestselling romantic comedy writer Chris Manby gives us her hilarious take on the rivalry between a favourite daughter and her not much older stepmother-to-be.

When Lindsey Parker's father announces that he is to remarry, Lindsey does what any good daughter would do: wishes him congratulations, then sets about trying to kill his fiancee.

Fortunately, the murder attempt fails but Lindsey still succeeds in driving Karen off. Jubilation turns to guilt when Lindsey realises her father is genuinely heart-broken. The only way to mend it is to get Karen back.

But Karen is already seeing someone else - a mysterious entrepreneur. Lindsay decides to enlist the help of an old schoolmate-turned-private detective to break this new couple up. But as her plan gets underway, Lindsey senses she is falling for the very person she needs to drive away...

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: 9781848948266
  • Publication date: 11 Dec 2009
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