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Kate Saunders has written for the Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph and Cosmopolitan, and has contributed to Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Start the Week and Kaleidoscope. She lives in London with her son.


Phoebe, who is dying of leukemia, has one final wish: to see her two wild sons finally settle down. It's now up to Cassie, who has known the boys since the three of them were runny-nosed playmates, to help marry them off-though she's not entirely sure that's feasible. Sensitive, poetic, unemployed musician Ben and fiery, sexy, unemployed actor Fritz are simply having too much fun playing the field and running through some of London's most eligible women. But Cassie is determined to make Phoebe's final wish come true, because warm and generous Phoebe has always been like a mother to her. In the meantime, Cassie has to deal with her own relationship problems, pull off a major publishing event at work, and come to terms with her real mother. First published in England, this novel has only one flaw: its heavy dose of local slang may be a bit too British for some readers. Otherwise, this is a witty tale full of smartly written characters and is sure to be a hit with both chick-lit fans and those who enjoy British fiction. Recommended for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/05.]-Rebecca Vnuk, River Forest P.L., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

In her sprightly second novel, Saunders (The Marrying Game) humorously captures the love affair between the boisterous British Darling family and their lifelong girl-next-door, Cassie. With emotionally distant parents of her own, Cassie has looked to the Darlings-Phoebe, Jimmy and their sons Ben and Fritz-for warmth ever since she was a child. At 31, Cassie, who is a literary editor, is thrust into the role of matchmaker when terminally ill Phoebe asks her to find suitable wives for 31-year-old Fritz and 29-year-old Ben. Much like the boys of Peter Pan, Fritz and Ben don't want to grow up: they don't have proper careers or serious girlfriends, and they still live at home with Phoebe. So it's much to Cassie's surprise that they're willing to help her fulfill their mother's dying wish. Soon Cassie is keeping the boys in dates while also dealing with her own relationship woes. With steady work and steadier girlfriends, Fritz and Ben suddenly seem headed toward a belated adulthood, and Cassie wrestles with deepening feelings for Fritz. Though Phoebe doesn't live to see the day, Cassie ultimately makes a very suitable match for her son. Witty banter and spirited characters propel this lighthearted novel to its heartwarming if formulaic conclusion. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A pacy modern romance with a twist" * Daily Express *
"a deceptively simply told tale of love and self discovery" * Ham and High *

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