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If You Could See Me Now


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/ Key title From the number 1 bestselling author of PS, I Love You and Where Rainbows End comes a love story with heart - and just a little bit of magic! / Where Rainbows End has sold over 258, 000 copies in trade pb. / It was a number 1 bestseller in paperback in the UK and Ireland and has sold over 280, 000 copies to date. / PS, I Love You was one of the bestselling debut novels of all time, reaching number 1 in the UK & Ireland. / It has sold over 650, 000 copies to date. / Cecelia Ahern is the biggest new star to emerge in women's fiction with her warm and involving novels on love, friendship and family. / If You Could See Me Now is the perfect Christmas gift for female readers of all ages. / Cecelia Ahern is the daughter of Irish PM Bertie Ahern and highly promotable. / Her novels are published in 44 countries, including the States. / Competition: Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy

About the Author

Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.
She lives in Dublin with her family.


In her third novel, Ahern (P.S., I Love You and Love, Rosie) employs an imaginary best friend to breathe distinctiveness into an otherwise stereotypical Irish tale. Living in her own house in a small, posh Irish town, 35-year-old Elizabeth Egan is an uptight interior designer and adoptive mother to her six-year-old nephew, Luke, whose mother, Elizabeth's 23-year-old sister, Saoirse, prefers boozing to parenting. Saoirse's behavior reminds Elizabeth of a painful past-the alcoholic mother who abandoned the family, leaving Elizabeth to care for her baby sister and forgo her own childhood, and the emotionally distant, controlling father still waiting for his wife's return. Unlike the other women in her family, Elizabeth adheres to a fastidiously well-ordered existence-no mess, no complications, no love. But all that changes with the arrival of Ivan, a goofy and spontaneous man intent on infusing much-needed fun and tenderness into Elizabeth's frigid persona. The catch is no one can see this ageless man from the land of "Ekam Eveileb" save Elizabeth and her nephew. Through Ivan, Elizabeth becomes the woman she's always been too afraid to be. He helps her reclaim the childhood she never had and, most importantly, to forgive those who have let her down. Ahern tempers heartbreak with hope and playfulness in this uplifting, sentimental tale. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.


`Guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings' Glamour

`Cecelia Ahern has emerged as a leading light-romantic writing talent."' Express

`Brilliantly written, you'll laugh and cry.' Heat

PRAISE FOR Cecelia Ahern:

`A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.' Cosmopolitan

`A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.' Company

`Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.' In Style

'Heartwarmingly good.' Heat

'A heartwarming, completely absorbing tale of love and friendship.' Company

Must you be able to see something for it to exist? This is the question that faces Ahern's (Rosie Dunne) heroine, uptight interior decorator Elizabeth Egan. Looking after her six-year-old nephew, Luke, has honed her skills as both a caretaker and a control freak, but her ordered life takes an unexpected turn with the appearance of Luke's new friend, Ivan, who happens to be invisible. Does Ivan really exist? Maybe, maybe not; but his effect on Elizabeth is real enough. She loosens up, learns how to have fun, and reconciles her troubled past. While Ahern's Irish fans are probably accustomed to magical creatures like fairies, leprechauns, and invisible friends, American readers may have trouble suspending disbelief long enough to find Ivan a convincing hero. Despite the choppy writing and distracting viewpoints, the story line is original and charming in a bizarre, chick-lit-meets-Harry-Potter kind of way. This novel by the daughter of Ireland's prime minister is recommended for large popular fiction collections. [The film rights to Ahern's PS I Love You (2004) were bought by Warner Bros.-Ed.]-Anika Fajardo, Coll. of St. Catherine Lib., St. Paul, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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