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I recently discovered Carole Matthews (thanks to a friend giving me her old books) I'll be honest, I'd never heard of her before, but once I got started, I was hooked. The first one I read was The Chocolate Lovers Club, I still think thats the best of hers, and I've read most of them. You can really relate to the characters & I found myself matching my friends to the characters! Anyway, I'm not sure if its because this was her first book, but I didn't really like it. I won't give too much away, incase you haven't read it, but I just didn't like the main characters in it. Sorry Carole! If your new to this Author, try all her other books, you won't be disappointed! I love them, they literally suck you in & you feel part of the book. Takes you away from the noisy kids on the bus!! Haha.
Sorry everyone. I didn't really like the characters, they were quite annoying. The writing was good though, I just didn't like the stoyline. As I said, I have read most of Carole Matthews other books & I love them. It was quite predictable though, single girl (who I found really irritating!) meets married man, seduces married man, wife finds out. I won't tell you how it ends though!
This is Matthew's first novel, and in truth, I read it to see how her writing had evolved. I had expected it to be a bit slow and boring, as debuts usually are, and read it before going to bed...what a mistake, I was up all night!
First things first, although this book centres around forbidden love, don't expect anything saucy! The actual affair is rather brushed over, leaving you to contemplate feelings and how to judge...
Teri is looking for Mr Right, but after so many Mr Wrongs, she is close to giving up. Until she sees Jamie in the rush to catch a train, that is. She's literally swept off her feet, and from that moment, she is in lust. Which evolves into love...problem is, Jamie is married to Pamela. And while usually I'd be very disapproving, Matthews manages to explain his emotions so clearly that I honestly couldn't choose who he should be with.
Their are some rubbish bits, like Pamela, who instead of fighting for her man decides to have a 'fake' affair, which leads to a real affair...I spent her chapters praying for her to take action, but she never seemed too. I found her quite frustrating for being so calm!
This is an excellent book, which will really have you questioning your morals, and certainly isn't bedtime reading!
Rushing to catch the 18.07 home from platform 8, Teri is literally knocked off her feet by Jamie Duncan. He comes to her rescue and is her knight in shining armour taking care of her bleeding knee and buying her some new tights. As well as being her hero and the perfect gentleman, Jamie is also unbelievably sexy and Teri can't help falling for him. The commute to work becomes something to look forward to and getting up so early in the morning becomes, not only bearable, but a welcome gift. Jamie seems to be perfect and Teri can't believe she's finally met her Mr Right. That is until she finds out that he's also Mr Married.
~ My opinion ~
I found this book on offer in my local book shop, brand new, for only 25p so I couldn't pass it by at such a cheap price.
Usually in a situation like this in a book, the reader gets a clear feeling of who should be together and usually one of the people in a love triangle is not so nice. But it isn't the case with this book as all the characters are very likeable which made it quite difficult to decide who Jamie should be with.
Teri is the main female in the book. Single, bubbly and bright, she's been though all the other Mr Men - Lazy, Greedy, Completely Selfish, Looking-for-Mother-Substitute and Downright Pervert, and when she literally bumps into Mr Right, Teri is instantly in love. When she first finds out that Jamie is married, Teri is appalled that she almost became a mistress and led a man to cheat on his wife, but after a while she finds that she still can't seem to resist him and eventually decides that she wants him no matter what the circumstances are.
Despite falling for another woman when he's married, Jamie is still a lovely guy. He still loves his wife very much but is drawn to Teri in a way he has never felt before. It's hard not to like him because he tries so hard not to become an adulterer and despite lying to his wife and betraying her, we can see Jamie struggling with his emotions and he doesn't want to hurt anyone.
We also get an insight into Jamie's wife's life. Pamela is probably like any other wife in the world - works hard to look after her two young children and keep the house clean and tidy, while also working part-time for that little bit of sanity away from home. Through the time taken up by the children and work life, Jamie and Pamela seem to have simply lost sight on their own relationship and have drifted apart. Pamela loves her husband very much and when she begins to suspect he's having an affair she's devastated and will do anything to keep him.
For anyone who does have to do the horrendous commute to work, this book is very easy to relate to. Teri and Jamie connect over delayed trains, signal problems, weather conditions affecting the trains as well as squashing onto a carriage so tightly with only the thought of getting home and not a care in the world about being stuck under a complete stranger's sweating armpit. Because I could relate to this I did find it very funny as I'm sure any other commuter would do.
This was a very easy book to read and, although probably not as funny as Matthews more recent books (this was published in 1997), it still has many comical moments and is a lovely romance story. The ending was a little sad I thought because, as I said above, I didn't know which woman I wanted Jamie to end up with so whichever way he ending up going, it was going to be disappointing to see the other woman losing the man she loves. But I still enjoyed it and it was a very easy-going and light read.
After hearing quite a bit about Carole Matthews as an author, I knew I had to give one of her books a go. The first one I happened upon was "Let's Meet on Platform 8", which I stumbled on through readitswapit.
Teri is a single girl who is constantly on the lookout for her Mr Right. She can never find anyone that will treat her properly. Not wanting to give up hope, Teri dreams of finding her perfect man.
She literally bumps into Jamie one day whilst waiting for the tube on her way home from work. Jamie knocks her to the ground, giving Teri sore knees and dented pride.
After some angry moments, and a few tears, Teri realises Jamie isn't a big oaf who deliberately set out to hurt her, but a kind gentle man, a married man at that.
Why are all the good ones married? But that's the way life goes isn't it. After Jamie escorts Teri home, doing the gentlemanly thing, she finds herself bumping into Jamie each morning and evening during the tube ride they both share.
Teri knows married men are off limits, and Jamie wouldn't dream of doing anything to hurt his wife and children.
All that said the chemistry between them is dangerous and they both know what could happen if they let it.
The book is told from three perspectives. Teri obviously has her view, as does Jamie's wife Pamela. Jamie's part in the book is important but doesn't come out quite as much as Pamela of Teri.
We soon get to know Teri as a desperate lady searching for love. All she wants is what everyone else around her seems to have, a loving man to go home to. Doesn't she deserve that too? Even if he's married?
Pamela can tell straight away that Jamie isn't himself. She tries to stop being so stressed and uptight around her husband, but with Jamie working long hours, and the children playing up constantly, Pamela feels as though she is becoming old before her time and not knowing what to do about it.
Jamie on the other hand is devoted to his wife and children despite not liking Pamela's moods and stress. He doesn't know how to change it, seeing his long working hours as the only way to keep the food on the table and the roof over their heads. With a large mortgage to pay for Jamie is traditional in his ways to see it as his responsibility despite Pamela also working.
The book goes through quickly in terms of days and weeks which see the relationship between Teri and Jamie getting deeper and deeper. It's obvious to a few people close to them that something is about to happen but only they can take that responsibility for themselves. They both know if they take the step there will be no going back.
After a series of events, Teri and Jamie do in fact take things one step further. Jamie then instantly regrets his disloyalty to his wife, but has different feelings for Teri.
Teri also has some guilt but at the same time wants this man she has grown to adore.
Jamie is brought across as a good looking kind and gentle man. Everything any woman could possibly want from a man.
Matthews has done well in his character, but I felt she lacked a bit in Teri. There wasn't so much about Teri, which considering that book was centred on her was a flaw to the writing I felt.
Overall the scenes are set well within the book and as a reader I was completely drawn in to being in that situation. It's a common situation to be faced with a flutter of feelings for someone else when in a happy stable relationship. The test is what happens next. This book I think is one side of the situation, and the consequences that can happens should you choose that path.
I felt that the ending wasn't as nice as I wanted it to be, but it was real. The fact that the book gripped me to get to the end proved that the ending was fitting to the story.