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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is Sunday Times best-selling author Carole Matthews at her outstanding best. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson.

Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day, but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting, and any spare time she has is spent in her parents' summer house working on her beautiful creations.

From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds, and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn - one full of hope and possibility and, if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love, too. It's all there for the taking. And then, all of a sudden, Christie's world is turned upside down.

Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending in...

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses?

©2016 Carole Matthews (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Lana
  • 15-01-2017

Long Story for a predictable end.

The narrator sounded a lot like Carole Matthews herself, however the American accent was a little off.
As a Carole Matthews fan I have to say this is not one of her better books as the story seemed to drag on a little.
overall a heartwarming story and good easy book to listen to in the background.

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  • Rory
  • 13-02-2017

Not keen on leading character

What did you like best about Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses? What did you like least?

I liked the storyline of building a business. Sadly not enough of it.

I liked least the ridiculous romance elements - totally fake and unrealistic.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting - trying to build a business and winning a competition.

Least interesting - romance and other relationships. OTT.

What does Julia Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Probably the same as all audio books.

Did Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses inspire you to do anything?

Maybe stop reading this type of book. I wish the authors would read the comments and have more business set up and less romance.

Any additional comments?

I would give this book 3.5 cos it's well written. Our heroine is way too wet and wimpy though.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-01-2017

Paper hearts

An easy listen that had me identifying with the characters, weeping, laughing and the perfect ending.

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  • Almy
  • 18-01-2017

Brilliant Read

Loved this book even though it had its sad bits it was also uplifting, and being a crafter liked that part of the storyline as well.

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  • Snoopygirl
  • 03-04-2018

Perfect for a romantic crafter

Couldn't put it down and go the end-of-a-good-book-blues when it finished. As a crafter and a chick lit fan I was in my element but even a non-crafter could enjoy the book. I do want to know what happens and there is definitely enough going on to merit a sequel. I loved the style of writing and the narration was perfect. Will be waiting for the sequel with fingers crossed!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-2018

Narrator let it down

Story was overall ok, a bit predictable.
But the Narrator let the main character down, voice inflections were wrong, ended up with Christy being a bit bland and Mumsy, she was very childish with her son, it was hard to realise he was 15.
This spoilt the book, I would have liked her to have been a more positive, dynamic character

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  • Sally barry
  • 13-02-2018

lovely story

i loved it made me cry and smile makes ypu want to reach for the stars

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  • carla
  • 27-11-2017

fantastic production

beautiful and gripping till the end fantasticly read didn t get bored once looking forward to the next book

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  • Starlight 3
  • 19-11-2017

Brilliant

This has Been one of the best down to earth books I've listened to. The story flows from one part to another effortlessly. Very sweet ending. Will read more of Carole's works.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2017

loved it!

I loved the book, kept me wanting to listen to more. Slightly disappointed I have finished the book.