Palmerstone

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A tale of love, life and shopping... Take four girls almost at random, well they meet at school and become fast friends, as it happens through thick and thin. An unlikely combination: a Park Avenue Princess, a country girl bent on the London fashion scene, a seriously clever swat and a romance addict. To this mixture add some seriously gorgeous men, sit back and enjoy the action. More
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Published: Nov. 11, 2012
Words: 64,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301039777
About Sarah Bevan Fischer

I wrote my first story aged eight and have never really stopped since. A busy career, mostly in the fashion industry, filled my days. I have written articles, regular features and a blog for many years but every attempt to write a novel never made it beyond the first couple of chapters.
Finally an opportunity to follow my dream came when I lost my job and simultaneously got a buyer for our house in the UK. We planned to downsize and remove to Spain. Almost as light relief from the organisation and packing I started to write the first chapters. Unlike on previous occasions the words flew off the keyboard and the first book of The Friendship Diaries, Palmerstone, was born. I continued writing furiously once settled in Spain.
I loved writing the Friendship Diaries and I had high hopes that readers would love the characters as much as I had loved writing them. Caitlin, Rebecca, Suzanne and Penny have been my imaginary friends for a long time. I always had the intention of continuing the stories with the younger characters to the fore. The warm and supportive feedback that I have received from many of you has inspired me to crack on with the next series of stories - Beyond Friendship.
My sincere thanks go to all of you who have followed my stories. Particularly thanks to those of you who have taken the time and effort to give your very valuable feedback. Writing can be a lonely business, a word of praise or a constructive criticism are always welcome.
I completed the planned four books of Beyond Friendship and published in October last year. Then I took to reading for a change of emphasis. Amongst the books that I picked up was Jane Austen's fabulous P&P, an all time beloved of mine along with many other JA fans. So I curled up and re-read my all time favourite novel savouring the acute observation and sly wit and, of course, the classic romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Once I had completed reading the novel I was at a loose end. I got to wondering what the Bennet family would be like if they were around today...
The result of my musing formed my next project. A Universal Truth, written in two parts (Emerald and The Master of Pemblane), transposes the Bennett's into the 21st Century. I changed the names of the characters to suit the modern setting and had a little fun with the plot. The story is anchored in the past by a parallel love story that haunts the modern characters.
A Universal Truth is not an attempt to emulate JA's wonderful work, rather to recognise its ongoing extraordinary popularity 200 years after it was penned. I hope not to seriously offend any stalwart Austenites, if I have I apologise wholeheartedly. (And I had absolutely no idea how many JA tributes and sequels have been written until I embarked on the second half of this project. Naive or what?!).
What next? It is difficult to decide because I have several half formed ideas. My decision has been made for me by requests from my lovely readers for another in the Friendship and Beyond stable - therefore the adventures of Hattie, Charlie, Chantal, and Poppy; plus the old guard from the first series will hit the shelves by the end of May 2014 with a bit of luck and a following wind!
Thanks to my readers once more for all of your feedback, appreciative or otherwise! I love to hear from you.

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Reviews

Review by: Holly 1984 on March 21, 2013 : star star star star star
I really liked the way the characters had a lot of depth and the plot was not predictable. I'll definately be reading more of this author.
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Review by: hrhsophia on March 19, 2013 : star star star star star
A very engrossing read with likeable interesting characters.
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Review by: Angel D on March 19, 2013 : star star star star star
Great book, liked the characters and rooted for them. It was good how they are all quite different and the stories use the contrast between American heiress, career women and a stay at home mom to illustrate how different paths in life can all be valid choices and any path can sometimes be fraught with difficulties. Loved the slow burn romances and can't wait to see what happens.
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Review by: Pippa car on March 16, 2013 : star star star star star
I seem to agree with most other reviews. Gripping from the start, liked all the characters felt hooked into their lives. I did feel that the end was not a complete end but with so many characters it wouldn't be realistic for all to be neat and tidy. Anyhow I don't mind paying for well written fiction.
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Review by: Petra Lanski on March 13, 2013 : star star star star star
I really liked all the characters in this book you get involved in their lives and want to know more. The relationships are well drawn and the sex pretty steamy at times but I liked that it was part of the story not gratuitous. I got this book for free having been recommended by a friend and then had a special offer for the rest of the series which I wouldn't have minded paying for now I've sampled the author's writing. I'm now going to read the rest as I cant wait to see what happens next. I can thoroughly recommend this one.
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Review by: Joanna Pierce on March 11, 2013 : star star star star star
Couldn't put it down. Great characters.
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Review by: Lindy Guest on March 09, 2013 : star star star star star
Loved this book and I'm straight into the next one.
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Review by: Genifer on March 07, 2013 : star star star star star
Great read. I liked the contrasts between the main characters and found them all interesting and likeable with well written camaraderie. Descriptions are evocative and the pace is fast.
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Review by: Anna Merchant on Feb. 25, 2013 : star star star star star
I really liked this novel, the characters were well drawn and i wanted things to work out for them. Fast paced and a real page turner. I have to know what happens next...
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Review by: Sue Smythson on Feb. 25, 2013 : star star star star star
Great romance, had me on the edge of my seat. Loved the characters.
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Review by: Claire Crawford on Feb. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
I was grabbed by the characters right from the start. Story was great and felt like love affairs were romantic and true to life. A real page turner which had me reading into the night! I went straight on to the next book as I couldnt wait to see what happened next. By the time I finished all 4 books I felt like the women were like my friends - cant wait to read more about the younger ones.
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