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Publisher's Summary

Suddenly released from her engagement and out of work, Julia Fairfax is looking for a new direction in life. When a classified ad catches her eye, she embarks on a hilarious trip through the English canals in a rickety hotel boat. Along the way, she encounters hard-to-please guests, an unsettling ex-boyfriend, and the challenges of cooking in a tiny galley with rattling crockery. Life Skills is both a delightful romp and a step-by-step guide to how not to see England's scenic canals. London Times best-selling novelist Katie Fforde creates delicious romances that are both light-hearted and intelligent.
©1999 Kate Fforde (P)2000 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By L. Stapleton on 10-21-12

Why does this get good ratings?

I purchased this book because of the high ratings and because the summary sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it is so bad I never even finished listening to it.

The main character is not only uninteresting, she is annoying. We are asked to believe that a successful, intelligent career women will become totally incompetent once she loses her job. She is being sued by her former employer but rather than deal with it she allows herself to be bullied by her brother, her former boss, and her ex-boyfriend. She is a boring, limp doormat and I couldn't bring myself to hear anything more about her.

The young woman the main character goes to work for is at least interesting and mildly entertaining. Sadly, the book drags along without enough happening with either character to be readible.

All in all, I highly recommend skipping this book.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By erin on 12-01-06

This book starts out great-

cool setting, interesting character development. But if you think that a single, pregnant, unemployed woman should put her baby's needs before her own need for "passion" and ... I couldn't even figure out what this character felt she needed... then you'll only be frustrated by the glorification of irrational, irresponsible behavior.

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10 of 18 people found this review helpful

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