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Table For Eight Kindle Edition
'A delightful, wise and heart–warming novel about second chances that celebrates friendships old and new. I devoured every page.' Rachael Johns
A cruise, no matter how magical, can't change your life. Can it...?
Clever, charming dressmaker Ketty Clift is embarking on her final cruise from Sydney before she must make serious changes in her life. Supported by the ship's all-powerful maître d' Carlos, she has a mission: transform the lives of those who join her at her dining table every evening. Not only can Ketty turn Cinderellas into princesses with her legendary style-eye, but she has a gift for bringing people together.
But this trip is different. As the glamour and indulgence of the cruise takes hold, and the ship sails further away from Sydney towards the Pacific Islands, it becomes clear that her fellow travellers - a troubled family, a grieving widower and an angry divorcee determined to wreak revenge on her ex - are going to be harder work than usual.
As Ketty tries to deal with her own problems, including the unexpected arrival on board of her long-lost love, Leo - the man who broke her heart - as well as troubling news from home, she begins to realise this might be the one cruise that will defeat her.
About the Author
Tricia Stringer is a bestselling and multiple award-winning author. Her books include The Family Inheritance, The Model Wife, Table for Eight, and the rural romances Queen of the Road, Right as Rain, Riverboat Point, Between the Vines, A Chance of Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Shine and Something in the Wine. She has also published a historical saga; Heart of the Country, Dust on the Horizon and Jewel in the North are set in the unforgiving landscape of nineteenth-century Flinders Ranges.
Tricia grew up on a farm in country South Australia and has spent most of her life in rural communities, as owner of a post office and bookshop, as a teacher and librarian, and now as a full-time writer. She lives in the beautiful Copper Coast region with her husband Daryl, travelling and exploring Australia's diverse communities and landscapes, and sharing her passion for the country and its people through her authentic stories and their vivid characters.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07BVRB8SP
- Publisher : HQ Fiction (1 October 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 663 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 15,261 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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‘Table for Eight’ was another delightful tale which had me smiling, tearing up, shocked and mesmerised.
Ultimately this is a fun read that sees Ketty, a fashion designer/boutique owner, go on a cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific islands. This is the last voyage of her favourite ship, the Diamond Duchess, and possibly her last cruise as well as her business isn't doing well and she had to stretch to afford this trip.
As she is travelling alone she is seated at a table with eight people, hence the book's title and her dining companions are a varied bunch, all with their own reasons for cruising and some with their own agendas. As we meander through the tropical islands we get to know them and their foibles very well, laughing, loving and often cringing along side them, (as well as eating, drinking, partying, etc).
I loved that the characters were older (aged between 40+) and how each character has their own reasons for being on the cruise and heartbreak, secrets and jealousies are slowly divulged throughout the story. The story is told in multiple POV so we get a well rounded view of what the characters think and feel and how they all see the same situation in different ways.
All in all a wonderful, warm book that I feel most readers would enjoy. 5 stars again Ms. Stringer...
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The author's emphasis on the characters' slender bodies annoyed me, especially as the two least likeable characters were not slender! Ketty was always "nibbling" at the edge of a tart, or taking a "morsel" of cake. The author seems obsessed with food. Found this a little insulting to those of us who are not reed slim. Pity as it could have been so good and I liked the description of cruise life.