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When Olivia's husband, Johnny, announces "I don't care what color you paint the hall, I'm leaving, " Olivia is understandably devastated. Left with an eccentric troop of builders camping in her back garden, a ten-year-old daughter with an attitude, and a neurotic neighbor intent on foisting cast-off men in her direction, Olivia's dream home is suddenly less than dreamy... When Olivia's husband, Johnny, announces "I don't care what color you paint the hall, I'm leaving, " Olivia is understandably devastated. Left with an eccentric troop of builders camping in her back garden, a ten-year-old daughter with an attitude, and a neurotic neighbor intent on foisting cast-off men in her direction, Olivia's dream home is suddenly less than dreamy...


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When Olivia's husband, Johnny, announces "I don't care what color you paint the hall, I'm leaving, " Olivia is understandably devastated. Left with an eccentric troop of builders camping in her back garden, a ten-year-old daughter with an attitude, and a neurotic neighbor intent on foisting cast-off men in her direction, Olivia's dream home is suddenly less than dreamy... When Olivia's husband, Johnny, announces "I don't care what color you paint the hall, I'm leaving, " Olivia is understandably devastated. Left with an eccentric troop of builders camping in her back garden, a ten-year-old daughter with an attitude, and a neurotic neighbor intent on foisting cast-off men in her direction, Olivia's dream home is suddenly less than dreamy...

30 review for Olivia's Luck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    This was a re read for me, I read this book when it first came out years ago and loved it. After that I got every Catherine Alliott book that came out up until the last couple of years when I felt that her writing was not as good as it used to be. I had forgotten quite a lot about this book so, it was more like a first read and I really enjoyed it, even though at times it was silly I laughed at all the stupid things the main character did along with her friends and neighbours. This is one of her b This was a re read for me, I read this book when it first came out years ago and loved it. After that I got every Catherine Alliott book that came out up until the last couple of years when I felt that her writing was not as good as it used to be. I had forgotten quite a lot about this book so, it was more like a first read and I really enjoyed it, even though at times it was silly I laughed at all the stupid things the main character did along with her friends and neighbours. This is one of her best give it a try.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Hickey

    Olivia’s Luck by Catherine Alliott is about a woman named Olivia who finds love again after her husband leaves her during a major house renovation. It’s a perfect beach read with more than one subplot bringing dimension to this rom-com. There were surprises and a few twists and turns that left me guessing which is rare for this genre. It’s a fast, enjoyable read with a range of characters that play off of each other well. Definitely worth a read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Maybe 2.5 Stars. I didn‘t particularly like the main character, which makes enjoying a book difficult. This book is so much about divorce and trying to get a man back, trying to meet new men, liking a different man, then saying that man can‘t compare to the old man but then oh no, somehow he‘s the one. It just doesn‘t make a whole lot of sense. Either you want your man back, or you‘re confused and don‘t know what you really want but are trying to keep everything the way it is (because the situat Maybe 2.5 Stars. I didn‘t particularly like the main character, which makes enjoying a book difficult. This book is so much about divorce and trying to get a man back, trying to meet new men, liking a different man, then saying that man can‘t compare to the old man but then oh no, somehow he‘s the one. It just doesn‘t make a whole lot of sense. Either you want your man back, or you‘re confused and don‘t know what you really want but are trying to keep everything the way it is (because the situation is so horrifying, that you need time to process it or don‘t want to really deal with the situation and ignoring it is easier). OR you know you can‘t forgive that person. Either way YOU NEED TIME TO PROCESS. What annoyed me about this book is that she‘s so focused on her marriage until suddenly she‘s done with everything but it doesn‘t get explained really, why she‘s now not wanting to be with him. Like, how is it that I don‘t know how she feels throughout the entire book? She doesn‘t cry, she doesn‘t seem anxious, when she gets angry, she doesn‘t do anything drastic but instead someone tells her to stop immediately and she just stops. That‘s not how feelings work. It‘s unrealistic and stupid because how can a book so much about cheating and being rejected and being „the boring, normal one“ be so without feeling? Maybe I‘m overreacting. But what I definitely hated was how she spent 80% of that book pining after her husband, trying to get him back, saying how no other man can compare and suddenly she‘s with the guy she explained wasn‘t the one for her. MAKE HER END UP ALONE AND FIGHT FOR HERSELF BEFORE SHE JUMPS FROM ONE RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEXT.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michele Bolay

    I love British chick lit, and I have enjoyed Alliott's other novels, but I gave up on this one. I don't always need characters to be likable, but Olivia was so unlikable that I found it hard to root for her or even care about what happened to her. Also, all of the bitchy snark about the physical characteristics of people who weren't thin and conventionally attractive got very tedious very quickly. I love British chick lit, and I have enjoyed Alliott's other novels, but I gave up on this one. I don't always need characters to be likable, but Olivia was so unlikable that I found it hard to root for her or even care about what happened to her. Also, all of the bitchy snark about the physical characteristics of people who weren't thin and conventionally attractive got very tedious very quickly.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    A hilarious read, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. My favourite of Catherine Alliott's books! A hilarious read, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. My favourite of Catherine Alliott's books!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    This book is so about life. This would happen to me or my family, at least the falling down part. LOL!! Catherine gives you funny with enough depth that you aren't bored This book is so about life. This would happen to me or my family, at least the falling down part. LOL!! Catherine gives you funny with enough depth that you aren't bored

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Typical Catherine Alliott story. Her heroines always seem to be rich twits and Olivia is no exception. I didn't really like her honestly. Nor Nina or Hugh or Molly. The smoking really put me off. Not bad for light reading, but it's hard to care what happens romantically to people you haven't warmed to. The builders story was hammy and didn't ring true either. Very long also. Not to put anyone off who feels like a bit of chick lit, it's mildly amusing and the writing is good, it's just not overly Typical Catherine Alliott story. Her heroines always seem to be rich twits and Olivia is no exception. I didn't really like her honestly. Nor Nina or Hugh or Molly. The smoking really put me off. Not bad for light reading, but it's hard to care what happens romantically to people you haven't warmed to. The builders story was hammy and didn't ring true either. Very long also. Not to put anyone off who feels like a bit of chick lit, it's mildly amusing and the writing is good, it's just not overly convincing. Read a lot worse.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Smith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Enjoyed the British linguistics but found it to be a frivolous read with a bunch of shallow judgmental characters. This one passage was the most insightful thing in the book: “Years of rich, privileged people playing carelessly with other, less privileged people’s lives. Let the little family of the ‘lower orders’ beside the garage in Finchley......just get on with it, just cope, whilst those who’d created the carnage, those carefree, rich, amorous men....absconded themselves.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tash

    I always enjoy Catherine Alliiots books for a bit of pure, lighthearted escapism and a good laugh, however this is my least favorite of hers I've read so far. The main character was just a bit toooo manic and the 10 year old daughter unrealistically had the knowledge and maturity of at least a 13 year old. I was still happy to read to the end as her style is so easy to read but this won't be on my recommended list. I always enjoy Catherine Alliiots books for a bit of pure, lighthearted escapism and a good laugh, however this is my least favorite of hers I've read so far. The main character was just a bit toooo manic and the 10 year old daughter unrealistically had the knowledge and maturity of at least a 13 year old. I was still happy to read to the end as her style is so easy to read but this won't be on my recommended list.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirstyn

    This book starts off lovely and the romance is cute and everything is going along, you know, normally and then it suddenly goes nuts. I mean it's a funny book and I enjoyed most of it until the end section which is just really far-fetched and ridiculous. This book starts off lovely and the romance is cute and everything is going along, you know, normally and then it suddenly goes nuts. I mean it's a funny book and I enjoyed most of it until the end section which is just really far-fetched and ridiculous.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny L

    A daft and enjoyable yarn. Good long story full of quite made characters - all very upper middle class and just fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa van Zyl-Jones

    Great story. Lots of different threads and characters. Very easy page turning read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I really enjoyed reading about the twists and turns of Olivia's Luck. It was a like a holiday to read this book as I was transported away into her world. I really enjoyed reading about the twists and turns of Olivia's Luck. It was a like a holiday to read this book as I was transported away into her world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Another fabulous read from this author. Love Catherine's books. Another fabulous read from this author. Love Catherine's books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thelma MacDonald

    Enjoyed this book very much, fast paced with lots of humour. Interesting characters as well as the main character

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Beer

    Loved every minute!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    A really laugh out loud book absolutely loved it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abhi*

    Well the construction is enthralling!! Olivia and Johnny are going through a rough patch with a crack in their family life.The little Claudia their only daughter seems to have a better understanding of the situation.They try not only to fix their broken family life but also the house that they have recently bought for a good sum;that needs a lot of mending.That brings Mac and his team to work on it at full swing. With a lot more by their side for and against the relationship they behold the story Well the construction is enthralling!! Olivia and Johnny are going through a rough patch with a crack in their family life.The little Claudia their only daughter seems to have a better understanding of the situation.They try not only to fix their broken family life but also the house that they have recently bought for a good sum;that needs a lot of mending.That brings Mac and his team to work on it at full swing. With a lot more by their side for and against the relationship they behold the story takes several twists and turns.Olivia has to take a big stand; for her life is dependant on her own decisions. With many surprising entries into the story it turns out to be a little more of a TV series with a tinge of the writer's spark. A casual read and light laugh! :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Marsh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Olivia (Livvy) recounts the sudden breakdown of her 10-year marriage and the swings and roundabouts that follow. Alliot has created a seductive cast of characters, from Livvy's 10-year-old daughter and the cockney builders to her mother-in-law and old school friends, all of whom seem realistic, with a dash of the drama queen for the fun of the story. Although--or maybe because--the novel is damning about the fate of marriages and the bad behaviour of men, the story will strike a chord with many Olivia (Livvy) recounts the sudden breakdown of her 10-year marriage and the swings and roundabouts that follow. Alliot has created a seductive cast of characters, from Livvy's 10-year-old daughter and the cockney builders to her mother-in-law and old school friends, all of whom seem realistic, with a dash of the drama queen for the fun of the story. Although--or maybe because--the novel is damning about the fate of marriages and the bad behaviour of men, the story will strike a chord with many thirtysomething women. Livvy and Husband(ex) inherited house from Livvy side. Ex husband from wealthy family so builder expenditure and her need for anincome or concern about money due to break up or not non existence. So story centered on relationship level. One builder accidently in a domestic moment knocks his wife dead then him and caring brother bury secretly under the arga in the kitchen. All found out. Bother and builder have now hid is an unknown Greek Island of their labourer hand Spiro. So not know outcome as near end. Story ends happy with Livvy and near neighbour composer falling in olve. She had two friends and family Imagin and Molly. At end with Livvy proposing to move to Dorset same vicinty as composer boyfirend who had given idea of boarding school to daughter in that area. Books end details to be worked out. Three friends Livvy, Molly and Imagin all have completely difference backgrounds. Livvy's soon to be divorced, and lead by dick, husband is from upperty background as well owning a couple of classic cars and top job in the city as well. Johnny appeared on the surface to be a man of priciples but revealed nothing underneath.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not too sure if I enjoyed this one or not. The plot was certainly more interesting than some of her others, and not so predictable. I was not quite certain if she was going to end up back with her husband or not for a while, but of course the allure of a new love interest had to be explored. The whole builders thing was a bit weird, but put a few unexpected twists in it. I liked the daughter in this one, and her friends. The friends of the heroine in these books are sometimes much more likeable Not too sure if I enjoyed this one or not. The plot was certainly more interesting than some of her others, and not so predictable. I was not quite certain if she was going to end up back with her husband or not for a while, but of course the allure of a new love interest had to be explored. The whole builders thing was a bit weird, but put a few unexpected twists in it. I liked the daughter in this one, and her friends. The friends of the heroine in these books are sometimes much more likeable than the heroine I find. More down to earth and normal

  21. 4 out of 5

    ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥

    well, what I got to say about this book is that.. it's started really good. The plot was interesting and gripping.. yet by the end of it, I felt ..... unhappy with it! (view spoiler)[I was glad Olivia's husband turned out to be a jerk (hide spoiler)] but still the end, as happy as it was, felt kind of less satisfying. Final Verdict: It's was enjoyable but nothing more unfortunately. I think it might appeal more to women & not girls my age. well, what I got to say about this book is that.. it's started really good. The plot was interesting and gripping.. yet by the end of it, I felt ..... unhappy with it! (view spoiler)[I was glad Olivia's husband turned out to be a jerk (hide spoiler)] but still the end, as happy as it was, felt kind of less satisfying. Final Verdict: It's was enjoyable but nothing more unfortunately. I think it might appeal more to women & not girls my age.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dimples88

    This was a really great book! Like the 2 other Catherine Alliott books I've read, it's both very funny and also sad at some parts. The only weird thing is how all the guys prefer Olivia to her more beautiful glamorous friend Imogen--not very realistic! :p But it's still a great book! Highly recommended This was a really great book! Like the 2 other Catherine Alliott books I've read, it's both very funny and also sad at some parts. The only weird thing is how all the guys prefer Olivia to her more beautiful glamorous friend Imogen--not very realistic! :p But it's still a great book! Highly recommended

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vipula Sharma

    Its a basic story. But the thing I hated the most was pathetic and weak female characters. On one side is Olivia who keeps on ranting about her husband and on the side is Nina. Both of these characters are annoying and pathetic. The only character who is smart and intelligent is Olivia's daughter. Well its my opinion of this book. You may enjoy it,so,go give it a try. Its a basic story. But the thing I hated the most was pathetic and weak female characters. On one side is Olivia who keeps on ranting about her husband and on the side is Nina. Both of these characters are annoying and pathetic. The only character who is smart and intelligent is Olivia's daughter. Well its my opinion of this book. You may enjoy it,so,go give it a try.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This book is so entertaining and the author puts over so well the depth of emotions felt when a relationship breaks down, at the same time there are many hilarious moments which give a good balance. None of her books have predictable endings which make them all the more interesting and this is one of my favourites of hers. Well worth a read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bookishlass

    Why is everyone smoking in this book? I mean, everyone! I really love Alliott's writing style and smart sense of humor but every time somebody lights up, I feel a tad bit disgusted. And they have little kids around them too. It's really hard to feel a kinship for the characters when they go about their lives like chimneys with a sickly kid in tow. Come on! Why is everyone smoking in this book? I mean, everyone! I really love Alliott's writing style and smart sense of humor but every time somebody lights up, I feel a tad bit disgusted. And they have little kids around them too. It's really hard to feel a kinship for the characters when they go about their lives like chimneys with a sickly kid in tow. Come on!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shahrun

    I just love Catherine Alliott books! Even though I have read this one before I'd forgotten all the twists and turns the plot took - usually in most unexpected directions! - I laughed out loud many times. I just love Catherine Alliott books! Even though I have read this one before I'd forgotten all the twists and turns the plot took - usually in most unexpected directions! - I laughed out loud many times.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Smitha

    A nice fun easy, breezy read. A nice break between heavier books. Towards the end, I just wanted things to end. Some unnecessary complications crept up which in my opinion, brought nothing to the story itself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I enjoyed this book immensely for its can't-put-it-down quality, the humor which had me laughing out loud in spots, and the excellent narration. Kept me listening for hours in a row. Bestseller quality. Title is awful and adds nothing to the experience. Excellent arration by Suzy Aitchison I enjoyed this book immensely for its can't-put-it-down quality, the humor which had me laughing out loud in spots, and the excellent narration. Kept me listening for hours in a row. Bestseller quality. Title is awful and adds nothing to the experience. Excellent arration by Suzy Aitchison

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    i found this book dragged on at the end. i don't see why it took 25 or so chapters to end this book. we all know the boy gets the girl. no need to drag it out. i left this book in Sault Saint Marie because i just didn't care if it came back. i found this book dragged on at the end. i don't see why it took 25 or so chapters to end this book. we all know the boy gets the girl. no need to drag it out. i left this book in Sault Saint Marie because i just didn't care if it came back.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    So funny in places I laughed out loud ..the characters, like the builders are just like people we all know and see every day. I enjoyed this book.. it is a light funny and not a bad girl meets boy story. Enjoy..

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