An Old Fashioned Arrangement (Transita)

by Susie Vereker | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1905175280 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LyzzyBee of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 2/4/2007
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, February 04, 2007
From the back of the book:

"Kim is suddenly adrift in an expensive foreign city with a child to support. She's been trailing dutifully around the world with her unreliable husband Richard ... but early one morning he is reported killed in a plane crash ... His shady employers insist she must leave the company-rented house within a month and, with no home in England, she finds herself destitute.

Then wicked old Henri makes a practical proposition. What would you do if you were Kim? How would you cope with the extraordinary dilemmas she faces?"

I enjoyed this thriller with a heart set in the peculiar ex-pat community in Geneva. I would never rely on a man so much as to be destitute when he disappeared, but it does happen and it's interesting to see what Kim has to do to salvage the situation as best she can...

Journal Entry 2 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, February 04, 2007
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PARTICIPANTS

Caroline080 UK (anywhere)
LindyLouMac Italy (from EU, to EU)
Mallary France (anywhere)
Nice-Cup-Of-Tea Switzerland (anywhere)
Scotsbookie UK (UK)
LindyB28 UK (UK)
Birmingham-Rose UK
PurpleRosebud UK
Calallily UK
Sally906 Australia (anywhere) <----- it's here

... on wherever it wants to go!

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Passing to Caroline080 at the Kings Heath Kitchen Garden Cafe mini-meet on Saturday.

Journal Entry 4 by carocharlton from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Received last night from WyldeTwo in Jyoti (south Indian vegetarian restaurant) Stratford Road.

Birmingham Bookcrossers have had three meetups this week, so the book was bound to find me somewhere!

Journal Entry 5 by carocharlton from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, February 24, 2007
I've read this now - didn't take long! It's good...

Reserved for LindyLouMac.

Journal Entry 6 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 24, 2007
I have this back temporarily - will send on to LindyLouMac next weekend.

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Posting on Monday.

Journal Entry 8 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Arrived today with an interesting postcard for my study wall, thanks LyzzyBee. A couple of titles ahead of this but should be able to read next week.
Update 18/04/07: This is brilliant I am racing through it! Spent the afternoon in the garden reading, as could not put it down! Forty pages to go then I will review properly. I have contacted next on the list today for an address.

Journal Entry 9 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, April 19, 2007
A really enjoyable read. Once I started I just could not put this book down, two sessions sitting in the sunshine in the garden after lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was finished.
The characters are very realistic as is the authors writing style. So much is obviously taken from her own 'life experiences' as some of her comments about places etc that I also know of personally are just so true! For instance about 'the coldest car park in the world' and her comments on BBC Prime. I laughed out loud as I know the car park well and I watch BBC Prime.
The story has all the traditional elements of a romantic novel, but it manages to convey so much more with humour, suspense and intrigue all included.
I look forward to reading more from Susie Vereker, starting with her first novel Pond Lane and Paris, which I have not had a chance to read yet. A copy is on its way to me as I write! I will certainly be recommending this novel, author and transita yet again to friends and family.

Released 12 yrs ago (4/24/2007 UTC) at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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En route to Mallary. It took a couple of attempts for address to reach me via the PM system.

Journal Entry 11 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Monday, April 30, 2007
Arrived today, many thanks for sending it so promptly.
I'm looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 12 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Monday, May 21, 2007
Another excellent Transita novel. I want to visit Switzerland now!
It probably says too much about me but the part that affected me the most was when their dog was kidnapped. I was desperate for them to get him back.
I loved the ending, it was very satisfying without being too 'happily ever after'. Now pming Nice-Cup-Of-Tea....


Journal Entry 13 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Thursday, June 14, 2007
UPDATE: Posted 06/06/07 to Nice-Cup-of-Tea...enjoy!!

Journal Entry 14 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, June 14, 2007
There is nothing nicer than a bookring turning up, and now a second one from Lyzzybee! Thanks for sending Mallary...

Journal Entry 15 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, June 25, 2007
This was a smashing book, really enjoyed it! A cracking plot, plus it was set in Switzerland :-)
And yes, I also agree with the comment about BBC Prime, except here we call it "BBC B****cks !! Thanks for sharing, will send to Scotsbookie as soon as I get the address

Journal Entry 16 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, September 06, 2007
Arrived safely this morning, thank you nice-cup-of-tea. I'm reading another couple of ring books at the moment & then I will get to this one.

Journal Entry 17 by scotsbookie from Peebles, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A great read, I liked the characters, the setting, the romance & the mystery.

Thank you LyzzyBee for the chance to read the book. I Hvae LindyB28's details & will get this on it's way again asap.

Released 11 yrs ago (9/13/2007 UTC) at to a fellow bookcrosser in Bookring, a postal release -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 19 by LindyB28 from Acocks Green, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thanks for sending this to me Audrey. I read a bit of it over the weekend and came to the conclusion that there are too many good books out there waiting to be read for me to spend any more time reading this one.

I found the situation and prose clunky, and while it might improve over the course of the novel, I'm afraid I'm not that eager to find out. I'll PM Birmingham-Rose to get the book to her.

Sorry for being negative. I've just read the journal entries and realise that without exception, everyone else has enjoyed it!

Journal Entry 20 by birmingham-rose from Burntwood, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 29, 2007
Aaaaarrrgggghhhhh another one arrived in the mail. I'm being bombarded by rings and rays again, just when you think you've got the chance to read another book from Mount TBR the postman knocks the door!!!
This will be added to my pile of rings, should be book number 3. Will try not to hold it up too long

Journal Entry 21 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, July 05, 2008
FAO Birmingham-Rose - I haven't heard from you since January when you said you'd be sending the book on. I haven't had any response to an email and PM about another matter (Linda Gillard trying to contact you) so I hope you're OK. Are you able to return this book to me so it can travel onwards? Just need to know so I can move the other readers on to another ring if necessary.

Thanks - Liz

Journal Entry 22 by birmingham-rose from Burntwood, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I'VE FOUND IT!!! WAHOO!!! Sorry for the hold-up!! It got lost amongst several other books.
This will be next on my reading list and I will then send it on as necessary!!

Journal Entry 23 by birmingham-rose from Burntwood, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Whew!!! What a busy couple of weeks I have had catching up with the books that I very wrongly held up. Anyway the good news is that I have finished with this book and will be PM'ing PurpleRoseBud to send it on its merry way.
I found this book to be interesting with some wonderful descriptions and an overall winning plot. It wasn't one of my favourites but enjoyable none the less.

Released 10 yrs ago (2/4/2009 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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This was mailed to Mary by 2nd class post yesterday (Wednesday). Hope you receive it soon.

Journal Entry 25 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 09, 2009
Arrived over the week-end. Many thanks! I have 1 & 1/2 books to read first but when I see calalilly I will ask her if she wants it first.

Journal Entry 26 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 06, 2009
Sorry but I'm afraid I didn't find this book as enjoyable as most of the previous readers. I liked the setting but not much else. I didn't find the characters believable, although I could imagine someone finding themselves in the situation Kim found herself in, taking Henri up on his offer.

Will be passing on to calalilly very soon.

Journal Entry 27 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 14, 2009
Passed onto me by Purplerosebud when we met up for coffee and a chat at a garden entre. I've got a couple of other books to read first and then I will start this one.

Journal Entry 28 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 20, 2009
Sorry Lyzzybee I put this aside to do the journal after I'd finished reading it and put it in the wrong pile and have just discovered it. An easy to read book that didn't take me long to get through. Awaiting the address of Sally906 and then it will be winging its way to Australia.

Journal Entry 29 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, September 07, 2009
Arrived today in the mail-box.

Journal Entry 30 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, November 14, 2009
I enjoy Transita publications (now sadly defunct) and read them whenever I can get my hands on them. To say that ‘An Old-Fashioned Arrangement is Chick Lit is a bit of an insult to the author – it is really much more than that. There is romance, suspense, humour and pathos. And then there is the moral dilemma of the main character, Kim.

Kim is married to Richard – who is a bit dodgy. They often have to leave a country in a hurry as his underhanded schemes get discovered. As the story opens they are in Geneva, and it looks like Richard is up to no good once more. Only this time he is believed to be dead – he was on a plane that crashed in Indonesia. Kim is in dire straits – Richard has cleaned out their accounts, and his employers have told her to move out of the company apartment. No money, no job and a twelve year old son in a private school. What it the new widow to do? Enter Henri the apartment owner. He has admired Kim for a while and he offers her an alternative, to be his mistress. All she is expected to do is sleep with him on Thursday nights. Kim likes Henri but this is something quiet different. When push comes to shove and she realises there is no other source of income she takes him up on his offer.

Now many would sneer at her decision, but none of us are perfect, and a mother does what she can to protect her child. Kim comes over as a very believable character, she starts off as a very gullable, weak and dependent woman but shows that she is made of sterner stuff by the end of the book. Different drama’s get thrown at her – the death of Richard is just the first – but she overcomes all obstacles in her search for a secure life and loving relationship.

I do like the way the author has given us a heroine that is mature, not afraid to cry, ready to laugh, looking for love and above all protects her child. She has spent her married life putting husband first, surely now it is time to put herself first?

Suzie Vereker has written other books – will keep my eye out for them.

This book is being sent on to 'Ms January' for the Southern Cross bookcrossing exchange.

Journal Entry 31 by sally906 at Darwin, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, November 14, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (11/14/2009 UTC) at Darwin, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Sent by road mail

Sending off to Ms January for the southern cross book exchange (is early - but don't want it going astray in the upcoming Christmas rush)

Journal Entry 32 by bemaia from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, February 05, 2010
Sally906 sent me this book for January Southern Cross Exchange. Thank You!

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