All Over the Place

All Over the Place❮Reading❯ ➿ All Over the Place Author Serena Clarke – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk How far would you go to find the place you’re meant to be?

It was a South Pacific paradise…until it wasn’t After a reality TV disaster in New Zealand, Livi Callaway heads back to London How far would you go to find the place you’re meant to be?It was a South Pacific paradise…until it wasn’t After a reality TV disaster in New Zealand, Livi Callaway heads back to London, determined to stay under the radar But her new life is complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in waitLate one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy All Over Epub / American on the Underground—and the events that follow take her from the heart of London to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian, and a childhood friend who might yet be than that have her All Over the Place as she tries to discover the American’s secret—while keeping her ownWith help—and occasional hindrance—from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected…sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed. When I write reviews on books that I didn't love I at least try to be constructive in my thoughts. So, here it goes
This book started out so promising. I was immediately drawn to the main character and was excited to learn more about the mysterious American. But then the author decided to give some back history to the main character's tragic latest relationship. But instead of summing up the drama and facts in one or two really good detailed paragraphs, there were multiple chapters going into so much detail, that I felt like I was reading a completely different story. All of a sudden I was supposed to care about characters and events that I had barely learned about. And I didn't. I just wanted to get back to the beginning of the story. Once the back history was finally over and I thought I was going to learn more about the American, the story went in a totally different direction. If there ever was a book with a more perfect title, this book takes the cake. I was so frustrated with this story because it went all over the place. And as a reader I was emotionally jerked around here and there. Sometimes too many subplots can ruin and muddy a story. That's what this story did. It just didn't work for me. Reels you in and won’t let you go. I found myself cancelling fun things about two chapters in, then with a sigh of relief, sat back on my sofa and allowed myself to be entertained. All Over The Place is a romance with the freedom of chick-lit, resulting in a fun, light-hearted read that will stay with you long after the end.

Livi is a total sweetheart, doing everything in her power to ensure the people around her are happy. She lands herself in some mad capers with her friends, and makes you laugh and wish that you were her, living her fun life, with her zest for living and going out to get what she wants. Her mother lands on her doorstep too and so begins a series of mad characters through the flat – I especially enjoyed Journey, with her Eckhart Tolle words of wisdom, a philosophy that is always great to read and re-read. As for her hero?! He's pretty darn wonderful too, a man I think I've lost a bit of my heart to him.

All Over The Place has that wonderful feeling of friends, fun and the love of both. I challenge you not to like it. This was okay. It didn't seem to have a good flow. I really had to force myself to finish by year end. ****This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****
Livi Callaway has suffered the humiliation of rejection on T.V in New Zealand. Running away to London, she leaves everything behind to start a new life, including her life long best friend Cam. But you can't run away from your life forever as Livi finds out when her family and past arrive in London.
This is a book of looking for love, fate, destiny and finding you have exactly what you need right in front of you in the first place.
There is a array of crazy, outlandish characters in this book that lead to many weird and wacky situations. Some that were just a little too weird for me. I found it very hard to get into, and the bits that I was longing for , the emails back and forward between Cam and Livi, were few and far between. Maybe this is just my romance junky self, but I was expecting a bit more of the romance in this book. What I got was a wild ride through the many wacky adventures of Livi and her friends and family.
It started to pick up toward the end of the book, but even then, I didn't feel the spark I wanted to between the two characters.
I am sorry to say that this book and I just didn't connect. All Over the Place is a riot of twists and turns as we follow self-confessed ‘country mouse’ Livi Callaway’s exploits when she unexpectedly seeks out love far away from home. Serena certainly knows how to twist stories together to make a satisfying whole.

The book starts with Livi finally feeling happy in her new life in London, having escaped from a broken engagement and national humiliation back in her home country of New Zealand. With a new job, a new home and a collection of glamorous friends, Livi is finally settling down. However, a chance meeting with the mysterious and handsome American Ryan, on a crowded and sweaty London Underground train, leaves her with a battered old satchel and a mystery to solve – and an adventure for the reader!

Encouraged by her flatmate, Cas, Livi determines to return the satchel to the American. With no name or address to go on, Livi and her friends set to deciphering a series of clues as to the whereabouts of the man, taking them from Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre wood to the romance and sophistication of Paris. Sweet-natured and kind-hearted, Livi must also cope with unwanted romantic overtures and a family drama which reaches out from the other side of the world. Along the way we learn about Livi’s past and why it is she fears that she cannot return home.

All Over the Place is a fun romance novel. Livi’s character is instantly likable, and she is someone to whom we can all relate. From her neuroses to her secret shoebox of chocolates, Livi is the best friend that we would all wish we could be. It is a strong testament to the realism of Serena Clarke’s writing that the reader can feel such an attachment to her, and I was desperate for things to work out for the best in the end. Serena’s writing perfectly captures the realities of living in a city such as London, from the drabness of the daily commute to colourful descriptions of the Notting Hill carnival and the elegance and high culture of the National Gallery. We also get a taste of the downsides and camaraderie of working in a glamorous Soho salon.

Within the book, Livi is in the enviable position of being almost assailed by offers from handsome, eligible men – from her former fiancé Rob, to the kind-hearted translator Matthias – and it seems at times that Livi is batting them off. However, it is the attentions of two men in particular that catch the reader’s attention, and this forms the major romantic thrust of the novel. Both men are well written and encapsulate all of the best elements of the spectrum of perfect leading men, leaving Livi with that most delicious of dilemmas – should she choose the mysterious and exciting Ryan or the bookish good-guy and childhood friend, Cam? Suffice it to say that the ending does leave the reader satisfied, but also wondering what happens next.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There are some books that call out for a sequel and All Over the Place is certainly one of those!
After a personal disaster played out in public, Livi Callaway ran away from her home in New Zealand to London, where she settles in to what she hopes will be a more peaceful life. Fat chance author Serena Clarke will let her heroine off the hook that easily.

For starters, after a brief encounter on the tube, she ends up with a briefcase belonging to a sexy American. From Idaho, no less. She combs through his belongings trying to find a clue to who he is. All she works out is that he’s chasing dead rock stars. Or at least visiting the graves of dead rock stars. She follows the trail but has no luck meeting up with him.

In the meantime, the cast of characters in her life keeps her life from being anything but peaceful. Her flat mate Cass brings home Steve. Livi’s mother shows up having left her home in New Zealand for a different life, which includes the slightly sleazy Len. Mattias, the quiet man who’s been hanging around Peach where she works, bringing her hot chocolate every day, makes his move. And Cam Holden, a long-time friend from New Zealand, along with the paparazzi from home, show up on her doorstep.

Luckily, for the reader (and for Livi), author Clarke knows exactly how to keep all the balls in the air and winds up all the loose ends before the last page. You’ll have to read the book to find out if she ever finds her mysterious Yank and who she ends up falling for. I recommend you do. You won’t regret it.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
All Over the Place is a rollicking romp with wonderfully drawn characters that you'll love to meet. This book has it all - flirtation, adventure, romance and a healthy dose of pure whimsy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The lovely Livi Callaway meets a stranger on the London tube, someone who sets her pulse racing and she has no idea she's in for the roller coaster ride of a lifetime.

After having her heart broken on national TV by her then fiancé, Rob, Livi decides to throw caution to the winds and embark on her adventure.

I found I really wanted to work in the very chic hair salon in London- 'Peaches' with Livi and the rest of her friends. I had to say I was extremely jealous of the looks of the lovely Cass- 'red hair, creamy skin, long limbs' - the way I've always wanted to look. She's a real hoot too. I loved the relationship between Aidan and Will, two guy men who apart from each other also love - hair.

But I confess, very early in the book, I found myself really developing a soft spot for the adorable Cam - Livi's childhood friend, motorbike nut, sexy as hell and generally all round good guy.And he's extremely intelligent too, which is always such a turn on for me. A lecturer in Economics? Believe me, it's not as dry as it sounds, I promise. This man has moves
and a great backside.

The story moves, as the book title suggests ' All Over the Place' not just geographically but in a whirlwind ride of friendship, relationships and a growing awareness of where true happiness actually resides.

I look forward to reading Serena's Clarke's next book.

This book drew me in - and kept me guessing - right to the very end.

Its been fifteen years since I've travelled to London and France, but this book took me back into the heart of those countries, reminding me of why I fell in love with them both and took me on a journey far from my reality. What an adventure!

Marked as a romance, this book for me was so much more than just a great romance story. I loved the dynamics of each character and who they were to Livvy and how they helped shape her into the person she is today. She is resilient, but that is in no small way because of the people she surrounds herself with. Each interaction showed more of her character and I thought it was such a fun way of getting to know her more deeply. But there were some really emotional moments too. The situation that stands out in my mind was the scene with her mum. It made me cry. It was a powerful moment and one most of us have played out in our own lives. That moment of when a child is forced to recognize a parent as being a person, separate from that role we've known them as for the first time.

Why it kept me guessing was, I was never really sure WHO Livvy was going to choose to be with. I knew who I WANTED her to be with, but it wasn't until we got nearer the ending that her choice was finally revealed - and boy, was it worth the wait! *Happy sigh*

All Over the Place is an outstanding debut novel and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next. Livi is a New Zealander who runs away to London after a humiliating - and very public - breakup. While she's doing the single-working-girl thing in England, the book read like straight chick-lit, which I love. She had fun with her best friends, kept in touch with some schoolmates back home, flirted with a smattering of guys, and alternately complained about and thrived on her work in a hair salon.

And then all hell broke loose.

Livi's mother came to London to find herself while Livi's dad was nowhere to be found. Livi's best friend Cam was sometimes being his sweet self and sometimes ignoring her texts and emails. Finally, Livi got stuck with a handsome American's leather satchel due to a mishap on the train.

With a nudge from her flatmate, Livi went all over the place - throughout town, on day trips around England, and even a few days in romantic Paris - trying to find the American and return his satchel. She also went all over the place in her heart and mind, trying to figure out where her life was going and who she wanted to spend it with.

And there's where chick-lit turned to romance.

I won't give away details, but Livi got one of the best, most romantic, awe-inspiring and awwwww-inspiring happily ever afters I've read in a long time.

Brava, Serena Clarke! I plan to read more by you! ALL OVER THE PLACE, the debut novel by Serena Clarke, was a thoroughly engaging, globe-hopping confection of a novel.

When heroine Livi flees her homeland and a painful betrayal for an exciting new life in faraway hotspots, Clarke takes the reader on an enchanting journey of both distance and heart. Livi was at turns feisty, sympathetic, and driven. The men in her life were both hot and mysterious, a perfect combination. The supporting characters were numerous and diverse. And Livi's best friend, Cam, is a dead-sexy guy with a heart of gold and a secret worth guarding.

ALL OVER THE PLACE is a fast-paced, fun journey through sparkling locations and the turbulent tides of love, one that ends with a sweet, satisfying HEA. If you're looking for a fantastic read full of well-drawn characters and great plot, this book is the one for you!

***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub is complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in waitLate one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy All Over Epub / American on the Underground—and the events that follow take her from the heart of London to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian, and a childhood friend who might yet be than that have her All Over the Place as she tries to discover the American’s secret—while keeping her ownWith help—and occasional hindrance—from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected…sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed. When I write reviews on books that I didn't love I at least try to be constructive in my thoughts. So, here it goes
    This book started out so promising. I was immediately drawn to the main character and was excited to learn more about the mysterious American. But then the author decided to give some back history to the main character's tragic latest relationship. But instead of summing up the drama and facts in one or two really good detailed paragraphs, there were multiple chapters going into so much detail, that I felt like I was reading a completely different story. All of a sudden I was supposed to care about characters and events that I had barely learned about. And I didn't. I just wanted to get back to the beginning of the story. Once the back history was finally over and I thought I was going to learn more about the American, the story went in a totally different direction. If there ever was a book with a more perfect title, this book takes the cake. I was so frustrated with this story because it went all over the place. And as a reader I was emotionally jerked around here and there. Sometimes too many subplots can ruin and muddy a story. That's what this story did. It just didn't work for me. Reels you in and won’t let you go. I found myself cancelling fun things about two chapters in, then with a sigh of relief, sat back on my sofa and allowed myself to be entertained. All Over The Place is a romance with the freedom of chick-lit, resulting in a fun, light-hearted read that will stay with you long after the end.

    Livi is a total sweetheart, doing everything in her power to ensure the people around her are happy. She lands herself in some mad capers with her friends, and makes you laugh and wish that you were her, living her fun life, with her zest for living and going out to get what she wants. Her mother lands on her doorstep too and so begins a series of mad characters through the flat – I especially enjoyed Journey, with her Eckhart Tolle words of wisdom, a philosophy that is always great to read and re-read. As for her hero?! He's pretty darn wonderful too, a man I think I've lost a bit of my heart to him.

    All Over The Place has that wonderful feeling of friends, fun and the love of both. I challenge you not to like it. This was okay. It didn't seem to have a good flow. I really had to force myself to finish by year end. ****This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****
    Livi Callaway has suffered the humiliation of rejection on T.V in New Zealand. Running away to London, she leaves everything behind to start a new life, including her life long best friend Cam. But you can't run away from your life forever as Livi finds out when her family and past arrive in London.
    This is a book of looking for love, fate, destiny and finding you have exactly what you need right in front of you in the first place.
    There is a array of crazy, outlandish characters in this book that lead to many weird and wacky situations. Some that were just a little too weird for me. I found it very hard to get into, and the bits that I was longing for , the emails back and forward between Cam and Livi, were few and far between. Maybe this is just my romance junky self, but I was expecting a bit more of the romance in this book. What I got was a wild ride through the many wacky adventures of Livi and her friends and family.
    It started to pick up toward the end of the book, but even then, I didn't feel the spark I wanted to between the two characters.
    I am sorry to say that this book and I just didn't connect. All Over the Place is a riot of twists and turns as we follow self-confessed ‘country mouse’ Livi Callaway’s exploits when she unexpectedly seeks out love far away from home. Serena certainly knows how to twist stories together to make a satisfying whole.

    The book starts with Livi finally feeling happy in her new life in London, having escaped from a broken engagement and national humiliation back in her home country of New Zealand. With a new job, a new home and a collection of glamorous friends, Livi is finally settling down. However, a chance meeting with the mysterious and handsome American Ryan, on a crowded and sweaty London Underground train, leaves her with a battered old satchel and a mystery to solve – and an adventure for the reader!

    Encouraged by her flatmate, Cas, Livi determines to return the satchel to the American. With no name or address to go on, Livi and her friends set to deciphering a series of clues as to the whereabouts of the man, taking them from Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre wood to the romance and sophistication of Paris. Sweet-natured and kind-hearted, Livi must also cope with unwanted romantic overtures and a family drama which reaches out from the other side of the world. Along the way we learn about Livi’s past and why it is she fears that she cannot return home.

    All Over the Place is a fun romance novel. Livi’s character is instantly likable, and she is someone to whom we can all relate. From her neuroses to her secret shoebox of chocolates, Livi is the best friend that we would all wish we could be. It is a strong testament to the realism of Serena Clarke’s writing that the reader can feel such an attachment to her, and I was desperate for things to work out for the best in the end. Serena’s writing perfectly captures the realities of living in a city such as London, from the drabness of the daily commute to colourful descriptions of the Notting Hill carnival and the elegance and high culture of the National Gallery. We also get a taste of the downsides and camaraderie of working in a glamorous Soho salon.

    Within the book, Livi is in the enviable position of being almost assailed by offers from handsome, eligible men – from her former fiancé Rob, to the kind-hearted translator Matthias – and it seems at times that Livi is batting them off. However, it is the attentions of two men in particular that catch the reader’s attention, and this forms the major romantic thrust of the novel. Both men are well written and encapsulate all of the best elements of the spectrum of perfect leading men, leaving Livi with that most delicious of dilemmas – should she choose the mysterious and exciting Ryan or the bookish good-guy and childhood friend, Cam? Suffice it to say that the ending does leave the reader satisfied, but also wondering what happens next.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There are some books that call out for a sequel and All Over the Place is certainly one of those!
    After a personal disaster played out in public, Livi Callaway ran away from her home in New Zealand to London, where she settles in to what she hopes will be a more peaceful life. Fat chance author Serena Clarke will let her heroine off the hook that easily.

    For starters, after a brief encounter on the tube, she ends up with a briefcase belonging to a sexy American. From Idaho, no less. She combs through his belongings trying to find a clue to who he is. All she works out is that he’s chasing dead rock stars. Or at least visiting the graves of dead rock stars. She follows the trail but has no luck meeting up with him.

    In the meantime, the cast of characters in her life keeps her life from being anything but peaceful. Her flat mate Cass brings home Steve. Livi’s mother shows up having left her home in New Zealand for a different life, which includes the slightly sleazy Len. Mattias, the quiet man who’s been hanging around Peach where she works, bringing her hot chocolate every day, makes his move. And Cam Holden, a long-time friend from New Zealand, along with the paparazzi from home, show up on her doorstep.

    Luckily, for the reader (and for Livi), author Clarke knows exactly how to keep all the balls in the air and winds up all the loose ends before the last page. You’ll have to read the book to find out if she ever finds her mysterious Yank and who she ends up falling for. I recommend you do. You won’t regret it.

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    All Over the Place is a rollicking romp with wonderfully drawn characters that you'll love to meet. This book has it all - flirtation, adventure, romance and a healthy dose of pure whimsy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The lovely Livi Callaway meets a stranger on the London tube, someone who sets her pulse racing and she has no idea she's in for the roller coaster ride of a lifetime.

    After having her heart broken on national TV by her then fiancé, Rob, Livi decides to throw caution to the winds and embark on her adventure.

    I found I really wanted to work in the very chic hair salon in London- 'Peaches' with Livi and the rest of her friends. I had to say I was extremely jealous of the looks of the lovely Cass- 'red hair, creamy skin, long limbs' - the way I've always wanted to look. She's a real hoot too. I loved the relationship between Aidan and Will, two guy men who apart from each other also love - hair.

    But I confess, very early in the book, I found myself really developing a soft spot for the adorable Cam - Livi's childhood friend, motorbike nut, sexy as hell and generally all round good guy.And he's extremely intelligent too, which is always such a turn on for me. A lecturer in Economics? Believe me, it's not as dry as it sounds, I promise. This man has moves
    and a great backside.

    The story moves, as the book title suggests ' All Over the Place' not just geographically but in a whirlwind ride of friendship, relationships and a growing awareness of where true happiness actually resides.

    I look forward to reading Serena's Clarke's next book.

    This book drew me in - and kept me guessing - right to the very end.

    Its been fifteen years since I've travelled to London and France, but this book took me back into the heart of those countries, reminding me of why I fell in love with them both and took me on a journey far from my reality. What an adventure!

    Marked as a romance, this book for me was so much more than just a great romance story. I loved the dynamics of each character and who they were to Livvy and how they helped shape her into the person she is today. She is resilient, but that is in no small way because of the people she surrounds herself with. Each interaction showed more of her character and I thought it was such a fun way of getting to know her more deeply. But there were some really emotional moments too. The situation that stands out in my mind was the scene with her mum. It made me cry. It was a powerful moment and one most of us have played out in our own lives. That moment of when a child is forced to recognize a parent as being a person, separate from that role we've known them as for the first time.

    Why it kept me guessing was, I was never really sure WHO Livvy was going to choose to be with. I knew who I WANTED her to be with, but it wasn't until we got nearer the ending that her choice was finally revealed - and boy, was it worth the wait! *Happy sigh*

    All Over the Place is an outstanding debut novel and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next. Livi is a New Zealander who runs away to London after a humiliating - and very public - breakup. While she's doing the single-working-girl thing in England, the book read like straight chick-lit, which I love. She had fun with her best friends, kept in touch with some schoolmates back home, flirted with a smattering of guys, and alternately complained about and thrived on her work in a hair salon.

    And then all hell broke loose.

    Livi's mother came to London to find herself while Livi's dad was nowhere to be found. Livi's best friend Cam was sometimes being his sweet self and sometimes ignoring her texts and emails. Finally, Livi got stuck with a handsome American's leather satchel due to a mishap on the train.

    With a nudge from her flatmate, Livi went all over the place - throughout town, on day trips around England, and even a few days in romantic Paris - trying to find the American and return his satchel. She also went all over the place in her heart and mind, trying to figure out where her life was going and who she wanted to spend it with.

    And there's where chick-lit turned to romance.

    I won't give away details, but Livi got one of the best, most romantic, awe-inspiring and awwwww-inspiring happily ever afters I've read in a long time.

    Brava, Serena Clarke! I plan to read more by you! ALL OVER THE PLACE, the debut novel by Serena Clarke, was a thoroughly engaging, globe-hopping confection of a novel.

    When heroine Livi flees her homeland and a painful betrayal for an exciting new life in faraway hotspots, Clarke takes the reader on an enchanting journey of both distance and heart. Livi was at turns feisty, sympathetic, and driven. The men in her life were both hot and mysterious, a perfect combination. The supporting characters were numerous and diverse. And Livi's best friend, Cam, is a dead-sexy guy with a heart of gold and a secret worth guarding.

    ALL OVER THE PLACE is a fast-paced, fun journey through sparkling locations and the turbulent tides of love, one that ends with a sweet, satisfying HEA. If you're looking for a fantastic read full of well-drawn characters and great plot, this book is the one for you!

    ***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 250 pages
  • All Over the Place
  • Serena Clarke
  • English
  • 12 May 2019
  • 9781440564697