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The Pollyanna Plan [Format Kindle]

Talli Roland
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Is finding true love as easy as an attitude change?

Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on 'the glass is half full' optimists, believing it's better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on.

With her world spinning out of control, and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. From here on in, she'll behave like Pollyanna: attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation.

Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?

Biographie de l'auteur

Talli Roland was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. By age 13, she’d finished her first novel and received very encouraging rejections from publishers. Talli put writing on hold to focus on athletics, achieving provincial records and becoming a Canadian university champion in the 4 × 400 meter relay. After getting her BA, she turned to writing again, earning a Masters in Journalism. A few years later, she left Canada behind and settled in London, where she now lives with her husband and their young son.

Talli writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women’s fiction.

Her debut novel, The Hating Game, was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite.

Talli’s website is, and she blogs regularly at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1343 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 237 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B00AFAW2GK
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (11 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and cupcakes. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and cupcakes). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories - complete with happy endings. Her debut novel, 'The Hating Game', was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller and shortlisted for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, and her second, 'Watching Willow Watts', was selected as a 2011 Amazon Customer Favourite. 'Build A Man' is her latest release.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read 5 juillet 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read.This Would be a good book to take on your holiday
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 déçue 22 juillet 2014
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Livre mièvre, histoire peu intéressante et on sait comment ça finira dès la moitié. L'idée de départ était bonne, mais ça ne suffit pas à faire un bon roman.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another fantastic read by Talli Roland 13 décembre 2012
Par BookChick - Publié sur
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When Talli Roland's first novel came out in 2010 I remember reading it and thinking "Wow! That woman can write!". Fast-forward two years and Talli has become one of my favourite authors. When she announces a new book I can't wait to get my hands on it, and when it is released I can't wait to read it!

Talli's latest release is The Pollyanna Plan. It tells the story of Emma Beckett, who is living a perfectly adequate life. She engrosses herself in her job and has a fiance who loves his job as much as she loves hers. They are planning to marry as soon as they can leave their desks long enough to plan a wedding and although Emma doesn't feel any sparks with George she does feel that their relationship is perfectly fine. She chooses to look at life in a realistic way and if that doesn't make her the world's most exciting person, well, oh well!

When Emma loses her fiance and her job in the same week her best friend Alice challenges her to live her life like Pollyanna. Instead of always seeing the glass as half-empty, Alice encourages Emma to see the glass as half-full. Figuring that she has nothing to lose Emma goes along with the experiment and suddenly she is seeing the world in colour instead of monochrome! As she decorates her sterile apartment, gets to know her little half-sister, and meets a man that makes her heart race Emma finally sees what she's been missing all along. However when her new love interest's secret is revealed, Emma's new world comes crashing down around her. She sees how participating in the experiment opened her up to new heartbreak and she closes herself off to the world again. Is Emma fated to carry out a dull but safe existence or will the changes that she has recently made lure her back to a life of risk with a great potential payoff?

I couldn't help but love The Pollyanna Plan. The plot drew me in from the very beginning. I've long been a believer that being positive even when you don't feel like it can go a long way towards changing your outlook on life, so I loved that Talli chose to explore this theme. I also found myself really enjoying the fact that both Emma and her love interest Will narrate the book. Will's voice isn't as frequent as Emma's but somehow the dual narration really worked for me. I loved being able to get inside of Will's head and compare his thoughts to Emma's, especially at the beginning of the story. I also really appreciate the fact that Talli's books are polished with a capital P. There are no spelling or grammatical errors, but best of all the story flows. There are no awkward sentences or parts of the plot that don't seem quite right. Everything comes together in a way that contributes to an excellent reading experience.

The worst part of The Pollyanna Plan? It ended, and now I have to wait until Talli's next book comes out. Yes, I loved it that much, and yes, you need to buy yourself a copy right now!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Strong Characterization? Find It Here 31 janvier 2013
Par William Kendall - Publié sur
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Every once in awhile life throws us for a loop. The Pollyanna Plan starts off with its heroine getting thrown twice. Emma Beckett is a sensible underwriter in London, living her life in what she considers to be realistic expectations. Emma is strictly no-nonsense in her approach to life. She has a relationship with a boring fellow named George and a strained family life with her mother, in place following the death of her father. In short order though, Emma loses both the boring boyfriend and the job when she gets downsized. Her free spirit best friend Alice persuades her to start looking at life more postively, like the character Pollyanna, to find something optimistic in everything. Emma dives into the experience, which draws her to a karaoke evening with Alice.

The other half of the equation is Will Ballard, who's spending his time working at a home decorating store, though he in fact comes from a well to do family with a paint business. Will has retreated from the world, for the most part, dealing with a medical diagnosis that's changed his life. There's friction between he and his father, over his refusal to take the reins of the company. Will feels a sense of safety in isolation, not wanting the pity that will come with people knowing about his condition.

The pair meet when Emma comes to Will's shop looking for paint, and then when they turn up at the same karaoke establishment. There's a spark between them, definite chemistry from the start, and the story follows them both as they work through issues with family, and with their own wariness about trusting in love.

Talli Roland is a transplanted Canadian living in England, and she's obviously soaked in the British way of life. The dialogue and atmosphere of the book has a very British sensibility. It feels British, in other words. She has a talent for picking up on details, telling us a lot about a person from the way their home looks, or the way they pay attention to the world around them. She weaves these details, large and small, to give the reader a very strong sense of the world she's writing in. Much of that, of course, is in and around London, but even on a trip to Croatia, she makes the reader strongly see the place she's bringing a character to. Sometimes the detail is less tangible, but still very effective. A small moment that I enjoyed particularly demonstrates that, and it's a nod towards personality traits: Emma is spending time with her sister Meg, a child, and is struck by the fact that she doesn't know how to talk with kids.

Talli has a light, deft, and funny style of writing, and it comes across in the sharp, clever dialogue a lot, and in characterization, which feels like the solid bedrock of her writing. Her characters feel grounded and real, like the sort of person you might meet in the park or at a pub. Alice is the funniest character of the lot, a firecracker sort of person who nonetheless has depth beneath the cheery and irreverent personality she shows the world. She has something of a mirror in Lou, Will's neighbour, who's a loyal and outspoken sort of person, watchful and still likely to say something off colour. Emma's ex George comes across, to use a Britishism, as a boring self involved prat, but that's what makes him work. We've all known a George in our life, if not more, and while the author doesn't employ such a technique, we've all been tempted to push a George into the Thames. When we meet Emma's mother for the first time, knowing she's remarried and has another daughter, we expect one thing to happen, and instead the author takes us in a different direction, and we end up understanding, just as Emma does, what her mother has felt in the aftermath of the death of Emma's father.

The two leading characters are of course the core of the book. Emma is a smart, likeable woman, torn between what's safe and realistic for her on the one hand, and hope and optimism on the other. She has to figure these things out for herself as she goes along, wavering between looking on the bright side of life and just going back to being cynical about life. She has a sense of humour, and the reader can really empathize with her. Her character voice is very distinctive, and true to life. Will feels just as real as Emma does. Coping with a medical diagnosis that's difficult, he's been burned before in love, wants to pull back away from the world, instead of dealing with it. There is a warm, playful chemistry between these two, and that's all to the credit of the writer. As the two characters embark on this journey through the book, the reader can't help but root for them.

The novel has a brisk pace to it, clever banter, and strongly rendered characters who feel true to life. Talli has a winner with this book, and you'll enjoy reading it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very fun read 16 décembre 2012
Par Katie Muller - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
As I was debating what book to start last night I looked at my options and decided I needed something happy. This fit the bill perfectly. It was happy, funny, easy to read and totally enjoyable escape reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected... 6 janvier 2013
Par 3hamburgs - Publié sur
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For a book that I didn't really want to read, but since I just lost my father, I thought what the heck, I need to live a little. I loved everything about this book. The characters and the idea that sometimes you get into a rut that you feel nobody understands, but with friends, family and the will to live you can find being happy really does help..being a Pollyanna isn't' so bad, is it? I may just try myself! Read this book, it will make you happy or think life isn't so gray after all...enjoy!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 new experience 6 juin 2014
Par Betty - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was the first book that I have read by Talli Roland. While I enjoyed the overall story, I had trouble dealing with the language, drinking and casual sex of the 20 -30 something generation. Where have morals and values gone? I don't know if I will read another of her books.
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