It must be love. A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.
Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She's been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn't a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories. To find out more about Katie Fforde step into her world at www.katiefforde.com, visit her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KatieFforde.
This is a Cinderella story that says even if you're 40 with three messy kids, you can find happiness with a millionaire Prince Charming. Althea Farraday, a passionate gardener, meets Patrick Donahue, a lovely man who is involved with very young and beautiful Topaz of the perfect physique. He also owns a boarded-up mansion with a large greenhouse. Althea's adventures in attaining her heart's desires‘Patrick, a new place to live, a greenhouse, and a career‘make for a delightful romp through the English Cotswolds. Throw in a smarmy ex-husband, a controlling mother, a sister just like Mom, and a new niece, and the story becomes even more spicy. There are a few Briticisms to puzzle out, but that just adds to the fun. An essential purchase; from the English author of The Rose Revived (St. Martin's, 1996).‘Dawn L. Anderson, N. Richland Hills P.L., Tex.
The pleasure in reading Fforde's new novel lies in the mounting she'll-show-'em expectations as the book becomes a modern Cinderella tale about a good-hearted, underappreciated supermom in her late 30s. Althea Farraday can grow a lemon tree from a pip but can't stand up against her bossy family. Sister Juno, two years her junior and "always soignee," is especially lavish with her criticism: of Althea's messy house, her weight and her generally unstylish appearance. Ex-husband Frederick calls from Hong Kong to criticize the way she's chosen to educate their three teens, though he's been absent from their home in Gloucestershire for 12 years. And the incoming head of the restructured primary school where Althea has worked as secretary for many years finds her too old-fashioned for his high-tech vision of the school's new mission. But job loss gives her the same euphoria as divorce, and, despite tight funds, she decides to transform herself from a casual gardener to a garden designer. Architect Patrick Donahugh, who buys the greenhouse Althea uses to grow her plants, lives with a fitness-crazed young shopaholic named Topaz; he lets Althea continue to use his greenhouse and is soon as taken with her womanly figure as he is by her selfless devotion to her children. The push-pull of their relationship plays out against the backdrop of Althea's garden design successes‘including delightful triumphs over the rich and snooty. OThis British bestselling author (The Rose Revived) has delivered a pocketful of posy. (July)
"Joanna Trollope crossed with Tom Sharpe" * Mail on Sunday *
"The romance fizzes along with good humour and is a good, fat, summery read" * Sunday Mirror *
"Old-fashioned romance of the best sort ... funny, comforting" * Sunday Times *
"Delicious" * Elle *
"Can be scoffed at one sitting ... tasty!" * Cosmopolitan *