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A Rural Affair [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Alliott
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fans of Catherine Alliott's bestselling novels One Day in May and A Crowded Marriage, will love her latest gorgeously romantic novel A Rural Affair.

'If I'm being totally honest I had fantasized about Phil dying.'

When Poppy Shilling's bike-besotted, Lycra-clad husband is killed in a freak accident, she can't help feeling a guilty sense of relief. For at long last she's released from a controlling and loveless marriage.

Throwing herself wholeheartedly into village life, she's determined to start over. And sure enough, everyone from Luke the sexy church organist to Bob the resident oddball, is taking note. Yet the one man Poppy can't take her eyes off seems tantalizingly out of reach - why won't he let go of his glamorous ex-wife?

But just as she's ready to dip her toes in the water, the discovery of a dark secret about her late husband shatters Poppy's confidence. Does she really have the courage to risk her heart again? Because Poppy wants a lot more than just a rural affair . . .

Praise for Catherine Alliott:

'I raced through it, completely gripped from start to finish' Daily Mail

'An entertaining read that's as light as the summer breeze' Daily Express

Catherine Alliott is the author of twelve bestselling novels: A Crowded Marriage, A Married Man, Not That Kind of Girl, Going Too Far, The Old-Girl Network, Olivia's Luck, Rosie Meadows Regrets..., The Wedding Day, The Real Thing, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, One Day in May, A Rural Affair. Catherine's new novel My Husband Next Door is out in summer 2014. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

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About the Author

Catherine Alliott is the author of eleven bestselling novels including One Day in May, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and A Crowded Marriage. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1563 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402260113
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141047798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047799
  • ASIN: B0056YROB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'People often ask me if I always had a burning desire to be an author, and the honest answer is no, in fact it almost happened by accident.

I was working as a copy-writer in an ad agency and tired of writing blurb for soap powder, began writing a novel under the desk. I had no thought of publication, was just doing it to relieve the boredom, but I must say it was a bit of a shock when my boss walked in one day and said we're not sure you're entirely committed and gave me the sack!

Actually I think that galvanized me and I was determined to finish it. I did, but it took a while: I was working freelance, and then pregnant with my first child so it wasn't at the forefront of my mind. When my son was born I discovered babies slept for great chunks of the day, so I revisited it, tapping it onto a computer my brother gave me. (The first draft was in long hand, I'm a complete Luddite by nature, and actually, still write my first draft into note books.)

My husband persuaded me to send it to an agent who took it - amazingly and then a few weeks later I had a publisher too. The Old Girl Network came out about a year later and the first time I saw it in a shop, I was so startled I ran out again! I'm convinced it was easier back then to get published, these days it's far more competitive because there are so many girls doing it I'm glad I started early!

I've written a few more since then, but some things don't change: I still get a thrill when I see them around. I hope you enjoy the books, I certainly have a lot of fun writing them.'

Catherine Alliott

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a rural affair 5 Feb. 2012
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I have been hooked on this author since her first wonderful complexed story lines of old to her now somewhat roll out storyline of recent years. I have enjoyed this easy read but feel a level of complacency that comes now with each print. They no longer hold the complexity they did in "old girls network" or "olivia's luck" that magic of a wordsmith. is it because they are written on the back of her own life experiences and the places and people she encounters herself. Autobiographical is the sense these stories leave me. Married to a barrister herself with children & horses, etc., tapping these into print. i will continue to hope that earlier Alliott magic will return to set a pace of reading, mirth, emotions, twists & turns; return to stand higher than other authors capable of producing a versatile gripping story & my attention from beginning to end before her work becomes so dilute they will fall to the Mills & Boons shelf. Sorry but its a living to keep a lifestyle & not a passion of story or wordsmith magic; I hope to be proved wrong and go back to where I would finish my new purchase & immediately start it again! wonderful. she mirrored my heart, humour, relationships, encounters, but taken a more comfortable route to tailor her work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Toni P
Format:Kindle Edition
She's done it again and created a hysterical scene,an absolute romp comedy that captures you from begining to end 5 stars for Catherine Alliott.This rollercoaster read will have you in tears of laughter and sorrow all at the same time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rural Affair 15 Aug. 2011
An excellent read, typical Catherine Alliott brilliance. I would highly recommend it for an easy, enjoyable read that I couldn't put down.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life isn't all flowers and happy endings!!! 15 Aug. 2011
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have read all of Catherine Alliott's books and looked forward to another (hopefully) good read. When I ordered my book from Amazon I couldn't help but notice that there were already 4 reviews, 2 of which loved it and 2 of which loathed it. I was quite surprised by such an extreme reaction.

Having now read the book I can understand why there was such a divide. Happily for me I liked this book. In the intro of the book we meet Poppy, the wife who sometimes resents her mean husband. The type of lady that can have bad thoughts about her husband, although she may not want those bad things to actually take place! As soon as I had read the first chapter I realised that I loved this type of character. The one which isn't all sweetness and light, the sort of woman that certainly isn't perfect and has the occasional dream about the what-if's.

In addition to Poppy we meet her three friends, all of whom are not perfect. Her neighbour Jennie with the disastrous husband, newly separated Angie and the older and chain-smoking Peggy. All in all they are a bunch of women who all have their own issues and are far from happy in their own way.
The story is based around Poppy trying to move on and find happiness after the death of her husband. There are a couple of scenes in it that had me laughing out loud even if they were a little far-fetched. I didn't particularly love the characters individually, I just felt that it was nice to read something that was a little nearer to the truth than some other books you read and made for a refreshing change.

There are other characters that make an appearance such as Jennie's stepdaughter Frankie and some of the villagers and they all added to the eclectic mix of messed up and confused people trying to make the most of their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Village life, love and glamour 22 May 2012
By Don D
Format:Kindle Edition
What can happen when a bad marriage unexpectedly ends? This story follows a woman released from a slavishly poor marriage, who then throws herself body and soul into the life of a village that has more than one surprise in store. It's time for romance, gossip, more than one memorable meal and ... oh, read it.

This is well written fun, and I would cheerfully recommend it to pass the time if you'd like an undemanding, but literate, romance. There's a lot of comedy here. Two other funny books I've read recently - and these are very different - are the hilarious Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys, which is weird and wonderful and great fun (my nephew's borrowed it and he really likes it) and Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), which alternates between funny and poignant. Both great reads.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of Catherine Alliot's A rural affair 25 Nov. 2011
By shaz
As a devoted CA fan, I was so looking forward to her new novel. In fact, it was my birthday present from my hubby.
But what a disappointment.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but this lacked spark, tension, warmth and humour - plus a decent plot.
Instead of racing through the pages, enjoying getting caught up in the writer's fast, punchy pace, I found myself slowly plodding along each insipid chapter. It's a pity her pace has dwindled down, as I used to love it!
The theme of it - hubby dying suddenly and wife discovering secrets about him - is a familiar premise to CA fans. Only there weren't that many secrets to be revealed.
The plot is very thin and I sensed that Catherine has added padding material to the novel, simply because she's run out of creativity, imagination and ideas. Could pressure from new publishers (she switched publishers) and agent be affecting the usual high standard of her work? Something is, anyway because this isn't half as good as last year's novel. (One day in May). In my opinion, a lot of this needed editing.
By chapter 15, I was bored, Nothing dramatic or even remotely interesting had happened at all. I didn't dislike Poppy, but I didn't warm to her either.
Loved the country village setting but there were too many characters. I found it hard to remember who was who.
The book club and the church choir - what was the point of those? To bring people together? Surely CA could have chosen something else instead, how about a campaign to save a forest? Or raising funds for a church roof?
Jenny is Poppy's best friend next door, yet Jenny's children are hardly mentioned. The focus is on Jenny's stepdaughter, Frankie. I found this puzzling and strange.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read as ever love Catherine Alliott books 😊 Onto ...
Brought this book on holiday and read it in 2 days! A really good read as ever love Catherine Alliott books 😊 Onto 'My husband next door' now.
Published 7 days ago by L LITTLE
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, fun read.
An entertaining read, with some very funny moments. Very enjoyable!
Published 18 days ago by D. Byam-Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it and found it light and funny and easy ...
This was my first CA book which I 'happened' to pick up. I really enjoyed it and found it light and funny and easy to read. Read more
Published 21 days ago by MerylStrepp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by georgina leech
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start
It got off to a slow start compared to her other novels and there were at times a confusing amount of characters in the story. Improved with time.
Published 1 month ago by HJE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A jolly good Aga saga
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Woosnam
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
ok - not the best
Published 1 month ago by Macks
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Catherine Alliott
a very funny book could not stop stop laughing love all of her books
Published 2 months ago by JOZ
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love anything by Catherine Alliott and this certainly...
I absolutely love anything by Catherine Alliott and this certainly doesn't disappoint. Laughter and tears, disppointments and fun. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Susan F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilariously funny enjoyable read
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