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Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors [Paperback]

Wendy Holden
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Book Description

July 2010

"Wickedly funny."

A witty, beloved novel of heart and heartland, Farm Fatale skewers the culture clash of city vs. country in the snappy, observant style that made Wendy Holden famous.

Cash-strapped Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk longing for a country cottage. Rampant nouveaux riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss-in the biggest mansion money can buy. The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems quiet enough, despite a nosy postman, a reclusive rock star, a glamorous Bond Girl, and a ghost with a knife in its back. But there are unexpected thrills in the hills, and Rosie is rapidly discovering that country life isn't so simple after all.

"This lighthearted romp, surprisingly unpredictable, smart, and fun, is refreshing fare readers can turn to."
-Publishers Weekly
"Every character here is deliciously ridiculous, and every rustic detail a grand satirical opportunity."
-Baltimore Sun
"Wendy Holden writes with delicious verve and energy."
-Mail on Sunday


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Product details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402237162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402237164
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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About the Author

Wendy Holden was a journalist for The Sunday Times,Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has now published nine novels, all being top-10 bestsellers in the UK, and is married with two young children. Her novels include Farm Fatale, Bad Heir Day, Simply Divine, Gossip Hound, The Wives of Bath,The School for Husbands, Azur Like it, and Filthy Rich.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...and the church bells struck sixteen..." 22 April 2007
Artist Rosie hates the noise, crowds, and pressure of living in her cramped London flat, and longs to live in a cozy old cottage nestled in a picturesque village, full of quaint, friendly folk. Her city-loving boyfriend finally agrees to move to the country, and they settle in the town of Eight-Mile Bottom, where a handsome farmer, a reclusive rock star, and some comic locals will change her life forever.

Told from Rosie's point of view, the story is very funny and at times, quite touching. It's easy to identify with her longing for love and fulfillment, as she charges full-steam ahead in pursuit of her dreams. Sometimes we wish Rosie made better choices, but it's a journey that will put a smile on your face. The story proceeds at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to get to know all the fascinating characters that live in the village, from the nosy mailman to the hippie family next door. The narrative is full of British idioms and references that add flavor and humor; an audio book would definitely be fun to listen to, and, I think it would make a great movie.

"Farm Fatale" is a witty, hip, gossipy fish-out-of-water story that you won't want to put down. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAME BOOK AS PASTURES NOUVEAUX! 3 Aug 2010
What a croc! I waited for this book to be "released" only to have it arrive and find it's the same book as Pastures Nouveax - only renamed & recovered! Obviously a waste of money if you've been reading Wendy's other work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Farm Fatale 24 Mar 2011
A great light read...BUT....don't make the mistake that I did! I bought this title not realising that it had previously been released under the title "Pastures Nouveaux"...and I had already read it. Funny and light none the less.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Farm Fatale / Pastures Nouveaux 7 Mar 2013
By Louise
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Been caught out twice by this author with her books being re-named.

Farm Fatale is the same book as Pastures Nouveaux.

If you like Wendy Holden books don't be caught out with Fame Fatale and Gossip Hound as these are the same too. Very frustrating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read ......!! 15 Sep 2011
enjoyed it , bit of fun, quite amusing like her others
great to read in between thrillers ! a nice light read.
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