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Flora's Lot [Paperback]

Katie Fforde
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2 Jun 2005
Flora Stanza has sub-let her London life in a bid to join the family antiques business. Her knowledge of antiques extends only to the relics of information she has crammed from frantic daytime TV watching, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in blind enthusiasm. So she is more than a little put off when she doesn't receive the warm country welcome she expected. Her curt, conservative cousin Charles and his fiancee Annabelle are determined to send Flora packing, and their offer to buy out her recently inherited majority-share of the business is tempting...until a strange warning makes her think twice. Stuck with a cat about to burst with kittens, and keen to avoid a certain man back in London, Flora soon discovers country life can be anything but dull and sets about rebuilding the crumbling business...

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Century; New edition edition (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844136760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844136766
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. Her website address is www.katiefforde.com

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"A fairytale-like, gently witty read ... Heartwarming - made for sunny days in the park" (Cosmopolitan)

"Fforde's light touch succeeds in making this a sweet and breezy read - the ideal accompaniment to a long summer's evening" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From the bestselling author of Wedding Season and Going Dutch. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fforde does it again 11 April 2005
Reading a Katie Fforde book is such a comforting, enjoyable, lovely experience. The plots may follow a similar pattern, but characters and vocations differ enough to keep things interesting and new. Flora is a fun, young breath of fresh air as she arrives in the country to join the family antiques business. Her uptight cousin Charles and his fiance Annabelle are obvious in their disdain and assume she'll be easily bought out. Flora surprises them and herself by enjoying the business and fighting to make it profitable. The unwanted attraction that both Flora and Charles, opposites in the extreme, begin to feel is fun to follow and satisfying to see in the end. I'm crossing my fingers that Fforde continues to write books that are similar to Flora's Lot for many years to come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Reading 18 May 2005
Having been slightly disapponited with Ms Fforde's last book, I was very pleasantly surprised to find this book such a page-turner. I managed to read almost the whole book in one sitting on a lovely sunny Sunday and was desperate to reach the conclusion on Monday!
This is a story that will appeal to a wide audience with romance, comedy and mystery in a nicely mixed package.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! 4 Aug 2005
Katie Fforde has done it again! This book is awesome! If you haven't read it yet you're missing out! It is funny,witty,and touching! I always look forward to the newest story from this author! Thank you Ms. Fforde for another very enjoyable read! Please keep them coming!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars take me out to the auction! 30 April 2005
By A Customer
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Flora's Lot is another triumph for Katie. Flora's a scrappy city girl who decides to take on the challenge of the family auction house, despite not knowing anything about the business. She's frostily greeted by her very, very *distant* cousin and his fiancé, an odd preppy woman (well, I found her odd!) As usual, Katie develops an inviting cast of supporting players who round the plot out and make it human and believable. Flora's fey, but not flighty and you find yourself rooting for her early on. Another one of Katie's specialties is delving deep into different worlds, in this case the world of the auction and weaving that world into the personal relationships you form with the key players. Excellent book, wonderful fiction!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire drivel 1 Sep 2009
I got this book out of the library for a little light hearted reading, I have already attempted to read one of Katie Fforde's books and failed miserabley finding it all a bit too "cookie cutter" for my liking and so sugary sweet it made me want to vomit. However, a friend of mine recommended her so I decided, having read the synopsis of Flora's Lot, to give her another shot.

I wish I hadn't bothered. The only remarkable thing I can see about this book is that I was able to finish it.

The main character is a ridiculous excuse for a "lead" who spends the entire book leaping around the village like she's an extra out of Just William, constantly acting like a total drip and interferring in other peoples' business while proceeding to skim over anything interesting and instead focusing on her bloody cats.

The less said about her relationship with her cousin in the most rushed and ridulous endings ever the better.

Incredibly disappointing and definitely the last time I read a book by Katie Fforde.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2007
You cant go wrong with a Katie Fforde book - they are always guaranteed to make you smile and keep you reading till the end, and this, her 11th title, doesnt disappoint. Flora has sub-let her flat and her life in London to join the family antique business in the country which she inherits a majority share in. With her pitiful knowledge of the business limited to re-runs of the Antiques Roadshow, she's hardly an ideal partner in the firm, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in enthusiasm. Packed full of great characters, I loved the uptight Annabelle - and with a great story, I got a real warm glow from reading thsi book. This will make my read-over-and-over-again list for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Georgette Heyer fans... 13 Jun 2005
By rosc
I read Flora's Lot just a few days after re-reading one of my favourite Heyer novels - The Grand Sophy. Clearly this is also one of Katie Fforde's favourites too, since there are so many similarities between the two books! However, Flora's Lot is a beautifully updated version of the Regency romance and an enjoyable read in its own right. More light-hearted than some of Fforde's other books, this hits just the right tone for a beach read. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Flora's Lot!! 11 Oct 2007
By SamB
This was the first book that I read of Katie Fforde's and I loved it! It may not be the most complicated or action packed love story but it was heart warming and easy to form an attachment to.

I've since read a few other of Katie's books and I find them all as addictive as Flora's Lot.

I recommend this book to any ol' softy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
A VERY GOOD STORY WITH SATISFACTORY ENDING,interesting info re antigues etc not forgetting the good charactisation of Flora etc etc.
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Pine
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable
This story is set in the world of antiques and gives a bit of an insight into what goes on at an auction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JKP
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just about antiques...
I have a feeling that many readers of this novel will struggle with Flora's experiences of moving from life in London to life in a village or small town in the West of England. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lydia C. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Flora's Lot - a great book
I enjoyed this book, it made excellent holiday reading after a traumatic journey to our destination. I find Katie Forde's novels very entertaining.
Published 5 months ago by Jill Negus
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Sorry, but I found this book very boring. It took me a long time to get through it. Was reading it in fits and starts, trying to force myself to finish it.
Published 7 months ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I absolutly love that these books are easy to read, easy to follow and just the thing to relax you. I love the way Katie Fforde writes and have read everyone of her books.
Published 8 months ago by Tracey Kilpatrick
3.0 out of 5 stars The French House only,different.
So similar to The French House that I couldn't believe at first that it could really be by the same author. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catnapper
2.0 out of 5 stars A real struggle...
I am a big Katie Fforde fan. She writes books that are easy reads and perfect for when you don't have to think too much! Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Rucroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Flora's Lot
This is a fabulous book - easy and delightful to read - pick it up at any time, the storyline branches out and developes with humour. Well recommended
Published 15 months ago by Mavesyn800
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for the abridged audiobook
I have often suspected that an abridged version cuts out a lot of character development to just concentrate on the plot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DubaiReader
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