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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844136744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844136742
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,820 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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"'Old-fashioned romance of the best sort-funny, comforting' - Elle 'The romance fizzes along with good humour and is a good, fat, summery read' - Sunday Mirror 'A witty and generous romance - Jilly Cooper for the grown-ups' - Independent 'Delicious' - Sunday Times 'Can be scoffed at one sitting - tasty!' - Cosmopolitan"

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Home is where the heart is. A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Emma Lilly on 10 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read and own a copy of all of Katie Fforde's novels - they vary in quality but have never failed to hit the spot. Unfortunately 'Practically Perfect' is rather a misnomer. The characters were all right but the plot was seriously thin - pages and pages of detail about what Anna did to her house, then pages more of her varous friends looking at what she'd done to the house... I found it hard to care. Also, and this is something I've noticed with Katie's characters before, Anna was the oldest sounding 27 year old I've ever come across. If she'd been 47 I might have found her more credible - but that's probably quite insulting to 47 year olds.

Not the best Katie Fforde read - try 'Thyme Out' or 'Living Dangerously' first if you're new to this author.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By just_mini_mad on 22 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I am sorry to say that this is the first Katie Fforde book to disappoint me. I've read all her books but this one is seriously lacking and does not have the same flow as her previous novels. I struggled to finish this book and found I was unable to relate to the characters.

Fforde is normally a great author - just don't let this book put you off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie on 1 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
I have never read anything by Katie Fforde before but have always had a sort of guilty-pleasure-rooted fondness in "city girl moves to country and tries to make it" stories. Probably because of I've always wanted to move into a rural area myself...ideally a little village not unlike the one described in Practically Perfect.

However I found this read a little lack lustre. There were a lot of mannerisms which the characters shared (not great individual characterization) and I found the majority of them wooden or forced. I never say you should have swearing in any book, it's an author choice to do so or not, but there were times when a good expletive would be much more appropriate than what we get - what twenty something talks the way Anna and her friends do? The fact that Anna is inexplicably in love with Max George (in love, we are repeatedly told, not lust - love!) despite knowing next to nothing about him, annoyed me more than anything else. The fact that the romance with Rob Hunter takes such an extreme back seat until the least third of the book also wore away at my nerves. I understand wanting to leave the climax until the end, but there is a limit to how long the author can do so, and in this case it was much sooner than we got.

However saying that I did find the setting and characters often charming and the pace suited to the comfortable, unchallenging read Practically Perfect claimed to be. There's no disappointment on my side as I got pretty much exactly what I expected - frothy, unable to challenge, time passing and a poor man's no brainer read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Sept. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I cannot figure out why anyone has given the negative reviews of this book. It is well written, the story is entertaining, the characters are all well played. Like all of Katie Fforde's novels, this one is a true joy to read. The author doesn't create any OTT characters that make you wince and toss the book aside. The characters are just "real" people, doing 'real' people things and for that, I'm grateful and well entertained. Ignore the crap reviews, read the book! In fact, read all of Katie Fforde's books, they're that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tallulah Does Tea on 2 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I always finish what I start, and so despite not enjoying this book a great deal I forced myself to read it all. It is the first book I have read by this author, and I won't be reading anymore from her.

First of all, one look at the cover and you would think you were getting a jolly good dose of youthful chick lit, the reality is quite different.
It took me a while to pin point what was irritating me about the book, until I realised that the main character, who must have been in her mid twenties, sounded more like someone in their mid 50's, this made more sense when I realised how old the author was herself. It became increasingly frustrating, plodding story line, boring romance, all written by a more mature woman who simply cannot pull off the thoughts, actions, language and ideas of a young twenty something.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Piglet on 13 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read all of Katie Fford's books, and up until now have always really enjoyed reading her books, and usually can't wait until the next one comes out...Regretfully I did not enjoy this book as much as the others and at times only stuck with it out of loyalty and the knowledge that Katie's books are usually very good....I found the DIY/Building skill details all very boring to be honest and I did feel that the story line was a bit ploddy in places...Sorry!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have loved all Katie Fforde's books up to this one (I havent liked the two after that either but this was the start of the decline) It felt rushed and unfinished - towards the end she has suddenly bought another cottage to but it jusr happened on one page as a kind of 'oh by the way'. Very disappointing Katie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Helen M. Hart on 29 July 2009
Format: Paperback
It's funny how peoples' tastes vary isn't it? I have read four of KF's books, starting with Wedding Season which I enjoyed. I have also read Highland Fling and Love Letters which I found less good. I really enjoyed "Practically Perfect", despite the fact that lots of reviewers here didn't, and read it more or less in one sitting. However, I did find the reason for the final big argument between the main two protagonists rather contrived - yes you need a reason to kiss and make up in these types of books, but it was a bit unconvincing. That said, I liked the characters and wanted them to get it together- you have to care about the characters and with this book I did.
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