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Practically Perfect [Paperback]

Katie Fforde
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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1 Jun 2006
Will Anna's grand designs prove just a pipe dream? Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it's time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is. She's risked everything on buying a tiny but adorable cottage, so she can renovate it, sell it on, and prove to her family that she can earn her own living. Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside all is chaos: with a ladder for a staircase, no downstairs flooring, candles the only form of lighting and a sleeping bag and camping mat for a bed, Anna's soon wondering whether she's bitten off more than she can chew. Her neighbour Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine and sympathy - and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But, just as Anna's starting to believe she's found the perfect idyll, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene, putting up more obstacles than the Grand National. Can Anna get over all of life's hurdles?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century; New edition edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844136752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844136759
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,710 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

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"Perfect for the beach" (Bella)

"Fun summer read" (Choice)

"A fun helping of chick-lit" (OK!)

"Funny and heartwarming" (Newmarket Journal)

"I can see this being carried in many a beach bag because fans simply adore her humorous, lively and character-driven stories. They will certainly warm to Anna" (Peterborough Evening Telegraph) --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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 July 2006
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing 10 Jun 2006
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Practically Perfect 13 Jun 2006
By Piglet
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't figure out why there are negative reviews! 30 Sep 2012
By ReeJan
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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3.0 out of 5 stars The first disappointment 2 Dec 2009
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictably putrid 6 Dec 2009
You know when a young woman has an aggressively bad tempered encounter with a slightly older man that she will inevitably end up with him even though she thinks she's in love with someone else. The plot summed up in a sentence. Add in the beautiful English countryside, some animals (greyhounds - how elegant) and you seem to get a book that sells reasonably well. Thank goodness I borrowed this from the library. Just one more thing: hero with 'a twinkle in his eye'. Writer with a cliche in her mind, more like!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than some other Katie Fforde books 29 July 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull 2 Aug 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Gentle easy reading: read it over one day as couldn't put down. Good insight into friendships, relationships etc as is often the case with her books
Published 2 months ago by Anne Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
A real page-turner. Easy to read with good story. Difnt want to put this relaxing read down. Great to take on holiday.
Published 3 months ago by winfield46
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
If you like easy bedtime reading then this is for you. Like all Katie Fforde books it has a few little twists and turns along the way to add a little spice but has the 'happy'... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gus
5.0 out of 5 stars Snug for a cold day away from the bad weather
A feel good read, quite obvious where it was heading, but that is part of its charm. Worth it, if an uncomplicated hassle free read is what you are in the mood for!
Published 6 months ago by Linda Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
As usual another good story by Katie Fforde. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Please keep writing. So bring on the next one
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Ann Parnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect
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"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosemarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Practically Perfect was another very easy and enjoyable read. Now onto the next e book on the Katie Fforde list
Published 8 months ago by MISS MJ RIPLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Gifts under a bushel, but burns bright
Not my favourite Katie Fforde novel, but well-written and enjoyable. The heroine, Anna, achieves a great deal in a comparatively short span of time largely through her practical... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lydia C. Savage
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Very enjoyable book, just like all the other books by this author. Well worth the read. Nice and light hearted
Published 9 months ago by samiad
5.0 out of 5 stars Rom com at its best.
I love Katie FForde, and have read this before, its easy to read, I love all the characters especially Chloe the best friend, I wish she lived next door to me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frances
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