- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099446634
- ISBN-13: 978-0099446637
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A heart-warming tale of female friendship, fizzing with Fforde's distinctive brand of humour" (Sunday Express)
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Life-like situations make a good book and this is what Katie Fforde has done. The characters are very defined and you can read into their personalities and their feelings. You feel as if you know them. Great!
I enjoyed it all the same, reading it on a wet day in autumn was great, i had nothing else to do and i would recommend it to people who like Erica James' books and also Katie Fford readers. (of course)
The book follows Grace Soudley and Ellie Summers as theyboth try to get their lives back on track. Grace has recently divorced the over-bearing Edward and has been left Luckenham House by her Aunt but the house seems to be falling down around her and Grace is short of cash. Ellie, newly single and pregnant is taken in by Grace and the two women embark on a friendship that they both quite clearly needed.
Thrown into this mixture are Flynn Cormack- the gorgeous Irish Man determined to help Grace; Demi- Grace's ex-step-daughter who is looking for a home and a maternal figure; and Allegra and Nicholas- Grace's greedy siblings who put the pressure on her to sell Luckenham and share the money.
Grace's discovery of some beautiful and very old painted panels at the house is the catalyst that she and Ellie need to sort their lives out. As they try and find out if these panels are going to be their saviour or their final undoing, both women find the help that they have been looking for and a way to be truly happy again.
Katie Fforde has created really lovely and believable characters, you really do want Grace and Ellie to be happy by the end of the book. Parts of it are very predictable which I usually find annoying but in this instance I was pleased that my predictions were right and events unfolded as expected.
Grace has a wine tasting evening, when one of the guests arrives, this lady brings with her a friend called Flynn (he is a lovely Irish Man), as soon as he meets Grace, he finds an instant attraction towards her, but she feels nervous even to be in his company, as she cannot forget her ex husband, but Flynn does not give up on her, and he is very loving towards her
One day in the mansion Grace finds some panels, and it turns out that they are very old and worth a lot of money, Grace needs a lot of money to do up her mansion as there is a lot of work needed to do the place up. Ellie who is into painting and art, gets herself a job as an apprentice working for Ran, Ellie would like a fling and an affair before she has her baby, and sets her sights at Ran, he treats Ellie as a child as he is 10 years older than her. Ran is a restorer, and the panels go to Ran for restoration work.
Along the way we meet Grace's sister Allegra who is a horrendous woman, briefly we meet her brother Nicholas, who is not much better, Edward Grace ex husband, who seems a domineering type of man, where women do not have opinions. One of my favourite characters in the book was Flynn, who was a lovely and loving man.