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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Century; New edition edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712655662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712655668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,656,668 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 heart-warming tale of female friendship, fizzing with Fforde's distinctive brand of humour" (Sunday Express) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Love makes the world go round. 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 2004
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Much of life is unreliable and disappointing - but Katie Fforde books don't fall into this category. Katie does have somewhat of a regular format - protagonists that seem ill-suited, but turn out to be perfect. And there's never any London glamour and glitz. But another always-present element of the Fforde formula is sold writing, great plot lines, witty (yet believable) dialog. Restoring Grace is no exception - in fact, its one of the best of her books, certainly the best one of recent years. That's not to say that Paradise Fields or Highland Fling weren't good, they were - but Restoring Grace is fabulous. So, what's it about? Grace has been left at odds - her ex-husband has left her with a nice bed, great linens, and a historical house that's rotting away, requiring repairs far beyond her marriage settlement or her meager earnings as a wine writer. Ellie is an artist with a handsome, charismatic boyfriend - who has no interest in becoming a father. Which is problematic, since Ellie is pregnant and determined to have the baby. Ellie and Grace fall together and discover some potentially valuable paintings in Grace's rotting home. Along the way, they also discover a surly-on-the-outside, solid-gold-at-heart local land developer and a prickly-on-the-outside but (yes, here it comes) solid-gold-at-heart art restoration expert - and you know where this is going, but the fun is all in getting there. Add in Grace's horrid siblings, very weird ex-husband (what DID she see in him), ex-husband's first wife, ex-step-daughter - well, a cast of characters that goes on and adds to the humor of the story. And as the extra icing on the cake - Flynn (surly land developer) is really the best "leading man" Fforde's written in years. His character (and attractiveness) just leap off the page. A must read, whether you're a long-time Fforde fan or just discovering her for the first time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. E. Batt on 19 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you like katie Fford novels then this should not fail to be a winner. It's an easy read that had the faint recollection of Statley Pursuits. I warmed to the two main characters instantly, although I can't believe anyone would tollerate a sister like Grace had. If this is your first Katie Fford novel, it's not the best, but worth the read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flava on 20 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this for my birthday. I read it in two days, it was a throughly good read, i was grabbed from the moment i picked it up. Although, it was kind of a predictable ending if you have read any of her books before.
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)
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By Dot on 25 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, it's Chick Lit but it is definitely the best Chick Lit that I have recently read. I regret to say that I had not really taken any notice of Katie Fforde but I swapped this with someone and I'm really pleased and excited as she has written loads of books which I will of course have to catch up on.
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.
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By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read some very samey Chick Lit books of late (yes I know they are all the same really!!) but this one was quite enjoyable.
I liked the characters, although the setting and the events throughout the book were completely improbable as usual.
There was plenty of short, easy to understand words and the style was unexciting, which is the reason we all read them, isn't it?
Good way to fill a few hours but no use at all if you want to learn anything or feel challenged by a book.
I remember reading an early Katie Fforde book and really enjoying it but this one felt a bit like the author had churned it out without too much thought and no research at all - reasonable read though!
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A lovely sweet and endearing story of friendship and love. Grace slowly starts to live and find happiness with new friends despite a horrible sister and other unpleasant influences, in the shape of her brother and her ex-husband's first wife. She really does live up to her name but finds some inner steel to deal with these horrors of greedy people, helped by Ellie and the gorgeous Flynn. A very enjoyable read.
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