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A Lightly Entertaining and Amusing Romantic Read
on 13 November 2012
Laura Sale, late thirties, auburn-haired and attractive, is becoming a little tired with her life. Long-term partner of the egocentric conceptual artist, Inigo, and mother to thirteen-year-old twins, Dolly and Fred, our heroine is feeling unappreciated and unfulfilled. Living in their North London home and working in Inigo's Whitechapel studio, Laura spends her life running around after Inigo - who, although attractive and talented, is also very demanding and controlling and is subject to tantrums that would rival those of his teenaged twins. Laura would like to return to Norfolk where she grew up and where her brother Hedley still lives; she wants to garden, grow her own vegetables and have a dog. Inigo, urban through and through however, hates the countryside, loathes dogs and prefers to buy his food from the local delicatessen.
When Laura bumps into an old flame, Guy, who still lives in Norfolk and runs his own organic food business, she begins to yearn for the life that she might have had if she had married Guy twenty years ago. So, instead of facing her problems and getting a grip on the life she already has, Laura decides to embark on a new life in Norfolk - whether Inigo or her children approve or not - and armed with her new pug dog, a ferret for Fred, and a pair of wellington boots, Laura arrives back in her old stamping ground determined to start life afresh and on her terms - but where does that leave Inigo? And what part is Guy going to play in her new life? And is the grass really greener on the other side?
Light-hearted and amusing, Rafaella Barker's 'Green Grass' makes for an entertaining read for bedtime, downtime or for lazy weekends. I do have to say that the author doesn't break any new ground with this novel, it isn't difficult to work out how it will all end and, although rather amusing in places, I sometimes felt Barker was trying a little too hard to be funny. However, that said, the author is good at characterization - particularly eccentric characters, she writes beautifully and wistfully about the countryside and I found myself smiling and nodding my head in agreement with many of the frustrating situations Laura finds herself in. So, if you feel in the need for some light, amusing, romantic entertainment and you want a book you can read in one long, lazy sitting, or one you can put down and easily pick up as you wish, then this attractively presented novel might well fit the bill for you.