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Cold Enough to Freeze Cows by [Jenkin, Lorraine]
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"Highly readable stuff to curl up with." --"County Times"

"Strong characters, cleverly-contrived plot line and thoroughly feel-good writing make this story unmissable." --Trish Simpson-Davis, "BookBag"

"Lorraine Jenkin creates characters we can care about, she carries us along easily and eagerly to a happy conclusion." --Caroline Clark, "www.gwales.com"

"Like a Welsh "Love Actually"." --"Chick Lit Club"

About the Author

Lorraine Jenkin is a writer for the "Guardian," the "Times," the "BBC" and the "Observer." She is the author of "Chocolate Mousse and Two Spoons" and "Eating Blackbirds."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Honno Press (17 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EYB37E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I really don't know if I was unduly influenced by the Welshness of this book, but I thought it was a really lovely, light, funny and romantic read about a cast of characters living in the farming community of Dros-y-Bryn. All the characters are absolutely superbly drawn. There's Iestyn the son who stayed-at-home to look after the farm with his polyester sweaters and old 4X4 with a stuck window; the object of his admiration Menna who drinks pints and swears with the boys but who has a secret and sad story of her own; Louisa who works at the bank and is totally dependant on her poor put-upon mother, who has a secret of her own (as does her indulgent father David); the rakish Johnny Brechtan who is felled by true love; Sima the exotic life coach... Even the most peripheral characters are superbly drawn, the extended families and even the workmates, evening class attenders and pub regulars. The joy is in some of the detail - like the husband whose garage has a nail for every tool and drawn outline on the wall, together with a printed label. And then there's the ubiquitous scones. And as for baddie Paul the Neuadd... Chick lit it might be by definition, but this was a really different and endearing read that I'd recommend highly (but I do wonder about the Welshness...)
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book don't know if I am slightly biased as live in Wales, love Wales and am very interested in farming but all that aside thought the story was excellent with a mix of interesting characters who each had their own story to tell with a few little twists and turns along the way. You wanted to know what happened to each character even the not so nice ones. Much more than just a love story, well written, humorous and a very enjoyable read, all in all a delightful book that I would highly recommend.
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Iestyn is a sweet struggling hill farmer, who can't work up the nerve to tell his old friend Menna how he really feels about her. Louisa is a spoiled brat office worker, horrible to her parents, who is starting to realise how limited her life is. Both want a new start and meet on the internet, and I then thought I knew where this story was going. But this story surprised me, which is rare in romantic comedy and which I really liked. (I don't want to give too much away, but I got very invested in who I wanted to end up with who!)

Around these two, Lorraine Jenkin creates a rich cast of supporting characters, not all admirable but all entertaining. I particularly liked the way Louisa's mother fell in to writing anonymous letters and Iestyn's friend's romantic troubles. It's an engaging and involving book, full of life and colour. Great fun.
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I bought this book when it was 99p as it sounded interesting and funny so I thought I would give it a go and I'm glad I did. The story was brought together really well, it first I thought it might just be two stories running side by side but of course there was a crossover! If you are looking for a book to snuggle up with on a cold night it will warm the cockles of your heart, don't want to give too much away but it all turns out in the end x
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It took me until over half way for me to get into this book. But once in, I was hooked. I don't blame this on the author, my mind was very much still in the previous book I had read. A book of tragic lives that turned into living happily ever after, with the possible exception of Paul the Nuuade. I did feel, however, that we could have had less David, Esther and Louisa and more of the other characters.
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What a surprise! I really expected very little from this book, bought as a kindle daily deal ... and it turned out to be a STONKINGLY good read!! Lorraine Jenkin knows how to portray 'real people' with incredible honesty. Quite the best character writer I have encountered for aeons. I had many many laugh out loud episodes reading this book, which is not my norm! Yes! Best 0.99p of 2013 by FAR!!
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Downloaded this as the blurb made it sound reasonable also it had been given four five star reviews. What were these people thinking? All I can say is they must be friends of the author. I struggled to get through half the book before giving up. The characters were one dimensional cardboard jokes and I found it impossible to relate to any of them.
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I bought this book because it was on offer for the Kindle and set in Wales. The characters are well drawn and the whole book a complete page turner as you can't wait to see what happens next. A complete page turner that lives up to Oscar Wilde's maxim that the good end happily and the bad unhappily - after all, that is what fiction means!
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