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3.3 out of 5 stars
Green Grass
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 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.

3.5 Stars.
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on 21 January 2012
Green Grass will not disappoint fans of Rafella Barker. Undoubtedly chick-lit (and I do not mean that to be insulting). It will make you laugh out loud and sometimes say ' Oh yes, that's me' -always fun, always touches a nerve and will leave a smile on your face.
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on 12 June 2014
I loved this book when I read in the local library, came quickly and in excellent condition, cannot wait to re-read again and again, would certainly buy from this seller again.
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on 31 December 2014
I have been looking forward to this as I love her writing, but it never arrived on my Kindle
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on 16 January 2003
I bought this book from Amazon after seeing a review in a newspaper. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a very true-to-life story of Laura (a 40-something wife and mother) with an irritating husband and two teenagers - the descriptions of Dolly, her daughter, are particularly amusing. She heads off to Norfolk and then meets her erstwhile boyfriend...... I will definitely be reading more of Rafaella Barker's books.
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on 14 January 2004
Having read 'Summertime' I looked forward to reading Raffaella Barker's most recent book, 'Green Grass', expecting more lighthearted accounts of rural eccentrics and romance. What a disappointment. This book is totally depressing, both the hero and heroine are unhappily married, the characters are difficult to connect to, and the heroine's artist husband is beyond credibility. The feel of the book is miserable and bleak, a complete opposite to 'Summertime'. Come on Raffaella, there are plenty of gritty writers - stick to the frivolous, please.
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on 21 May 2003
This book is just dreadful. Absolutely nothing of note happens until the penultimate chapter. Perhaps the author thinks she creates some sense of Clara's angst and confusion but the character lacks depth and you never really empathise with her. Criminally, this book also fails to convey the charm of rural Norfolk. What a wasted opportunity - shame on you Ms Barker!
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on 26 November 2002
The charm of this book lies in the way the author develops what might on the surface seem a fairly simple - and romantic - story. Barker leads you into some quite interesting territory, a marriage that is going badly awry. Clara is a woman who is losing her sense of herself in the responsibilities of being a mother,a wife and above all a grown-up. As a result of this she finds herself hankering increasingly for the paths in her life she didn't follow and thinking alot about her old boyfriend Guy who is now an organic farmer in Norfolk. Far from being a bleak landscape of domestic gloom this author makes all her insight witty, recognisable and really really funny. The ending might surprise you.....I love this writer.
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