Love can grow on you, or can it? This is a wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. When Perdita Dylan delivers her baby vegetables to a local hotel and finds that her unpredictable ex-husband, Lucas, has taken over the kitchen, she is horrified - particularly when she discovers he's being groomed as the latest celebrity chef and needs her picturesque, if primitive cottage, and her, in supporting roles. Her life is further complicated when Kitty, her 87-year-old friend, has a stroke. Perdita needs someone to lean on - and Lucas seems so keen to help that she starts to wonder if he's really such a villain. Can she cope with all this alone? Or should she face up to the fact that 'You can't cuddle lettuces'?
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(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Arrow Books Ltd
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The comforting thing about Fforde's romantic novels is that from the first word the reader knows that the hostile lovers will undoubtedly end up in each other's arms. It is what happens en route that keeps us turning the pages. Perdita married Lucas when she was only 18 - very young, naive and pliable. Lucas, older and more sophisticated, grew bored and - the final insult - left Perdita for an older woman. Picking herself up, Perdita built a new life as producer of exotic herbs and baby vegetables for sale to local restaurants. To her horror, delivering to one of her favourite customers she finds he is Lucas, who has transmogrified from city gent to celebrity chef - with the temperament that goes with the job. There is a touch of The Taming of the Shrew in what follows - much of it is very funny, especially when, exasperated by his high-handed behaviour, Perdita flies at her one-time husband with a kitchen knife and their full-scale battle becomes exceedingly physical. The main theme of belligerent competition is softened by a much gentler subplot in which Perdita cares for an elderly friend, Kitty, whose life is drawing to a close, a circumstance which brings the lovers closer in a mutual desire to make Kitty's life easier. They both have a good deal of growing up to do before they can put the past behind them. But we knew all along that they would. Fforde has developed a sure hand, with comedy as well as romance. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Katie Fforde
Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She's been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn't a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories. To find out more about Katie Fforde step into her world at www.katiefforde.com, visit her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KatieFforde.