There's an art to choosing men, but Thea's just discovering 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. Fed up with looking after a houseful of students, Thea Orville throws caution to the winds and takes off to Ireland with Rory, a charming but feckless artist. But Thea's old life isn't so easily cut off. The arrival of Molly, her bossy friend, demanding to see Rory's stunning paintings (and to find out what Thea is up to) is bad enough, but why did she have to bring Petal, Thea's most annoying lodger, along for the ride? And worst of all, Petal is accompanied by her uncle, the enigmatic Ben, a man Thea has sworn never to like. The timing is terrible - Rory's dog is about to have puppies - but even more alarming is that the more Rory pursues Thea, the more maddeningly attractive she finds Ben...
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Thea Orville is exhausted. It is only the persistence of her friend Molly that persuades her to abandon the student lodgings she owns and runs, to go on an Art Appreciation course in Provence. There, Thea meets Rory, a charismatic struggling artist similarly distrustful of life. When the course finishes, Thea is reluctant to return to her student-ravaged house and is enticed to County Mayo in Southern Ireland by Rory. Smitten by the landscape and the discovery of Rory's outstanding new work, Thea rediscovers her passion for life while politely dismissing his amorous advances. She resolves to set up a gallery back in Cheltenham to show off his brilliant work. The remaining plot revolves around whether Thea will manage to show Rory's work and whether she will get it together with Ben, art dealer and scarred ex-husband and father, or succumb to Rory's advances. Like all Fforde's novels, this one is competent and enjoyable, with an appealing heroine and memorable supporting cast. But it feels rushed: the opening is hurried and implausible and several key plot developments are skimmed over. Why does Ben suddenly propose to Thea having previously displayed an inordinate lack of interest? Why does Petal, the adolescent lodger, so conveniently fail to pass on messages? And the characters are just too conveniently written: Veronica, Ben's ex-wife, is two-dimensional and obvious, and Rory a little too dashing and easily swayed. Fforde's many fans will still enjoy it, and with some reason, but an extra few months on the writing schedule might have enabled Fforde to make this novel as satisfying as its predecessors. (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.