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  • Genuine Escapism

    Okay, so as soon as I started reading this book I realised that this set in a completely fictional universe where only good things can happen. Well, not ONLY good things but even the bad lead to something good happening. So, I decided to just give myself over to the genre and go with it, leave the brain comfortably ensconced somewhere else and just read for the pleasure of being told a story without those critical muttered comments from the reality demon that lurks in the old grey matter. So glad I did as it meant I got to enjoy a wonderfully gentle, naive tale set in a weird 1950s-esque parallel world. To be entirely honest I can't remember too much about the story, in my defence I did finish reading it about a month before reviewing it. What I do remember is how much of a smile it put on my face and how enjoyable it was to curl up and sink in to Ms Fforde's world - even I did only have 15 minutes to spare. I also put a 4 against in my reading notebook so I definitely enjoyed it. What did stick with me was how very peculiar the whole premise of the book was - elderly lady is in ill health and has to find someone to bequeath the family farm to so she arranges to go in to a Nursing Home for 6 months and get the beneficiary in to see how they go about running the farm. Of course, the closest relative she can find doesn't reply to her letters so she moves down the line and happens upon a distant niece who just so happens to be in a dark place in her personal life and jumps at the chance. Of course, she has no knowledge of farming so there are plenty of opportunities for pratfalls there. Of course, the vaguely nearer and male relative turns up and moves in to the farm as well (as they do). Throw in a years old animosity with the neighbouring farm and you have the necessary mixture to create misunderstandings, deliberate scupperings and , of course, plenty of romance. Quite honestly, there is nothing vaguely realistic here; even the characters are pretty much two dimensional and either good or bad with little nuance inbetween. However, if you in the mood for being entertained on a wet afternoon and don't want to necessarily engage your critical facilities then you are going to have a blast with this one. It is fun and strangely endearing - a bit like the 1970s Sunday evening TV viewing, cosy and familiar.

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  • A Country Escape

    Another fantastic read, just couldn't put it down. Next book please

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  • This has to be one of my favourite books by Katie

    I am a huge fan of Katie Fforde and was delighted to read A Country Escape. We meet Fran who moves to her Aunt Amy’s Hill Top Farm in the Cotswolds. The farm is run down and can no longer be managed by Amy as she is now in a care home. Although there is a farm hand called Tig, he is still unable to handle everything on his own. Fran’s task now is to run the farm for a year and if she makes a profit from it she gets to inherit it after Amy passes on. Along with Fran, in the running for the farm is Roy, Amy’s other distant relative who has come over from Australia just to see if he can get his hands on the farm and for the money, not to actually use the farm. But can Aunt Amy see through his ways or is she blindsided by his charm? Fran has a lot of help from farm hand Tig, her best friend Issi and neighbour Anthony. All of which are wonderful characters you can’t help falling in love with. Will Fran make a go of the farm and succeed at her new adventure of cheese making or will Roy get his hands on it for future development and his inheritance? As we follow Fran and her journey on the farm we are treated to a few surprises along the way as well as some romance going on too which may be not just for best friend Issi but for Fran herself. Katie Fforde has a way of drawing the reader into every scene and putting us right in the moment with her descriptive surroundings, I even felt I was on the farm at times with Fran helping her out and smelling that delicious cheese she was making. This has to be one of my favourite books by Katie Fforde and I now can not wait for her next release.

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