Thursday, 28 April 2011

Book Review - Paradise Fields by Katie Fforde

Fantastic Fiction Review: It's not as if Nel hadn't enough on her plate already: organising a farmer's market in the beautiful Paradise Fields and sorting out a house full of animals are quite enough to keep her busy. But then her old friend Sir Gerald dies, and soon afterwards his son, accompanied by his glamorous but eccentric American wife, takes up residence in The Big House. Distressingly, it seems that preserving the meadow's way of life is not on their list of priorities. Nel takes up arms, determined to fight for the meadow and the market she loves. But whom can she trust? She's pretty sure her friends Sacha and Vivian are on her side. Her sensible boyfriend Simon, a real estate agent, seems to want to help, but something tells Nel there's a conflict of interests. And then there's Jake, the infuriating yet attractive stranger who kissed her under the mistletoe. Maybe she's been a celibate widow for far too long...

For my 9th chic lit challenge book I turned again to one of my favourite chic lit authors, Katie Fforde. I've never read one of her books that I haven't liked. I enjoy her style of writing which is witty and easy to read and every time I read one of her books I can imagine it as a screen play. Yes, her books have predictable 'Happy Ever After' endings but, I like that. The only disappointment with this book was that I found the ending very rushed - the main character, Nel , went from despair to happiness in one final hapter. That aside, all in all this was a thoroughly good read and highly recommended.

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