The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, but when her old friend Sir Gerald dies and his son, Pierce - accompanied by his glamorous American wife - takes possession of The Big House, it seems that preserving the Fields is not on his list of priorities.
It's not as if Nel hasn't enough on her plate already: organising a farmer's market in the picturesque Paradise Fields and keeping track of her unnervingly beautiful teenage daughter - plus sorting out a houseful of animals - are quite enough to keep her busy. The last thing she needs is yet another complication in her life, but when her old friend Sir Gerald dies and his son, Pierce - accompanied by his glamorous American wife - takes possession of The Big House, it seems that preserving the Fields is not on his 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, but her sensible boyfriend Simon, an estate agent, is less encouraging. 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...
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 , visit her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KatieFforde.
"A witty and generous romance - Katie Fforde is on sparkling form - Jilly Cooper for the grown-ups" Independent "A romantic rural romp" Daily Mirror "A winning tale of romance with a sense of humour" The Good Book Guide "Old-fashioned romance of the best sort ... funny, comforting" Elle "The romance fizzes along with good humour and is a good, fat, summery read" Sunday Mirror
From the bestselling author of Wedding Season and Going Dutch. 20030402
What with trying to stay ahead of her three children (who are doing a very good job of looking after themselves) and the worthy causes she's committed to, widowed Nel's personal life seems to be on hold. That is, until she's kissed under the mistletoe by a (very) handsome stranger. At the same time nasty rumours start about a plan to build houses on Paradise Fields, the water meadows where Nel runs a market to raise funds for the local hospice, a plan that could threaten the existence of the hospice itself. As details come out, Nel finds that the attractive stranger is Jake Demerand, a solicitor acting for the owners of the water meadows, who appears to have been involved in dodgy deals in the past. So she tries to concentrate on her existing boyfriend, Simon, instead. He may be unexciting but he's a dab hand at cleaning out gutters and checking tyres, and who needs passion anyway? If Jake is untrustworthy, he's not the only one, and Nel becomes increasingly confused about who is with her and who's against as she works on ways to save the hospice and make the market viable. At the same time, her friends Vivian and Sacha, not to mention her stunning 18-year old daughter Fleur, are undermining her efforts to ignore Jake and are doing their best to increase her self-confidence, while she wonders who wants her for herself. Katie Fforde has a winning way with romance and a sense of humour to match: here you will find the real truth about cellulite and learn to love the body bits you hate, while you root for a caring community and a sympathetic three-dimensional heroine. (Kirkus UK)
British single mother finds love. Nel Innes is as busy as a bee, what with raising teenaged daughter Fleur and selling mistletoe at the local farmers' market. She has many friends, who all seem able to make a living selling artsy-craftsy-jammy-waxy things to each other. Overall, life has rolled along pleasantly enough since she moved to this Cotswolds village as a very young widow. There's even old Reg at the fruit and veg stall to give her an appreciative wink now and then. But will she ever know the sweaty ecstasy of a horizontal tango again? Yes! New acquaintance Jake, a lawyer, knows just how to tangle up the sheets, and he even makes a fine cup of Horlicks for that nurturing afterglow found only in mommy-lit sex. Nel wraps herself in his too-big bathrobe and sinks into guilty gloom. Should she have gone that far with a devastatingly attractive, kind, intelligent, successful man after ten celibate years? (Reader, do not shout the obvious answer. These are characters in a book.) As it turns out, Jake represents the villains, who are trying to wrest control of hospice-owned land that may or may not have been willed to the pure-hearted farmers'-market stallholders. Committees are formed! Meetings are held! When will the rich people realize that a huge, vulgar housing estate teeming with Johnny-come-latelies is about to spring up on their patrician doorstep? Will all the poor people from the hospice be turned out into the cold and totter away into the sunset waving their canes? Was Jake's gorgeous car bought with tainted money from unprincipled people with no taste? Can anyone doubt that there will be a happy ending to this predictable tale from the author of, among others, Highland Fling (2003)? Mild as malted milk (see above: Horlicks) and just as comforting. (Kirkus Reviews)
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