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A wonderfully romantic novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of A Rose Petal Summer and A Country Escape

It’s the season of new beginnings for Helena and Gilly.

Gilly runs her own B&B business from her much-loved family home, which she doesn’t want to part with - at any price.

But that's before she meets handsome estate agent Leo. Soon he has her wondering whether it's finally time to sell up and try something new in life.

Meanwhile, Gilly's daughter Helena has a budding romance of her own. A talented weaver, she's becoming very close to her new landlord, Jago, who's offered to help her at an upcoming craft fair that could give her dream career a major boost.

It’s what friends do, and they are just friends. Aren’t they?

With spring in full bloom, Helena and Gilly begin to ask themselves the same question:

Could their new loves lead to their happily ever after?

©2019 Katie Fforde (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Frankie
  • 06-03-2020

Lovely easy listening

I enjoyed this story by Katie Fforde. It made for a relaxing listen without many challenges, as the problems encountered by the characters were all easily resolved, and the nastier characters all either came good or just sort of faded out of the picture. It wasn’t too bland, however, just ideal for falling asleep to, or listening while doing other things. The narrator has a lovely soft voice, which suits the story perfectly.

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  • Maz
  • 14-04-2020

Never disappointed

As with all Katie Fforde books I found myself so engrossed with the story that I was laughing out loud and listening to the story as if having a conversation with a friend and saying my remarks instead of thinking them. Which is ok at home but when out walking listening through earphones you get funny looks. Thank you Katie and thank you Rebecca for reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-2020

brilliant

Well written and well read. A very good holiday read. A feel good book.

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  • Ally
  • 15-03-2020

predictable

narrator spoilt the book for me as it was very monosyllabic. won't listen to any books narrated by her again

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  • Hawt
  • 04-03-2020

relaxing and sometimes eye rolling

I love these stories to unwind to although sometimes the sexual stereotypes and life goal stereotypes do make me a bit sad/eye roll. that's not to say I don't enjoy it:) just I have to park my ideals at the door! ah the narrator was great, very mellow but sometimes a bit too quiet to listen to in the shower

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  • mrs c
  • 12-08-2020

Sad to finish

Loved it, a warm hearted read. The main characters felt like friends by the end of the book.

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  • Reading Rosie
  • 27-07-2020

Like hot chocolate on a cold day

Perfect Katie Fforde doing what she does best, it may be a little predictable but that's exactly how us Katie fans like it, she takes us along in the most engaging way. Great performance too from Rebecca Lacey!

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  • Jan
  • 17-06-2020

Wonderful Escapism!!

It’s been a while since I read or listened to Katie Ford but hearing this one reminded me of all that I was missing. I especially loved the narrator who helped you picture everything so well...thanks to you both.

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  • Karen
  • 04-06-2020

lovely lockdown read

listening to this during lockdown. lovely light and cheerful read, just the job during this dreadful time. stay safe x

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  • Miss M
  • 31-05-2020

Light, Easy and absolutely lovely

I’ve always found Fforde’s works cockle-warming, absorbing and an easy delight but have had to avoid so many due to excessive use of a narrator who adopts such a silly infantilising voice every protagonist and player in any story she narrates immediately becomes gratingly puerile, no matter how well-drawn they might be by the author. Whilst this may not be a top-notch Fforde novel, it really was a lovely listen after such a long break. Commenting on her main character during the novel Fforde writes: “She wanted her own bed and a novel where nothing bad happened.” This is exactly that kind of novel, and if unchallenging, warm and romantic entertainment is what you’re after, this delivers.

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