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  • Thyme Out

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Thyme Out by Katie Fforde. 

Love can grow on you, or can it? A wonderfully romantic novel from the number one Sunday Times best-selling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

When Perdita Dylan delivers her baby vegetables to a local hotel and finds that her unpredictable ex-husband, Lucas, has taken over the kitchen, she is horrified - particularly when she discovers he's being groomed as the latest celebrity chef and needs her picturesque, if primitive cottage, and her, in supporting roles. 

Her life is further complicated when Kitty, her 87-year-old friend, has a stroke. Perdita needs someone to lean on - and Lucas seems so keen to help that she starts to wonder if he's really such a villain. Can she cope with all this alone? Or should she face up to the fact that 'you can't cuddle lettuces'?

©1999 Katie Fforde (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Dreadful Message for Women-Do Not Buy

This story depicts bullying and betrayal in a marriage as acceptable
The main protagonist is a young woman with very poor self esteem who is taken advantage of by men.
This novel does not portray this paradigm as wrong but rather sets out the heroine’s hapless, pathetic and excessive use of denial as good qualities! At one point, we are told that the heroine being young and inept in daily skills was why her husband had an affair with an older woman. Furthermore- the heroine and her feisty godmother reflect on her inexperience as the reason for her husband’s (Lucas)infidelity. Throughout this appalling story, we are shown and told of Lucas’ bullying behaviours- which are all forgiven and acceptable- since he is a talented chef….
Ms Fforde should stop writing harmful and damaging stories like this that propagate the message that bullying by men is ok, that females are meant to be helpless, that infidelity by the husband is the woman’s fault and that a good looking man is to be forgiven everything
I urge you NOT to buy this - especially if you are a young woman or someone with trauma in your background

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  • I. Morgan
  • 23-12-2020

Terribly narrated

The story was good. Typical of Katie Fforde’s work, the story is enjoyable and charming.
Unfortunately Jilly Bond’s ability to narrate the younger characters is completely unconvincing. Perdita has the voice of a young child of around 6 without the strength of character that is portrayed in the text. She sounds pathetic; not a strong, independent and hardworking small business owner. Lucas sounds like a man in his 50s to 60s. The narrator’s only convincing voice was that of Kitty. I feel that a novel with younger main characters would have been much better narrated by someone of a vaguely similar age. Had the main character been in her 50s/60s, I’m sure Jilly would have been better suited. Such a shame as I felt she was such a poor choice for this novel and it felt incredibly disjointed.

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  • Mrs. Casilda A. Slattery
  • 05-12-2019

A most enjoyable read

Listening to this story was both entertaining and hilarious in parts. I really enjoyed it.

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  • simon the great
  • 18-09-2019

About time

Been a fan of Katie fforde and the jilly bond duo for sometime . The stories are always light hearted and characters are always endearing . Settings are what really set the scene . I just hope the rest of the back catalogue gets the jilly bond treatment. Highland fling next please . That is until the next new release

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