“You’re not doing very much at the moment, darling. I don’t suppose you’d care to housesit for a while?”
Thus begins the irresistible story of two fixeruppers - an old house and a young woman - and their efforts to recapture their true luster.
When Hetty Longden, freshly dumped and brokenhearted, agrees to look after her greatuncle’s dilapidated mansion in the English countryside, she’s at something of a lifetime low. With no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates, she hopes for nothing more than some good oldfashioned escape. What she finds includes a cast of quirky and everpresent neighbors, a couple of SNAGs (Sensitive New Age Guys); some very humorless bank officials; a cat and two disarming little canines; one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house; and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again.
A Sunday Times (London) best seller that’s as inviting as an elegant old house full of unexplored rooms, after a good scrubbingdown, of course, Stately Pursuits is the funniest, smartest, and warmest read of the season.
“Charming…Enormously enjoyable…Like listening to Cole Porter or watching The Philadelphia Story.” (Newsday)
“Fforde’s appeal is her ability to reproduce the eccentricities of everyday life.” (Times (London))
“A delightful, unabashedly unpretentious love yarn.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Enjoyable story. Technically challenged.
I enjoyed the story and it was read well. My only issue was that it wasn't spliced together well and the narritive would jump from the middle of one sentance to the middle or beginning of another. Souding like it skipped, like a record would sometimes do.
I can't think of a particular book. Theme is a woman growing up, finding self and finding true love. So far the 2 books I have listened too from the Katie Fforde have same theme.
good and cute
- Loy "Born to read"