Stately Pursuits

  • by Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by Roe Kendall
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable story. Technically challenged.

Would you consider the audio edition of Stately Pursuits to be better than the print version?

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.


What other book might you compare Stately Pursuits to and why?

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.


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- Heidi

good and cute

I really liked this book -
Katie Fforde has a way of describing the characters with just enough bad qualities that they seem real to the reader. I like books when the sweet female lead takes charge--


I would recomend this book and plan to listen to others by Fforde
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- Loy "Born to read"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.