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Home is where the heart is. A wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

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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.


In the less than sprightly latest from Fforde (Restoring Grace), newly minted interior designer Anna, 27, is renovating a run-down cottage in the Cotswold to flip for a profit. At her neighbor's request, she takes in a homeless greyhound, and it happens that Rob Hunter, the local greyhound "rehoming officer," is also the inspector who ensures that historical homes are properly restored. Though he initially is a thorn in her inexperienced renovator side, Anna comes to appreciate Rob's humor, warmth and caring nature. But then Max Gordon, the architecture guest lecturer Anna's had a crush on for years after a near-miss on getting together when she was in college, appears at her London reunion and seems poised to sweep her off her feet. The cast of country secondaries provides color and interest, and Fforde adroitly registers Anna's subtler feelings. But the pace is slow, and the renovation details overwhelm the romance. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

British chick lit author Fforde (Bidding for Love) writes great stories about funny, smart women. Her latest is the tale of Anna, an interior designer, who buys a small English country cottage in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. She meets this challenge head-on, learning to do all of the work herself. At a school reunion, Anna reconnects with architect Max Gordon, the one that got away. He's unbelievably handsome, fabulously wealthy, and successful to boot. But before Anna can finish the house and live happily ever after with the dreamy Max, the equally good-looking but impossible Rob Hunter enters the scene, responsible for ensuring that Anna's cottage is restored correctly. Rob is quite helpful with Caroline, Anna's newly rescued greyhound, but Anna is unsure what to make of him. Is he friend or foe? Written in an engaging, comfortable manner, Fforde's romantic comedy is entertaining but still has something to say about being a woman of the world. Recommended for all public libraries. Library marketing campaign.-Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Perfect for the beach * Bella *
Fun summer read * Choice *
A fun helping of chick-lit * OK! *
Funny and heartwarming * Newmarket Journal *
I can see this being carried in many a beach bag because fans simply adore her humorous, lively and character-driven stories. They will certainly warm to Anna * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *

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