Is she ready to take a chance on love? A wonderfully romantic novel from the Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author of A Wedding in Provence.
'The queen of uplifting, feel good romance' AJ PEARCE
'Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun' CLOSER
'Katie Fforde is on sparkling form' INDEPENDENT
'Top-drawer romantic escapism' DAILY MAIL
A stall at a farmers' market, a sprig of mistletoe, and a spontaneous kiss from a tall, attractive stranger...
Nel is the owner of a houseful of animals and the organiser of the farmers' market in the picturesque Paradise Fields.
She is always super-busy, and the last thing she needs is another complication in her life.
But when her old friend and owner of Paradise Fields dies, she knows she must fight to save the meadow and market she loves so dearly.
But who can she trust to help her save Paradise Fields? Her sensible boyfriend Simon? Her friends, Sacha and Vivien? Or Jake, the devilishly handsome man who kissed her under the mistletoe...
Praise for Katie Fforde
'Modern-day Austen. Great fun' Red
'Top-drawer romantic escapism' Daily Mail
'Warm, brilliant and full of love' Heat
'Delicious' Sunday Times
Romance blooms for a long-celibate widow in this cozy potboiler by British hen-lit veteran Fforde (Highland Fling; etc.). Nel Innes has kept busy in the 10 years since her beloved husband died, raising her three children (the youngest of whom, 18-year-old daughter Fleur, is growing up far too fast for Nel's taste), taking care of the family's many dogs and organizing a farmer's market in the town's Paradise Fields. But when local bigwig Sir Gerald dies, leaving his estate (and the connecting land that a hospice uses for recreation and fund-raising) to his developer son, Pierce, and Pierce's sexy American wife, Kerry Anne, Nel is furious how dare these soulless big-city chumps take away the land the hospice so desperately needs? And how, fueled by righteous anger as she is, can she find herself falling so hard for the couple's dashing and equally big-city solicitor, Jake Demerand? Though Fforde's plots are often rather similar smalltown woman fights the good fight and wins, falling in love with a man she initially deems an opponent charming, lovable secondary characters carry the day, and funny scenes such as Nel going undercover to track Fleur to a trendy nightclub are by turns poignant and hilarious. This sweet literary equivalent of warm fuzzy slippers will help bring Fforde, who has a sizable following in Britain, further onto American radar.