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A French Affair | [Katie Fforde]

A French Affair

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the 21st century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?
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Publisher's Summary

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the 21st century.

Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?

©2013 Katie Fforde (P)2013 ISIS Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"‘Immensely enjoyable…a very satisfying read.… It certainly won’t disappoint Katie Fforde fans in the least." (The Bookbag)

"A French Affair is the deliciously romantic new novel from Katie Fforde, one of our favourite authors here at Hot Brands Cool Places. Curl up in a comfy chair, settle in and enjoy this utterly charming escapist read. We loved it! Highly Recommended!" (Hot Brands Cool Places)

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  • Helen
    Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    3/25/13
    Overall
    "Right book, wrong narrator"

    I have enjoyed reading all of Katie Fforde's books, her characters are always down to earth and likeable. I didn't experience the same enjoyment with this book, and that had a lot to do with the narrator's sing song voice. It was just too jolly hockey sticks for me and was very grating at times. I have listened to other books with the same narrator, and haven't noticed this before. Like the first reviewer, I wish I had purchased the paperback version instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    7/13/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love in the Antiques Trade"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To be honest I don't think anything could, it would have to have been a different book with a different reader.


    What was most disappointing about Katie Fforde’s story?

    This story must be judged by its own genre, i.e. romance. it is not one I often read. Other writers sometimes put in this group such as Elizabeth Buchan write more complex, general fiction on relationships. I had fond memories of Katie Ffordes early books, which included more flawed human heroines, and more realistic situations, interpretations and decision making. I found this very formulaic and predictable. Though Katie Fforde writes with facility and includes some interesting information about antiques.


    What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

    This is very much a matter of individual preference, but I found the narration irritatingly arch and hard to listen to.


    What character would you cut from A French Affair?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasant escapism if this is what you like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    leicester, United Kingdom
    3/23/13
    Overall
    "loved the book but the reader!!"

    I enjoyed the book as I have all Katie Fforde's books but the readers voice grated on me especially when she attempted to do the different characters. It put me off listening to it and I bought the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "Quite a placide affair."
    If you could sum up A French Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Not very exciting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't see it ending any other way.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    Usually I like Jilly's performance but the main male character came over as quite a boring guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame because I've enjoyed lots of Katie's books before, so will perhaps read them in future as this didn't really work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    BURNLEY, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Great story"

    This was a great story. Amusing and sad at times. Well research book and very well written with good descriptions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    ipswich, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, well written and spoken. If you like Katie Fforde this wont disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    manchester
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "a french affair"

    A lovely story.enjoyed very much.its about relationships and life.this is well worth listeningto and the cost

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • krangu
    london, United Kingdom
    3/26/13
    Overall
    "Good book"

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    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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