Newly widowed Poppy Shilling should be feeling distraught at the death of her husband, Phil. But, instead, she can’t help feeling relieved. No longer will she have to endure Phil’s iron fist ruling over her and their two young children, or his unfortunate penchant for Lycra cycling wear.
And when a secret is revealed after his death, Poppy’s memories of their life together are turned upside down. Freed from her loveless marriage, Poppy is determined not to make the same mistakes again.
As she embraces village life to the full, will Poppy have the courage to follow her heart? It’s time for a new beginning, and a chance to discover what real love feels like….
Alison Reid reads this hilarious, heartwarming novel from bestselling author Catherine Alliott.
©2011 Catherine Alliott (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
the narrator was awesome and the story was a nice light chic lit, easy to listen too
yes I would recommend it to others who enjoy an easy listening story
"a rural affair"
this was one of the best books I have purchased for a long time. it is begging to be made into a film, made me laugh out loud.
"A Rural Affair"
A good fun book to listen to that flows along easily. Good story. One to go for if you want something easy and gentle.
"Light read with some funny parts"
It was a lovely story about a girl I could identify with. Everything she does goes wrong but she comes right in the end. With some funny moments along the way.
Poppy and her father
The hunt and the ball
It made me laugh
A nice holiday read with a few funny moments especially when her husbands dies
"Disappointing and confusing genre"
It's been a while since I felt so much disdain for the main protagonist of any book. Was it supposed to be funny? It certainly didn't make me laugh. Was it supposed to be earnest and heartfelt? I was detached and unmoved. I found myself embarrassed by the underdeveloped characterisation and sudden love story that seemed to emerge out of nothing. The author seems to make light of child neglect and fox hunting. I was mildly entertained but very much looking forward to getting it finished and starting a new book.
"One not to be missed if you want an enjoyable tale"
After reading previous reviews I thought I'd give this book a try hoping it would match up to its expectations.
I needn't have worried, yes some people would say it was "CHICKLIT"
but I dont care!
If a book can give you enjoyment the way this one did & I was able too present it with a Prize for its genre, ,i'd match it along side Jane Austins Classic "Pride & Prejudice" in the way this is given 'Top Marks' in its genre!
Lets put it this way, the storyline was good in that it kept me interested in not just "Poppys" life but all the characters who were intertwined along with her! Yes there were different sides to this story covering friendships, low self esteem, rage, irony & finally humour!
Alison Reids delivery was excellent to the extent that I woke my betterhalf up in bed giving him the impression I was seemingly chuckling into thin air, as I had my headphones on, & he had to give me a nudge to get me too stop!
Catherine Alliott will definitely be on my list of authors to look out & hopefully yours too when you give this story a try....
"overall a good ending"
ive read many books by catherine alliott but dont feel this was her best at times there was too much detail leaving me wanting to skip along to get to the interesting bit but overall it turned out to be a good listen,narrated well
"Okay but longish boring bits"
The story was well read by Alison Reid but there wasn't really a lot for her to work with. Very predictable with well worn stereotypical characters. Very fluffy and light. Absolutely fine if that's what you want but not for me.
"Predictable, cliched, and inconsistent"
This book didn't seem to know what it was about. It jumped from one set of ideals to another in an unrealistic way. Moreover, the love interest, and the development of that relationship, was ludicrous. I guess it was okay as an 'easy listen', but if you are going for this genre (I do not condemn chick-lit, only bad writing!) check out Jojo Moyes or Graeme Simsion for a bit more substance and/or humour!
Despite not being thrilled with the content, I thought the narration was fine :)
"Feel good and unexpeted"
I definitely would recommend this - it was full of ups and downs that keeps you listening and wanting to know more. I liked the range of different characters and the parts they play in bringing the storyline together.
Probably the main character - she has the right balance of confidence, courage and insecurity to make her realistic and easy to relate to.
"Good easy to listen to book"
A bit of a soft soap book.
Easy listen with enjoyable & personable characters that were sincere & amusing.
7/10 good easy listen book without taxing the brain...
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