Jenny loves to house-sit, looking after a stranger's enviably perfect home and pretending to be someone else - just for a bit.
Her latest booking is a beautiful, disheveled old rectory in the Home Counties owned by the uber-successful Lewis family. Freed of teaching duties for the summer, and her own teenagers spending time with her objectionable ex, Jenny readies herself for a life of walk-in larders and sparkling water taps.
Battling to control the riotous family dog and stay cool in an unrelenting heat wave, she discovers skeletons in the Lewis closet that further threaten to disrupt her idyll. But then a seductive new friendship offers her a surprise second chance: to open herself up to love again and to finally live life on her own terms.
Laugh-out-loud funny, touching and romantic, this is the new summer novel from the much-loved Fiona Walker.
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"A perfect summer read." (Jojo Moyes)
"Fans of Jilly Cooper will enjoy this summery, romantic romp. Hugely enjoyable fun." (Sunday Mirror)
"An entertaining read that romps along at a canter. Fun, stuffed with witty one-liners and lots of countryside shenanigans." (Daily Mail)
"A moving tale of learning to trust and letting go of the past. The perfect holiday read." (The Lady)
"Such brilliant characters you'll wish you knew them in real life. Walker's writing is slick and there are genuinely laugh-out-loud moments." (Heat)
"An escapist comedy that's a perfect read for the beach." (Sunday Mirror)
No, I would warn friends to stay away. Silly, harmless story, not very well written. Narrator's voice (well, all of the voices as she affected some accents) and manner of reading was irritating. Too ponderous for a silly story. Don't bother!
Utterly predictable. Made me mad at myself for hanging in there so long.
Ponderous delivery. Irritating tone of voice, arch and strangely full of air. Poor attempt to render voices of male characters, American accent, Scottish accent, etc. Would have been better if she did not try.
Yes, I was inspired to return it and never read anything by this author or listen to anything else by this dreadful reader.
I had always thought I would like this author. Now i will never read anything else of hers. Next one I will choose more carefully.
"Fiona Walker at her best!"
I loved this book. It takes me back to reading some of Fiona's earlier works.
It might seem a bit slow to start but bear with it and get to know the characters.
"Returning this 1/3 of the way through"
If the main character wasn't a blithering idiot
most of them
I actually couldn't finish this as the main character was SO stupid, it was practically painful. She is meant to be a professional housesitter, but then she keeps saying "I know the house owner told me not to do this, but it''ll probably be fine" and then it, predictably, proceeds to be a disaster. I just gave up.
"Disappointed with the narrator!"
Typical chic lit book, easy to listen to and slightly predictable but spoilt by the narrator who sounded uptight and bored!
I understand that she was trying to be in character but her 'very English' voice made it less enjoyable than if I'd read it myself or had someone ' more fun' narrating!!
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