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Publisher's Summary

Ellie Summers' life is unravelling. Finding herself pregnant, and her sexy but idle boyfriend Rick less than enthusiastic about parenthood, she needs a plan. Fast. Grace Soudley's life is also coming apart at the seams, her only security is the beautiful yet crumbling old house she was left by her godmother. But unless she can find a fortune, Luckenham House will disintegrate around her.

When Ellie and Grace meet, the two very different women find they can help each other out. Ellie needs a place to stay; Grace needs a lodger. Both of them need a friend. But then the disconcertingly engaging Flynn Cormack arrives on the scene, apparently determined to help. And when Grace discovers some beautiful painted panels hidden behind the tattered dining-room curtains, the whole business of restoration starts to get serious.

©2004 Katie Fforde (P)2005 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Delicious." (Sunday Times [London])
"Forde's storytelling skills are reassuringly classic." (The Independent [London])

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-18

Restoring Grace

Wonderful story. Romantic and witty. Couldn't put it down. Narrated Emily's Fix was just perfect with all the different charecters. I will choose more with her reading.

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  • Book Lover
  • 05-14-17

Great fun

A good story read really well by Ms Fox.
I Didn't want it to end !

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  • Mrs KC Harwood-Lucas
  • 03-06-17

Wonderful but cut short

The abridged version cut it all too short for me wonderful story though! Wish they had the unabridged in audible!

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  • Katie
  • 07-18-10

A double romance

At the beginning Grace's house is empty of love and almost of possessions. Then Ellie enters - she brings in joy, comfort and furniture. It is a double romance in one story, as Ellie and Grace both find new loves. Themes in the book include wine tasting, problem solving and painting restoration.

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  • Samantha
  • 06-22-09

Fantastic

As always, I loved this book by Katie Fforde. I found I couldn't stop listening to it until it was finished, and downloaded the next one right away!

Highly recommended