Has Laura found her leading man? This is a wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.
With the bookshop where she works about to close, hopeless romantic Laura Horsley, in a moment of uncharacteristic recklessness, finds herself agreeing to help organise a literary festival deep in the heart of the English countryside.
But her initial excitement is rapidly followed by a mounting sense of panic when reality sinks in and she realises just how much work is involved - especially when an innocent mistake leads the festival committee to mistakenly believe that Laura is a personal friend of the author at the top of their wish-list.
Laura might have been secretly infatuated with the infamous Dermot Flynn ever since she studied him at university, but travelling to Ireland to persuade the notorious recluse to come out of hiding is another matter.
Determined to rise to the challenge she sets off to meet her literary hero.
But all too soon she's confronted with more than she bargained for - Dermot the man is maddening, temperamental and up to his ears in a nasty case of writer's block. But he's also infuriatingly attractive - and, apparently, out to add Laura to his list of conquests...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 04/03/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099525042
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Review by coolmama
OK, I understand that all of Fforde's book have a formulatic approach. You sort of know how they are going to end before they even start and the fun is how you get there. However, I found this to be even more boring than usual. The characters, virginal bookseller Laura and dashing and wordly best-selling Irish mega author Dermot, were two dimensional (at best) characters. Very little character development and no back story made this a boring read.
Review by bookczuk
I picked this book up at my favorite local independent bookstore for three reasons. The first is that I'd recently listened to an audio-version of a book by this author, read by the unbelievably grand voice actress Divina Porter and loved how she handled the British accents and the Scottish ones. This book promised Irish accents and I got carried away, forgetting it wasn't audio and I'd have to supply the voices in my head myself. Reason number two was that I really did enjoy the story as well in the earlier Fforde book, despite a somewhat more brutal than my taste love scene in the kitchen. The third reason was that my lovely indie bookstore is closing shop. I'm devastated, but obviously not as heart-broken as Pat at the Ravenous Reader is. Her merchandise goes on sale Monday, but I bought this at full price to help her combat her debts. Ironically, the main character in this book is heading off to run a literary festival after her long time employer, who ran an Indie bookstore, decided to retire. Anyhow, I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as "Second Thyme 'Round", but my accents aren't as good as Ms Porter's. Too close to chick lit/romance for my tastes. I would have rather read Dermot's (the Irish literary genius with a writer's block)books. Let me know when those are available.
Review by catalogthis
Chick lit for book nerds. Quick, fun, and slightly goofy.