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This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough. That is until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her - after 30 years. Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors In the beginning Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen.
Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn't an issue that 'Cooking with Aspic' can't fix. Forty years later On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop.
Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, 10 years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is. So begins a yearlong trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London.
Bombay, Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India.
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Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange. A place you will never forget. Rosamunde Pilcher's Scotland A time you will never forget. Rosamunde Pilcher's September When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old school friends for dinner, she hardly imagines the evening will shatter her comfortable existence.
But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests.
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Roz is a stunning and self-assured TV presenter, while the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town. When they reveal that Camilla's husband, Jack, has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. Thus begins the irresistible story of two fixeruppers - an old house and a young woman - and their efforts to recapture their true luster. With no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates, she hopes for nothing more than some good oldfashioned escape. What she finds includes a cast of quirky and everpresent neighbors, a couple of SNAGs Sensitive New Age Guys ; some very humorless bank officials; a cat and two disarming little canines; one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house; and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again.
Would you consider the audio edition of Stately Pursuits to be better than the print version? I enjoyed the story and it was read well. My only issue was that it wasn't spliced together well and the narritive would jump from the middle of one sentance to the middle or beginning of another. Souding like it skipped, like a record would sometimes do. What other book might you compare Stately Pursuits to and why? I can't think of a particular book. Theme is a woman growing up, finding self and finding true love.
So far the 2 books I have listened too from the Katie Fforde have same theme. I really liked this book - Katie Fforde has a way of describing the characters with just enough bad qualities that they seem real to the reader. I like books when the sweet female lead takes charge-- I would recomend this book and plan to listen to others by Fforde. Hetty doesn't have much going for her at the beginning of the book; her boyfriend has dumped her in a particularly painful way, and since he was also her boss, she's out of work too. She finds herself in an elderly relative's country estate, trying to get ready for the annual spring open house tours while he is ill.
Soon the entire village is helping Hetty and dreading the arrival of the heir, who wants to pull the house down.
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I found the characters appealing and the dialog surprisingly realistic and in parts extremely funny. The description of the house and its revival was charming. The pace was a little slow at times, but I enjoyed Hetty's progress as she acquired skills and confidence. There's a hint of Bridget Jones, a little Cinderella, and maybe a nod to the houses of the Pride and Prejudice miniseries. I thought the narrator was excellent.
Would you listen to Stately Pursuits again? It's the kind of story that I would only listen to once but a fun listen. What did you like best about this story? The story is light yet interesting enough to keep you listening.
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