5 journalers for this copy...
Love isn't always plain sailing...When Jo's husband trades her in for a younger model, she suddenly finds herself living on a barge near the Thames. Used to being a kept woman, she soon realises she'll need more than a few culinary skills to keep herself afloat. Aware she was about to make a terrible mistake, Dora has fled from a huge wedding, her fiance, her mother and a very critical village to come under Jo's protective wing. While offering mutual support, Dora gets a job where she has to row to work and Jo works out how to make a living. And though they may not know much about boats they're determined to make the best of things. One thing's for certain, though, they've both sworn off men for good. Unfortunately, life has other plans and inflicts arrogant but attractive Marcus, who's the oracle on all things nautical, and laid-back, charming, jack-of-all-trades Tom on their ordered lives. And as if they didn't have enough to worry about, they've discovered they have to take the barge to sea...
As you say Katie Fforde is usually good for a light hearted and enjoyable read so looking forward to a touch of escapism.
Once read I will make sure the book continues on its travels.
The most interesting parts were those about the barge Jo and Dora lived on ‘The Three Sisters’, most especially when it was sailed to Holland.
A pleasant enough read for an afternoon in the sun but not one of Katie Fforde’s best, as once again lacking some of the spark of her earlier novels. I have mentioned this fact before in my review of ‘Practically Perfect’ last year.
Maybe I am just outgrowing Katie Fforde, I hope not as I have been reading and enjoying her books since she was first published in 1995.
One last point to be aware of is that the ending comes sooner than expected. Due to the dire habit of the publisher treating us to an extract of the author's next novel. A fairly new practice that personally I find particularly irritating.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Thankyou Annevo for asking to trade with me. This will be in the post to you later this week.
This book will visit my sister, who happens to live in London. On it's return to the Netherlands it'll probably find a few more readers, before ending up as a prize for the 2010 BC Convention in Amsterdam!
edit: read the book during holiday in Portugal and really enjoyed it! left it on the bookshelve in the lobby!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I really enjoyed reading this book during my holidays, I hope the next reader will too!