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Flora's Lot (edition 2006)

by Katie Fforde (Author)

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Flora Stanza has sub-let her London life in a bid to join the family antiques business. Her knowledge of antiques extends only to the relics of information she has crammed from frantic daytime TV watching, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in blind enthusiasm. So she is more than a little put off when she doesn't receive the warm country welcome she expected. Her curt, conservative cousin Charles and his fianc-e Annabelle are determined to send Flora packing, and their offer to buy out her recently inherited majority-share of the business is tempting-until a strange warning makes her think twice. Stuck with a cat about to burst with kittens, Flora has little choice but to accept the offer to stay in an abandoned holiday cottage miles from any neighbours, let alone a trendy winebar. And between fighting off dinner invitations from the devastatingly handsome Henry, and hiding her secret eco-friendly lodger, William, Flora soon discovers country life is far from dull as she sets about rebuilding the crumbling business...… (more)
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Authors:Katie Fforde (Author)
Info:Arrow (2006), Edition: New Ed, 464 pages
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Another good read from Katie Fforde and I enjoyed the career plot being an auction house. Wasn't so keen on the cousins relationship, albeit distant cousins; it wasn't very believeable... although I'm probably not reading Katie Fforde for believability!! Still, that hiccup aside I enjoyed it. The main character, Flora is quite likeable and develops as the story grows. The ending felt a bit rushed and a bit too tidy, even for genre. Entertaining but I've enjoyed other Katie Fforde's more. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 10, 2020 |
Chick-lit senz'infamia e senza lode, in alcuni tratti originale e simpatico. Lo spunto è interessante e insolito rispetto al sul genere: Flora molla la vita di Londra per trasferirsi in campagna e lavorare nella casa d'aste di cui ha appena ereditato la quota di maggioranza da parte di uno zio balengo.
Ad accoglierla trova il cliché delle coppie, lui ricco e spocchioso, lei algida regina dei ghiacci, fidanzati da una vita in vista di un matrimonio per abitudine e convenienza.
Anche se alcuni episodi rivelano fin troppo le forzature volute dall'autrice affinché tutto si svolga come previsto, in genere la narrazione è fresca e piacevole.
Finale scontato e decisamente tremendo - non tanto per il "cosa" quanto per il "come": prolisso, banale e totalmente privo di passione e coinvolgimento. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it's time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is. She’s risked everything on buying a tiny but adorable cottage so she can renovate it, sell it on, and prove to her family that she can earn her own living.

Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside all is chaos: with a ladder for a staircase, no downstairs flooring, candles the only form of lighting and a sleeping bag and camping mat for a bed, Anna's soon wondering whether she's bitten off more than she can chew.

Her neighbour Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine and sympathy – and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But just as Anna's starting to believe she's found the perfect idyll, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene, putting up more obstacles than the Grand National. Can Anna get over all of life's hurdles?
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
This time, Katie fforde's heroine is working in a family-owned auction house. Her heroines always find interesting work to do whilst awaiting romance, which is why I enjoy these books. ( )
  auntieknickers | Jun 8, 2013 |
Very predictable from about the second chapter onward, but still fun and fluffy. ( )
  Jaie22 | Dec 4, 2010 |
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Flora Stanza has sub-let her London life in a bid to join the family antiques business. Her knowledge of antiques extends only to the relics of information she has crammed from frantic daytime TV watching, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in blind enthusiasm. So she is more than a little put off when she doesn't receive the warm country welcome she expected. Her curt, conservative cousin Charles and his fianc-e Annabelle are determined to send Flora packing, and their offer to buy out her recently inherited majority-share of the business is tempting-until a strange warning makes her think twice. Stuck with a cat about to burst with kittens, Flora has little choice but to accept the offer to stay in an abandoned holiday cottage miles from any neighbours, let alone a trendy winebar. And between fighting off dinner invitations from the devastatingly handsome Henry, and hiding her secret eco-friendly lodger, William, Flora soon discovers country life is far from dull as she sets about rebuilding the crumbling business...

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