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Practically Perfect

by Katie Fforde

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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 |
Practically Perfect is a contemporary romance set in a Cotswolds village. Anna is an interior designer (like an architect, but with less education) and has bought a cottage to renovate and flip. She soon befriends her next door neighbor and finds herself the guardian of Caroline, an ex-racing greyhound. This leads to several award meetings with Rob, another local who cannot seem to avoid making bad impressions. Toss in the sudden appearance of "the one who got away" years ago, and we have a plot. Or at least as much of a plot as one expects from romance novels.

A fun, escapist read. Perfect for dog-lovers and romance-lovers alike. ( )
  inge87 | Oct 10, 2015 |
Loved the theme of doing up houses running through the book, but found it longer than necessary and the transfer of Anna's affections between guys was handled clumsily.The greyhound, of course, stole the show. Light, undemanding reading: competent chick-lit but not especially memorable. ( )
  paulinewiles | Jan 26, 2015 |
This is an easy book to read.
The basic story line is that the main character having qualified as an interior designer has taken on her first project, is living on site, and what happens over this time. It includes a man form the past and a new man who seems to be horrid at first, ofcourse in romantic style thier positions change over time.
One of the main thinkgs that I like is that this book seems to be entirly believable, none of the characters are so strange that I cannot think that I could meet them in the local shop.
a good story, well written - read it
  jessicariddoch | Apr 6, 2013 |
[author: Katie fforde] has a surefire formula for the kind of romance books I like. Her heroine, who starts out either single or newly single, always has a project, and a challenging and creative project at that. She will not be looking for a "relationship," in fact she will normally say she hasn't time for one...but of course by the end of the book one will transpire. Occasionally there will be a Mr. Wrong somewhere in the middle. The heroine will also be a woman who enjoys and values the friendship of other women. Oh, and of course they are set in England.

[book: Practically Perfect] is no exception. Protagonist Anna is an interior designer, a profession she continually has to explain. (If you've ever watched Trading Spaces on BBC America, you'll understand when she gets a bit shirty if someone says, "Oh, like Linda Barker!") Having cut her teeth on a London flat she and her sister restored, she's now bought a cottage in Gloucestershire to do up. It turns out that it's a "listed building" (similar to the National Register of Historic Places here) and there are strict rules about what she can do to it. On top of that, she finds herself rescuing a greyhound, which was the last thing she needed, as she's living in the cottage (which previous owners had more or less gutted) while doing it up. During the course of the book she will meet up with an old flame, make friends, and have some hilarious adventures involving a Jacuzzi at a home show. All's well that ends well and this is a fine way to spend a few hours of escapism. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it’s time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is and risk everything to buy a tiny but adorable cottage in desperate need of renovation.

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 soon wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

Her neighbor Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine, and sympathy---and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But just as Anna’s starting to settle in, make new friends, and see the house transforming before her eyes, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene and puts even more obstacles in her way. Will Anna be able to get over all of life’s hurdles in the end, or will she stumble and fall?
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Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it’s time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is and risk everything to buy a tiny but adorable cottage in desperate need of renovation.

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 soon wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

Her neighbor Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine, and sympathy---and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But just as Anna’s starting to settle in, make new friends, and see the house transforming before her eyes, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene and puts even more obstacles in her way. Will Anna be able to get over all of life’s hurdles in the end, or will she stumble and fall?

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Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has 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. But inside the cottage is chaos, and Anna wonders if she's bitten off more than she can chew. Can Anna get over all of life's hurdles? Rob Hunter arrives on the scene and just adds to the chaos.… (more)

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