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The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde

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List Price: £16.99


Hardcover: 368 Pages.

Published: 13 March 2014 by Century

ISBN: 184605656X

EAN: 9781846056567

Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn't have .

Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent.

Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he's been preoccupied, and she's starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers.

And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she's over him, isn't she?


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Sadly superficial

I usually love Katie Fforde's books but I am sad to say that this book was a disappointment (kindly provided free by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a review), The problem seemed to be that the characterisation and the plot were superficial and had no depth - and in some cases not enough detail.

The minor characters were well created and the love affair of an older couple  was very touching.  The clients that Bella sees in her job as an estate agent were interesting and there were some amusing moments in the depiction of the experiences of the trade. I enjoyed the descriptions of the difficult clients and the houses she is trying to sell. The gardening details added atmosphere to scenes in the story.

The weakness was at the heart of the book and especially the character of Bella. Bella was a real wimp, I am sad to say. She ran away from a job because she had a crush on a member of staff, she found herself unexpectedly engaged to her boyfriend although she didn't really like him, and when Dominic reappeared she panicked and thought that she would run away again. When she finds out that her boss may be doing unethical or even illegal things she can't think what to do but relies on Dominic to help her. I really missed the feisty and independent heroines of Katie Fforde's earlier books who made a new life for themselves despite difficulty and were equal partners with a man - Bella was a bit of a drip and overly dependent on men to establish her identity. I was also never really sure what Bella's boss had actually done that was so wrong - the details seemed very unclear to me and the resolution of that issue was deeply unsatisfying(Bella can only cope with the confrontation because Dominic arrives to bail her out, although how he arrives at that particular moment is a mystery).

The author's writing is still elegant and bits of this book were very readable but it falls very short of her best writing and I found it very disappointing.

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