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A French Affair Audiobook

A French Affair

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Publisher's Summary

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the 21st century.

Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?

©2013 Katie Fforde (P)2013 ISIS Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"'Immensely enjoyable...a very satisfying read.... It certainly won't disappoint Katie Fforde fans in the least." (The Bookbag)

"A French Affair is the deliciously romantic new novel from Katie Fforde, one of our favourite authors here at Hot Brands Cool Places. Curl up in a comfy chair, settle in and enjoy this utterly charming escapist read. We loved it! Highly Recommended!" (Hot Brands Cool Places)

"Easy, escapist reading" (Sunday Mirror)

"Fforde's Bargain Hunt-esque setting provides an enjoyable background to a fledgling romance." (The Lady )

"If your summer holiday seems like speck on the horizon, get some much-needed escapism with Katie Fforde." (Yours)

"Reading one of Katie's books is rather like meeting up with an old friend - you can always be assured you'll find an interesting, entertaining, oh-so charming story you'll love." (Fabulous Magazine)

"A delightful romantic tale" (Press Association review)

"A cute read" (Chicklit Plus)

"Effortlessly loveable, warm and fun, this is perfect reading for a chilly evening." (Closer magazine)

"Fforde is always a pleasure to read and this fluffy confection about the, erm, racy (!) world of antiques effortlessly updates all the usual Jane Austen clichés with great panache." (Star Magazine)

"The best-selling author of Recipe for Love adds a French frisson to a jaunty romp through the world of antiques." (France Magazine)

"With sparkling characters and an irresistible romance set around an antiques centre and a modern-day Mr Rochester, this story has all the necessary feel good elements for a satisfying read." (My Weekly)

What Members Say

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    DooeyDuck Bude, UK 25/03/2013
    DooeyDuck Bude, UK 25/03/2013 Member Since 2008

    DooeyDuck

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    "Right book, wrong narrator"

    I have enjoyed reading all of Katie Fforde's books, her characters are always down to earth and likeable. I didn't experience the same enjoyment with this book, and that had a lot to do with the narrator's sing song voice. It was just too jolly hockey sticks for me and was very grating at times. I have listened to other books with the same narrator, and haven't noticed this before. Like the first reviewer, I wish I had purchased the paperback version instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Sydney, Australia 13/07/2013
    Julie Sydney, Australia 13/07/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Love in the Antiques Trade"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To be honest I don't think anything could, it would have to have been a different book with a different reader.


    What was most disappointing about Katie Fforde’s story?

    This story must be judged by its own genre, i.e. romance. it is not one I often read. Other writers sometimes put in this group such as Elizabeth Buchan write more complex, general fiction on relationships. I had fond memories of Katie Ffordes early books, which included more flawed human heroines, and more realistic situations, interpretations and decision making. I found this very formulaic and predictable. Though Katie Fforde writes with facility and includes some interesting information about antiques.


    What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

    This is very much a matter of individual preference, but I found the narration irritatingly arch and hard to listen to.


    What character would you cut from A French Affair?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasant escapism if this is what you like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mrs 23/03/2013
    mrs 23/03/2013
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    "loved the book but the reader!!"

    I enjoyed the book as I have all Katie Fforde's books but the readers voice grated on me especially when she attempted to do the different characters. It put me off listening to it and I bought the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo L 25/07/2015
    Jo L 25/07/2015 Member Since 2009
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    "It does what it says on the tin"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The male lead character needs more life and energy. He is very two-dimensional and there is no real spark between him and the female protagonist. He is certainly not a 'hero' for the female reader to fall in love with.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was enjoyable enough, if a little unoriginal.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is too 'song-song.' Her over enthusiasm tends to lend a 'jolly-hockey-sticks' feel to the female characters and makes them sound too good to be true.


    Do you think A French Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Katie Fforde's books are best read in isolation. They are all fairly similar and predictable but an enjoyable light-hearted read in their own right.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of Katie Fforde and are not expecting anything original or unpredictable, then this is an enjoyable enough read. Not one of her best though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lie Back & Listen 10/12/2014
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    "Excellent."

    Katie Fforde hits the mark again.

    Believable story line and lovely engaging characters.

    Lovely to get the feeling of being transported between the UK and France.

    Gives you a good sense of actually being present in situ in among all the Antiques and wanting to help raise cash to save the business so the ‘nasty woman’ doesn’t get her hands on it…

    Most definitely 5 stars out of 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Northampton, United Kingdom 13/06/2014
    Lynn Northampton, United Kingdom 13/06/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Quite a placide affair."
    If you could sum up A French Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Not very exciting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't see it ending any other way.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    Usually I like Jilly's performance but the main male character came over as quite a boring guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame because I've enjoyed lots of Katie's books before, so will perhaps read them in future as this didn't really work for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne BURNLEY, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Suzanne BURNLEY, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    This was a great story. Amusing and sad at times. Well research book and very well written with good descriptions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan ipswich, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    susan ipswich, United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, well written and spoken. If you like Katie Fforde this wont disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer manchester 08/04/2013
    Amazon Customer manchester 08/04/2013

    diva shopper

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    "a french affair"

    A lovely story.enjoyed very much.its about relationships and life.this is well worth listeningto and the cost

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    krangu london, United Kingdom 26/03/2013
    krangu london, United Kingdom 26/03/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

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    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Jan
    Melbourne, Australia
    24/08/15
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    "Sorry Katie not this time"

    I love Katie FFordes books does not matter if they are Audible paperbacks or Kindle but this one I found so completely boring have tried but cannot get past the first two chapters. Possibly the fact that Jilly Bond was the Narrater made it worse than it was. I think I have probably read most of Katie's books and enjoyed them
    but doubt I will buy any more with

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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