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A Seaside Affair

Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
Regular price: £12.99
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Summary

The new wonderfully warm and witty novel from Fern Britton, the much-loved TV personality. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Trisha Ashley.

When the residents of the Cornish seaside town of Trevay discover that their much-loved theatre is about to be taken over by coffee chain, Café au Lait, they are up in arms. It is up to Penny Leighton, hotshot producer and now happily married Cornish resident, to come up with a rescue plan. Armed with only her mobile phone and her contacts book, she starts to pull in some serious favours. The town is soon deluged by actors, all keen to show their support and take part in a charity season at the theatre.

One of the arrivals is Jess Tate, girlfriend to TV heartthrob Ryan Hearst. His career is on the rise while hers remains resolutely in the doldrums. But when opportunity comes calling, it isn't just her career prospects that are about to change. Trevay is about to put on the show of its life - but can the villagers, and Jess, hold on to the thing they love the most?

©2014 Fern Britton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make this a must-read." ( Woman)
"A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life." ( Heat)
"Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page" ( Good Housekeeping)

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Story great, not so sure about narrator.

Loved the story line & the underlying love stories & 'coming together' of a community for the better good.

However, I am Cornish & wished the narrator had researched into how to pronounce Cornish names properly in this book ... it grated every time she mis pronounced it & it tarnished the story for me. (I would love to hear this recorded again with Fern reading it instead! Please?!)
An easy, fun holiday read./listen.

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  • missy
  • united kingdom
  • 22-04-17

Love it

Once again this story has kept me company through long journeys! Just love the story! the characters and the geography are brought to life.

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A nice story

I liked this book. It didn't wow me but it also didn't bore me either. I liked Jess as a main character and her interaction with the others through out. The story line had no major twists or terns but still giving you the desire to keep reading. The writing I thought was really good and this for me is more important than the story line its self. I liked the the authors narrative and dialogue style which made my reading experience very pleasant.

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Uninspiring and disappointing

A Seaside Affair was a dull affair.

Initially was looking forward to listening to this title after my daughter told me that
Fern Britton had written some books as I thought that the subject contents would reflect her sparkly quick witted personally…

However personally I found this book a hard listen.

It had a good potential to be a good ‘dramady’ (as in comedy drama) read but it was just dreary.

So much so that I kept falling asleep listening to it and having to *go back*.

I had to take time out to listen to another more interesting title but when I finally endured through to the end it seems like too much *action* is crammed into the ending.

I purchased this with additional credits not my month credits and frankly I really advocate you do not waste your money.

If you really are a fan of the author maybe but the paperback and inject your own energy and life into it.

I would like to award this a minus star though as this is not an option it gets a meagre 1 star.

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An ok book

Bit slow at beginning but glad stuck with it.

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