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Stately Pursuits

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde. 

Just the thing for a broken heart. A wonderfully romantic novel from the number one Sunday Times best-selling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

'I don't suppose you'd care to house-sit for a while....' 

Hetty Longden's mother thinks that looking after Great Uncle Samuel's crumbling stately home will be just the thing for Hetty's broken heart. Hetty doesn't mind; at least she can be miserable in private. 

But 'private' is a relative term in a village which revolves around the big house. Particularly when you are expected to thwart Great Uncle Samuel's awful heir and his nefarious plans for his inheritance. 

Pitchforked into the community's fight to save the manor, Hetty has no time to wallow. And once she has shared her troubles with one neighbour (Caroline: a very understanding shoulder, despite her glamorous appearance and impossibly long legs), and cast an appreciative eye over another (Peter: equally long-legged, but offering rather more practical help), she wonders if her heart is irretrievably broken after all....

©2019 Katie Fforde (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Not happy about this book

I’m not happy about the message this book gives out to women.
The narrator is very good and I liked the personality of the female protagonist. However, the male ‘hero’ is a very unpleasant and abusive character. I didn’t like him at all. He was constantly angry and if she married him her life would be a nightmare! Yet she still loved him and blamed herself. He even called her stupid when they were making love!
I’m gobsmacked!
I usually really enjoy Katie Fforde books.

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Lovely, easy listen

I've really enjoyed this story. It's easy to follow but interesting enough to keep you wanting more.

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fun listen

the cat and I really enjoyed this book. I love listening to Jilly Bond, she makes the story come alive.

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any easy listening

another engaging story, fab characters .you really get to know them. didnt want it to end

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Fabulous story awful narration

I love katie Fforde books and was so looking forward to this as one of my faves but the narration is so bad I gave up, the voices are shocking and just makes the book feel old and I gave up after an hour! It's slow, monosallibic and dready. Waste of a credit! Read it don't listen, I've made the mistake of getting this and life skills, managed 20mins of that.