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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312674538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312674533
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura, younger than her years, relies on books for action in her life. But now her ideal job in a bookshop is ending, leaving her at loose ends. Arranging author signings is her forte. At her farewell event, she meets a strong-willed literary agent who compels her forward into her future. Next thing you know, Laura is helping plan a literary festival, meeting new friends, and heading off to Ireland to hunt up Dermot Flynn, an elusive author who will absolutely put the festival on the map. She finds adventure and more new friends; then, under the influence of much strong drink, she offers her body to Flynn to get him to attend the festival. Laura is more naive and innocent than many of Fforde’s heroines, but she is as lovable and stalwart as any who have gone before her. She finds resources within herself that she never knew were there, has her heart broken, survives, and learns to make her way in the world with great success. In all, a sweet and engaging romance. --Danise Hoover

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"Fforde's cosy style is strangely comforting and Laura's transformation from ingenue to confident and lustful young woman makes for an enjoyable summer read." Daily Telegraph "I was engrossed in this tale." The Sun "Kate Fforde's latest read is the perfect escapism - the witty dialogue and sizzling romance will keep you entertained in the long summer evenings." Press Association (syndicated article) "Laura is searching for love and finds work with literary agent Eleanora. She ends up running a book festival in Ireland and trying to convince a reclusive author to take part. Will she find love while she is there?" Daily Record "a sweet and endearing read." News of the World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you are a fan of Harriet Evans or Jill Mansell, you will enjoy this book.
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I thought this was a fun light story and it had the sense of humor that I love in other Katie Fforde books.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ruby C. Callander on September 14, 2009
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I know I can count on Katie Fforde to help me escape and leave me with a wistful smile on my face. When my neice was a flight attendant, she discovered Katie Fforde on a London layover. We both became hooked and have now read everything Ms. Fforde has written. We like the fact that she writes for Brits and not a US audience. We sometimes have to do a little research to find out what she is talking about. For instance, we had no idea what an Aga was.

When I read Love Letters I was delighted to see characters from one of her earlier novels. Just like the main character, I found Katie's brooding, intimidating, vulnerable, and devastatingly handsome Irish poet irrestible. The lead character in Love Letters is young, but Ms. Fforde just as often gives us characters who (like myself) have been around for a while.

Ms. Fforde's books follow a recipe: 1. Woman faces undesired change. 2. Woman faces change with creativity taking her outside her comfort zone. 3. Woman makes new friends who help her in her transition. 3. Woman meets a man she can't stand and falls hopelessly in love with him. 4. Woman's new skills are put to the test. 5. Woman gets the man and the new life she has worked for. It is a very good recipe. Ms. Fforde is a master chef who manages to make her receipe seem new and fresh every time she serves it to her readers.

I love learning about the places she takes us in her books: Irish villages, Scottish highlands, English country estates, live aboard barges on English canals, and English gardens. Ms. Fforde's characters battle pain, defeat and self-doubt with the help of good friends, food and wine. Does it get better than that?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole on July 15, 2012
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I have read all of Katie Fforde's books (and I'm so delighted that they are now easier to get in the US!), and I think this is my favorite. Love Letters have Fforde's trademark humor, excellent back plot, and endearing characters. Laura and Dermot have some of the best romantic tension I've read in a while. Two thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat on July 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Laura is about to lose her job in a bookshop but new opportunities are opening up for her and she is asked to help organise a literary and music festival. Laura doesn't have too much confidence in her own abilities though she soon finds out her confidence grows from doing new things.

The book has a fascinating background and there are some marvellous scenes between rival authors. I loved Eleanor, Ferrari driving and flamboyant dressing literary agent to reclusive author Dermot Flynn. Laura is tasked with visiting Dermot in Ireland and persuading him to attend the festival.

I loved this book with its amusing dialogue, memorable characters and interesting background. Yes it is escapist reading but it is in a class of its own. In previous books by this author I found there was just too large a proportion of dialogue to narrative, but in this book there is a much better balance. Katie Fforde's many fans will adore this book in which she is very much on form.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grace O'Malice on October 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I usually love Katie Fforde books. Good escapism, good for a read in the tub.

This one though, I was ready to strangle the main character. I hate movies and books that revolve around miscommunication - this one drove me nuts. The man that she loves calls her and texts her and what does she do? Deletes them. Doesn't read them. Give me a break.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SusieJ on August 14, 2012
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Quiet and unassuming Laura is losing her job when the bookstore she works for closes its door. A pushy literary agent sees something special in Laura and talks her into organizing a new literary festival at an estate out in the English countryside. In order to secure funding for the festival from a local businessman, she must travel to Ireland to ask famous but reclusive author Dermot Flynn to attend the festival. Of course he's dashingly handsome and has a reputation for being a womanizer, a hard drinker, and difficult to deal with. Naturally, he is also Laura's literary idol. Laura finds him in an Irish pub and has a few too many drinks before she asks him to attend her festival. He agrees - if Laura will sleep with him. In her drunken state, Laura agrees, despite the fact that she's a virgin.

When I read the reviews for this novel, I thought the whole "virgin" aspect sounded creepy, but it's really not when you read the book. Of course Laura turns out to be pretty darn spunky and grows quite a lot over the course of the novel. Dermot turns out to be much more than an Irish rascal. As always in a Katie Fforde novel, there's a happy ending. Some of the characters from a previous Fforde novel, Wedding Season, also make appearances in Love Letters.

The book is a fun, light read. It will definitely leave you in a good mood. Fforde is a British author and I enjoy the "foreign" setting. The male leads in a Fforde book are always a bit different from the male characters in an American romance. Somehow they tend to be a bit stodgier and more befuddled by women. The women also have a different vibe from American women. Everything is just a bit different from American novels. I find that adds to my enjoyment. This is British "chick lit" at its finest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Me, My Books and I on July 21, 2012
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This was one of those books that I found surprisingly addictive, I didn't expect to get quite so caught up in it but I can definitely say that out of all the Katie Fforde books I've read so far, this is my favourite!

The characters were all very likeable, especially the main character Laura - she was a very nervous person to begin with but as the book progressed and she was faced with all sorts of scary events, she seemed to loosen up and grow in confidence.

Her first trip to Ireland with her new friend Monica (a fun and bubbly character) was fantastic, there were some very funny moments and it was good to see Laura let herself go and have fun, even if it was all down to the large amounts of Whisky she had consumed.

I have to admit to completely falling in love with Dermot, he was just the kind of male character that I love - temperamental and a little bit cocky but, underneath it all he was incredibly romantic! I loved the `will they, wont they' aspect of the story, although I had pretty much guessed that they would get together from the synopsis, it was just a matter of when and how.

Something else that I enjoyed about this book was the behind the scenes of planning a literary festival, I was intrigued by the whole idea and amazed by how much effort was put into it.

More funny moments came about during a meal for the writers who were taking part in the festival and, my favourite part of the book, when Dermot meets Laura's parents (this had me laughing and cringing in equal measures).

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, romantic read that captured my interest completely.
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