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Love Letters: A Novel Hardcover – January 18, 2011
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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?
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.
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.
Laura Horsley is a likeable character. I enjoyed how passionate she is with books. Like all Katie's heroines, Laura steps out of her comfort zone. It's a given that Laura has to find a new job when the bookshop that she current works at closes. A new opportunity falls on Katie's lap the same day the bookstore closes. A little to easy in my opinion. But I liked the job Laura was given. A big task to manage a book and film festival. I didn't really believe or care that Laura is a virgin. I did like that Laura learn to break from her structured life and gained confidence.
Dermot Flynn is an author everyone wishes to have at their festival. But doesn't like doing 'any' book publicity stuff. I really liked this Irish hero. Dermot has a bit of attitude edge and cocky, but he also has a soft side to him. I also really liked Laura's friend, Monica. She has a friendly carefree attitude that I can relate to.
This was an addicting read. It's my favorite of Katie Fforde's. I have reread this a few times now. And I recommend this Brit chick lit book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As with most Katie Fforde's novels, I found this a humorous, reasonably enjoyable light read that moves along reasonably well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jacqueline L
The hero is meant to be a Mr Darcy type - but there is NOTHING Darcy about him (other than being tall, dark and handsome).
He's more a Mr Wickham with his roguish ways. Read more
This book was different from her previous books in that she carries forward some of the characters from "Wedding Season;" what a treat. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by M. N. Wold
I got my first Katie Fforde book as a freebie at a used bookstore. Got hooked on the feisty lead females who are potential "real people" with figure flaws and all. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Nat Pageturner
i love all Katie Fforde's books,they are funny,sweet,and a bit of realism all rolled into one book.I can just escape.Published on November 28, 2013 by morethebookreader
This has to be Katie Fforde's worst book. Her heroine is so boringly lacking in confidence that one couldn't believe that she would achieve anything that involved her coming out... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Jill Besterman
It was great to find a new English writing author in the Charles De Gaulle airport. The book was so much fun with many twists and turns!Published on July 12, 2013 by Chris Cabot