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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.
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.
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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As with most Katie Fforde's novels, I found this a humorous, reasonably enjoyable light read that moves along reasonably well. Read morePublished 13 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 22 months ago 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