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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2004
It's hard to compare Katie Fforde books, because they are ALL so absolutely delightful, something like a delicate sherbet after a meal of lambchops!

But "The Rose Revived," which was the book that catapulted her to fame, is just wonderful. Highly reminiscent of one of her later books, Life Skills (which I guess cannot be called reminiscent, since it came several years later), this is the story of a cheeky girl named May who lives on a canal boat. Feisty, self-sufficient and used to a bit of hardship, May is now facing true disaster: She has lost her job and her nasty mooring master(something like a landlord) is threatening to sell her boat's mooring berth out from under her if she does not come up with the considerable debt she owes to him.

Fast forward to a nasty man dubbed Slimeball, who offers May and two equally desperate young women--Sally, an out-of-work actress, and Harriet, a single mother in danger of losing custody of her son, jobs as a house cleaners for his agency. The women take the job--even though nobody but Harriet has ever truly cleaned a house. A wild and woolly adventure begins.

Will Slimeball pocket all the women's hard-earned profits? Will Harriet become a famous artist, keep her son, and incidentally make her sexy art teacher notice her? Will May keep her beloved boat, The Rose Revived? And what of Sally, who, up until now, has relied only on her beauty and stick insect body to make her way in the world?

I defy anybody to read this book without breaking out into huge smiles. This is the type of book where, when you reach the last page, you emit a huge sigh and then read the last chapter all over again just to keep from ending it.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2001
But a good one. Katie Fforde manages to tell the story of not one, but three very different women with this one tightly written book. Three women from very different paths start a cleaning service in order to make ends meet - along the way, the actress meets the farmer (and supplies most of Fforde's trademark humor), the repressed artist meets the successful artist (and regains her son), and the determined free spirit meets the lawyer (her family does supply a few laughs around Christmas). The road isn't smooth for any of them, but the lessons learned by all are wonderful. I highly recommend any book by Katie Fforde, especially Living Dangerously and Wild Designs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2012
I've been a katie fforde fan for a few years (on and off!) since reading my first and favourite "Paradise Fields"!

After reading a few "duds" i was unsure if i really wanted to read this. But do! It's a really great read and it kept me hooked all the way through!
It's got romance and great romance scenes, without it being over the top or crass. It's a light bubbly read :)
It's up there with my favourites now.

I often feel that a lot of her characters will at times be real pushovers (which is ok, but sometimes its TOO much), but not with this book! Three engaging characters.

I will say though, that i felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but honestly, i feel that with a lot of katie fforde books. Don't let that put you off, its a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
Why are some of Katie Fforde's novels so hard to find in the U.S.? I finally got a copy of this novel and it is utterly charming. Unlike some of her other novels, this one has three love stories and they are all sweet (but a little predictable). I liked the May/Hugh storyline the best. If you like Katie Fforde, you will not be disappointed by this novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2002
"The Rose Revived" is hilarious, romantic and just the thing for a Saturday afternoon. Though the endings are predictable, it's not so much what happens that's interesting but how the characters react. Full of laughs and love, I recommend this book to anyone who's feeling slightly down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2002
Rather predictable, this book concentrates more on how the characters react to what happens than what happens. Hilarious and romantic, this book is just the thing for a saturday afternoon. I recommend it to anyone who's feeling slightly down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It was fun to read, had some nice - not unbelievable - men in it and was a good all round read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
Friendships can start anywhere, anytime. Life and friendship for these three young women develops delightfully, and set-backs prove to be turning points. I loved how they overcame the odds to make a living, and discovered their talents and found romance in surprising ways. Fun and believable and encouraging for anyone whose life is at a low ebb. Katie FForde is a gifted writer, and I've read all her books now.
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In The Rose Revived, talented author, Katie Fforde took three hard-up young women, three men they fancy and a narrowboat called The Rose then mixed them together with many other memorable characters to make a magic brew.

May is desperate to earn the money to pay The Rose's mooring fees which she unwittingly inherited.

Talented artist, Harriet, escapes from drudgery in her grandparents' house to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Out of work, Sally, an actress is trying to find the courage to leave Victor, who has not only become a petty-minded tyrant but also saps her self-esteem.

May, Harriet and Sally fail to read the contracts they sign with `Slimeball' Slater, who offered substantial wages for those working for his company Quality Cleaners. Cheated by him, the three young women set up their own cleaning business despite Slimeball's threats.

Katie Fforde made me care about her large cast of characters. She also grabbed my interest in the advantages and disadvantages of life on a narrowboat.
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on January 9, 2015
I found this book tedious and boring. There was good material and characters to work with but it ended up a bit of a lost tossed salad. It was all I could do to finish it. The ending was a bit rushed as another reviewer remarked. I didn't care much about any of the characters.
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