Flora Stanza has sub-let her London life in a bid to join the family antiques business. Her knowledge extends only to the information she has crammed from daytime TV, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in blind enthusiasm. So she is more than a little put out when she doesn't receive the warm country welcome she expected. Her curt cousin Charles and his fian...more
KF had the opportunity...more
I have often suspected that an abridged version cuts out a lot of character development to just concentrate on the plot. This abridged audiobook was only 3hrs 19min long, so a large chunk of the book's 464 pages must have been missing. Sadly, the result was rather bland and dull.
When Flora hears that her uncle has left her a 51% share of his antiques business, she decides to rent out her London flat and move to the country. She has no experience of antiques, oth...more
the characters are all likeable, even the mean Annabelle, which at first i despised for her lack of friendliness towards Flora. but then i like her for being mean. i mean, her lack of sensitivity towards others showe...more
A young city-slicker woman (Flora) inherits a 51% share of an ailing country antiques business from an uncle. She arrives in the town, pregnant cat in tow, to find her "distant" cousin (Charles) and his awful fiance (Annabelle) are none too pleased to see her.
There are a few problems with this book that stopped me from really liking it (SPOILER ALERT):
The whole INCEST THEME!!! Yep...more
Katie Fforde is an author I have been reading and enjoying since 1995, usually reading new titles as they are published. Somehow Flora’s Lot which was first published in 2004 remained elusive until I recently managed to get hold of a copy, her eleventh novel! Katie Fforde has never I do not think aspired to write great literary fiction but she certainly writes easy to read romantic fiction with realistic characters in feasible situations.
This time the prot...more
It's easy reading and enjoyable - if you like chick-lit. She doesn't give up wanting to do 'good' by the company and bringing it into the 21century. Some interesting characters thrown into the mix. Shows you that you cannot always tell what people are like by their appearances.
Ad accoglierla trova il cliché delle coppie, lui ricco e spocchioso, lei algida regina dei ghiacci, fidanzati da una vita in vista di un matrimonio per abitudine e convenienza.
Anche se alcuni episo...more
Two things kept me going to the end, though...the Britishisms (opening up a packet of crisp...more
- the heroine and her cats
- mostly no sex scenes (not a prude, just sick of them)
- only told from the heroine's POV
- no trauma in anyone's past
- the dialogue - it just has a different feel from American books, though it reminded me of Jilly Cooper. British books have a different feel about them, which is just a nice change of pace.
- stuffy hero who needs loosening up (read too many)
- it was too long, too much Colorful Detail -- which is to say, when she spent half a p...more