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Practically Perfect

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Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it's time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is. She's risked everything on buying a tiny but adorable cottage so she can renovate it, sell it on, and prove to her family that she can earn her own living. Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside all is chaos: with a ladder for a stairca ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Arrow (first published 2006)
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Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Dec 16, 2009 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't get out much,
Probably my least liked Katie fforde so far. I'd probably prefer to give this 2.8 stars, but it's only a 5 point scale. I found the characters annoying - in fact I wanted to shout at the heroine several times for being so stupid, saying really dumb things, over-reacting, being a drama queen, and generally needing a jolly good slap. Like her I couldn't quite credit the hero's reaction at the dramatic conclusion to the story, and felt the author had done very little to justify his behaviour: it di ...more
The Library Lady
What is it with Katie Fforde?
Every time I read one of her books, I enjoy it and I get involved in it.
And then, somewhere near the end, though you're still interested SHE seems to lose interest in what she is writing. And suddenly you're at the ending and it feels like a let down.

I should know better by now. And yet, I like her books enough that I keep reading them....
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chaste
A fun read with excellent characters. Further, Fforde manages both wit and charm in her characters and that made the whole thing shine.

Two things keep this from being an all-out win. First, Anna's fixation on Max went on way too long. It was clear that she liked him for her imagination more than anything real and her self-delusion became kind of tiresome when the much more delectable Rob was right there—and Rob was so much better in pretty much every way.

The second needs spoilers as it happens r
Feb 10, 2009 Nicky rated it it was ok
I picked this off the shelf at the library just to take a break from all the kids books I read. But this was too long, some of the characters never settled for me, and the man-woman relationships didn't feel real.
If the girl wants to redo houses by hand, is qualified, and is good at it, why did she constantly seem to feel like she has to defend herself about it? Just get on with it. Maybe drink a little less champagne. And stop talking about how small the cottage is! It was very distracting of h
Feb 07, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
For a book billed as a romantic comedy, it was neither funny nor particularly romantic! Pass this book by. The only interesting thing (from my American prospective) was all the British terms. They call carpenters "chippies" and electricians "sparkies," seriously?
Mar 31, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I can only stand so much Fforde at once and this one put me over the limit. I enjoyed the interior design plots and the not-too-nice guy and the portrayal of a nice sisterly neighbors relationship, but I don't understand the pushy undertone of women finding their true niche in nurturing. I don't think there's anything wrong with nurturing, mind you, but sometimes Fforde seems to be offering some pretty reactionary lessons about Appropriate Choices for Women (not that all modern fiction doesn't p ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Elisa rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Katie Fforde is my go-to author in the romance genre. Mostly because her books are undemanding and inoffensive in the sort of 'romance' they depict.

Actually, the romance plot is quite often the least convincing part of her books, and 'Practically Perfect' was no exception. From the first pages it was quite obvious where the heroine was headed, romantically. But that's not the main point, when it comes to Fforde's book, at least for me - what I like about them is that the heroine is usually a wo
Jul 02, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it
Shelves: froofy-fun
Honestly I haven't even finished the book. The whole thing is just driving me a bit crazy. This is the first book I have attempted to read by Katie Fforde, but so far the writing is driving me crazy. Maybe it is just a bit too froofy for me at this time.
Dit boek stond denk ik al wel een jaar in mijn boekenkast nadat ik hem eens voor 2 euro bij de Kruidvat had meegenomen, maar plots voelde ik de drang hem te lezen. En ik ben blij dat ik dat heb gedaan!
Ik had nog niet eerder een boek van Katie Fforde gelezen, maar ik ben nu zeker geïnteresseerd om meer te lezen. Gelukkig voor mij bezit ik ook nog Schoon Schip (Going Dutch) -ook de 2 euro Kruidvat editie- dus die ligt nog op mij te wachten voor de toekomst.

Anna is een superleuke hoofdpersoon in di
Apr 22, 2011 Rosie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I love Katie Fforde's books, you always know where you are with them. They represent a wonderful fairy tale like lifestyle with real life twists, turns and complications. At first I did find the book hard to get into, however I don't put this down to the writing or plot but because I had read four books in the weekend that I started this one and it was probably too much for me. However, once I did get into the book (which was by the third chapter) I loved it and kept going with it!

I loved Anna,
Iowa City Public Library
I discovered Katie Fforde a year ago. I went through a silly phase where I was randomly reading books with green covers. Fforde’s Restoring Grace cover jumped out at me. I think it had something to do with procrastination and a paint project at home – green paint, of course! Recently I was pleased to find two new Fforde books on the New Fiction Shelves – Bidding for Love and Practically Perfect.

Fforde’s books are set in Great Britain in various locations. They all have characters who could easi
Nov 16, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
Katie fforde has a surefire formula for the kind of romance books I like. Her heroine, who starts out either single or newly single, always has a project, and a challenging and creative project at that. She will not be looking for a "relationship," in fact she will normally say she hasn't time for one...but of course by the end of the book one will transpire. Occasionally there will be a Mr. Wrong somewhere in the middle. The heroine will also be a woman who enjoys and values the friendship of ...more
May 22, 2012 Lauren rated it did not like it
The Book Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde wasn’t a very good one. Practically Perfect is 373 pages and is in the romance genre.
The book was basically about an interior designer named Anna, who is fixing up an old English cottage in the small town of Amberford. She is very close to her sister who lives in the city with her family. She also comes to know her neighbor Chloe who provides her with help, advice, tea and a rescue greyhound Caroline. The cottage is picture perfect on the outside, bu
Aug 07, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it
It was quite a good yarn and as usual with Katie Fforde great escapism. It told the story of Anna, an interior designer who buys a house in the Cotswolds to improve. Along the way she acquires a dog, a rescue greyhound and meets the greyhound trust manager, Rob Hunter, who also turns out to be the inspector for listed buildings. So, after a rocky start to their relationship, friendship starts to develop. However, as a complication to this development,Anna meets up with a tutor from a few years b ...more
Mostly what I object to in Fforde's Practically Perfect is she and her character did not get why Mr. Darcy in the Jennifer Erhl version jumped into the pond -- how hard is it to get that he was travel weary, discouraged and for the first time in his life, acting spontaneously. Who wouldn't get that the film enhancement was to show Darcy has shifted. The wet shirt was besides the point - Darcy has grown. And the consequences of both changing was that now, they could meet with new eyes. What autho ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Csenge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too detailed and a little boring, from 95%, rushed

I started it for at least 5 times, and the only reason I finished finally is that my 13 years old cousin recommended it and I wanted to see what kind of books she likes so I could buy her some later.
It was reeeeeal boring. I hadn't the nice cottage feeling and hadn't the feeling of the pleasure of making something out of nothing. I guess I should have felt like when I was watching "A good year" or "Under the Tuscan sun" , but it just wasn't very
Catherine Furfaro
Aug 04, 2015 Catherine Furfaro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-a-thon
**Originally posted on Red Fox Tales**

I'm so happy this is the next book I picked up for #BookTubeAThon.
I was in one of those moods where I just wanted to read a beautifully written chic lit, and of course Katie Fforde did it again. Not only does she write such interesting characters, but they are also genuine.
If it wasn't for motherly duties and basically being an adult, I would definitely have read this in a day.

The story is centred around Anna, an interior designer, who is set out to renov
Aug 07, 2008 Laurie added it
Shelves: adult-fiction
While some are better than others, I have never not enjoyed a Katie Fforde novel. Pure pleasure. Wild Designs is my favorite. (Note to self: PP is the one about a woman who buys and fixes up homes, and adopts a rescue greyhound.) It's a bit hard to keep her books straight sometimes; occasionally I find I already read one that I thought was new. But this one really was new, and good summer reading.
Kate  Maxwell
Jun 07, 2011 Kate Maxwell marked it as didn-t-finish
I didn't want to waste my time on this book. I only made it to Chapter Two - life's too short to read bad books. The conversation style in the story seemed forced. Also, I don't know of anyone who would walk into a stranger's house, bathe their kids and do their dishes!
Arielle Walker
Oct 24, 2011 Arielle Walker rated it did not like it
Formulaic, clumsy writing; annoying cliched characters; a stupid plot "twist"... To be honest I only finished this on principal - I hate not finishing books, even if I dislike them as much as I disliked this one.
Apr 15, 2010 Bethany rated it it was ok
I'd heard great things about this book, but it wasn't for me. Though I enjoyed myself at times, the plot was formulaic — until the end when it veered off into hard-to-follow strangeness. Meh.
Aug 31, 2015 Tink rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a lift in their dreams department and wants to change their life.
On a spur of the moment and to start up her dream job, Anna has bought at the perfect cottage of her dreams, in the tiny town of Amberford.

But there's another reason why Anna moved to the picturesque village, her old tutor. Max, the charming, sophisticated, handsome and downright dishy tutor from her student days that she's held a candle for the past three years, lived somewhere near the town. Or at least his mother did, and she just might get to see him again.

Upon closer examination Anna has
Aug 08, 2014 Marty rated it really liked it
Mi tocca ammetterlo: sono in piena febbre Fforde.
Sono innamorata del suo modo di scrivere e ancora di più dei suoi libri in generale quindi ... non posso proprio staccarmene.
Questo libro, ancora inedito in Italia, parla di qualcosa che l'autrice non aveva ancora affrontato ... il lavoro del designer d'interni.
Anna svolge un lavoro non poco faticoso, sopratutto perché vuole fare tutto da sola e quindi quando compra il cottage con tutta l'intenzione di rimetterlo a posto, è decisa a darsi da fa
Apr 15, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the blurb doesn't mentioned is Max, who I found to be an extremely obnoxious man, but what was more off putting was the fact that Anna refused to 'wake up and smell the coffee'. Her naive attitude just didn't fit in with the rest of her character, or maybe Miss Fforde just made it too obvious for the reader to realise that Max is not 'the One'. Whilst I appreciate that Anna had held a torch for Max since college, I really don't think she would have bothered with a second date with Max. She ...more
Celia Kennedy
Mar 02, 2014 Celia Kennedy rated it liked it
This is a rainy day with a cup of tea sort of book. It's comfortable, fun, and a quick read.

We meet Anna, an Interior Designer (different definition in UK than US) who is remodeling a listed row house in the quaint village of Amberford, located in the Cotswolds.

Immediately we meet her gregarious neighbor Chloe (and family). Anna immediately gets tangled up in Chloe's chaotic life... three small boys and dog rescuing. Which leads us to Rob Hunter, the Building Society Inspector as well as the loc
Feb 21, 2009 Peggy rated it really liked it
Katie Ffore is opne of my authors when I want to read for enjoyment. Her books may be called fluff by some readers, but everyone needs a little fluff at some time in their life.

This book is about Anna, an interior decorator, who with her sister, Laura, buys a small cottage within commuting distance of London. Anna sets about to refit and restore the cottage so that it can be resold. She does most of the work herself, from repairing flooring, plumbing and setting stones in the fireplace to buildi
Rosemarie Short
May 07, 2013 Rosemarie Short rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I have never read anything by Katie Fforde before but have always had a sort of guilty-pleasure-rooted fondness in "city girl moves to country and tries to make it" stories. Probably because of I've always wanted to move into a rural area myself...ideally a little village not unlike the one described in Practically Perfect.

However I found this read a little lack lustre. There were a lot of mannerisms which the characters shared (not great characterization) and I found kind of wooden or forced. I
Kathy Hamilton
Jan 16, 2013 Kathy Hamilton rated it liked it
The thing is, this book was just slow. It seemed like too much time was devoted to really ordinary events; like characters drinking tea or Anna reminding the reader she has no shower or bath, and not enough to creating plot twists. Perhaps it’s just me, but I found myself losing focus in the middle little bit. Unfortunately this just made me concentrate on the irksome bits more. For example, the way Fforde constantly describes Anna as scruffy. I got that she was supposed to be a bit careless of ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
This was what I read someone else refer to as an "in between" in it was a light read in between substantial, literary, I-have-to-use-my-brain-to-read-this books. I have been reading some great novels lately, ones that really made me think and examine life, so this one fell way short in comparison. It was pretty predictible and I thought the writing was pretty sub-par. The dialogue, especially, was just akward. I felt like the main character, Anna, was uneven. Sometimes she was this nai ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
Practically Perfect does not disappoint. I particularly connected to this book because I had two points of commonality with the protagonist, Anna, extensive DIY home renovation and dog rescue. In her case, it was Greyhound and in mine, Siberian Husky.

Anna has purchased a small cottage as an investment property. It was gutted by a previous owner and not put back together and she is renovating it herself. Anna has an ulterior motive for purchasing a cottage in this particular area involving an un
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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming. Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until afte ...more
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