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Paradise Fields

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,827 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Katie Fforde's Paradise Fields does most of the things that a mid-life romantic novel ought and manages to have a charm that is all of its own. Youngish widow Nel has thrown herself into organising a farmer's market to raise money for a local hospice and is appalled when the land they use is to be sold for jerry-built housing. She is even more upset to find herself attract ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Century (first published 2002)
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3.5 stars

Yes! Managed to finish this before the year is up! :-P

The first half was good. Fast paced and the story flowed smoothly. But after that, the story was a bit dragging and it was quite a task for me to reach the end. I was very unhappy with Nel's assumptions and the way she just jump to her own conclusions, which she reasoned with what she wanted to believe. Hmm...Fortunately, Jake was what the hero should be, so all's turned out as it should be :-)
Juliana Graham
Nov 28, 2011 Juliana Graham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another one where half stars would be handy - a 1.5 here as it's not as bad as Queen Camilla but not good enough to warrant an OK.

My first Katie Fforde book and my overall feeling towards it is that it is SO dull. The main character is about 42 as far as I can tell but seems to have the characteristics of an 80 year old e.g. she is too old to send a text message and at one point is resigning herself to a life of solitude with her grandchildren who haven't even been born yet(???). If I behave lik
Sarah Amin
Dec 14, 2014 Sarah Amin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing was elementary, not lovely and flowy like Hester browne's. The plot was a bit predictable, but overall, I enjoyed it. I'm going to try at least one more from this author before making an official verdict on her books.
Teresa Damron-Coupe
The book started off very well. I could relate to the heroine over 40, battling weight issues, cellulite, and teenagers (including a bossy daughter) but then that was the end. Her indecisiveness coupled with extremely low self-esteem and the fact that she continually droned on and on and on and on and on and on and on about did my head in!

This could have been easily a 4 star book if the heroine had been a bit stronger instead of constantly putting herself down and focused more on the sub-charac
Bhavya Gupta
It was a good book, actually better than I expected, so yeah!
Jun 20, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Katie Fforde is always a good read. This book, in particular, is especially enjoyable for me as the female protagonist is a woman over 40 years of age. So many books out there are about 20-something women looking for love after having had their hearts broken "often". Somewhat hard to relate to as they've not gone through the same things/experiences as a mature woman, i.e. me.

This one was a re-read and it's still enjoyable. I love books set in the UK/Ireland!
Nov 11, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Katie Fforde's characters are mature. I don't mean mature in years, but they're written maturely - they're well-rounded, three-dimensional and real with multiple facets. For an over-forty reader, I loved the heroine's point of view. Just have to say though, that I found the ending a bit too abrupt. Was expecting another chapter at the end. But, it was a good ending.
Jan 12, 2015 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
ik heb dit boek met veel plezier gelezen, net zoals haar andere boeken.

En toch miste dit boek net dat tikkeltje extra, maar daar kan ik mijn vinger niet opleggen? ik vermoed dat er op het einde van het boek gewoon even teveel tegelijk aan de hand is, waardoor het allemaal net iets ingewikkelder is dan wat ik van haar gewoon ben.
Aug 10, 2014 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nel organizes the farmer's markets on Paradise Fields to fund raise for the local hospice. She is involved with Simon whom she is not sure she is compatible with and her children are all off doing their own thing leaving her behind to worry about them constantly. The couple who have inherited the mansion connected to the fields want to build houses on the land and Nel ends up becoming involved with trying to keep the hospice from being demolished at the same time. The infuriating Jake who is the ...more
Grace Tierney
May 11, 2014 Grace Tierney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to find this book second hand and realise I had missed reading it when it was out originally as Katie Fforde is one of those rare authors who is an instant must-read for me. This time her heroine is trying to save a farmers' market and a children's hospice while deciding if as a long time widow she is ready for a new romance. It was a fun read with believeable characters, a sprinkling of romance and plenty of humour. My only quibble was that at times the intricacies of the buildi ...more
Stephanie Fosnight regester
This is one of the first Katie Fforde books I read, and one of the best (my other favorites being Wild Designs and Second Thyme Around - I guess I like the gardening books!)

I wonder how many others have discovered Katie Fforde's books because of their proximity to Jasper Fforde at the public library? I picked one up idly last winter and have had a wonderful year since then reading through her collection of sweet, fun, page-turning romances. Yes the familiar cliches appear in each book but they a
Joanne D'arcy
Mar 28, 2012 Joanne D'arcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nel has a full life. Not only is she a mother to three children, growing up and away from her, she is struggling with her weight as all women at time do, she is passionate about the farmers markets which she has been paramount in getting off the ground in her small village, fundraising is another passion for the local children's hospice. Plus walking her dogs and making fabulous shaped and themed cakes. Is there time for anything else? Is there time for romance?

Nel is not so sure, since being wi
Goddess Of Blah
Feb 14, 2015 Goddess Of Blah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Bimbo CHARACTER alert...


Something about a middle-aged single mum... something... and then finds a hot young lawyer something... what??

Its so appallingly written and the protagonist was really DULL. She also stupid, with very little intelligence.

The author hasn't a clue about the legal world and thinks its all about a bunch of men wearing suits. The plot lacks everything- in fact I forget
Oct 17, 2014 Melda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Arggh! I hate the heroine! I detest her to the extent that I have to put the book down occasionally and calm myself down. How did the author manage to create an as moronic character as Nel is? I mean if the author chose divorced or widowed women over forty (as if forty is an old age!) who didn't have sex for the last ten years and think themselves as way past their prime as her target audience, and is trying to convince them otherwise, she is not doing a very good job of it. It goes like, but I ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Katie Fforde’s books and have enjoyed them all. This one was no exception, the main character Nel is a widow kept busy by the needs of 3 children, 2 in university and one about to go and her dogs and her “good works” on behalf of a children’s hospice and organizing a farmer’s market, all in addition to keeping up with a nice group of friends and a rather unexciting boyfriend. When the hospice’s future becomes uncertain, Nel rises to the challenge.

I love how the author draw
Martina Flasarová
Nel Innesové je něco málo přes čtyřicet, už deset let je vdovou, miluje mátový čaj a má oficiálního "přítele" Simona. Dalo by se říct, že je to pravdu jen přítel, než milenec. Ale když se na scéně objeví šarmantní Jake, je po cudnosti a Nel se zamiluje, i když si to nechce přiznat.

Začátek příběhu zněl slibně romanticky, když Nel pod jmelím, které prodávala, políbil neznámý muž. Ale už po pár stránkách mi došlo, že to nebude tak, jak jsem si představovala.

Zjistila jsem totiž, že Nel není jen cudn
Sep 03, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, rom-com
I haven't read a Katie Fforde book in a while... and this reminded me why. I genuinely like some of her books but I had forgotten this was one of my LEAST favorites. Nel is a forty-something Mom of 3 very involved in her community, especially the local hospice. And she's overweight and not at all attractive. Which comes up at least once a chapter (!) even though her bff and daughter reassure her she is neither. I think that's the root of why I dislike this book so much. The main character is con ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to Good Reads I have previously read this and found it rather meh! Clearly it didn't make much of an impression because I have just finished it and like it! Lol!!!

Things in Nels world have stayed the same but shifted somewhat in mine. I am 5 years older and life changing events have taken place since reading it. This time i totally related to the protagonist and championed her every step of the way.

It is still a light bumbling romance but better second time round.
I hated Nel.
How in hell is it possible that the heroine is that annoying?
How in hell did the author thought to write a whole novel about the heroine who is:
1- ugly (everyone keeps on reassuring she's not)
2- overweight (and there are birth stretching marks as she HAD to explain to us)
3- with a sex phobia.
4- over forty something (keeps on mentioning it in every line)
Like how in hell?

I mean, what's even worse than keeping on mentioning all the previous that the hot young lawyer Jake is into her.
Jun 09, 2010 Redfox5 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I feel I'm being a bit harsh by giving this a 2 and it might be just becuase I've been reading to much chick lit and am a bit fed up with it but thats just how I feel. This book annoyed me shortly after starting it by having Nel say something like 'men who go out with skinny women are either pedophiles or secret gays' Thanks. Also Nel moans alot about how overwight and unattractive she is even tho people tell her all the time that she's not and I hate people like that in real life! I also just w ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Krisz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
KF was better before :(
The Rose Revived was so nice and warm, something genuine, and the newer books are just one of many. So while it was a pleasant read, it didn't have the old spark. Maybe if it was about more characters at the same time?
Aug 25, 2014 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Ms. Fforde's books and this is one is my least favorite thus far. I really struggled to like the main character, Nel. And then all the talk about some fields that I didn't even really read because it was so boring.
Feb 01, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few katie ffords and normally have trouble putting them down. This however, I found that although I started off in the beginning to really enjoy it, there was a large part that didn't really keep my attention. Towards the end I enjoyed again. So therefore, I have just chosen another of katies books to read!
Feb 18, 2012 Camy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm...lost my review...well here goes again. This is my 4th book and just a couple more to go and then a move onto another new author I have not read yet (in the easy reading genre). I had to admit I skimmed through pages in this book...there were some very tedious and boring parts. Nel - well an ordinary very realistic somewhat frumpy widow with grown up kids. How lucky for her to become sort a star attraction...Everyone hopes that some Mr. good-lucking, relatively well-off, guy will just come ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I like her writing, it's highly readable, believable and relatively authentic (for the genre).
Dec 01, 2014 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good storyline but slightly disappointing ending
Sep 24, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a pleasant well written book. bit predictable but nevertheless a nice read.
Feb 20, 2016 Aneta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Another amazing story of everyday life struggles, love and fate :)
Nov 11, 2015 Raďoušek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahle autorka mě opravdu baví. Je to vtipné a ze života :o)))
Apr 27, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice read. Witty
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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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