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Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  1,468 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
"Wickedly funny."
-"Kirkus"

A witty, beloved novel of heart and heartland, "Farm Fatale "skewers the culture clash of city vs. country in the snappy, observant style that made Wendy Holden famous.

Cash-strapped Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk longing for a country cottage. Rampant nouveaux riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss-in the biggest
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Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 2001)
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Juliana Graham
Aug 27, 2011 Juliana Graham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, let's be honest. Firstly I picked this book up in error, thinking it was by an author I liked. A silly mistake to make, but the cover styles of Wendy Holden's books are very similar to those of Judy Astley. I like Judy Astley... In my haste in the library I grabbed this book and began to listen to it (talking book you see) on my way to and from work. I remember thinking to myself that it was not in the usual style of the author I thought it was (I know, I know, my mistake) but by the time ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 22, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Rosie had given up on her dream of moving to the British countryside when her live-in boyfriend Mark, an underappreciated journalist, gets the assignment of writing a regular column on how — in Mark’s editor’s words — “moving from the city to the country is the millennium dream” and “what it’s really like to swap SW7 for rural heaven.”

Needless to say, the relocation to the village of Eight Mile Bottom ne’er runs smooth. Mark is no less self-absorbed in the village than he was in their apar
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Beka
Jun 08, 2014 Beka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Literally worst book i have ever suffered through. The author spends half the time going off about furniture and crap. There is a typo on page 293 where the author miscalls a character named Matt, calling him Luke instead (and there is no character in the book of the name of Luke). Another typo is on page 336 where she misspells her own flipping character's name: Alan, as Alen. I wouldn't wish this book upon my worst enemy.
Deidre
Sep 21, 2015 Deidre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just no
J.A. Kerr
I've didn't enjoy this as much as her others but a good solid read.
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Wendy Holden has done it again! With Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors she had me cracking up as well as worrying about her heroine Rosie, and her semi-unfocused life. Illustrator Rosie lives in London with her boyfriend Mark, an ambitious reporter. Desperately wanting to move to a country village, Rosie is able to pull her plan together when Mark is given the opportunity to write his own column. They will find a country cottage and Mark will write about their experiences as Londoners lear ...more
Tori
Aug 22, 2014 Tori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Wendy Holden's first two books (Simply Divine, Bad Heir Day) about twelve years ago when I was around twenty or so and really enjoyed them. So when I found this book at a used book sale last year, I was pretty excited. I'm not sure if it's because I'm older now or because this wasn't Holden's best effort, but I just couldn't get into this book like I did her others. It starts out well enough. The two main characters are typical Holden, one being a young, working class woman with a heart o ...more
Laura
Jul 12, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie is an illustrator in London who dreams of moving to the country with her boyfriend Mark. When her boyfriend finally receives a new column about finding a new life in the country, Rosie is sure all of her dreams will come true. The hunt for a cottage is not exactly what they were expecting, but they eventually find a home in Eight Mile Bottom. Once in the village however, their lives don’t go exactly as planned.

Samantha is a not even D list (can there be an F list) actress with a rich husba
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Andrea
Mar 12, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
Farm Fatale took a little bit for me to get into. I don't normally have a hard time reading British books, but for some reason I did with this one.

The characters were hit and miss for me. Rosie and Matt and Bella were okay. There were times I felt sympathetic for Rosie, but other times, she didn't mean that much to me. And while I found Bella amusing, at times she could be annoying. I think Matt was my favorite character, even though we only really get to know him in the end. But I found that he
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Cheryl
Mar 12, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matt Locke is a newspaper reporter. Though, he writes more of the gossip column news. Rosie is Matt’s girlfriend. Rosie is tried of the city and dreams of moving to the country. Matt is stuck in his ways and would rather die then move to the country. That all changes when Matt gets the opportunity to write his own column and become a free lance reporter. His first feature will be about life in the country. Rosie could not be happier.

Samantha Villers is an actress. Lately, her career has become a
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Wendy Hines
Rosie is an illustrator and Mark is a journalist living in the big city, but they both have grander dreams. Rosie wants to move into the country and Mark wants to become a freelance columnist.

With a quirk of fate, Mark is bestowed a column about cityfolk living in the country and so begins the search for a cozy cottage in the country. After much searching, they finally find a cute cottage affordable within their means in a small village and things seem to be working out nicely.

Then the neighbors
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Roxie
So this book... happened.

I don't hate it. There's not enough in here to latch onto for me to hate it. I don't love it, either; even while wearing the Suspenders of Disbelief, this plot is so far out of left field that it goes from escapism (or well-written farce) into What The Hell Even Is This. Also, the characters are trying so hard to be quirky and charming, but there's no substance to back it up (except for Matt. Matt gets a pass, because he ended up being the most enjoyable part of this boo
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Kathleen Kelly
Jul 10, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Rosie convinces her boyfriend Mark that they should move to the country where they will both be able to work from home and just be able to get out of the big city and live a less hectic life. She finds a cottage in Eight Mile Bottom, somewhere in England. What ensues is a very funny story about what happens when several couples relocate to the countryside. Rosie is an artist, Mark is a writer. Another couple are Guy and Samantha. Samantha is an actress and her main focus is, well, herself. Eigh ...more
Margaret
Aug 24, 2015 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The back cover of this book was enticing and promised in theory some good laughs about two couples making the move from city life in London to quiet, peaceful life in the country. Rosie and boyfriend Mark (once he was convinced the move would be a good one for his job as a newspaper columnist) and Samantha and Guy (wealthy Guy and wannabe actress second wife) move to the country for Samantha to research a promised acting role, which she ends up losing anyway.

I lasted only 125 pages without a la
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quinnster
What to say....what to say.....

I didn't love this book, but then I didn't hate it either. It was just....there. Rosie wasn't that bad of a character, but I never really got a sense of who she really was. I definitely got a sense of other characters. Like Samantha and Mark. Awful, awful people. I don't understand at all why we were stuck in Samantha's head at all. I kept waiting for the moment when something changes for Samantha, when she realizes she's a horrible person, but that never comes. Fr
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Sharon
Jun 03, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel
Jul 10, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's mostly well-written with a decent plot and a lot of wordplay and Holden is good with dialogue. On the other hand, all of the characters are unlikable and the ending is idiotic. Moreover, there are a lot of really unconvincing sex scenes and if I never hear the word "nipples" again, I think I'll be okay with that. The book is about two couples, Samantha and Guy and Rosie and Mark, who move from London to a country village. Samantha is a ...more
Belea Keeney
Like much of chick-lit, this one requires a huge suspension of disbelief, but that's part of the genre's charm. You either go with the fantasy, or throw the book against the wall within a couple of chapters.

I didn't throw this one and kept going through the shenanigans more in the hope of some farm-type stuff, of which there just wasn't enough. This setting wasn't so much a farm as a rundown cottage in the English countryside, and the heroine didn't have to make any physical effort to secure her
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Jennifer
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, british
From My Blog...[return][return]Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden is a lively, faced-paced, clever novel that makes for a delightful afternoon of reading or the perfect summer book pick. The adventure begins as Rosie and Mark decide to give up life in the city and choose to move to Eight Mile Bottom in the country, beginning a brilliantly witty tale of the antics of the rather eccentric characters of Eight Mile Bottom. Will Rosie and Mark be able to survive country life?[return]Holden writes a brillian ...more
Jennifer
Jul 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From My Blog...

Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden is a lively, faced-paced, clever novel that makes for a delightful afternoon of reading or the perfect summer book pick. The adventure begins as Rosie and Mark decide to give up life in the city and choose to move to Eight Mile Bottom in the country, beginning a brilliantly witty tale of the antics of the rather eccentric characters of Eight Mile Bottom. Will Rosie and Mark be able to survive country life?
Holden writes a brilliant novel filled with a de
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Jessie Adamczyk
Jan 23, 2013 Jessie Adamczyk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This. Was. Awful. Horrible. I wanted a fluffy chic lit but seriously?? She gets engaged to a rock star who knows her all of a week. Really?? That does not happen. The infallibility of it is nuts. Not to mention a completely pointless side romance that ends in a ridiculously fast engagement as well. The author can't seem to chose which person she wants Rosie to end up with. First she makes the reader love the first one, then shows him as a jerk. Then the second guy-also a jerk. Then the author wa ...more
Cecilia
May 29, 2014 Cecilia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two words: boring and predictable.
The characters are interesting to a point, I get the idea of what Holden was going for (funny, quirky); but quickly gets tiring to read about them because their dysfunctional qualities are way overdone. The story plot is interesting and imaginative, but it could have been told in half the pages. The dialogues are endless, boring, and painfully predictable. Just like the characters are overly dramatized so are the settings. The endless and painfully detailed desc
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Linda
Mar 16, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Wendy Holden before but I needed something to read and borrowed this from a friend on vacation. Having read so much Joanna Trollope, I saw this as a spoof on Trollope and other English village stories. Two young couples pull up roots in London and go to live in a village called Eioght Mile Bottom.Samantha and Guy are wealthy and buy the large house in the village. Rosie and Mark, as yet u married, live in a small cottage. Mark, a journalist, writes a weekly newspaper column ...more
Marcella
Farm Fatale is a story about a financially struggling London couple who move to the countryside in hopes all their problems will be resolved, instead it strains their relationship even more. The story is lighthearted and entertaining but the prose is so florid at times that it takes away from the scene at hand.
I was indifferent to the characters until the middle of the book when the author seemed to focus more on the plot than embellishing the discriptions of the scenes.
I liked the 2 other Wend
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Ferina
Jul 24, 2007 Ferina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
… a comedy of country manors…
Novel ini bercerita tentang orang-orang kota yang ingin pindah ke pedesaan dengan alasan yang berbeda-beda. Ada yang memang ingin mencari suasana baru, ada juga yang hanya karena pengen dibilang 'up to date'.

Ada Rosie, ilustrator di suatu majalah; ada Mark, pacar Rosie, jurnalis yang berambisi banget punya kolom sendiri; lalu Samantha, bintang film, yang gayanya 'ngartis' banget; Matt Locke, superstar yang sembunyi di desa untuk menghindari publikasi.

Yang lucu di si
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Elizabeth
May 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
The book is good, fun chic lit. However, I found it slow to get going and get the story moving. The character development is really great and she spends quite a bit of time developing the characters - even the lesser characters. Also, I thought once the story hit its climax it was over. I would have enjoyed a little bit more to the end of the ride than just boom - everything's perfect again and its over. Alas, once the story started moving (and I read parts of the last chapter to get motivated t ...more
Anna
Apr 14, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I have to admit, I have to like at least one "main" character in a book to enjoy a book. Not the case here. They were all pretty awful except Rosie who, I don't know, lacked spirit and insure. The thing about awful characters is I want to know why they're so bad. No such enlightenment here. The characters were somewhat wooden. Also it was halfway through the book before any action got going. I guess was supposed to be funny but for the most part it was just boring to me. I saw the ...more
Kristen
Dec 16, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This British novel is all about Londoners that think the country is peaceful, quiet and charming. So they decide to move there. You can well imagine the antics that follow. It's a fun read. Holder loves puns; to her credit, I don't remember any groaners.

Since this is a book about country life, we'll call the parts you should skip "cow patties." The chapter on Samantha's party is thick with 'em. Otherwise they are just now and then throughout the story, so just step carefully and you can avoid th
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Nancy H
Aug 08, 2011 Nancy H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an excellent comic novel. It is about a girl who moves to the country with her boyfriend, hoping to find the perfect place to live, and instead she finds a not-so-perfect life with her not-nice boyfriend, nosy and noisy neighbors, a much-too-inquisitive postman, a horrid and egotistical no-talent actress down the way, a sexy farmer, and a reclusive rock star whom she doesn't even recognize. The peaceful life she sought after is anything but, and she must make some life-changin ...more
Ken
May 21, 2016 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wendy Holden is usually the author I go to after I've been reading deep stuff too long and need a break. Her books never cease to entertain and delight. Let me go on record here and state that no one... and I mean no one, quite writes a villain like Wendy ! Farm Fatale is the story of a London couple that moves to a quaint, little English rural village and the massive amount of trouble they encounter in Eight Mile Bottom. Some people might dismiss Wendy Holden's books as mere chick lit but I say ...more
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Wendy Holden grew up in Yorkshire, and studied English at Girton College, Cambridge. She worked in magazines for many years before joining Tatler's in 1997 as deputy editor, and later moved to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, which she left in 2000 to concentrate on writing. She regularly writes features for newspapers and magazines on a range of social, topical and lifestyle subjects and is als ...more
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