A Rural Affair
Fans of Catherine Alliott's bestselling novels One Day in May and A Crowded Marriage, will love her latest gorgeously romantic novel A Rural Affair.
'If I'm being totally honest I had fantasized about Phil dying.'
When Poppy Shilling's bike-besotted, Lycra-clad husband is killed in a freak accident, she can't help feeling a guilty sense of relief. For at long last she's re
Even though Poppy lives for her children and has very little confidence when Phil is alive, after his death and his secret is revealed she questions e ...more
Poppy develops as the tale unfolds, with the help of her friends and family who encourage her to get out, join the local choir and book club and Poppy gradually matures and grows. A very likeable character, you can sympathise with her in her loss and the way she copes with he ...more
in control of everything. She fantasizes about her Husband dying, until
one day the Police knock the door to say he has been killed, she should
be upset but why is she relived? Phil has been hiding a dark secret but
what could it be? Poppy settles into village life joining various
groups she wants to get on with her life. But can Poppy put the past
behind her and meet someone new that will make her happy? I was really
Poppy had imagined, in an abstract way, how it would feel if she were to become a widow. When her husband is suddenly struck by debris from a plane, (you won't believe what the debris actually was), she is actually relieved. When a woman comes to her door after the funeral, Poppy learns that her marriage was an ...more
It's funny in places and has the potential to be entertaining but it just starts to drag on and ...more
It's how she copes afterwards which makes the book worth reading and very funny at times.
Having now read the book I can understand why there was such a divide. Happily for me I liked this book. In the intro of the book we meet Poppy, the wife who sometimes resents her mean husband. The type of la ...more
I read the book over several days, and found myself looking forward to picking it back up and reading on. There’s a strong sense of setting – a rural English village – and a great cast of characters who reminded me a little of the cast ...more
A RURAL AFFAIR takes place in England (not Ireland) but a sheep creates a comedic scene that would inspire Barry to chuckle. In fact, I believe Barry would appreciate Alliott’s subtle humor as the story unfolds from Poppy Shilling’s point of view. Her absent husband is demeaning. He cares little for the children. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to cycle across the count ...more
It all felt like a bit of an interesting think piece of being a ...more
Since then I've bought about 12 more books by her and have only three to go now, never being disappointed.
What caught my attention were two differences to other romance novels:
- Incredibly skilful and witty writing s ...more