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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,649 ratings  ·  420 reviews
With the bookshop where she works about to close, hopeless romantic Laura Horsley, in a moment of uncharacteristic recklessness, finds herself agreeing to help organize a literary festival deep in the heart of the English countryside. But her initial excitement is rapidly followed by a mounting sense of panic when reality sinks in and she realizes just how much work is inv ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by Century (first published January 1st 2009)
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Laura Horsley (yes, the heroine's name is the least romantic most equine name there could be) is being made redundant at the bookstore she loves. Not because the bookstore is logically closing due to the harsh realities of publishing, just because the store's owner Henry wants to retire. This book loving introvert starts throwing caution to the wind and saying things she'd never have said if her life wasn't being uprooted. She's not rude, she just speaks her mind, which brings her to the attenti ...more
Rebecca
May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Having read a Katie Fforde novel once before (Going Dutch) and thoroughly enjoying it I decided to give what was at the time, her newest book, a read. I bought it when it came out and only just got around to reading it. I need not have bothered.

Laura Horsley, the main character has lost her job after the independent bookshop she works for closes. She then gets involved in running a literary festival and naturally the book focuses around a romance, in this case between herself and Irish author De
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Jacob Proffitt
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, chic-lit
Katie Fforde books very often have a long buildup, so I was willing to go along for the ride for a while with Laura, even though it seemed to take forever to really get started. The closing of the bookshop where she works has pushed her into exploring the world a bit and it's clear that she needed something to break up the rut she has been in. I didn't mind spending time with her, but there's frankly not a lot of personality there. She likes books. And knows a lot about them. And she's organized ...more
Kathy - Books & Munches
I needed something light to read, and what's better than a romance novel for that?
Let alone one drenched in the literary world, since our MC is actually organizing a literary festival and trying to rope one of the biggest authors into participating!

I really loved how this book felt so bookish. It definitely was one of my favorite elements.
I also loved how the story was set over a long period of time instead of only a few weeks / months.

The only thing I can remark on, is how sometimes I had the
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Zara
Feb 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have only read one Katie Fforde book which I really liked and I had high hopes for this one too, unfortunatley it didn't live up to expectations.
I am someone who loves most books I can get my hands on and it is VERY weird for me to ever give a book such a low rating but I found much about this book unlikable. The heroine Laura annoyed me from the start and kept making stupid choices while drunk after starting out with a paragraph about how she wasn't going to drink too much! Also why does she
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Debbie
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read the majority of Ms. Fforde's books, but it's been a while since I've enjoyed one as much as I enjoyed this one.

First, Katie Fforde books are not deep or challenging or meant to bring about great change in the world. They're meant for entertainment, so if you're expecting more, stop.

Second, although her writing is formulaic, this particular novel does have a bit of extra twist in it, and an early pay-off (wink, wink) that keeps the tension going most of the way through the book. But the
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Nathalia Borghi
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did manage to finish it. enough said.
Bookworman
Halfway through I got bored and skipped to the last chapter. Fforde just takes way too long to get to the point. Don’t get me wrong. I really don’t mind waiting if it’s done well. Dickens famously said, “Make them laugh, make them, cry, make them wait”.

This was my second and probably last book by her that I’ll read.
Elizabeth
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Argh! When a romantic heroine decides that DESPITE ALL THE EVIDENCE, the sexy leading man is not really interested in her, so she must nobly and self-protectively dismiss all his attempts to talk to her, said heroine comes off as either really coy or just dumb. I don't want to read about this kind of of heroine. Jennifer Crusie manages to write excellent romances which don't keep the couple apart for a 100 or so pages on the basis of the heroine's willful misunderstanding. Every time I read one ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a comfort read
Oh I just loved this book! Katie Fforde's are always such a tonic to read - they're like wrapping up in a big snuggly duvet or curling up with a hot-water-bottle and a mug of hot chocolate. Pure escapism.

This one is set in a bookshop and organising a literary festival - this is like porn for a bookaholic like me! It's chock full of frightfully posh people, country houses, a rugged Irish hero, a girl-without-model-looks-but-gets-her-man-anyway and a whole cast full of other colourful beings. And
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Nadja
Eine holprige Angelegenheit. Zum Teil ein easy Chick Lit, aber oft langatmige Abschnitte. (view spoiler) ...more
Laurie
I don't read romance generally and I realize I'm giving up right after our heroine sees her beloved in the flesh for the first time, but honestly, Laura is irritating and getting more so by the page. She's exasperating actually and I can't stand any more drinking or her inner dialogue.
Meri
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet romantic story. Maybe, the dream of every reader - to meet and get acquainted with your favorite writer. Easy to read and worth of you time, definitely.
Susanna
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013

I have to say that the reasons I am giving it 4 stars are not the same reasons why I normally give a book this rating. First, I don't read romantic novels. Normally. I don't read chic-lit even if I'd love to love the genre. Unfortunately, I love drama because it feels more real than the too-good-to-be-true romances.
I asked a friend a pile of books of this kind because I needed to do some research for something I am writing and this book captured my interest for a few reasons:

- the main charact
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Jessica Oban
Made it 25 pages in. Was trying to make it to page 50, but I don't see the point. The main reason was that the writing style annoyed me. Dunno why. I found the plot kind of common and desperate. Just… basic. Absolutely nothing urged me to go forward. Not even the promise hero of the story, a hot, reclusive, Irish writer held me.

Who recommended this book to me again? Ah well. At least I've got something off of my To Read list.
Wendy
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's a lovely heartwarming, fun easy read. It also follows on with some of the characters from Katie's previous novel Wedding Season, which really added alot for me as I enjoyed that one too.
Alison
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars.

I'm having a bit of a Katie Fforde binge instead of reading my NetGalley arcs, aided and abetted by Amazon who keep offering them at 99p or £1.99.

I liked this story of the shy librarian Laura Horsley who ends up organising a literary festival at the local stately home and persuades Ireland's greatest living author, heart-throb and notorious recluse Dermot Flynn to turn up.

However, it wasn't without its faults. I don't understand why Dermot suggested that Laura sleep with
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Cynthia Harris
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I rate a book on its readibility. This is classic holiday romantic fiction. Predictable, fun, uplifting, page-turning and just what I expect from Katie Fforde.
The main character is a bit silly though - you'll see. All said and done, an enjoyable read.
Hayley Noble
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful

A beautiful story that I could not put down. Katie Fforde will always remain one of my favourite woman's fiction authors and this book has cemented the reason why. Amazing.
Leah
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2009
Laura Horsley is devastated when the bookshop where she works is about to close. With no immediate plan for future work, she ends up agreeing to organise a literary festival deep in the English countryside.

Laura has no idea how to organise a literary festival and soon starts to panic. Not only that but Laura inadvertantly makes people believe she knows Dermot Flynn, a reclusive writer struggling with writer’s block.

Laura sets off to Ireland with her friend Monica to track down the elusive Dermot
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Joy (joyous reads)
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
On the heels of losing her job at the bookshop, Laura agrees to help plan a literary festival in the quaint town of Somerby. With her experience in organizing book signings, a pulse on the book industry, and having read as much as she has, it was a no-brainer that she could help convince authors to join in the festivities. But when the name Dermot Flynn gets thrown into the mix, she was both elated and terrified that she's been given the task to lure him out of hiding.

She's admired Dermot as a w
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Goddess Of Blah
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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TALK ABOUT BORING... zzzzz SNORE zzzz
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Katie Fforde has written some great chic lit such as:
Flora's Lot,
Artistic Licence,
Stately Pursuits,
Living Dangerously,
Summer of Love,
Wedding Season and so on...

But this book was bland. I usually like the little details in a book, (such as descriptions of places and such). But this book lacked that as well as possessing such an awful bunch of characters that I couldn't get into it. The chemistry between the main characters was zero.
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Namratha
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Love Letters is the chick lit version of a long, rambling walk in the countryside. Accompany twenty-six year old Laura Horsley, as she moves from being a behind-the-scenes bookshop assistant to a hands-on organizer of a fledgling literary festival that is set in a quaint pocket of the English countryside. One of the biggest tasks entrusted to her is to pull in the Irish best-selling author, Dermot Flynn. The tempestuous wordsmith is suffering from a raging case of Writer’s Block and has become a ...more
Beverly
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like Katie Fforde's books. Sure they are formulaic -- girl meets boy, falls in love, has a misunderstanding, boy comes after her and they live happily ever after. Each book deals with a woman who is embarking on a new journey whether she wants to or not. The men in the books are second class citizens. It is the woman who is the star. She is the one who decides how the relationship will unfold. The men are willing but the women each have trouble believing in their good luck. They all seem to fi ...more
Michele Bolay
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
FForde is usually a go-to author for me when it comes to comfort reads of the romantic English countryside kind. Didn't finish this one, though. Fforde has several different types of heroines, and this is my least favorite. It seemed like she mixed it up a little more in some of her earlier books, with older and/or divorced-with-kid(s) heroines popping up more frequently in books like Living Dangerously, Wild Designs, Thyme Out, and Paradise Fields. Even The Rose Revived, which featured three 20 ...more
MB (What she read)
If you're interested in finding out about starting an amateur literary festival and a backstage look at the authorial and publishing life, then this book may be a good read for you.

I found that I did not care at all for the romance in this book, because I found the 'hero' distinctly unlikeable and that influenced my enjoyment. I kept hoping that someone...anyone else...would appear like Young Lochinvar and 'save' her. The heroine was okay, but not charming enough to convince me that her 'happy
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Holly
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Well, I was in the mood for a love story, so naturally I picked up Love Letters. You would think by the title alone I would have got a love story, however, that didn't happen. I found this book hard to get through. First off, the main character, Laura, annoyed me a little. She proclaimed to be shy, an introvert who read books, but hardly did much of anything else. She didn't seem all that shy to me. She drank a lot and wanted to give up her virginity within minutes of meeting her hero. And that' ...more
Je Dayana
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well, it was the cover that attracts me first when I bought this book. When I flipped it over to read the synopsis, the first thing that came into my mind was Mr. Darcy; the main male character in Pride and Prejudice and so I was keen to read the book more. So, once I was home I start reading and I actually managed to finish reading the book in no time. Well, the plot is incredibly amazing and I couldn't help wishing that I am Laura. Funny! I particularly love the part where Dermot come at Laura ...more
Amy
Oct 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: needs-an-editor
I'm peeved at myself for finishing Love Letters. I already tried and hated one Fforde book...but I told myself it was worth the effort to try another. Unfortunately, my estimation of her as an author did not go up.
While this book was not nearly as rambling as A Perfect Proposal, it still adds a paragraph where a word would suffice. The heroine is whiny and naive, loved by everyone, and never has a thought she doesn't repeat six times. The love interested is tall, dark, handsome, stuck on sex...a
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Susan J.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
I was delighted by my first reading of a Katie Fforde book. Love Letters follows shy, insular Laura through a major change in her life. Her employer decides to close the book store where she works forcing her to leave the comfort of being surrounded by shelf after shelf of books. Fortunately, she finds new opportunities to use her extensive literary knowledge including the starting of a literary festival in the English countryside. She gets roped into convincing a reclusive Irish author to come ...more
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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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“Laura read a lot. She lived alone in a tiny bedsit and her television was so small and snowy she didn"t watch it much. But she read all the time: at bedtime, while she ate, while she cooked, while she dressed and while she brushed her teeth. She would have read in the shower if she could have worked out a method that wouldn"t completely ruin the book. In the same way she could read anywhere, she could read anything, and if it was good, enjoy it.” 33 likes
“She much preferred to be safely on the outside of life, watching, than deeply involved.” 14 likes
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