Katie Fforde is one of those authors who rarely disappoints. The Perfect Match is her 20th novel and I've read pretty much her whole back catalogue. Her style is fun and fresh, often with slightly more mature protagonists than in 'chicklit' titles but still with an emphasis on romance, community and friendship.
The Perfect Match introduces us to Bella Castle, an estate agent who ran away from her home town to escape the feelings she harboured for married man Dominic Thane. She's happy enough with her lot- country life with boyfriend Nevil- but when Dominic turns up looking to buy a house she starts to have doubts. Is she settling for less than what she really wants?
I loved this book! I found Bella a likeable character and I desperately wanted her to have a happy ending. And Dominic...I definitely developed a bit of a book crush on him. He isn't the perfect, clean cut type- he's a bit moody and enigmatic at times- but he won me over with his charm and I could totally understand why Bella found herself bewitched by him. The country setting of the book made for a cosy environment and I loved getting to nosy around other people's houses when Bella was doing the viewings. I am one of those weird (for weird read nosy) people who love looking around houses. I was actually a bit disappointed when we found the house we eventually bought as I knew that meant an end to my househunting adventures, so to find a book where I can see dated kitchens, decorating disasters and overgrown gardens was quite a thrill to my inner house-viewing geek.
I just love Katie Fforde. She deserves all the success she has for her beautiful, easy to read writing style- her books are accessible tales about believable characters. They are full of heart and spirit, and The Perfect Match is one of her best. Not only is she a wonderful writer but she is a genuinely lovely person-check her out on twitter @katiefforde.
If you have read and enjoyed her books before I am sure you'll enjoy The Perfect Match. And if you haven't, I highly recommend trying her books. Books with Bunny has 2 copies of The Perfect Match to give away (UK only unfortunately), so enter below and you may be lucky!!!
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The Perfect Match is out TODAY! Available in hardback from all good bookstores and at Amazon.
With thanks to the publisher for giving me a review copy in return for my honest opinion.