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The delectable new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Weddng Season.

With the bookshop where she works about to close, hopeless romantic Laura Horsley, in a moment of uncharacteristic recklessness, finds herself agreeing to help organise 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 realises just how much work is involved – especially when an innocent mistake leads the festival committee to mistakenly believe that Laura is a personal friend of the author at the top of their wish-list. Laura might have been secretly infatuated with the infamous Dermot Flynn ever since she studied him at university, but travelling to Ireland to persuade the notorious recluse to come out of hiding is another matter.

Determined to rise to the challenge she sets off to meet her literary hero. But all too soon she’s confronted with more than she bargained for – Dermot the man is maddening, temperamental and up to his ears in a nasty case of writer’s block. But he’s also infuriatingly attractive – and, apparently, out to add Laura to his list of conquests …


A great fun countryside romp with engaging characters and a narrative thrust that had me hooked to the end.

Daily Mail

A sweet and endearing read.

News of the World

Fforde's cosy style is strangely comforting and Laura's transformation from ingénue to confident and lustful young woman makes for an enjoyable summer read.

Daily Telegraph


4 stars, OK!

I was engrossed in this tale.


Kate Fforde's latest read is the perfect escapism - the witty dialogue and sizzling romance will keep you entertained in the long summer evenings.

Press Association (syndicated article)

Laura is searching for love and finds work with literary agent Eleanora. She ends up running a book festival in Ireland and trying to convince a reclusive author to take part. Will she find love while she is there?

Daily Record

Enjoyable and satisfying...perfect for these hot lazy summer days.


Yet another brilliantly written piece of escapism from Katie Fforde!


A charming and witty read.

P&O Cruise Magazine

A charming, romantic love story that evokes a nostalgic feel...well done and enjoyable to read.


An easy but fulfilling read


Huge fun


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Also by Katie Fforde

A Country Escape
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
A Secret Garden
Candlelight at Christmas
Katie Fforde's Winter Collection
A Summer at Sea
A Christmas in Disguise (Short Story)
A Vintage Wedding
A Christmas Feast
The Perfect Match
From Scotland With Love (Short Story)
A French Affair
Staying Away at Christmas (Short Story)
Recipe for Love
The Undercover Cook
Summer of Love
A Perfect Proposal
Wedding Season
Going Dutch
Practically Perfect
Flora's Lot
Restoring Grace
Paradise Fields
Stately Pursuits


Fifty Shades Darker
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
Amber and Alice
The Golden Age
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire