Practically Perfect

Katie Fforde is one of my go-to authors for cozy love stories.  I picked up Practically Perfect at the library last week and - as expected - it was a quick, cute book to enjoy.

Interior Designer Anna is ready to dive into her latest project of fixing up a house in the Cotswolds and when she immediately strikes up a friendship with her neighbor Chloe, things are looking bright.  Of course, considering Anna's only staircase is a ladder and when she learns from handsome housing inspector Rob Hunter that everything must be built to comply with strict standards, she comes to think the house might be more than she bargained for.  Add in a rescued greyhound in need of a good home and the obnoxious mother of Anna's old flame living just down the street and all the elements are in place for an entertaining story.

This isn't a book with any grand surprises or overly inspired writing, but it is a cute and fun novel.  Even when the outcome is rather transparent, it's the journey of how everything comes together that makes it a sweet story.  I wouldn't say this was my favorite of Fforde's books, but as far as a cozy love story goes, it is Practically Perfect.
As I mentioned, I've been reading Katie Fforde's work for a number of years but it wasn't until recently that I learned she's a cousin-in-law to another favorite author of mine Jasper Fforde.  Now that's a family reunion I would love to be invited to!

4 Response to "Practically Perfect"

  1. Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) says:
    October 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    I've been so busy with school, I haven't read anything--except one children's novel and a book about teaching reading--since August 23. Holds have gone ignored at the library because those I did pick up, I returned unread and overdue.

    Sigh.

    But a writer like this is going on my "look-for-at-Thanksgiving-break" author list. If she has a lot of books, something will have to be on the library shelves, yes?

    Thanks for the head's up!

  2. Sam (Tiny Library) says:
    October 16, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    I'm reading some easy going chick lit at the moment and it's a nice break from heavier stuff. I'll have to look out for Katie Fforde.

  3. Sarah says:
    October 17, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Awww I did like the Katie Fforde book that I read a while ago. Now I want to read some more of her! Nice review :)

  4. lisa :) says:
    October 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Ellen - Everything I've read of hers I found at the library so odds are good you'll be able to pick something up.

    Sam - It's almost like a palate cleanser, right? Sometimes I just need a book to make me smile!

    Sarah - Thanks! The books of hers that I read a while ago sort of blend together for me, but I find them all really charming!

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