“With the bookshop where she works about to close, hopeless romantic Laura Horsley recklessly 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 she realises just how much work is involved – especially when an innocent mistake leads the festival committee to believe that Laura is a personal friend of the author at the top of their wish-list. Laura might be secretly infatuated with the infamous Dermot Flynn, 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 writers block. But he’s also infuriatingly attractive – and, apparently, out to add Laura to his list of conquests.”
This was one of those books that I found surprisingly addictive, I didn’t expect to get quite so caught up in it but I can definitely say that out of all the Katie Fforde books I’ve read so far, this is my favourite!
The characters were all very likeable, especially the main character Laura – she was a very nervous person to begin with but as the book progressed and she was faced with all sorts of scary events, she seemed to loosen up and grow in confidence.
Her first trip to Ireland with her new friend Monica (a fun and bubbly character) was fantastic, there were some very funny moments and it was good to see Laura let herself go and have fun, even if it was all down to the large amounts of Whisky she had consumed.
I have to admit to completely falling in love with Dermot, he was just the kind of male character that I love – temperamental and a little bit cocky but, underneath it all he was incredibly romantic! I loved the ‘will they, wont they’ aspect of the story, although I had pretty much guessed that they would get together from the synopsis, it was just a matter of when and how.
Something else that I enjoyed about this book was the behind the scenes of planning a literary festival, I was intrigued by the whole idea and amazed by how much effort was put into it.
More funny moments came about during a meal for the writers who were taking part in the festival and, my favourite part of the book, when Dermot meets Laura’s parents (this had me laughing and cringing in equal measures).
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, romantic read that captured my interest completely.
To find out more about Katie Fforde visit her website here.