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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Holden Narrator: Gerri Halligan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440743313
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A witty, beloved novel of heart and heartland, Farm Fatale skewers the culture clash of city vs. country in the snappy, observant style that made Wendy Holden famous.

Cash-strapped Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk longing for a country cottage. Rampant nouveaux riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss—in the biggest mansion money can buy. The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems quiet enough, despite a nosy postman, a reclusive rock star, a glamorous Bond Girl, and a ghost with a knife in its back. But there are unexpected thrills in the hills, and Rosie is rapidly discovering that country life isn’t so simple after all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every character here is deliciously ridiculous, and every rustic detail a grand satirical opportunity.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Well written, thoroughly entertaining, and not to be missed.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “This lighthearted romp, surprisingly unpredictable, smart, and fun, is refreshing fare readers can turn to when they’re tired of lifeless Bridget clones.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Phoebe James seems blissful in the roles of Grace and Belinda and does not take sides in her performance.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] sharp and witty romance.”

    Booklist

  • “Wickedly funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/19/2014

    " Okay, so I read chick lit. I read this a long time ago and thought it was great fun. A perfect beach book. Why is British chick lit so much better than American chick lit anyway? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana | 2/18/2014

    " ugh! Kept expecting it to get better, it didn't! not a single believable character. dissapointing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/18/2014

    " Cute and funny, a nice Brit Chick Wit Lit read. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Gallagher | 2/6/2014

    " I usually really like British "chick lit" and was excited when I saw Ms. Holden's books. However, this one ended up disappointing me on several levels. The plot development took too long, the characters were either not developed enough, overdone, or seemed to be added for no apparent reason. Also, the ending seemed hurried and not entirely well thought out. Perhaps I've over-thought this, but I was left wanting more and somewhat annoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 2/2/2014

    " Pretty funny! The start seemed pretty drawn out, but well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 1/14/2014

    " UK edition: Pasteurs Noveau (2001) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Ziegler | 1/13/2014

    " This contains all the eccentric characters found in English country novels and is a good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Bryner | 1/6/2014

    " Not horrible but not the best. I just picked up randomly off the shelf. I'm still deciding if I'm going to try another one of the authors books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2013

    " I think my favorite by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 11/17/2013

    " This was a cheesy girly read but good if that's what you are looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 11/7/2013

    " I finished this book a few weeks ago - was hardly impressed. Too many characters to follow...would have been more interested in shorter books dealing with each character separately. There was just too much going on. It was enjoyable at times, but just not really impressive ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dora | 10/30/2013

    " Never finished it. It was boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sarah | 10/26/2013

    " Silly book about illustrator who moves to the country with her boyfriend. A whole alota craziness ensues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jullie | 10/23/2013

    " Ugh, just could not get into this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 10/23/2013

    " You don't need a lot of oxygen getting to your brain to read this British chick-lit novel, but sometimes that's okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 10/19/2013

    " Farm Fatale was an enjoyable story. The main protagonist, Rosie, was a sympathetic character. I really wanted her life to turn out well. I did not like Samantha or the other posh characters. I found them dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/12/2013

    " Complete fluff, but well written and funny. The heroine and her handsome but self-absorbed boyfriend move to a picturesque village whose other new occupants include a vacuous and grasping actress and her wealthy husband, and a reclusive rock star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 10/12/2013

    " funny, very good summer read. not the next purlitzer obviously but pleasant enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/25/2013

    " breezy summer read... good for poolside or beach blankets! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/30/2013

    " Eeehhhh. Not horrible, but ok. The ending was thrown together and unenjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggiemountains | 6/20/2013

    " Fun British Chick Lit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 5/17/2013

    " Excellent poolside read (especially if you've ever visited the UK). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/10/2013

    " Just okay. Had a lot of potential though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 4/15/2013

    " It took me a while to not be annoyed at the British humor and colloquialisms, but it made for some passable fluff reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 12/19/2012

    " Had to stop mid-book. I've read too many Wendy Holden novels in a row. They were all starting to blur together. Taking a break to read something really different (Michael Crichton, anyone?) and then I'll finish this one, and enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlies | 10/9/2012

    " British chick lit. -- trying to copy Bridget Jones in some ways. It was okay for a rainy day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aisulu Mailybayeva | 8/27/2012

    " The best book to turn you into a cheerful mood :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/5/2012

    " A bit predictable but entertaining nonetheless. It did drag a bit for me in the middle but picked up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britta | 6/11/2012

    " This is one of the few chick lit books I've ever liked. Fast read, I was able to identify with Mollie more than most chick lit characters, and I was satisfied enough with the book. Maybe I want to live in the English countryside and be my own boss. I think that has something to do with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/7/2012

    " A silly, British romantic comedy set in the Cotswolds. "

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About the Author

Wendy Holden is a successful journalist and fiction author. Born in Yorkshire, England, she studied English at Cambridge before becoming a successful editor for publications such as the Sunday Telegraph magazine, the Sunday Times style section, Apollo, and Tatler.  Her first novel, Simply Divine, was published in 1999 and was inspired by her time as an editor. Since becoming a full-time writer, she has written a number of books, including Gallery Girl, Marrying Up, Filthy Rich, Bad Heir Day, and others. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Derbyshire, England.

About the Narrator

Gerri Halligan is the narrator of a number of audiobooks, including many by Lucinda Riley, Marian Keyes, and others, and was awarded an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Bird Table by Jonathan Davies.