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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Fforde Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A London Times bestseller praised for its irresistible characters, comic timing, and romantic appeal, Stately Pursuits is the story of Hettie Longden, freshly dumped and brokenhearted, who agrees to look after her great-uncle’s long-abandoned mansion in the countryside. She is at something of a lifetime low: no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates. So she hopes for nothing more than a good old-fashioned escape. What she finds, though, is a cast of quirky and ever-present neighbors, a couple of sensitive New Age guys, some very humorless bank officials, two disarming little canines, one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house—and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Romantic comedy is one of the hardest things to pull off, requiring aplomb, immaculate timing, and a relish for the absurd. Katie Fforde pays the form a spirited compliment.”

    Elizabeth Buchan, New York Times bestselling author on Katie Fforde

  • “Charming…Enormously enjoyable…Like listening to Cole Porter or watching The Philadelphia Story.”


  • “Fforde’s appeal is her ability to reproduce the eccentricities of everyday life.”

    Times (London)

  • “Cheery, good-natured…The novel has a warm and fuzzy charm, some nice comic scenes, and the usual romantic contretemps.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Stately Pursuits’] colorful cast of characters and wit are delightful enough to raise it above others of this genre. Both male and female voices are highly differentiated and totally in keeping with their characters. This is the great strength of Roe Kendall’s performance.”


  • “[Those] who enjoy the romantic novels of Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts will find a similar story here but with a delightful British accent.”

    Library Journal

  • “A delightful, unabashedly unpretentious love yarn.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/15/2014

    " It was OK, I liked Wedding Season better, but a nice easy chick lit read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 2/10/2014

    " A little too much arguing between the main characters for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonia | 2/8/2014

    " Predictable but cute story. I loved reading about the progression of the house restoration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Veronica | 2/5/2014

    " A feel-good book, perfect for holiday reading or a romantic pick-me-up. "

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