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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Fforde Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455175277
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “[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 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 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 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 Veronica | 2/5/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gizy | 1/26/2014

    " Awesome book! I love how Katie Fforde has written this, although I was wondering whether it was going to get better, as the beginning didn't appeal to me as such. But thumbs up for the middle and last part. Love it! So juicy!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2014

    " Really didn't like the love interest in this one - I get liking the gruff/silent but strong type, but this guy has lousy communication skills and insults the heroine without ever apologizing to her later. So much of romance is about escapism, and by escapism I mean putting yourself into that story, and I wouldn't like to be talked to or treated like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 1/20/2014

    " This was the first book in a long time that I read just for fun! I love Katie Fforde because she writes cute, clean romances. This book was probably one of my favorites because of the story line, but I was disappointed that it wasn't as clean as her other books. This is one of her earlier books, and apparently they aren't as clean as her later books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/12/2014

    " pure cheese, but sometimes thats good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/21/2013

    " While Katie Fforde is still unknown amongst many of my peers, she is one of my top favorite authors. Her charming characters always make for a wonderful story!! This was the first book I read by her, I love it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/20/2013

    " It's a pleasant read. I enjoyed it more when I read it in my 20s. It's a bit full of very earnest and plucky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/26/2013

    " Good junk food reading. Fun characters. Essentially a variation on all of her other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 11/8/2013

    " This was an ok read - pleasant but with a few plot holes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Mary, Why Ya Buggin | 11/2/2013

    " Very cute. It was kind of hard to get into, but once I hit the halfway mark, it flew! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 10/17/2013

    " A cute, fun read. Sort of like Pilcher Lite. I'll read some of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/16/2013

    " Yet again another late night as I couldn't put this book down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 10/10/2013

    " A not very believable story but an easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tabs | 8/27/2013

    " Making the heroine obtuse for the reason of prolonging the book was super tiring. Whipped to death with a wet noodle half way through the book. Ahhhh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Are | 7/26/2013

    " This si the third or fourth book I've read by this author. They are a bit of a coton candy read but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/30/2013

    " This was a wonderfully fun book. About a girl who has to refurbish a dilapidated stately home. She finds a cat at the place, and a guy, as well as a new appreciation for what's important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/31/2013

    " Yay! A fun new (to me) Chick-lit author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Pendlebury | 3/30/2013

    " THIS IS THE 6TH KATIE FFORDE BOOK I HAVE READ AND I HAVE LOVED THEM ALL. I LOVED THE CHOICE OF CHARACTERS HETTY AND CONNOR. LOVED THE LOVE/HATE ROMANCE THROUGH THE BOOK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 12/5/2012

    " I loved it. couldn't stop reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Hunter | 12/3/2012

    " I love all the books by this author, but this is my favorite. Just a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 11/14/2012

    " My first Katie Fforde novel, and I would definitely read another! It was perfect for a night in with a bath and a glass of wine. If you like Katie MacAlister, give Fforde a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 10/24/2012

    " Light and fun set on an English estate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 7/30/2012

    " Started out okay, wasn't a good clean book though. I have never read any of her books before. I found myself skipping sections of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 6/13/2012

    " I loved this book. Even though the main charachter is a bit young, and you knew where the plot was going, getting there was really fun. One of my favorite Katie Fforde books ever. "

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About the Author
Author Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including Going Dutch, a Sunday Times (London) top ten bestseller. Born in Wimbledon, she now lives in Gloucestershire, England, with her family.

About the Narrator

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.