A French Affair

A French Affair

Katie Fforde / Jan 28, 2020

A French Affair Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner

  • Title: A French Affair
  • Author: Katie Fforde
  • ISBN: 9781846056543
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty first century Bearing all the attributes of a modern day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorsGina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty first century Bearing all the attributes of a modern day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.The last thing either of them want is to fall in love.But will a trip to France change their minds

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      • Katie Fforde

        Catherine Rose Gordon Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon Cumming Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon Cumming Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon Cumming Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde She has three children Guy, Francis and Briony and didn t start writing until after the birth of her third child She has previously worked both as a cleaning lady and in a health food cafe.Published since 1995, her romance novels are set in modern day England She is the founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract Katie was elected the twenty fifteenth Chairman 2009 2011 of the Romantic Novelists Association She is delighted to have been chosen as Chair of the Romantic Novelists Association and says, Catherine Jones was a wonderful chair and she s a very tough act to follow However, I ve been a member of the RNA for years than I can actually remember and will have its very best interests at the core of everything I do Katie lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England with her husband, some of her three children and many pets Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing She claims this keeps her fit The writers she likes herself is also in the romantic genre, like Kate Saunders.


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    1. Whenever I'm stuck, or cannot take all the 'excitements' (of other books/genre), I always look for one of Katie Fforde's books. They have soothing effects for me. She has many, and as still actively writing, so l'm not worried about running out of hers haha.Katie Fforde's books usually take on a theme, and this one is about antiques dealers. So there you go. Now I know a little bit more about antiques world and how a PR worked, as the case should be.What I loves most about Ms Fforde's books, is [...]


    2. This is typical Katie Fforde. Light and amusing and total escapism for a few hours. It’s like indulging in chocolate.After their Aunt Rainey dies, Sally and Gina inherit a share in the French House - an antiques centre set in the English countryside. Only problem is neither of them know nothing about antiques. They have to rely on the surly Matthew Ballinger to help them out and work with him till they find their feet. Of course, you expect that the relationship between him and Gina, who initi [...]


    3. 4.5 starsI thoroughly enjoyed this romantic feel-good read! I love books like this one that can make me laugh out loud, and my heart both twist with pain and swell with joy. Katie Fforde has a gift for writing relatable, warm characters that you simply enjoy reading about and spending time with. This book was no exception. I was sad when my time with Gina, Matthew & Sally came to an end. If you are looking for a heartwarming story, look no further. Highly recommended!**Many thanks to NetGall [...]


    4. I normally adore Katie Fforde and can’t get enough of her books. I loved Second Thyme Around and Life Skills, Wild Designs even more, and Stately Pursuits is one of my favorite books — the romance novel for people who think they can’t stomach a romance novel. Yet, Fforde seems to be phoning it in with A French Affair.Due to their Aunt Rainey’s eccentric will, sisters Gina Makepeace (the single practical one) and Sally (the artistic married one) are thrown together with handsome but auste [...]


    5. The French Affair was my first Katie Fforde book. I was so very delighted and taken away from the first chapter and knew right away it wouldn't be my last. She is definitely now one of my 'to watch' authors for feel-good, happy reads. I am absolutely unapologetic in my love for this genre so am always thrilled to be introduced to a 'new to me author' with an extensive backlist to explore. Sisters Gina and Sally Makepiece unexpectedly inherit a stall in an antique store from their late aunt. The [...]


    6. ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. This is no way influenced my review.What worked: I'm a big fan of Katie Fforde! Practically Perfect and Flora's Lot are both on my favourite bookshelf much as it pains me to say it, I really didn't like A French Affair in the slightest.What irked: I couldn't find any of the usual Katie Fforde magic in this book. The conversations were just a dumping ground of information and they didn't seem natural at all. Everything felt too stiff [...]


    7. I liked this book, but in parts I definitely struggled to get through it. The plot just didn't move very quickly, nor did I identify with the characters. Honestly, I really cannot say anything more. It was blah reading all the way through. I've enjoyed other books by this author so I have to believe that it was put together too quickly or that I was just not in the mood for it.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book and give my honest opinion.


    8. I don’t often read romance novels, but I have been devouring Katie Fforde’s novels for almost two decades because I like the way they make me feel all cozy and at home; I especially like the way they make me feel transported to the English countryside where I wish that I were right now instead of brewing in the still triple digits of a Southern summer! They are just the right mixture of whimsical storyline and complicated romance to be the perfect quick, light, funny reads when in a reading [...]


    9. A romatic, predictable novel with a beautiful setting of an antique center. A quick summer read !


    10. This wasn't my favourite Katy Fforde book. I found the hero - Matthew - dull and miserable. In other books by this author the surly hero has a little something about him or an underlying passion, but I didn't get that with Matthew. There was zero sizzle between Gina and Matthew.There was of course the usual Katy Fforde plot line where the 'jolly good sort' single young female throws herself into organising some event to save the day and makes a really good job of it is getting really old. I foun [...]


    11. I received a copy of A French Affair by Katie Fforde in exchange for an honest review. I thought A French Affair was a cute read, but a bit predictable and sometimes on the dull side. I never quite got fully invested in the story, but it was able to keep my interest enough to finish reading. Gina and Sally make a great pair, and their antics gave me a few laughs along the way. The romance was the predictable part, but sometimes that just is how it is. I liked the parts about the French House and [...]


    12. I have read 3 of Fforde's books and I loved them all. But this one, its a very boring one i must say. it didnt excite me as much and I barely finish it. it's a good thing that I got this book at a very cheap price.



    13. ** ARC provided by the author in exchange for honest review** An enjoyable, light-hearted read, A French Affair by Katie Fforde delivers a slow building friends to lovers affair. This is a story about a new career adventure and discovering who you are. It is an emotional read with some added humor. Gina and her sister Sally have inherited their late Aunt’s antique stall at the French House. Matthew, the owner of the French House is a bit grumpy and not too happy at all to have the sisters in [...]


    14. Predictable but charming chick-lit, set in the Cotswolds. I do always enjoy Katie Fforde's books, this one was no exception. An easy, pleasant read.


    15. Zvaigzne man par izturību, izlasot līdz galam paredzama, galvenie varoņi paaaavisam neloģiski. neiesaku.


    16. Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House – an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.The last thing either of them want is to fall in love.But will a trip to France change their minds?Gina Makepiece and [...]


    17. Katie Fforde has always been a favourite author of mine. Her books are like comfort food to me! I always find that the author creates lovable characters and she sets such a cosy scene so you can see why I look forward to her new book each year.The synopsis of this book gives very little away and yet tells you enough to spark your interest. With the story line mainly surrounding three characters it was quite easy to follow the characters without being bombarded with so many extra characters. Sist [...]


    18. A French AffairBy Katie FfordeSummary courtesy of Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.The last thing either of them want is to fall in love.But will a trip t [...]


    19. Gina and Sally inherit a stall in The French House from their slightly 'out there' late Aunt Rainey. They show up to find Matthew difficult and set in his ways regarding their ideas to make The French House a bit more profitable.First issue with this was that within I think 3 chapters Matthew had been referred to as 'like Mr Rochester' twice and not to mention on the blurb as well. Firstly, I'm not sure Mr Rochester is what you want in a hero, and secondly, if you do and you can't get it across [...]


    20. I found A French Affair to be a wonderful way to escape the world for a few hours. I absolutely fell in love with the whole idea of finding "smalls" and antiquing for a living. I love flea markets and the thrill of the find. Pair that with an idyllic setting, a sister who is your best friend, and a grumpy, but oh so adorable leading man, and I say that is a recipe for fun reading!Recommend? If you love British Chick Lit then yes, you should put this one on your list. I liked Katie's book and wil [...]


    21. After their Aunt Rainey dies, Sally and Gina inherit her spot in the French House, an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside run by brooding owner Matthew Ballinger. Running the stall seems like it should be easy enough at first but they soon realise they don't have the slightest clue about buying and selling antiques. So it's up to Matthew to help the sisters wade through the world of antiques, and the last thing either of them wants is to fall in love.This was my first [...]


    22. I love Katie Fforde - i read her when I need something light and don't want to get too catch up in the book. A French Affair is exactly what I needed.The story is about Gina and Sally Makepiece who inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with [...]


    23. The thing about Katie Fforde is her books are a hit or miss (sadly, it's mostly a miss). The first book of hers that I read was Living Dangerously and I loved it but her other works pale in comparison. With trepidation, I read A French Affair. It was a slow start but once the plot is set in motion, I couldn't put down the book. I love Gina and I love Matthew. I found him to be charmingly quirky with the things he did and said. I wish I could get his POV, however little, like David in Living Dang [...]


    24. I'm a big fan of Katie Fforde's books, they appeal to the dreamer in me who wants to move to a small cottage in a charming village full of friendly characters. A French Affair hooked me at the beginning and then lost me. I tried picking it up and finally gave up. The main character Gina who inherits an antique stall with her sister and throws herself into the antique world is cute but wimpy. Same for the supporting characters. I'm starting the author's book Recipe for Love and am hoping I enjoy [...]


    25. I needed a break from all the non-fiction I've been reading lately. This was a poor choice. I know I've read something by her before, and all I can say is that it must have been just as forgettable, because otherwise, I would have remembered that I didn't want to read another one. The Writing Was Awful. My editor got tired. I quit.


    26. I've read lots of Katie Fforde's romantic novels. They cleanse the reading palate between more demanding reads, like a daydream between serious thoughts. It was relaxing and enjoyable and I enjoyed the interplay between the sisters, but it's not one of my favourites.


    27. This. Is my first book by this author and I quite enjoyed it. I like her descriptions of places, characters, and realism. I really felt like I was in the Cotswolds among the antique dealers.


    28. What first captured my interest in this book was the description, specifically: "But romance is in the air and a beautiful, sunshine filled trip to France changes everything for Gina and Matthew." Maybe I blew this short sentence out of proportion in my head, but for it to be mentioned in the blurb, I was expecting a good section of the book to take place in France. (I think the cover also lends credence to my belief.) I think I was overly hung up on this fact while reading the book. It irritate [...]


    29. Gina is disappointed with the men, after a frustrating relationship with Egan, she wants to breathe new life and goes live near her sister. Sally is well married and has cute twins girls and because of this she dreams that her sister also finds the right guy to form a beautiful family like hers. By inheriting a point of sale from the deceased aunt, these two sisters will have their lives transformed. The only problem is the owner of the antiquary.Matthew is a serious and closed man who looks aft [...]


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