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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde

The Perfect Match

This is the wonderful new novel from the RNA award winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of A French Affair. Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn't have. Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he's been preoccupied, and she's starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers. And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she's over him, isn't she?

I really enjoy picking up Katie Fforde's new release each year. I know that I am going to be reading a fantastic story which I can loose myself in and I have not been disappointed with The Perfect Match, Katie Fforde's 2014 novel.

In each book that Fforde publishes, her main female character will have a successful career, each book features a different profession. In the Perfect Match, Bella Castle is an estate agent. She is a strong character, however I think that she is feeling lost at the moment, working alongside her partner, who runs the Estate Agent branch in which they both work. It is evident from the start of the book that Bella is not as into her relationship but feels uncomfortable about breaking it up and continuing to work in her ideal office. As the story progresses it is evident to see that Bella loves her job and the challenge she faces when finding her client the ideal property - often thinking outside of the box to tick as many points off the ideal shopping list. 

I am not going to talk anymore about the plot line because I do not want to spoil it for readers but I really enjoyed this book. It was classic Fforde, a book that I could settle down with on a Sunday afternoon and loose myself in the village setting and follow Bella as she goes about her estate agent duties helping prospective house buyers find their ideal home. 

As well as following Bella in her day to day life, the reader is also able to look into the relationships that Bella has: that with her current boyfriend, who is also her boss, Nevil; with her landlady and godmother, Alice, who also has a chance of romance during the book; and that of Bella with her clients, she sees them as more than just clients, she always tries her best to find them the perfect property and will go to the extremes to find it for them.

I really enjoyed Alice's trip to Marrakesh - Katie managed to bring the city to my imagination, never having been there myself, I was able to  imagine walking down the streets and through the markets myself. Katie's imagery and descriptive writing also bought the many houses in Bella's portfolio to life and I must say a number of the houses could of been on my preferred list to view.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great chick-lit read. It is perfect to loose yourself in on a summer evening or on a beach this summer.

I also have a competition on my blog with the chance to win one of two copies of the book.

Thank you to the publishers, Century, for sending me the book to review.

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