A French Affair

  • by Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 21st 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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What the Critics Say

"'Immensely enjoyable...a very satisfying read.... It certainly won't disappoint Katie Fforde fans in the least." (The Bookbag)
"A French Affair is the deliciously romantic new novel from Katie Fforde, one of our favourite authors here at Hot Brands Cool Places. Curl up in a comfy chair, settle in and enjoy this utterly charming escapist read. We loved it! Highly Recommended!" (Hot Brands Cool Places)
"Easy, escapist reading" (Sunday Mirror)
"Fforde's Bargain Hunt-esque setting provides an enjoyable background to a fledgling romance." (The Lady )
"If your summer holiday seems like speck on the horizon, get some much-needed escapism with Katie Fforde." (Yours)
"Reading one of Katie's books is rather like meeting up with an old friend - you can always be assured you'll find an interesting, entertaining, oh-so charming story you'll love." (Fabulous Magazine)
"A delightful romantic tale" (Press Association review)
"A cute read" (Chicklit Plus)
"Effortlessly loveable, warm and fun, this is perfect reading for a chilly evening." (Closer magazine)
"Fforde is always a pleasure to read and this fluffy confection about the, erm, racy (!) world of antiques effortlessly updates all the usual Jane Austen clichés with great panache." (Star Magazine)
"The best-selling author of Recipe for Love adds a French frisson to a jaunty romp through the world of antiques." (France Magazine)
"With sparkling characters and an irresistible romance set around an antiques centre and a modern-day Mr Rochester, this story has all the necessary feel good elements for a satisfying read." (My Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Right book, wrong narrator

I have enjoyed reading all of Katie Fforde's books, her characters are always down to earth and likeable. I didn't experience the same enjoyment with this book, and that had a lot to do with the narrator's sing song voice. It was just too jolly hockey sticks for me and was very grating at times. I have listened to other books with the same narrator, and haven't noticed this before. Like the first reviewer, I wish I had purchased the paperback version instead.
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- DooeyDuck

Love in the Antiques Trade

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To be honest I don't think anything could, it would have to have been a different book with a different reader.


What was most disappointing about Katie Fforde’s story?

This story must be judged by its own genre, i.e. romance. it is not one I often read. Other writers sometimes put in this group such as Elizabeth Buchan write more complex, general fiction on relationships. I had fond memories of Katie Ffordes early books, which included more flawed human heroines, and more realistic situations, interpretations and decision making. I found this very formulaic and predictable. Though Katie Fforde writes with facility and includes some interesting information about antiques.


What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

This is very much a matter of individual preference, but I found the narration irritatingly arch and hard to listen to.


What character would you cut from A French Affair?

none


Any additional comments?

Pleasant escapism if this is what you like.

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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks