Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others - but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she's had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.
From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts.
English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend - though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming. When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out. But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own - and so Luke has a proposal to make....
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I wish this was a better story. Disappointing.
Jilly Bond's narration sounds like an old fashioned little girl. I found it really hard to like any of the characters when they spoke in a silly high pitched voice. I am afraid the American accents were dire, and at one point Luke turned from a dubious American to a fully fledged Cornishman. Sorry Jilly, but I can't put myself through listening to another book narrated by you...
Katie Fforde has also let me down and I could cry! She has been one of my favourite authors for a long time but this book was terrible. I didn't identify with the stuffy and old fashioned characters, Sophie would have better placed in a Jane Austin novel rather than present day England / America, and why does she like Luke? It's beyond me.
No, it is after all churned out chick lit and a certain amount of predictability is par for the course.
I'm struggling to think of any. I'm afraid Luke reminded me a little of Christian Gray from a certain well known trilogy (which is absolutely not a good thing!) but terribly one dimensional and boring.
Writing this review is done with a heavy heart as I usually love Katie Fforde books. This one has let her down I feel. Sorry Katie.