Jenny loves to house-sit, looking after a stranger's enviably perfect home and pretending to be someone else - just for a bit.
Her latest booking is a beautiful, disheveled old rectory in the Home Counties owned by the uber-successful Lewis family. Freed of teaching duties for the summer, and her own teenagers spending time with her objectionable ex, Jenny readies herself for a life of walk-in larders and sparkling water taps.
Battling to control the riotous family dog and stay cool in an unrelenting heat wave, she discovers skeletons in the Lewis closet that further threaten to disrupt her idyll. But then a seductive new friendship offers her a surprise second chance: to open herself up to love again and to finally live life on her own terms.
Laugh-out-loud funny, touching and romantic, this is the new summer novel from the much-loved Fiona Walker.
"A perfect summer read." (Jojo Moyes)
"Fans of Jilly Cooper will enjoy this summery, romantic romp. Hugely enjoyable fun." (Sunday Mirror)
"An entertaining read that romps along at a canter. Fun, stuffed with witty one-liners and lots of countryside shenanigans." (Daily Mail)
"A moving tale of learning to trust and letting go of the past. The perfect holiday read." (The Lady)
"Such brilliant characters you'll wish you knew them in real life. Walker's writing is slick and there are genuinely laugh-out-loud moments." (Heat)
"An escapist comedy that's a perfect read for the beach." (Sunday Mirror)
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Fiona Walker at her best!
Returning this 1/3 of the way through
If the main character wasn't a blithering idiot
most of them
I actually couldn't finish this as the main character was SO stupid, it was practically painful. She is meant to be a professional housesitter, but then she keeps saying "I know the house owner told me not to do this, but it''ll probably be fine" and then it, predictably, proceeds to be a disaster. I just gave up.