Stately Pursuits

By Katie Fforde
Read by Roe Kendall

10.60 Hours 06/01/1999 unabridged
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A London Times bestseller praised for its irresistible characters, comic timing, and romantic appeal, Stately Pursuits is the story of Hettie Longden, freshly dumped and brokenhearted, who agrees to look after her great-uncle’s long-abandoned mansion in the countryside. She is at something of a lifetime low: no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates. So she hopes for nothing more than a good old-fashioned escape. What she finds, though, is a cast of quirky and ever-present neighbors, a couple of sensitive New Age guys, some very humorless bank officials, two disarming little canines, one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house—and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again.

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A London Times bestseller praised for its irresistible characters, comic timing, and romantic appeal, Stately Pursuits is the story of Hettie Longden, freshly dumped and brokenhearted, who agrees to look after her great-uncle’s long-abandoned mansion in the countryside. She is at something of a lifetime low: no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates. So she hopes for nothing more than a good old-fashioned escape. What she finds, though, is a cast of quirky and ever-present neighbors, a couple of sensitive New Age guys, some very humorless bank officials, two disarming little canines, one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house—and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Romantic comedy is one of the hardest things to pull off, requiring aplomb, immaculate timing, and a relish for the absurd. Katie Fforde pays the form a spirited compliment.” Elizabeth Buchan, New York Times bestselling author on Katie Fforde
“Charming…Enormously enjoyable…Like listening to Cole Porter or watching The Philadelphia Story.” Newsday
“Fforde’s appeal is her ability to reproduce the eccentricities of everyday life.” Times (London)
“Cheery, good-natured…The novel has a warm and fuzzy charm, some nice comic scenes, and the usual romantic contretemps.” Publishers Weekly
“[Stately Pursuits’] colorful cast of characters and wit are delightful enough to raise it above others of this genre. Both male and female voices are highly differentiated and totally in keeping with their characters. This is the great strength of Roe Kendall’s performance.” AudioFile
“[Those] who enjoy the romantic novels of Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts will find a similar story here but with a delightful British accent.” Library Journal
“A delightful, unabashedly unpretentious love yarn.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including Going Dutch, a Sunday Times (London) top ten bestseller. Born in Wimbledon, she now lives in Gloucestershire, England, with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English