Artistic Licence by Katie Fforde
There's an art to choosing men ... but Thea's just discovering it
Fed up with looking after a houseful of students, Thea Orville throws caution to the winds and takes off to Ireland with Rory, a charming but feckless artist.
But Thea's old life isn't so easily cut off. The arrival of Molly, her bossy friend, demanding to see Rory's stunning paintings (and to find out what Thea is up to) is bad enough, but why did she have to bring Petal, Thea's most annoying lodger, along for the ride? And worst of all, Petal is accompanied by her uncle, the enigmatic Ben, a man Thea has sworn never to like.
The timing is terrible - Rory's dog is about to have puppies - but even more alarming is that the more Rory pursues Thea, the more maddeningly attractive she finds Ben...
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For a book which is nearly 30 years old, it's lost none of its charm and is still very current in all the ways that matter.
The main character, Thea, is a delightful mix of no nonsense and down to earth, with a naivety which is quite lovely. The storyline is sound, and although I did find the ending a little rushed, it is still.a thoroughly enjoyable read, and it's so middle-class English that it's incredibly sweet and somewhat nostalgic.
About the Author
I live in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with my family, and I'm a country girl at heart.
I first started writing when my mother gave me a writing kit for Christmas, and once I started I just couldn't stop. Living Dangerously was my first novel and since then, I haven't looked back.
Ideas for books are everywhere, and I'm constantly inspired by the people and places around me. From watching TV (yes, it is research) to overhearing conversations, I love how my writing gives me the chance to taste other people's lives and try all the jobs I've never had.
Each of my books explores a different profession or background and my research has helped me bring these to life. I've been a porter in an auction house, tried my hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and I've even been on a Ray Mears survival course.
I love being a writer; to me there isn't a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. I particularly enjoy writing love stories. I believe falling in love is the best thing in the world, and I want all my characters to experience it, and my readers to share their stories.
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