Monday, June 28, 2010

Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden has done it again! With Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manorsshe had me cracking up as well as worrying about her heroine Rosie, and her semi-unfocused life. Illustrator Rosie lives in London with her boyfriend Mark, an ambitious reporter. Desperately wanting to move to a country village, Rosie is able to pull her plan together when Mark is given the opportunity to write his own column. They will find a country cottage and Mark will write about their experiences as Londoners learning the country way of life. A cottage built in 1649 with an overgrown garden becomes their home, surrounded by quirky yet friendly neighbors and visited daily by the nosiest postman in England. Rosie adapts well to their new home, bringing the garden back to life, finding the perfect illustrating job to complete in her rural world, and making friends all over Eight Mile Bottom. Mark is having a more difficult adjustment, unable to find topics worthy of his column, holing up in the cottage, and worrying about the criticisms of his editor.
Rosie and Mark grow apart, and Rosie grows close with a local farmer while Mark begins questioning the wisdom of staying in the countryside. A large social occasion in the village brings their relationship to a head, and in the days following Rosie and Mark begin building their separate lives.Farm Fatale is filled with funny characters and situations, including a wanna-be starlet and the local publican, who runs the village hen races.  Wendy Holden gives us more thoughtful moments as Rosie contemplates jumping from one relationship to another, and she learns that the person the world sees is often not the person one is inside. I greatly enjoyed Wendy Holden's Farm Fatale, and would love another story about all the interesting characters of Eight Mile Bottom. I can't recommend this book more as a great example of fun, summer time beach reading!
I've linked this review to Cym Lowell's Book Review Party where you can learn about many more great books for reading this summer!



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7 comments:

bookfanmary said...

Nice review, Elizabeth. I just added it to my tbr list.

Carrie Symes said...

Great review! This book sounds alot like the movie Funny Farm!! I would love to read it!!

Esme said...

Thanks-these are the types of books I love having at the beach.

Esme said...

Absolutely I loved The Historian. Vampires were not the main theme.

Crystal said...

Great review - I have this for review as well and now I really want to read it. Thanks for sharing.

bermudaonion said...

This does sound like fun!

Bookventures said...

Thanks for sharing. This sounds like a fun summer read.