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Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manners

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Wendy Holden

Previously published as: Pastures nouveaux.

Author: Wendy Holden
Genre: Humorous, Fiction
Publisher: Plume
Date Published: February 26, 2002
1 review about Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manners

"...and the chuch bells struck sixteen..."

  • Feb 8, 2009
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Artist Rosie hates the noise, crowds, and pressure of living in her cramped London flat, and longs to live in a cozy old cottage nestled in a picturesque village, full of quaint, friendly folk. Her city-loving boyfriend finally agrees to move to the country, and they settle in the town of Eight-Mile Bottom, where a handsome farmer, a reclusive rock star, and some comic locals will change her life forever.

Told from Rosie's point of view, the story is very funny and at times, quite touching. It's easy to identify with her longing for love and fulfillment, as she charges full-steam ahead in pursuit of her dreams. Sometimes we wish Rosie made better choices, but it's a journey that will put a smile on your face. The story proceeds at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to get to know all the fascinating characters that live in the village, from the nosy mailman to the hippie family next door. The narrative is full of British idioms and references that add flavor and humor; an audio book would definitely be fun to listen to, and, I think it would make a great movie.

"Farm Fatale" is a witty, hip, gossipy fish-out-of-water story that you won't want to put down. Highly recommended.

(Note:  This book is also published under the title, "Pastures Nouveaux.")
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