Friday, 14 March 2014

Katie FForde - The Perfect Match

Welcome to Crooks on Books, one of the two final stops on the Blog Tour for Katie FForde and her twentieth novel The Perfect Match. Read on for my review.

About the Author....
Katie Fforde was born and brought up in London but has lived in Gloucestershire with her family for the last thirty years.  She started writing as a stay-at-home mother with three young children, after her mother encouraged her by giving her a writing kit.  There have been over eighteen novels since, as well as dogs, cats and some grandchildren!  Her hobbies, when she has time for them, are singing in a choir, flamenco dancing and watching television (which is research, so it really counts as work).

Katie Fforde is President of the Romantic Novelists' Association. 

About the book...
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn't have .

Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent.

Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he's been preoccupied, and she's starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers.

And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she's over him, isn't she?

The Perfect Match is the delightful new novel from RNA award-winning and Sunday Times bestselling author, Katie Fforde.  This is Katie’s 20th novel and was published yesterday 13 th March 2014.

Note to editors: Two characters in The Perfect Match – fussy house-hunters, the Agnew's – were inspired by Katie’s own sister Jane and husband Edmund.  After living in Oxford for many years they decided to move nearer to Katie in Gloucestershire and were looking for ‘a stately manor house on a semi-detached budget,' with a large level garden and a view (a contradiction in terms)!  Katie house-hunted with them and it is her experiences – including setting a camera in the garden overnight to monitor wildlife and discovering a strange man on the tape – that informed the book.  Jane and Edmund also appeared on Escape to the Country during their search.

Praise for Katie Fforde...

‘Delicious – gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches’ Sunday Times

‘A heart-warming, uplifting and beautifully written story about the twists and turns that everyday life can bring’ Essentials

‘Captivating ... deliciously addictive ... if you're after an escapist novel that fizzes with warmth and wit, then this is perfect’ Daily Express

‘A lovely, warm read to sink your teeth into’ Heat

‘Can be scoffed at one sitting – tasty!’ Cosmopolitan

To find out more about Katie Fforde visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @KatieFforde.

Katie is available for interview and to write features:-

Please contact Rose Tremlett, Publicity Manager
020 7840 8623 | | @roshi42

My thoughts...
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give. 

Over the years I've read many Katie Fforde books and always enjoyed them so I knew this but be no exception.  I was instantly drawn to the book by the beautiful cover - a cottage garden in full bloom, who wouldn't be drawn to that? This is Katie's twentieth novel and I was invited to be part of a blog tour to promote it - wow!!  How lucky was I?

This has got to be chick-lit at its best! Parallel tales of love, loyalty and friendship as we follow both Bella and her godmother on separate journeys that intertwine again and again.  Bella lives with her godmother, Alice after leaving home to escape a disastrous relationship.  She is working as an estate agent and ends up engaged to be married to the owner Nevil only to have the man she escaped suddenly and unexpectantly come back into her life. Her godmother has an innocuous meeting with a man on a train and we're off!

This story was just beautiful, mainly set around Bella's job as an estate agent. Katie's descriptions of the houses and gardens were so vivid I could very well have been viewing them with each of the buyers as Bella did her upmost to perfectly match each couple to their dream house.  Her love of her job was evident from the start and if I was moving again I'd want Bella as my estate agent. 

Just like in real life sometimes roles are reversed and we see glimpses of Bella becoming 'parent like' as her godmother becomes impetuous - the journey even involving a trip to Marrakech - Katie you couldn't have picked a more vibrant, destination. I think of Marrakech and see vivid reds and golds, imagine warmth and love - aaahh, just perfect!!

This story had its share of villains and mystery as well as sunshine and love and the bad guys weren't always who you expect. But, as you would expect the wrongs are righted and Bella gets her knight in shining armour.

Such a lovely, lovely feel good book - perfect as we go from spring into summer. I'd highly recommend it to anyone wanting a book that makes you sigh with happiness when it's finished. Perfect for a sunday afternoon curled up in the garden with the birds and the scent of flowers all around you.

I gave this book 5/5 stars


  1. Happy to have the chance to win Katie's latest offering - as a member of the RNA I've spoken to Katie several times. Lovely lady & fab writer :)

  2. Great review and competition, Dawn! I love Katie Fforde's novels, quite curious to read this new one! :)

  3. I <3 Katie! Every book a pleasure to read.

  4. Thanks Dawn for encouraging me to enter this fabulous give away! xx

  5. Thanks for a lovely review and a great giveaway

  6. Thank you all for all your support, reading my reviews but most of all for entering this fab giveaway - I loved it, best of luck xx

  7. This is a great review but then yours always are Dawn. This I'm sure will be an awesome read......there are certain authors that you just have faith in and Katie is one of those right at the top of my list. Thank you for the review Dawn and for the chance of the give-away. X

  8. Sheerie, you are so absolutely kind, it really is a lovely book. Fingers crossed you win one. xx