Love Letters by Katie Fforde

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Love Letters by Katie Fforde

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Jo Heffer
Reviewed by Jo Heffer
Summary: Laura cannot believe how much her life has changed since being asked to organise a local literary festival. Although she is the shy and retiring type she is forced to come out of her shell and do things she never dreamed of. This is definitely the case when she travels to Ireland to invite the renowned but unpredictable writer to appear and she has no idea how things are about to change drastically.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: June 2009
Publisher: Century
ISBN: 978-1846054471

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Love Letters is one of those enjoyable and satisfying reads that is so perfect for these hot lazy summer days. It's gentle pace and intriguing characters draw you in as you want to find out what happens next. What's more, the storyline is based around a literary festival which makes fascinating reading for any book lover like me.

The main character is Laura, who having just lost her job at a bookshop which is closing down, finds herself being persuaded to organise the festival. As she is a bit of a shy and retiring type, this career move doesn't exactly fall within her comfort zone. However, she's soon absorbed in her new role and loving every minute, especially as she is making some very good friends. The festival needs a 'big name' draw though, so Laura travels to Ireland to try and persuade the reclusive and enigmatic Dermott Flynn to appear. He also happens to be extremely sexy - and Laura's hero after having studied his work at university. As the story progresses it charts the turbulent relationship between the pair, both professional and personal.

These two main characters are very different from each other. Laura is quite timid and shy, almost to the point that she can be quite annoying. However, she does have guts and determination which is why she is able to make the festival a success. Dermott is creative and unpredictable and no one knows until the last minute whether he will turn up at the festival. On the surface then, it seems very unlikely that this pair would have anything in common at all, but somehow their relationship is believable and I really enjoyed seeing how it developed throughout the book.

There are many other minor characters in the book too and these are a diverse mix to say the least. From Laura's dowdy parents at one extreme to some very colourful authors at the other; all are interesting and integral to the story.

I found the pace of this book just right. It was nicely relaxed with just enough going on to keep my interest and make me want to read more. I am very glad I did because once again Katie Fforde has written a very enjoyable book. There's a good combination of humour and poignancy and two main characters you cannot fail to like.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

If this sounds like the sort of book you would enjoy, you could take a look at some other Katie Fforde novels such as Going Dutch or Wedding Season.

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