Practically Perfect

Katie Fforde, Author . St. Martin’s $24.95 (373p) ISBN 978-0-312-37854-7

In the less than sprightly latest from Fforde (Restoring Grace ), newly minted interior designer Anna, 27, is renovating a run-down cottage in the Cotswold to flip for a profit. At her neighbor’s request, she takes in a homeless greyhound, and it happens that Rob Hunter, the local greyhound “rehoming officer,” is also the inspector who ensures that historical homes are properly restored. Though he initially is a thorn in her inexperienced renovator side, Anna comes to appreciate Rob’s humor, warmth and caring nature. But then Max Gordon, the architecture guest lecturer Anna’s had a crush on for years after a near-miss on getting together when she was in college, appears at her London reunion and seems poised to sweep her off her feet. The cast of country secondaries provides color and interest, and Fforde adroitly registers Anna’s subtler feelings. But the pace is slow, and the renovation details overwhelm the romance. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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