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Farm Fatale: A Comedy of Country Manors

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

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    Witty Romance

    Rosie and Mark want to move to the country. Rosie, a freelance illustrator, can work anywhere and is tired of the city noise, traffic, smells, people, hustle and bustle. Mark, a rising journalist, first refuses to consider relocating, but when his editor approves a weekly column on the trend of moving from the city to the country, he is on board.

    Samantha also wants to move to the country. A frustrated actress who married super-rich Guy, she wants to get in on the trend, and she wants to move Guy further away from his first wife and daughter. Guy is not enthusiastic, but when he has a heart attack, Samantha sells their city place and buys a country one while he is out of commission.

    Both couples end up in the small village of Eight Mile Bottom, although in vastly different circumstances. Rosie and Mark are in "a restricted financial condition" as their realtor puts it, and move into a small cottage in need of renovations. Samantha picks out the local manor house, a seventeenth century house she then proceeds to renovate until it loses its authenticity. Rosie is entranced with the local folk, livestock, local produce and small town relationships and ways. Samantha, who expects the local landed gentry to beat a path to her door, is less entranced. She regards the locals as buffoons and the animals as nuisances.

    Can these two couples adjust to life in the country? Wendy Holden, author of Beautiful People and Bad Heir Day, will entertain the reader as they find out which couple, if either, makes a successful adjustment to this new way of life. Holden is in fine form. Her prose is witty and has an off-beat, self-deprecating humour that many authors try to accomplish but few can pull off. Her depiction of Lady Avon coming to visit Samantha (she turns out to be the Avon Lady!) is priceless and had me laughing out loud. This book is recommended for readers looking for a fun entertainment.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    Slapstick fun!

    Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com*****
    Coming together and making something happen out of nothing. Add a dash of slapstick and a bevy of characters and you have Farm Fatale.

    This is my first foray into Wendy Holden's work, and I have to admit that it was worth the read. Ms. Holden spins a tale that's interlocked and complex, though while when you're reading it, it seems breezy. The characters are interesting and nabbed my attention immediately, even when they weren't my favorites. There are lots of plot twists to keep the reader entertained and engaged with the story, but I can't disclose them without ruining the story.

    I liked the interwoven love stories in this book. Rosie and Mark are total opposites. He loves the city, while she's dying to get back to the earth on the farm. The culture clash is something that anyone can relate to. We've all known someone who's a square peg in a round hole, such as Mark. But I loved Rosie's spirit. She never gives up.

    Guy and Samantha seemed like caricatures of Hollywood types, and made me laugh throughout the book. I loved their idea of being in the country without the actual hardship of being "country" folks. And Samantha's tendency to stick her nose into everyone else's lives cracked me up.

    My only real issues with this story were the bevy of characters and the ending. I like a story with lots of things going on, but there were times when I had to reread and almost make notes to keep everyone straight in my mind. I won't say much about the ending, but it seemed a tad cumbersome, like it wasn't exactly firm. Still, the book was an enjoyable read and I will certainly tell my friends about it.

    If you want a story that will make your sides ache from laughing, then you need to read Farm Fatale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    If you are unfamiliar with British English don't bother.

    I did finish the book because some of the story is funny but if British English common terms are unfamiliar don't bother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Flamestripe

    Nodded and padded there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Cloverstar

    Great flame stripe lets go to my den i need to talk to you

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Love her wit

    So funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Spend Your Precious Time Watching A Bad TV Movie Instead

    This was our book club choice and on the outside appeared to be a good, funny read. The book just skims the surface of characters and plot. It read more like a bad movie of the week, except without all of the drama, suspense, and intrigue. Everything gets tied up in a neat bow at the end, even the girl that gets a marriage proposal on their third meeting! A primetime TV episode is written better than this ridiculousness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    Funny, but

    This book was laugh out loud funny. I did think the ending was a bit unrealistic and contrived, but I so thouroughly enjoyed the rest of the book, I still give it 4 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    Single girls laugh out loud!

    I read this book in 3 days, couldn't put it down. Hillarious! A good book for a beach, a laudrette, cheers up a gloomy day and gives the reader laughs out loud.

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