A Rural Affair

A Rural Affair

by Catherine Alliott
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Overview

A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott

Newly widowed woman seeks fresh start and village scandals. 
Lycra wearing cyclists need not apply.

Poppy Shilling may have fantasized about her boring husband slipping on ice on his way to get the paper or contracting malaria from a mosquito bite, but she never imagined Phil would leave her so suddenly. When a freak cycling accident takes out her Lycra-wearing husband, Poppy can't help but feel relieved rather than distraught.

But when a mysterious visitor arrives after the funeral bearing secrets about her husband, Poppy quickly learns that Phil was not exactly the man she thought he was—and she might not be the woman she thought she was, either.

International bestselling author Catherine Alliott crafts an endearing and quirky "what if" story that will make your heart sing as you follow Poppy on her unforgettable journey.

Praise for Catherine Alliott:
"Compulsively readable and highly entertaining." —Daily Mail
"Possibly my favorite writer." —Marian Keyes
''A rip–roaring read." —Sun
"Catherine Alliott has got it, that addictive blend of wit, frivolity, and madcap romance." —Time Out

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402260124
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 61,784
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Catherine Alliott worked in London as a copywriter in advertising. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband a barrister and their three children. Catherine's first novel, The Old-Girl Network, became an instant bestseller across the UK, as did her subsequent novels, Going Too Far, The Real Thing, Rosie Meadows Regrets..., Olivia's Luck, and A Married Man. Visit www.catherinealliott.com
Catherine Alliott worked in London as a copywriter in advertising. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, a barrister, and their three children. She currently has twelve bestselling novels to her name, including A Crowded Marriage, One Day in May, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and Rosie Meadows Regrets. Visit www.catherinealliott.com.

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Rural Affair 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Poppy Shilling has been fantasizing about killing off her prig of a husband for a while. His obsessive ways, constant put-downs, and absences from their children's activities have gotten Poppy fed up. Imagine her surprise when the constables come to the door to tell her that Phil has been killed by being smooshed with a frozen block of pee that fell from an airplane. Poppy tries hard to be properly sad and grieving but she is happy to move on with her life especially when she finds out that perfect Phil had feet of clay. Poppy meets with Phil's solicitor to straighten out the will and finds herself somewhat drawn to the disorganized but attractive Sam Hetherington. As it turns out she will need Sam to help with more than the will after a young woman claims that she was Phil's lover for years and that he was leaving her a part of his estate. Poppy decides she is going to start getting involved in activities and joins the local church choir and the world's worst book club. There is also a fairly interesting hunt club section that had both humor and sadness. Poppy moves forward with a few missteps but keeps plugging along. I liked all of the everyday life that went on in this book. Poppy has enough on her plate to sort out her own life but she still manages to get involved in her friend Jenny's marriage, her other friend's acrimonious divorce, and other assorted girlfriend problems. Along the way, she picks up a young admirer who might put Sam out of her head. The characters were fun and made the plot enjoyable. Like a lot of the Brit-lit I have read, there is a lot going on throughout the book and it is sometimes hard to keep up with who is who but it all works together in the long run. Ms. Alliott is a new author to me and I ended up buying two of her other books after reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i commute daily and definitively would recommend this book to all commuters - the women! i am only half into this book but dying to finish it. i would recommend this book to all women...the married ones should read this book - it's sorta like desperate housewives but much more twist and turns!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing, crying and thoroughly entertained. I would love to see this made into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining read. I enjoyed it very much!!
debadoll More than 1 year ago
Because of the writing style I had a hard start but half way in, I was hooked.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Its charming. I fell in love with village full of adorably flawed characters with a satisfying ending to all
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A fun read for the dreary winter days.  Sort of Bridget Jones meets Desperate Housewives meets one of those British comedies on PBS.  Humorous and touching.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. Will read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If you are in the mood for a quick weekend read with a loveable heroine this is your book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story, a bit long though. Reminded me a bit of Bridgett Jones.
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A lost lady in her situation who has been thrown into the dating world again. She has to make up her mind about two different guys hoping to find Mr. Right and a chance to be happy.
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the characters
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Delightful fast read.
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