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A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

A Country Escape

Relationship Stories   Family Drama   Romantic Fiction   
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February 2018 Book of the Month.

A deliciously readable, entertaining and enjoyable novel from Katie Fforde. Fran leaves her life behind for a dilapidated farm in the Cotswolds, she has just one year to make it a success. I always rub my hands with glee when I pick up Katie Fforde’s new novels, I create some ‘me time’, and settle down to relax and sink into the pages. ‘A Country Escape’ flows so beautifully I forgot myself and where I was, I just became at one with the book and immersed myself completely in Fran’s world. Katie Fforde has a wonderfully light touch, I always feel I am in trusted hands, all of her characters are fascinating, relatable, and (mostly!) likeable. A Country Escape is quite simply, captivating, charming, and an absolute delight. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Katie Fforde you might also like to read books by Lisa Jewell, Harriet Evans and Isla Dewar.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Linde Merrick - 'An absolutely delightful read.'
  • Adrienne Kinsella - A wonderful, heart-warming romance. Fran May inherits a dairy farm in the Cotswolds from a distant relative, but first she has to move there and ruin it successfully for a year. Will she succeed?
  • Julie Evans - What a brilliant, romantic, heart-warming novel. Fran, a chef in the city, leaves her life behind to turn her hand to farming after she discovers that she is in line to inherit a family farm.
  • Catherine Bryce - A superb light-hearted escape book full of love, laughter and fun down on Hill Top Farm.
  • Heather Byrne - A warm romantic novel that makes you want to move to the beautiful Cotswold countryside. A Country Escape is well paced, effortlessly written and deliciously funny.
  • Nicola Edwards - A wonderful heart-warming story that is very enjoyable.
  • Sally Doel - A lovely and engaging book, with interesting characters.
  • Jayne Burton - What a wonderful read!
  • Rachel Aygin - A light and enjoyable read - perfect for holidays or de-stressing.
  • Jillian McFrederick - Another winner from Katie Fforde who manages again to captivate the reader. ans of this genre will love it!
  • Cathy Small - Another story from Katie Fforde that fills you with joy as you read through Fran's trials of learning how to run a farm, that she may inherit in a years time.
  • Julie Watkin - A gentle read. Whilst quite likeable the plot was rather obvious and this was a little disappointing. One for the sun bed perhaps!
  • Victoria Emerson - Throw in love interest Antony )the farmer next door) and you have a wonderful English countryside romance.
  • Alison Greenacre - A very light predictable read. 


A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

The brand new deliciously romantic novel from the Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author of A Summer At Sea and A Secret Garden. Warm, funny and wonderfully romantic, this is Katie Forde at her very best.

Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers. But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows. She's going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour - who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive. Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?


'Modern Day Austen. Great fun!' Red

'Top-drawer romantic escapism' Daily Mail

'Deliciously enjoyable' Woman & Home

'Effortlessly lovable' Closer

About the Author

Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Katie Fforde by Mary Hogarth.

I met Katie through the Romantic Novelists Association, whether you're a published novelist or not, you can still join and get some great tips. Katie is as much fun as her heroines who make me feel that nothing is impossible in life even when you're negotiating unexpected corners. One of my all time favourites is Wild Designs.

Author photo © David O’Driscoll

Below is a Q&A with this author

1. Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until my late twenties. Before that I ran a narrowboat hotel business with my husband and then had babies, but I would have liked to be a counsellor if I wasn’t a writer.
2. Do you miss anything from your life before?
I had a very good life before I became an author, with a lovely husband, children and house. But when I started writing I realised what I had been missing. I think it’s to do with having an overactive imagination and wanting to communicate (which can be a posh word for chat!).
3. What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is getting to try out lots of jobs I could never have had in real life through my characters. It’s also lovely to hear from people who have enjoyed my books – it can give me the impression that I’m doing something worthwhile, even though what I write is for entertainment.
4. How do you start writing a new novel?
I start with a theme. I have several subjects I long to explore bubbling around at any one time and when one comes to the top I start to think about my characters. Then comes the plot. I don’t usually know at the beginning what the ending will be – I have to wait and find out! Although I know that it will be happy.
5. What are the essentials of creating a good romance?
I think a good hero is absolutely key, and then a heroine who the reader can recognise – not too perfect, but likeable. Plot is very important, so then it’s a case of creating a few really romantic scenes. Not necessarily hearts-and-flowers romantic but unexpected romance in surprising places.
6. Why is research important?
It’s hard enough to write a book as it is, let alone without knowing about your theme – you need to know your stuff. That said, some things can be impossible to research, like the judging at the Chelsea Flower Show, or when the Queen visits! I do quite a lot of research personally. I remember a writer friend saying to me, ‘But you write contemporaries, you don’t need to do research’, but that is very far from the truth. My early books were set around my own life – working in a cafe and being a cleaning lady were things I had actually done. However, eventually I ran out of life experience and had to do research. I love finding out fascinating things about subjects that interest me.
7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you try and relieve this?
Writers block happens often in a small way. A change of scene helps to relieve it for me. This might involve shopping, a drive in the car (scenery often gets my creative juices going) or just being with friends. Luckily it never lasts for long with me and is often caused by being a bit tired.

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22nd February 2018


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Century an imprint of Cornerstone


384 pages


Relationship Stories
Family Drama
Romantic Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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