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A Perfect Home by Kate Glanville

A Perfect Home

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Gloriously moving and delightful, this is the perfect companion to hide from reality with for a few hours. At first glance Claire appears to have a heavenly life, her husband is busy finishing their dream cottage and Idyllic Homes are featuring them in their magazine (you know… the darling, fairy-tale type of magazine that actually stuffs you green with envy). Each chapter is headed with an extract from the article detailing Claire’s perfect home, each chapter then describes Claire’s reality; the chaos of three children, an indifferent husband, a monstrous mother-in-law and then the teasing, flirting and fluttering that a click of connection and hope can bring. Become friends with Claire, laugh with her, cry with her, care about her and cheer her on as she struggles to become the person she deserves to be. ~ Liz Robinson

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.

  • Phyl Smithson - 'Very surprised how this book quickly became unputdownable.  I anticipated it would be a run of the mill marriage in troubled waters but it was so much more.' Read full review >
  • Celia Cohen - 'A real page turner. Ideal holiday reading...I found all the characters so well drawn that they became real, not just names on a page.' Read full review >
  • Joy Bosworth - 'Easy to start but very hard to leave off!' Read full review >
  • Christine Phillips -  'First book read by Kate but it won't be the last one. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I read it in 2 days as I was hooked.' Read full review >
  • Jane Brown - 'A great summer chick lit read with all the fluffiness of a marshmallow predictable yet a lovely romance.'  Read full review >
  • Maggie Crane - 'This book was a delight to read, well written, smooth, seamless, engaging and so difficult to put down, resulting in a feeling of loss when I reached the end.' Read full review >
  • Anne Cater - 'A love story that gently unfolds, with humour and compassion. With characters who feel as real as your neighbours, and a message about how perfection is often only on the surface.' Read full review >
  • Alison Bisping - 'Superb writing by Kate Glanville...I've been introduced to a new author.  Enjoy the book but don't read it when you are very busy - you won't get anything else done!' Read full review >
  • Kimberley - 'I absolutely LOVED this book!...I couldn't recommend this book more, it was funny, sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, a real roller coaster of a read.' Read full review >
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'At first I thought oh no!! This book is going to drag on, but very quickly I started to enjoy it...All in all a good, easy to read romantic novel.' Read full review >
  • Caz Barnett - 'This is a pleasant read which will probably appeal most to women.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Jones - 'Well written but annoying main character.' Read full review >
  • Sue Muir - 'If you like a feel-good easy-to-read romantic novel this book will have you curling up on the sofa for a good few hours.' Read full review >


A Perfect Home by Kate Glanville

Claire appears to have it all - the kind of life you read about in magazines; a beautiful cottage, three gorgeous children, a handsome husband in William and her own flourishing vintage textile business. But when an interiors magazine sends a good-looking photographer to take pictures of Claire’s perfect home, he makes her wonder if the house means more to William than she does. This is the beautifully observed and poignant love story of a woman who has to find out if home really is where the heart is.


A real page turner. Ideal holiday reading. I really enjoyed this book. I was with Claire all the way, willing her to do the right thing for her not just her husband and children. I found all the characters so well drawn that they became real, not just names on a page. It's a perfect book to take with you on holiday. Sitting in the sun with a glass of wine in one hand and this book in the other - you won't be able to put it down. -- Celia Cohen A great summer chick lit read with all the fluffiness of a marshmallow predictable yet a lovely romance. I read this on the sunbed on holiday as this popped through the letterbox from Lovereading as I was about to leave to fly off for a much needed break. I did enjoy this book, it is chick lit and a bit gooey like a marshmallow. After the strains of work this was easy to read. Claire the main character has the life we all want, fab home own business, kids and gorgeous husband you think what more do want I would settle for that. Then along comes a photographer to shoot photographs for the predictably named Idyllic Home magazine in the middle of a heatwave for the Christmas edition. Predictably again Claire realises life may not be as perfect as she once thought. This is a good summer book it is escapism and a good romance. -- Jane Brown Having the perfect house does not always make a perfect home. A story of finding yourself and finding love. Claire has the perfect house. Her husband William has devoted all of his spare time to ensuring that their house is beautiful; a place that the top interior magazines are dying to feature in their glossy pages. Claire would rather that William spent more time on her and their children, she doesn't really mind a couple of chips in the paintwork, or stains on the newly laid oak floor, and yearns for a house that is more of a home than a showpiece. The photographer who is sent by the magazine sees more than the perfection of a house. He is funny, he gets on with the kids, he even doesn't mind the cat. He notices Claire. A love story that gently unfolds, with humour and compassion. With characters who feel as real as your neighbours, and a message about how perfection is often only on the surface. -- Anne Cater

About the Author

Kitty Glanville was born in West Africa to Irish parents. She now lives with her three children in rural West Wales. For many years she has practised as a successful ceramic artist supplying tiles and tableware to many leading shops and galleries around the world. From childhood she has been passionate about writing stories. Her first novel A Perfect Home was published by Berkley in August 2012.

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15th January 2015


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Accent Press Ltd


368 pages


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