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Second Thyme Around When Phillida Dylan 28 delivers baby vegetables to one of her regular clients and finds that her ex husband Lucas has become the chef she is horrified so when she learns he is to become the latest celebrity chef and needs her picturesue cottage and her in supporting roles Life is further complicated when Kitty her 87 year old friend has a stroke Can she cope Maybe Kitty is right when she says You can't cuddle lettuces When I drive I like to listen to NPR radio or audio books that I don't have to think too much about You know the ones that I won't want to go back and savor the words re reading a particular passage to marvel at how it was crafted or what it said I usually pick books that are cozy mysteries thrillers make me speed or some of the lighter whimsical rather than whimsicle as used on wwwregretsycom one of my other online indulgences sometimes even grabbing something that could fit as chick lit or the dreaded women's fiction Note I also have been known to listen to audio books for big heavy books that would be awkward to hold or books that I haven't been able to get into when reading but that are highly recommended Sometimes a good reader can get me through those and I come out liking them at the end This book fits one of those categories you be the judgeThe story is pretty straightforward Perdita finally has her life on track after having her heart broken and her marriage dissolved She runs a small organic gardening business has faithful clients and good friends including her dear octogenarian friend and mentor Kitty who is family to Perdita than her actual family Everything is thrown out of kilter when her ex husband Lucas appears on the scene He too has reshaped his life and is a world class chef Somehow even though they antagonize the crap out of each other they are paired in a television cooking show Into this mix add Kitty's declining health and this book is bornFirst off I have to say that Divina Porter the performer of the audio addition I listened to is marvelous I intend to seek out books read by her I've heard her before in some other series already and thoroughly appreciated her remarkable talents Had I not been listening to this on audio with such a skilled actor this might have been very hard for me to bear The interplay between characters was good but as Kitty began to decline it was all too easy to remember my own experiences Fforde got inside my head and almost but not uite lived my life British style But it all was so beautifully done and Porter read it all so elouently that I kept onAnd as for my criteria of audio books where I wouldn't want to capture a uote well that was shot to hell I had to pull over to the side of the road a couple of times to write things down Gems like the difference between solitude and loneliness is that you choose solitude Or don't cry over things that can't cry over you said when a china teacup broke which I don't entirely agree with but I did like none the less Fforde created a world that I was glad to visit with vibrant distinct characters There was only one scene I didn't like has to do with lust in the kitchen if you really want to know but it's just because it was just a little to rough for my tastes and experiences Her characters evolve in a realistic manner and I was glad for the glimpse into their worldI think this book goes under a different title Thyme Out in the UKMore on Davina Porter here I'm happy that no one says bad things come in fours because I've already had three and hope it is the last for a while In the last 4 months my dog died then my Mother died then my car died I really wanted to read as a distraction but could not bear anything heavy Upon a recommendation from a librarian for a light beach read I checked out this book It was perfect It was romantic without being gaggy and it contains no heaving breasts nor is there any trace of a open shirted Fabio standing on a mountain with his hair blowing Instead it had an absorbing storyline and I pretty much read it straight through Since I enjoy cooking the fact that it is a romance between a woman who grows lettuces and a chef and takes place in a restaurant is all the better The author has injected a dose of the present day by including a TV cooking show in the mix The author is British and although many of her terms most Americans are aware of or can figure out easily I'm still clueless to some of them If they were important to the story though I would google them and I'm too lazy This book is not a heavy hitter nor is it the best book I've ever read; however for a beach or patio read and for a daughter still grieving it is delightful I really liked this though you should be aware that this book deals with the illness view spoilerand eventual death hide spoiler Wasn't expecting especially much from this Katie Fforde Generally I enjoy reading her books while they're in my hands but then they fly completely out of my head the second I put them down Thyme Out though I really enjoyed and I think I'll think about for a lot longer Sure there's the usual romance plotline involving Perdita and her ex husband Lucas but what really got me involved in this story was the relationship between Perdita and her elderly neighbour Kitty It gave a lot depth and emotional connection to the book than a simple romance would have It actually made me cry towards the end of the book Definitely worth a read I like it a lot but don't understand what the auther has with angry men This is the second book I've read of Fforde and agan a man that's hot super sexy and always fighting What's the deal? Oh I keep going back for ah I get it now Duh What a dispoointment this book was I am not a fan of chick lit apart from very few authors and Katie Fforde is the foremost She always made me feel good and till now I closed her books with a smile on my face they were the euivalent of the grownup's fairytale But in this book she tried to tackle serious subjects and situations and it just can't fly Transient ischaemic attacks strokes pedpans etc are not the foundation for a novel to help one escape because that what KF's novels are the door to a brighter sunnier ideal and utopic land where good things happen in surroundings that make us dream So I am sorry but this was a sore disappointment This is my favorite Katie Fforde book and one of my all time favorite romance novels I re read it when I need to cheer myself up with a happy ending A light easy read but not up to Katie Fforde's usual standards of good sense The plot skipped along nicely and I very much enjoyed the depiction of the relationship between the protagonist Perdita and her elderly friend and former guardian Kitty However the romantic thread never gelled for me Lucas Perdita's ex husband has re entered her life and she is enormously attracted to him why?Handsome and temperamental? He was that in their first marriage and they were problems than features He's added some kindness to his flaws but he's still a belligerent pushy demanding manThat conversation in which he suggests she shares the blame for the demise of their marriage in that she was too passive and didn't make him behave? No She's your wife not your mother If monogamy is your agreement then to reneg on the agreement is your choice and you own it not her She can't make you behave Either you want to be married or you don't Katie Fforde how disappointingAnd that bizarre sex scene on the kitchen floor where she's trying to stab him with a knife? Yes I can see she's working out her anger here but it scarcely reveals a healthy dynamic does it? Nor do they ever sort that out properly Oh except that she accepts her share of the blame Right Of courseNow those are substantial problems with the romantic thread arguably the most important thread in a romantic novel but I still enjoyed reading it The late in the plot involvement of the gold digging nephew is contrived and unnecessary too I found myself skipping over the Roger pages waiting for him to get his comeuppance and be goneI read it through because it was fun than not but I can't give it than two stars Perdita Dylan has a small specialist nursery growing unusual vegetables and herbs for the local restaurants and health club She is making a precarious living helped by the fact that her neighbour Mrs Kitty Ansen allows her to use her grounds for Perdita's polytunnelsWhen delivering her usual daily boxes of vegetables salads and herbs to the local hotel restaurant she is dismayed to find out that the new chef is none other than her ex husband Lucas last seen a decade ago when he was a stockbroker or something eually high pressured in the City of London Perdita was only 18 when they got married and the marriage broke down after Lucas started staying out all night had an affair with an older woman and generally behaved atrociouslyLucas has been offered a pilot TV show and the producers want to use Perdita's tiny picturesue cottage for filming and have Perdita herself as a side characterHas Lucas changed and could this be a second chance romance? I really enjoyed this after starting and putting down half a dozen books including several ARCs which are overdue for a review because the books have already been published I devoured this in a single day However it is a product of its time first published in 2001 I think First there are some dated references to a long defunct TV show called Changing Rooms Katie Fforde was clearly obsessed with the show because it seems to feature in so many of her novels Second and this is a particular bug bear of mine with Katie Fforde's novels she uses the word rape where she means ravish I truly wish her publisher would just do a search and replace in all her digital books because she uses the word in several books and uses it wrongly Rape is a violent crime a violation of a person and to use it to describe a consensual act And as I didn't cuddle him only hugged him that time he brought me home after Christmas and didn't actually let him rape me in the ladies' powder room at Grantly House I must have pretty much got Lucas out of my system is abhorrent to me Finally I was rooting for Lucas until view spoilerhe blamed Perdita for the breakdown of their marriageYou didn't fight back Perdita You didn't demand that I was faithful you didn't curse me for bringing colleagues home unexpectedly You let me get away with murderIf you hadn't put up with so much bad behaviour I might have stopped behaving badlyI'm flabbergasted why should a wife demand her husband is faithful it is part of the marriage vows fer crissakes and breaking that is on him not her hide spoiler

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