"You're not doing very much at the moment, darling. I don't suppose you'd care to house-sit for a while?" Thus begins the irresistible story of two fixer-uppers-an old house and a young woman-and their efforts to recapture their true luster. When Hetty Longden, freshly dumped and brokenhearted, agrees to look after her great-uncle's dilapidated mansion in the English countryside, she's at something of a lifetime low. With no job, no lover, no prospects, and no particular talent for resuscitating crumbling estates, she hopes for nothing more than some good old-fashioned escape. What she finds includes a cast of quirky and ever-present neighbors, a couple of SNAGs (Sensitive New Age Guys); some very humorless bank officials; a cat and two disarming little canines; one gracious, dilapidated, romantic old house; and, just maybe, enough elbow grease to polish everything up again. A Sunday Times (London) bestseller that's as inviting as an elegant old house full of unexplored rooms, after a good scrubbing-down, of course, Stately Pursuits is the funniest, smartest, and warmest read of the season.
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by Katie Fforde
by Lady Colin Campbell
by Robin Jarvis
by Dee Williams
by Eileen Power
by Dorothy L. Sayers
by A.T. Quiller-Couch
by Kazuo Ishiguro
by Susan Howatch
"Hettie Langden agrees to "house-sit" her great uncles' shabby mansion while she recovers from a broken heart and ponders what to do with her life. While the plot of this British romantic comedy is predictable, its colorful cast of characters and wit are delightful enough to raise it above others of this genre. Both male and female voices are highly differentiated and totally in keeping with their characters. This is the great strength of Roe Kendall's performance. Unfortunately, she too often rushes the narrative and, since timing is everything in comedy, the humor is lost. A pause at chapter breaks and in other appropriate places would have strengthened the reading also. S.S.R. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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