Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk. Throwback Thursday was designed as an opportunity to share old favorites as well as older books in our TBR. As I started reviewing on Goodreads long before I started my blog, it seemed a great way of sharing my earlier reviews (which I hope have improved since the early days).
So this week I’m revisiting The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde reviewed in Feb 2014
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn’t have …
Now she’s made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent.
Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he’s been preoccupied, and she’s starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers.
And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she’s over him, isn’t she?
I received this title free as a review copy, and was delighted to do so, having read most of Katie Fforde’s previous novels.
The central heroine is Bella, she loves her job, her boss Nevil and living with her godmother Alice. However, all that is about to change as a result of an unexpected proposal and the re-appearance of Dominic. Dominic is not only the nephew of Jane, one of her favourite clients, but also the married man she fell in love with, which led her to run away to find the life she has now. In true Katie Fforde fashion, the course of true love never runs smooth, and we have to wait and see whether we’ll get the outcome both we and Bella wants.
What I particularly liked with this novel were the different relationships we encounter that give rise to the Perfect Match title. Not only could it apply to Bella and her relationship with Dominic, but also of that between Bella and her clients; her godmother Alice and her fledgling romance; and also the relationship between Jane and the solution to her house problem. Very often in books the sub themes and plots are merely fillers to the main story but for me with this book they were equally as important in that I wanted to have them all satisfactorily resolved, because the characters were real. I was particularly taken with the relationship between Alice and Michael, because as an older woman, her hopes and fears were something I could empathise with. Because of the genre we know that the heroine will usually get what she wants, and that isn’t necessarily going to happen for other characters, so I really wanted to find out what happened.
I’d recommend this book for all women who want the ideal book for curling up on the settee with, for relaxing with on holiday or just for taking to bed on an early night. If you want a comfortable, warm read this book is a “Perfect Match”.