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Restoring Grace (2004)

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Paradise Fields (2003)

£8.99
{"id":4513517994028,"title":"Paradise Fields (2003)","handle":"paradise-fields-2003","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI love to write about what’s current and farmers’ markets where just starting when I wrote this.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI based it on Stroud Farmers’ market which is award winning and a bit different from some.  It sold - and sells - non food items that are created locally which means people go even if they don’t need any wonderful cheese, honey or beef.  (I buy my pudding bowls from there and ask for more when inevitably some of mine are broken.)  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI put my children in this book.  They are teenagers in it and I love teenagers.  I made my daughter read it.  Then she wasn’t much of a reader but as it had her in it I felt she should know what other people would be reading.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eThe unexpected plus to this was the fact she quite enjoyed it.  It also caused me to go to my first football match.  I went with a lovely girl who showed me the ropes.  I loved it!\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2020-02-07T12:06:57+00:00","created_at":"2020-02-07T12:21:35+00:00","vendor":"Katie Fforde","type":"books","tags":["book","Katie Fforde","Paradise Fields"],"price":899,"price_min":899,"price_max":899,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":32076137660460,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"9780099446620","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Paradise Fields (2003)","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":899,"weight":318,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":"shopify","barcode":"9780099446620","requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":6594443739180,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"width":490,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157"},"aspect_ratio":0.651,"height":753,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0309\/6199\/1724\/products\/21._Paradise_Fields.jpg?v=1582547157","width":490}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI love to write about what’s current and farmers’ markets where just starting when I wrote this.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI based it on Stroud Farmers’ market which is award winning and a bit different from some.  It sold - and sells - non food items that are created locally which means people go even if they don’t need any wonderful cheese, honey or beef.  (I buy my pudding bowls from there and ask for more when inevitably some of mine are broken.)  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eI put my children in this book.  They are teenagers in it and I love teenagers.  I made my daughter read it.  Then she wasn’t much of a reader but as it had her in it I felt she should know what other people would be reading.  \u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003eThe unexpected plus to this was the fact she quite enjoyed it.  It also caused me to go to my first football match.  I went with a lovely girl who showed me the ropes.  I loved it!\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Highland Fling (2002)

£8.99
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(Singer, not fish, just to be clear.)  He had been climbing in Scotland and instead of putting up a tent, one day they made a snow hole.  I asked him if he would tell me about them and he said he would but that I couldn’t set a love scene in one.  I said he wasn’t to worry about that, that was my job.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAlthough I had been to Scotland every year of my married life, even before I was married I wasn’t entirely confident about this setting.  I had always visited in summer or in winter, but I hadn’t been there when the heather was out, for example.  Although we continue to visit Scotland every year I still mostly miss the heather.  I had to set the book far further North than the Perthshire I knew well, and I had to calculate when there would be enough snow for a snow hole and working backwards had to work out when my story should start.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMy heroine was a virtual assistant, something that is quite common nowadays but then was a very new concept.  I met on (virtually) and she actually assisted me by finding a mountain rescue team I could ask questions.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMore recently I’ve set other books in Scotland and am fairly confident about it now as long as I don’t forget the midges.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.co.uk\/gp\/product\/0099415550\/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8\u0026amp;camp=1634\u0026amp;creative=6738\u0026amp;creativeASIN=0099415550\u0026amp;linkCode=as2\u0026amp;tag=katieffordede-21\u0026amp;linkId=dbb63230706ad9e4ad69244fe35de280\" target=\"_blank\" class=\"basketButton\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e"}

Artistic Licence (2001)

£8.99
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Thyme Out (2000)

£8.99
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can’t remember which one it was – but the stock market had collapsed and Frances decided that she had to use the property they lived in, which had a very large garden, to restore the family fortune.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eShe was incredibly resourceful and among other things, sold some baby leeks, which were due to be planted, to a passing chef who told her that they were the perfect size for leeks.  She listened, she provided!   It was she who brought us the pea shoot which we all eat every time.  She was the one who convinced a chef (wish I could tell you which one) that they were a great garnish.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI went to stay with her for a night and had a terrific time.   I think she was the basis for my ‘resourceful heroines’ I am so fond of writing.  I suppose it’s because I admire these people as women and wish I was more like them!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI had one difficulty though.  I wanted to write about a tv cookery programme and try as I might I couldn’t get behind the scenes at any of them.  The only programme who’d let me in was Ready, Steady, Cook!   They let me be in the audience.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI remember this book with great pleasure.  Having a good heroine (even though Frances Smith had to be made younger and single) is such a good start. \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Life Skills (1999)

£8.99
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Stately Pursuits (1997)

£8.99
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Wild Designs (1996)

£8.99
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The Rose Revived (1995)

£8.99
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Living Dangerously (1995)

£8.99
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