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One Enchanted Evening: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

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Andrew has been running the hotel for two years but has to go to France to sort out some legal things regarding his father. With the assistance of some of the locals and a long-term resident of the hotel, Meg manages to make a good start on preparing the meal, substituting some of the former chef's packet ingredients for more season-appropriate fresh ingredients from the extensive kitchen gardens.

It casts an eye back to the grand days of country house life, and forward to the way the world was changing in the 1960s in a number of ways - especially in cuisine. Louise had been hired as a receptionist and office manager, but now it’s down to her to run the place. I especially adored Ambrosine - she has such a big heart that you can't help but root for her throughout the novel. This novel, and indeed the series set in the 60's, has not captured my attention like her other stories have. As I've said in my reviews of the previous books in this 'series', the historical setting works well for Katie Fforde's genre of romance which almost always features an artistic, slightly virginal (ie either a virgin or only ever had one lover, possible a deceased husband) young woman, and a taciturn man who turns out to have been secretly in love with her all the time.This takes you through the nitty gritty bits of keeping one running in the 1960s when en suite rooms were yet an emerging trend. Her determination to succeed is endearing, and although her over-confidence does make things complicated at times, she rises to the challenge when provoked into action - and there is a lot here to provoke her, especially when it comes to Justin.

I bet you’re sitting there thinking, ‘Oh, here she goes again with her I-don’t-know-if-I-wanted-to-smack-him-or-climb-him-like-a-tree thing again! I absolutely adored this book as much as the previous instalments that helped us navigate through the ongoing lives of this trio of novice cooks. Some characters were only mentioned in passing and then given a name, as though for the sake of giving them a name (Clover?She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until after the birth of her third child. I think I have read pretty much all of Katie Fforde's books, and though this wasn't my favourite, it was still an easy read. Meg’s mother, Louise is running a small hotel in Dorset, it is in great need of improvement and cannot compete with the rival hotel nearby because horror of horrors there is still shared bathrooms and toilets, en-suite was a new concept in 1960s. Not my favourite Katie Fforde book but I loved some of the characters and the descriptions of the hotels, you felt you were there , enchanting and enjoyable listen! One Enchanted evening is everything you need in a novel when the weather outside demands you snuggle under a blanket with a good book.

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