Practically Perfect

A Novel

Katie Fforde

St. Martin's Press

Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it’s time to put her money and her expertise where her mouth is and risk everything to buy a tiny but adorable cottage in desperate need of renovation.

Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside, all is chaos. With a ladder for a staircase, no downstairs flooring, candles the only form of lighting, and a sleeping bag and camping mat for a bed, Anna soon wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

Her neighbor Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine, and sympathy---and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But just as Anna’s starting to settle in, make new friends, and see the house transforming before her eyes, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene and puts even more obstacles in her way. Will Anna be able to get over all of life’s hurdles in the end, or will she stumble and fall?


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Chapter One

The candle at her side flickered, and Anna shifted her position on the pair of steps where she was perched. She was beginning to regret having the telephone connected so promptly. There was very little mobile reception and without a conventional phone she’d have been almost unreachable. As it was, her ear was getting hot and her hand was getting cold, but her sister was still interrogating her. Anna didn’t bother to cut her short – it would only involve another telephone call later – she tucked her free hand into her sleeve and listened politely. The


Praise for Practically Perfect

“Fforde has imagination to spare, using witty writing and plotting to build a story.”
The New York Times

“Katie Fforde’s unique spin on romantic comedy is a blend of the sweet, the sad, and the sexy.”
---Patricia Gaffney, author of The Saving Graces

“Deliciously witty and romantic.”
---Marian Keyes, author of Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

“Romantic comedy is one of the hardest things to pull off, requiring aplomb, immaculate timing, and a relish for the absurd. Katie Fforde pays the form a spirited compliment.”
---Elizabeth Buchan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

“Charming . . . enormously enjoyable . . . like listening to Cole Porter or watching The Philadelphia Story.”

“Fforde brings an appealing, bumbling innocence to the age-old formula...”
---Publishers Weekly

“Chatty, feel-good romance . . . Fforde moves the plot along at breakneck speed, with enough charm to entertain the most discerning fans.”
---Kirkus Reviews

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  • Katie Fforde

  • Katie Fforde is a London Times bestselling novelist whose comedies of manners include Bidding for Love and Restoring Grace. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.

  • Katie Fforde ©Adrian Sherratt


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Practically Perfect

A Novel

Katie Fforde

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St. Martin's Press