Pink Wellies And Flat Caps – Lynda Renham

Alice receives two bombshells at the same time- she’s been wearing the wrong bra size all her adult life, and her fiance Charlie is ditching her just before their wedding. These factors were not connected, he’s just an ass. Having been talked into correctly upholstering her boobs by her best friend Georgie (at great expense), Alice has to start over- she’s homeless, her job is going down the pan, and all she has going for her are killer organisational skills and a good rack. Along comes Lady Fairfax-Mason, who offers Alice a live-in job managing the staff of a farming estate in Cornwall, so Alice takes a chance and moves there- to a run-down farmhouse with a staff of one- Lady Fairfax-Mason’s cranky farmer/vet son Edward Fairfax. Of course if his name rings a bell and you know your Jane Eyre, you won’t be surprised by a hidden other-half (although not in the attic!), a fire and one or other plot developments.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Georgie and Casper are Alice’s best friends, Georgie is fiercely protective, and Cas is your standard GBF (Gay Best Friend). There are plenty of local crackpots in Cornwall, and regular people too. Charlie is obviously unworthy of Alice; his selfish, sanctimonious ways are seen more clearly by Alice’s friends than by herself. Edward Fairfax is partly as you might expect- moody, with hidden depths but with a surprising lighter side. My favourite has to be Alice’s colleague Karen who has a couple of scenes with some well observed dialogue: I think we’ve all worked with her at some point.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Alice is no pushover, unless a cow is doing the actual pushing. She makes a go of it on the farm, on her own terms, even when things get messy with one of Edward’s rivals. Alice’s swift fall from the vegetarian wagon shows that she doesn’t have as much in common with Charlie as she’d thought, despite being an unequivocal animal lover.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– It certainly made me miss my West Country origins, if not the aromas. Any townies will appreciate the need of a good supermarket at least, and it’s quite an eye opener for the rural life, lack of mobile phone signals and all.

Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s a lively tale covering such themes as settling; to do so or to look for something special; starting over; and friendship, whether your friends know what’s best for you. Of course the story must take a turn for the bizarre if our heroine is at one point held by police as a suspected armed terrorist, but it’s not totally over the top. The feelings are real, being dumped right before the wedding for someone who reminds you of your insecurities, not being supported by family, unappreciated at work, it all adds up. Despite this the tone is light and witty. It’s a reasonably priced frothy read, and does exactly what it says on the tin. Recommended, I’d read another by the author.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £1.98

US: Amazon for $2.99