Thank you to Netgalley, Katie Fforde and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my arc of A Springtime Affair in exchange for an honest review.
Title: A Springtime Affair
Author: Katie Fforde
Format read: Ebook
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone
Publication date: 20th Feb 2020
Page count: 448 pages
Star rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Synopsis: Gilly runs the local B&B, a job she loves that gave her life purpose after her divorce. Not to mention allowed her to keep the family home she adores and isn’t prepared to part with at any price. Until she meets the handsome Leo who sweeps her off her feet and makes her think selling up might not be such a bad idea after all…. Meanwhile Gilly’s daughter Helena doesn’t have time for relationships, not when she’s got her weaving business to focus on and her imminent eviction from her flat-cum-studio. But she starts getting close to her new landlord Jago but they’re just friends aren’t they..?
I love Katie Fforde’s books, she was the first romance author I read and I always found her books super uplifting, she’s part of the reason I bit the bullet and set up my own business because all of her characters have these awesome businesses or jobs that are out there and independent. I haven’t enjoyed the last couple quite as much (not read A Rose Petal Summer yet but the few before that) but A Springtime Affair felt much more like her older stuff and I enjoyed it a lot more. I really liked the two love stories for mother and daughter and it was a nice light read to break up the thrillers and fantasy books! If I had one criticism it’s that Gilly who was stated to be in her 50s was treated more like she was in her 70s! At times very doddery and out of touch with things as well as being considered permanently ‘on the shelf’ by family, friends and herself! 50s isn’t old these days and I think the novel could have reflected that much better most of mine and my friend’s mums who are in their 50s are cooler than us these days! Other than that it was a wonderful read.