A Wedding in the Country by Katie Fforde

Official blurb from Amazon

Lizzie has just arrived in London, determined to make the best of her new life.

Her mother may be keen that she should have a nice wedding in the country to a Suitable Man chosen by her. And Lizzie may be going to cookery school to help her become a Good Wife.

But she definitely wants to have some fun first.

It is 1963 and London is beginning to swing as Lizzie cuts her hair, buys a new dress with a fashionably short hemline, and moves in with two of her best friends, one of whom lives in a grand but rundown house in Belgravia which has plenty of room for a lodger.

Soon Lizzie’s life is so exciting that she has forgotten all about her mother’s marriage plans for her.

All she can think about is that the young man she is falling in love with appears to be engaged to someone else …

Review

I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When the opportunity to receive an ARC of this book was made available, I was thrilled.  Katie has been in my list of favourite authors for years and I enjoy her style of writing.

A Wedding in the Country had a different feel to the usual offering from Katie; that’s not a negative comment, I found it rather refreshing.

Set in the 1960s, it follows a group of friends who come together at a London based cookery school.  Aimed at training young women in the finer aspects of housekeeping, it is a blast from the past.  Lizzie has been sent there by her parents as the want her to become a good prospect for a prospective husband.

We’re all aware, no doubt, of the hedonistic air that follows the decade of free love.  Katie perfectly captures that essence as women started to see a life beyond that of a housewife.  This story acts as a microscope as we examine the changes in how women perceive themselves and how they rebelled against being known as the fairer sex.

This is not a feminist piece, simply a look at the periphery of the era when women started to push back against how history suggested they should live their lives.

Everything that I have come to love about Katie’s books was there to see, the romance and the friendships were in fine form.  It was simply a different approach to what I’ve seen before and would welcome more of the same.  Katie, you nailed it!

I finished this book in one sitting; that’s not a challenge, it simply tells me how much I enjoyed reading it. Luckily, I started early so wasn’t up, once again, into the wee small hours. Learn more about Katie Fforde here.   Follow Katie on Twitter.

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