Bella Castle thinks that her life has settled down. She has a job she loves at a local estate agency, she’s adores living with her Godmother, and she’s happy enough with her boyfriend Neville. And then one day Dominic turns up. And it just so happens that Dominic was the man she left her home town for, a man she had fallen in love with but who was unobtainable. Bella’s settled life, make become anything but settled…
When it comes to my favourite authors I tend to prolong reading their latest book for as long as possible. This may seem a little perplexing but I get so caught up in the worlds they create that I don’t want to wait ages for their next book. My random thinking is that if I wait for a long time to read one book, their next will be here sooner. And so that is what I did with The Perfect Match, knowing that Katie Fforde’s next book would soon be here.
Neville was quite slimy and annoying from the outset and made me wonder what Bella saw in him. Dominic was taciturn and grumpy but in a way that this disappeared as he spent more time with Bella, allowing the reader to grow to like him more. As for Bella, she was mixed character, content in her life and then trying to deal with the fallout her emotions feel when Dominic returns. For me she took more of a back seat to Alice and wasn’t the lead character as such. There were times when I didn’t agree with her thought processes and when she appeared to be making more of fuss about things than were necessary. For example I didn’t see why she should have run away when she fell for Dominic rather than just getting on with things and when she didn’t stand up to Neville but thought of the things she should say. On the whole though she was a pleasant enough character and meant well. There were some obvious mistakes and assumptions made by the characters in the novel but these lent themselves well to the story, making it a pleasure to anticipate them and see how the characters dealt with them.
The other characters were great additions to the story. I loved Alice and her side story of meeting Michael, and the trials they faced as ‘older’ people stepping into the world of romance. In fact, their story made the book for me. It was lovely to follow the relationship between the two develop, to see how they got over the hurdles that could put a stop to their fledgling romance before it had really started. Even the way they met was lovely. The Agnews, house hunting clients of Bella’s were quirky and Jane Langley lent a down to earth bent to the story, echoing the fears of some older people who are afraid of having to leave the place they love when they age.
I always find Katie Fforde’s novels lovely escapist reading, they provide a lovely world to be engulfed in for a few hours. They are what I like to call a hug in book form. The Perfect Match was a lovely way to get away from the world for a few hours. I’m looking forward to escaping into another of Katie Fforde’s books soon.