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A Rose Petal Summer

Written by: Katie Fforde
Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The brand-new heartwarming romance from the Sunday Times best-selling author of A Country Escape and A Secret Garden.

Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland.  

She’s answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it is time to make a change and do something different for a while?

The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man whom she met some years previously and whom she has always thought of as her ‘one who got away’, is of course purely incidental.

Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning house and grounds she is now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and it quickly becomes apparent that there is only one way to rescue it.

So begins a magical romantic summer that will take Caro to London to the south of France and back again to Scotland in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes.

Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the possibility of happy ever after lie at the heart of Katie Fforde's wonderful new novel.

©2019 Katie Fforde (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • snowqueen
  • 01-03-19

Rose petal summer, amazing read

What a lovely story, ranging from london, Scotland and france, could not stop listening to it, cleverly written, great story

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  • lynsay g
  • 01-03-19

Brilliant

I am a big Katie Fforde fan & I was not disappointed.
Jilly Bond's accents don't get any better but that just makes you smile not get irritated.
The story was addictive in such a nice way.
Can highly recommend.

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  • Glenys Robinson
  • 10-03-19

Good story

Enjoyed story but the narrator is not for me, I didn't like the false accents

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  • simon the great
  • 10-03-19

A must for fforde fans

I’ve been looking forward to this audible release for some time . I enjoyed the story as it was set in various locations and somewhere other than the Cotswolds. Though I do love those ones too. The characters are fun and I enjoyed the relationship that developed between scarlet and Rowan .
One of those books to listen to whilst working away or doing chores or like myself trying to get to sleep .
Narration is great jilly is so suited to Katie fforde and really does bring the characters to life
Audible can we please have a release of both highland fling and thyme out read by jilly

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  • pennycrimps
  • 08-03-19

Warming and lovely

This was my first ever Katie Fforde novel. I listened on Audible. The performance was excellent from the actress and the characterisation of story is really descriptive and relatable. Off to download my next Katie Fforde!

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  • Looby Lou
  • 30-10-19

Easy storyline

Easy storyline, somewhat predictable. I persevered as the accents by the narrator were awful & seriously difficult to listen to the stereotypical Scottish shrill & the American drawl.

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  • Katie
  • 26-08-19

Charm but not so much romance

Katie Fforde has been one of my favourite authors ever since I discovered her many years ago, however I found this book harder to get into than usual. I found the characters less engaging too. The overall story line while good, isn't as engaging as her usual books, perhaps because the romance side wasn't as strongly in evidence. I liked the idea, it has charm, it just felt like someone else was writing this one. Jilly Bond is always a good narrator, however I wish I had a graphic equaliser so I could make her tones a little softer on the ears, obviously she can't help her voice, but why can't we tweak things like this on the App?

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  • miss nicki c read
  • 27-07-19

very enjoyable

loved thus story.
jilly Bond has a great voice and brought the characters to life.

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  • Bizgen
  • 30-06-19

Interesting storyline, a fraction over long.

I read Katie because she always has an interesting and well researched storyline and presents her books in a well constructed way. Maybe, also, I read and listen for some light relief from more complex novels. A Rose Petal Summer was maybe a little too long to support the story, and there weren't many surprises.

I wasn't madly keen on Jilly Bond's rather 'mumsy' delivery in this book, it rather grated on me bringing a picture to my mind of a sixth form prefect rather than an attractive young woman. I liked her better in A Summer at Sea, and I'm not sure why. It was something to do with the emphasis on on the last syllable of so many words? Such a 'no nonsense' approach - can Jilly do wistful, I wonder? I couldn't reconcile the picture her voice brought to my mind with the words I was hearing.

I won't dwell on the plot, it was a light romance so we know girl will get man from the moment they meet. That's why we read them, I suppose. I must say that the likelihood of such a man making perfumes did seem a long stretch of the imagination, but it was an interesting subject. So difficult to find new ideas for plots! And I had to suspend belief with the rather unlikely immediate friendship with the starlet and her producer husband-to-be.

Katie Fforde mostly is pretty reliable, apart from one or two midway in her career, when I thought they were getting a little too Mills and Boonish, but she is well and truly back on track these days, and doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed the book on the whole, although some of her other novels were better.

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  • janeleavey
  • 25-06-19

Rose petal summer

I did not enjoy this book. The storyline was very muddy, and the narration terrible.

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  • Ruth Bromley
  • 05-09-19

too many accents...

A bit predictable but probably would have enjoyed more in book form. Although clearly talented at accents I found the narrator to me like the many different changes of voice between gender and accent very annoying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-19

Very enjoyable

Good chic lit romance .. easy listening.. I like jolly bond .. but writing is bit wordy so that can be bit annoying but generally doesn’t spoil nice easy story.