Phil and I had both liked a book called Cat by Freya North, you’ll remember. So when I saw another by her I thought, I’ll give this a go.
If you remember Cat was a strong female character and her book was as much about the Tour de France, as it was about her finding a man. Well, Rumours is on similar lines but without the bikes.
The premise of the story is a woman, Stella, who has had a bad break up and is now working in a job she doesn’t want to do to pay for her and her son. Her job is as an Estate Agent and she gets the biggest sale possible, the local country seat Longbridge Hall. In the mean time, the Lady of the Hall is trying to assist the help’s son (Xander), as he has also had a bad break up… can you see where this is going?
Well I won’t give the whole game away but with abit of tooing and frooing Stella and Xander end up happily ever after, but certainly without any serious farce type ‘will they won’t they’ stuff. Thinking about how Cat is written, I can tell the way that Freya’s life must have changed in the last x number of years. Cat’s character was young, free and single, Stella is nearly 40 and has a child. I know we all write from our own experience but I expect this is what has been going on for the author.
Like Cat, and Freya’s own description on her website of her writing style, the female character is strong and independent but able to let someone in. I have to admit if I had read this before meeting my Husband I would have poopooed it a bit but now I am all married up, I can see both sides.
I wouldn’t say this book is as good as Cat, the premise of the tour kept me more hooked than the idea of selling a house, and there are some situations where characters seem to appear and then disappear for no real reason, the Lady’s daughter for one. But I enjoyed bouncing along with it for a few hours.
Ironically, I have since discovered it is her most recent book, came out in June, so thanks to the bookshop for being so up to date!