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A Village Affair de Julie Houston
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A Village Affair (edição: 2020)

de Julie Houston (Autor)

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'Warm and witty - Julie's got it in spades' Tracy Bloom. Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being 'outed' at a village charity auction - he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends. As if that weren't enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape. But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet... Julie Houston's novels are funny, wonderfully warm and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Gervaise Phinn, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell. Praise for Julie Houston: 'A warm, wonderful, feel-good-hug of a book' NetGalley Reviewer. 'A Village Affairis a totally absorbingread that's beautifully written, full of warmth, charm, humour, a compelling and heart-warmingplot that I didn't want to put down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'This is a story about family, friendship, and realising your own worth and not being afraid of taking a chance, and I devouredthis book in a couple of hours because I just didn't want to put it down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'An enthrallingnovel, hard to put down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'It is a must read, heart-warmingstory - no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars!!' NetGalley Reviewer. 'What a brilliantstory this turned out to be so full of surprisesand shocking revelations from the start to the end' NetGalley Reviewer. 'Lovelyand entertaining, with wonderfulset of lovable characterswill have you rooting for Cassie' NetGalley Reviewer.… (mais)
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Título:A Village Affair
Autores:Julie Houston (Autor)
Informação:Aria (2020), 400 pages
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I am not usually a fan of chick-lit, and I picked this up because it said 'for fans of Gervase Phinn' whose books I LOVE!
The story follows Cassie who is happily married with two teenage kids, and about to start a new job. But everything starts to fall apart a few pages into the book, which I thought was a great way to begin! Her husband is revealed as a lying cheat, and she is propelled to the post of headmistress of the village school.
Despite the explosive start, I felt the pace lagged a bit in the first half of the story. There were also some flashbacks to her mother's youth, which did not make sense (at that point). I was, of course, comparing the book to my favourite Gervase Phinn series from the outset, and I have to warn other fans that although there are a few incidents with precocious kids, it is only a drop in the ocean compared to the antics found in Little Village School series.
But the latter half of the book - OMG what a rollercoaster! She takes a trip to Mexico for the midterm hols and it is from then that the book gets really interesting - a new love affair with so many twists and turns I could not put the book down and read well past my bedtime to finish it! I don't wish to post any spoilers, but the misadventures in her mother's past play a BIG role in all that.
I am a great fan of novels set in the English countryside and this did not disappoint. I also liked the very timely references of so many things that were headline news in the past year - like Trump and Mexico!
Overall a really satisfying read. ( )
  Nadishka | Jan 26, 2019 |
Cassie Beresford is living a high! She has just been promoted to deputy head teacher, and her children’s are doing great! But then everything changes right in the middle of a banquet! As Cassie is thrust into the spotlight when it is revealed that her husband of twenty years has been having an affair with one of her best friends! Leaving her absolutely devastated! And just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, she finds out the head teacher is dead! And she is now in charge! And as in everything in life, things have to get better before it gets worse! But how could things get any worse!! Oh, just you wait!

I have never read a book by Julie Houston! But I would 100% read her again! And why! Because her books have just the right mix of drama and humor, that so many authors fail to get right, especially for this reviewer, who is not a fan of the classic rom-com.

I found A Village Affair was very well written and the characters well developed and likable, and even though the plot strayed into Jeremy Kyle territory for a hot minute, the author wrote it far more believable than I would have expected!

A Village Affair is truly a great book, which I wholeheartedly recommend, 5 stars!
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  Cara_Ross | Dec 2, 2018 |
Loved this book!! It was a fun read and I would have loved to keep reading about Cassie, her family and friends. All the characters were perfect. Cassie definitely grew on me as she became stronger being by herself and wasn't crying every five minutes over Mark. There were so many funny moments in the book and I laughed numerous times. There was Chantelle, the little boy talking about his father going blind, the squirrels, the hen party and Cassie hitting Xavier with the three foot inflatable penis and pretty much everything that came out of Deimante's mouth. (That's just naming a few)

Instead of winning the bid on the villa in Portugal at the village charity auction, Cassie finds out her husband has been having an affair with her best friend for the past two years. Cassie appropriately names her Serpentina and uses lipstick to decorate her friend's car. Cassie has the added stress of starting a new job as the acting head at the primary school. Now developers want to build three thousand houses on the greenbelt, taking away the farms and Norman's Meadow in the village. Cassie has a chance with a possible love interest, until news from her mom changes everything.

Loved the story, characters and writing style. Loved the little twist at the end. So glad a llama/alpaca farm was able to make everyone happy!! (I absolutely love llamas and alpacas.) The book just made me smile. Mark's cheating was the best thing to happen to Cassie even if she didn't see it that way at first. Loved how Freya became just like Paula.

Definitely recommend the book and I can't wait to read more books by the author.

Thanks to NetGalley, Aria and the author, Julie Houston, for a free electronic ARC of this novel. ( )
  JenniferLynn | Oct 30, 2018 |
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'Warm and witty - Julie's got it in spades' Tracy Bloom. Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being 'outed' at a village charity auction - he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends. As if that weren't enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape. But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet... Julie Houston's novels are funny, wonderfully warm and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Gervaise Phinn, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell. Praise for Julie Houston: 'A warm, wonderful, feel-good-hug of a book' NetGalley Reviewer. 'A Village Affairis a totally absorbingread that's beautifully written, full of warmth, charm, humour, a compelling and heart-warmingplot that I didn't want to put down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'This is a story about family, friendship, and realising your own worth and not being afraid of taking a chance, and I devouredthis book in a couple of hours because I just didn't want to put it down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'An enthrallingnovel, hard to put down' NetGalley Reviewer. 'It is a must read, heart-warmingstory - no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars!!' NetGalley Reviewer. 'What a brilliantstory this turned out to be so full of surprisesand shocking revelations from the start to the end' NetGalley Reviewer. 'Lovelyand entertaining, with wonderfulset of lovable characterswill have you rooting for Cassie' NetGalley Reviewer.

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