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Bidding for love
Katie Fforde
Adult Fiction FFORDE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This 12th romance from Britisher Fforde (Restoring Grace) features a heroine as flintily na?ve as she is endearing. Upon inheriting 51% of the Stanza and Stanza antique auction business from her uncle Clodio, Flora Stanza sublets her London flat for six months, packs up her pregnant kitty, Imelda, and heads for the countryside hamlet of Bishopsbridge. A chilly welcome and a partial buyout offer await her from cousin Charles, the 49% inheritor who has been running the business for years and is looking to gain operational control for himself and scheming fiancee Annabelle. Despite being banished to a remote cottage and run-ins with Annabelle, Flora decides to stick it out. Acceptance in the local church choir and a growing fascination with the antique business (enhanced by the presence of a number of interesting local men) reinforce her decision. The jejune prose has a schoolgirl quality, but Fforde brings an appealing, bumbling innocence to the age-old formula of a single woman against the vicissitudes of fortune and family, as Flora finds true love on her very own road show. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After a death in the family, fashionable Londoner Flora Stanza suddenly finds herself senior partner in Stanza and Stanza, a failing antiques business in the English countryside. Eager to investigate the inheritance, Flora shows up in the countryside, intending to make the most of this opportunity to escape London for a spell. Complicating matters greatly are Flora's distant cousin, Charles, and his prim, steely fiancoe, Annabelle, who try to convince Flora to sign over her stake and return quickly to London. But Flora and her very pregnant cat, Imelda, will not be pushed back so easily. Flora befriends the locals, joins the choir, and learns a thing or two about the antiques business. She also learns some unexpected things about herself. London Times best-selling author Fforde's (Restoring Grace) characters are amusing; the book is great fun throughout. Highly recommended for all public library collections. [Library marketing campaign planned.-Ed.]-Anastasia Diamond, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Flora Stanza
Inherits a percentage of her family's antique auction business from her uncle; rents out her apartment; has a pregnant cat; heads to the country to take over her half of the business; joins the local church choir.

Flora's cousin; inherited the other percentage of the family business; wants to buy Flora's half so he can continue running the business.

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