The Country Set by Fiona Walker
Hardcover: 869 pages
Publisher: Head of Zeus (5 Oct. 2017)
Published: October 2, 2017
Links: Amazon / GoodReads
Compton Magna sits high in the picturesque hills where the golden Cotswolds meet half-timbered Shakespeare country. At its heart is the stud farm owned by Captain Jocelyn Percy, as fierce as he is unforgiving. Twenty-five years ago, his only child, ravishing Ronnie Ledwell, abandoned husband and children for her lover. She's about to return, and sparks are set to fly.
Amateur sleuth and baker Pip is determined to keep her position as the stud's house-keeper, even if it means stirring things up with her wooden spoon. Glamorous theatre director Kit Donne can't forgive Ronnie for letting down his late wife, less still for reminding him of her. Taciturn stallion man Lester still guards the secret he and Ronnie have shared for three decades. Young horse-loving Carly Turner juggles jobs and her lawless in-laws, unaware that the stud's future might rest in her hands. Sexy Bay Austen usually gets what he wants and now he's after pretty, married Petra Gunn and the Captain's land. Will Ronnie's return thwart his plans?
In a village where passionate love affairs, bitter rivalries and dark secrets delight gossipy horse riders, only one woman has the full set, and she's taking the reins..
What a remarkable and appealing saga! I don't remember last time I have read such a hefty story packed full of witty characters.
The whole book is divided into clever little parts that gradually put together the entire story in a quintessentially English way.
I fell in love with Fiona Walker's swiftly flowing plotlines and vibrant characters, and I seriously couldn't put this book down ( although it took me a few days to fly through)!
There are so many characters to get to know, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Petra and her big family and secret dreams. Petra and her little crew of friends was a hilarious bunch of horse loving people. Their banter full of great village gossips and lavish humour painted the picture of the residents in a pretty spectacular way.
I also love to spend time with Ronnie, Pip, Carly and of course the dishy Bay Austen and his business deals! There are hidden family secrets, grief, love and lust all wrapped up in a very attractive rural package.
Without a doubt, The Country Set is brimming with the charming setting of two rival villages, sumptuously delightful/ intriguing characters and a family drama and revelations that will have you hooked on every page of this book.
A huge thank you to Head of Zeus for inviting me on this fabulous blog tour!
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