Love in a Small Village is an enjoyable women’s fiction novel about a character who thinks she has nothing left to live for, until time proves differently.
Clara Garden has just had her 35th birthday, though she doesn’t know what there is to celebrate. She’s miserably single after her fiancé left her for his receptionist. But when Clara’s mother gives her the opportunity of a lifetime—a summer in a small English village—as a birthday present, she can’t help but believe things are turning around. That is, until she embarks on this dream vacation and discovers that she’s actually a housesitter, caring for a demented, ill Chihuahua and horses that she’s too frightened to approach. Clara tries to make the best of her experience, enmeshing with the locals and eventually discovering that there is something to celebrate about her life after all.
Clara is understandably depressed when the novel begins, and her wacky experiences in England don’t do much to lift her spirits initially. However, she has a healthy sense of humor, and soon enough readers will be chuckling away at her antics. She’s creative and resourceful, and readers will enjoy getting to know Clara as she builds a new life for herself with strangers.
Love in a Small Village isn’t exactly believable but it’s certainly entertaining. It’s an escapist fantasy, full of funny coincidences and random happenings; Clara gets herself into all kinds of crazy situations that keep coming, from beginning to end. Field’s writing is sure-handed and the story flows easily. Fans of women’s fiction and chick lit, especially Anglophiles who love nothing better than an armchair trip across the pond, shouldn’t hesitate to pick up this novel.
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