Second Thyme Around

Second Thyme Around

by Katie Fforde

The last thing Perdita wants is a meddlesome man in her life-but she's about to get one, in the form of her completely infuriating ex-husband, Lucas.Lucas in disagreeable, curt, arrogant, and smolderingly gorgeous.

He's also the new chef at Grantly House, Perdita's number-one customer.

Worse, Mr. Grantly has the insane idea of starting a television cooking show that will put Lucas and Perdita together as "The Gourmet and the Gardener."Now, things are heating up in the kitchen--and elsewhere.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Womens Fiction
  • Rating: 3.79
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: November 5th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
  • Isbn10: 0312335407
  • Isbn13: 9780312335403

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Now they are divorced, and she has, with the help of grandmother-substitute Kitty, picked herself up and built a market gardening business that supplies local restaurants and hotels. The story proceeds fairly predictably from there: it is, alas, about how how Perdita and Lucas get back together. I say "alas", because Lucas is an arrogant, obnoxious, bullying twit, and what Perdita sees in him I cannot imagine.

A light, easy read, but not up to Katie Fforde's usual standards of good sense. The plot skipped along nicely, and I very much enjoyed the depiction of the relationship between the protagonist, Perdita, and her elderly friend and former guardian, Kitty. That conversation in which he suggests she shares the blame for the demise of their marriage, in that she was too passive and "didn't make him behave"? Now, those are substantial problems with the romantic thread -- arguably the most important thread in a romantic novel -- but I still enjoyed reading it.

Upon a recommendation from a librarian for a light beach read, I checked out this book. The author has injected a dose of the present day by including a TV cooking show in the mix.

When I drive, I like to listen to NPR radio or audio books that I don't have to think too much about. First off, I have to say that Divina Porter, the performer of the audio addition I listened to is marvelous. I intend to seek out more books read by her (I've heard her before in some other series, already, and thoroughly appreciated her remarkable talents.) Had I not been listening to this on audio, with such a skilled actor, this might have been very hard for me to bear. The interplay between characters was good, but as Kitty began to decline, it was all too easy to remember my own experiences.

It gave a lot more depth and emotional connection to the book than a simple romance would have.

the plot stars perdita, a 29-year-old organic gardener who supplies a few local restaurants & a "health farm," which is a british-ism that i don't understand. perdita's little house backs on to the land that is owned by her good friend kitty, an elderly wealthy lady who happens to be perdita's mother's godmother. their split was a dark chapter in perdita's life, but kitty helped her get back on her feet, emotionally, & professionally, by giving her a parcel of land on which to build "poly-tunnels" (greenhouses?) in which to begin her gardening business. they start things back up again & lucas gives her a long speech about how he had come back to town to find her again & convince himself that he hadn't made a mistake by splitting up with her, but instead found that she had grown up & become a confident, capable woman that he wants to marry again RIGHT NOW. lucas has seen kitty's will & knows that perdita inherited everything. they move in to kitty's house & lucas jokes that perdita may already be preggers. perdita realizes that she misses kitty, but she doesn't need her anymore, now that she has lucas's love or something.

She is the founder of the "Katie Fforde Bursary" for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract. Katie was elected the twenty-fifteenth Chairman (2009-2011) of the Romantic Novelists' Association.