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Flora Stanza has sub-let her London life in a bid to join the family antiques business. Her knowledge extends only to the information she has crammed from daytime TV, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in blind enthusiasm. So she is more than a little put out when she doesn’t receive the warm country welcome she expected. Her curt cousin Charles and his fiancée Annabelle are determined to send Flora packing, and their offer to buy her out is tempting … until a strange warning makes her think twice.

I think a lot of Fforde’s latest books are good but going back and reading this one from many years ago was hard. Especially as the love interest is none other than Flora’s cousin… okay… couple of times he is referred to as distant but more often than not he’s ‘Cousin’ and that’s just weird. I finished it for the sake of finishing it but honestly, it was just cringe-worthy.

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