The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match 9781846056567Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but cannot have……
Now she’s made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent.
Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he’s been preoccupied and she’s starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers.
And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is where the heart is. But she’s over him isn’t she?

Recognized for her heart-warming, uplifting and beautifully written stories about the twists and turns of everyday life Katie’s latest book, The Perfect Match will not disappoint her many fans. A wonderfully romantic novel it is the perfect escapist book.

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

The Author / Katie Fforde

katie-fforde-pic copyKatie Fforde is consistently a top five Sunday Times bestselling author. Hundreds of thousands of her romantic novels are sold all over the world from the suburbs of Sydney and New Zealand to the thriving cities of New Delhi and Hong Kong. She has a huge international fan base which is bound to grow as she continues to write more and more.

As an award winning-author Katie Fforde now offers her support to new writers through the Katie Fforde Bursary. This award goes to the New Writers’ Scheme member who Katie feels has greatest potential. It is through this scheme that Katie has befriended and become mentor to local debut novelist Jo Thomas.

The Oyster Catcher

Oyster Catcher webFiona Clutterbuck thinks she’s got it all when she finally becomes Mrs Brian Goodchild, marrying weeks before her 30th birthday. But when he abandons her at the altar, she does the only thing she knows how to do, run away.
Crashing the honeymoon camper van, she finds herself in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of Ireland with only the clothes she’s stood up in. So if she’s not Mrs Brian Goodchild anymore, who is she? One thing she does know, she can’t go home. What Fi wants is to hide away, and where better?
She takes a job on an oyster farm despite being terrified of water and her new boss, the wild and unpredictable Sean Thornton and his oyster broker partner Nancy Dubois. There, she battles oyster pirates, pearl queens and circling sharks before finally coming out of her shell and finding love amongst the oyster beds of Galway Bay.

The Author / Jo Thomas

Jo ThomasJo Thomas first started writing light-hearted romances when she gave up her job as a BBC radio producer. She only found time to write her novel, The Oyster Catcher, in her car, after dropping her children off at school, and while her young baby was asleep on the back seat. Jo lives in Cowbridge with husband, Gert and their three children.
The idea to write the novel came to Jo after she spent three years living in Ireland and visiting an oyster farm.

Katie and Jo are looking forward to talking about their experiences and sharing their thoughts with BBC newsreader and broadcaster Lucy Owen. This promises to be a memorable evening.


Lively banter at the Book Festival finale!

Something quite different was promised, and that’s what followers of the Cowbridge Book Festival got, when local celebrity, Lucy Owen, engaged best selling author Katie Fforde and debut novelist Jo Thomas in a very informative and frequently, amusing conversation. Since Katie Fforde became Jo’s valued mentor, through the Katie Fforde Bursary, these two highly articulate ladies have become firm friends and have an established rapport that Lucy was soon able to “tune” into and the conversation and banter flowed.
During the lively Q & A session an appreciative audience, that clearly included a few budding authors, received invaluable advice on how to structure a working day, who to look to for inspiration and the importance of doing thorough research. They also emphasised the difficulties faced by would be authors in finding publishers willing to read work submitted by unknown writers. Obviously this is not a world for the faint – hearted and, it would appear, that a tenacious personality is definitely an advantage.
On behalf of the festival Jaci Harries thanked the three charming guests for such an entertaining evening and the audience then had the opportunity to purchase signed copies of their books and also chat with the authors over a glass of wine.



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