Lynda Renham Alice Lane has everything; a wonderful fiancé, a responsible job and a lovely flat in Chelsea, but after she has a bra fitting her life goes tits up. Homeless, and with just a sparkling engagement ring as a memory of her previous life Alice accepts a live-in farm manager’s job and discovers that things actually can get worse. Come with Alice as she makes her hilarious career change and struggles to cope with her moody employer, Edward. But can Alice turn her back on romance and resist the dashing Dominic or will the past come back to surprise her?
Having received some delightful birthday gifts of Amazon vouchers recently I happily uploaded said vouchers in great anticipation of scrolling through some Kindle reads and adding to my collection. Pink Wellies and Flat Caps caught my eye – as you might imagine such a title would -and with little other consideration was clicked and added to my reading list.
This is a light hearted and comical read with some great laugh out loud lines. Alice is very likeable and you immediately feel for her in her nightmarish situation of one minute loving life and feeling so happy and grateful for her fiancé, job etc and then suddenly, in the midst of having a bra fitting of all things, having her life completely turned upside down.
While we get the measure of her ex-fiancé early on as we read, for Alice, it’s a much longer and timely process to work out what and who is going to be good for her. In her utter despair, with everything falling apart around her she escapes to Cornwall to take up a job as a farm manager. Poor Alice spends much of the book in two minds about what she is doing, especially as life on the farm is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Having answered an ad in ‘The Lady’ magazine and packing her remaining belongings Alice heads to Cornwall with a very heavy and broken heart expecting to have a busy bustling job using her organisational skills from being a Practice Manager. However she finally arrives to find a run-down shambling farm owned by the remote but handsome Edward who wasn’t expecting her and isn’t very happy that she’s managed to let the sheep out! Thus begins Alice’s experience with Cornish farm life!
Alice slowly adjusts to her new life – even though it wasn’t what she expects and makes friends and is even tempted on a date by the suave Dominic. I liked the various characters and how the author brings so much comedy in to the various situations Alice finds herself in.
Just when she is starting to feel better about herself and her circumstances, a blast from the past returns and throws everything on its head again. Add in some animal liberation activity and a few unexpected dodgy dealings by those she thought she trusted and you get a very amusing tale. Verdict: I really enjoyed this and will be looking for more of Lynda Renhams work. Reviewed by Lesley