Welcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year…
Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster.
When her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed, things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous. As rumours of why he’s back spread through the village quicker than the stable girl can drop her knickers, is Lottie’s future with sexy eventer Rory Steel about to fall at the next fence?
With a wave of unexpected pregnancies, steamy shenanigans in the hay and a farrier with more than shoeing horses on his mind, will Lottie ever be ready to take on the coveted title of Lady of the Manor and restore the Estate to its former glory?
As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed…
The opening chapter of ‘Country Affairs’ sets a high standard for the rest of the book to follow but I’m happy to say, the more you read, the better it gets.
If this is your first visit to Tippermere then the introduction to the cast of characters and the village setting is invaluable. It makes this fun and witty story easy to read as a standalone. If, like me you devoured ‘Stable Mates‘, then this second book in the Tippermere series has all the humour and heat but also shows how the irrepressible Lottie has matured. The only question; has she outgrown sexy Rory?
The characters are a curious mix of realism and caricature and it works well. On the outside they are easily recognisable but each has hidden depths, which makes you want to know their story. The animal characters are a comic delight and will make every reader, who loves dogs and horses, smile.
The simple plot allows the characters to tell the story and keeps you guessing right until the end; who will get the girl? This story would make wonderful television.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Country Affairs by Zara Stoneley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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