|Author: Raffaella Barker|
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|In her exuberant, breezy new novel, Raffaella Barker creates a thoroughly delightful, thoroughly British rural comedy starring a woman whose life resists any and all sense of order.|
When Venetia's boyfriend, David, takes a temporary job in Bermuda, she finds herself suddenly alone with her three boisterous children, an assortment of dogs and ducks, and a freelance career that drives her to any form of procrastination. All too soon her life devolves into chaos, which is only exacerbated by her brother's impending wedding, by David's indefinite transfer to the Brazilian jungle, and by the awkward but persistent advances of a wealthy new neighbor. Still, Venetia manages somehow -- whether burying a dead chicken or visiting the local army tank museum -- to entertain and revel in her unruly brood. Her frankness and flair are a total delight.
From the Publisher:
For a year, Venetia Summers has been buffered from single motherhood by her boyfriend, David, but when work takes him to a Brazilian rainforest, things begin to unravel. Phone lines crackle, e-mails go unanswered, and long-distance love proves to be a frustrating experience. Meanwhile, Venetia’s children—Giles, Felix, and The Beauty—and dogs run wilder than ever, her boring freelance career drives her to all kinds of procrastination, and the awkward but persistent advances of a wealthy new neighbor become a little unsettling.
How is Venetia to cope? A burgeoning fashion career, creating outlandish garments for a London boutique, provides some needed diversion. But when a moonlit walk takes an unexpected turn, she finds herself with a real dilemma on her hands. Throughout the chaos and moments of tenderness, her frankness and flair make this unsentimental British comedy a total delight
This sequel to HENS DANCING follows Venetia Summers, divorced single mother, into her relationship with the devastating David, who is away in Bermuda on business. During his absence, Venetia is preoccupied not only with her three children but with her vodka-swilling mother and her Latin-speaking neighbor.