Saving Saffron Sweeting – by Pauline Wiles
WHAT A wonderful, fun read this is! Grab a copy and toss it in your carry on or beach bag.
Grace Palmer and all her friends think she’s living the dream world in California. Grace soon discovers that her husband is having an affair with a coworker of his and her world seems to fall apart. She decides to chuck it all in and runs home to England. She doesn’t want to tell her Mum and Dad what has happened so she stays with her brother and his wife for a day when she lands and then sets off to try and figure things out. Grace finds herself in the village of Saffron Sweeting. She checks into a B&B and takes in the town. She takes a liking to the place and decides to stay for a while – but what will she do for money as she only has so much saved up. Her husband has been trying to contact her and apologizes, tells her that it was only once and means nothing. She doesn’t know what to believe and is just too torn and tells him she needs time so sort it out.
While at an estate agent’s looking for a rental she overhears the estate agent trying to explain some of the differences between American and English properties. Grace excuses herself as she joins the conversation and explains to the visitors what the differences are and the advantages. As she has been living in the states for some time she has a good understanding of what is expected by the Americans and how to explain things easily. The agent ends of offering her a job since she sold the original prospects and there will be many more as a huge biomedical firm has just opened in an industrial estate near the village. She discovers that the village is really struggling and because she has becomes very fond of the little village she starts helping the local businesses adapt and change to attract more business and to survive.
She is “adopted” by a local dog owned by a local business owner who doesn’t seem to like Grace and that in and of itself is a funny story. There are many laughs and stumbles along the way in this great story. The shop owners are great and all have their little idiosyncrasies and she meets and dates someone else (without success). I won’t say any more as I don’t want to give it all away. Great ending that leaves you wanting more.
I read it in one day and would recommend to all. You don’t have to sit and wonder and psychoanalyze everything. Just a great read. Don’t miss it!