Living Dangerously by Katie Fforde


This is the second book I read by the same author and to my surprise, it’s very different from the first book, Highland Fling (https://vickychong.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/highland-fling-by-katie-fforde/). You can’t tell it’s written by the same person.

I enjoy this book more as the protagonist, Polly,  a 35-year-old spinster reminds me very much of my many unmarried girlfriends. Her self-deprecating humour about her body is familiar to all women. She describes why she is celibate:

‘Even at eighteen she had felt self-conscious about her pear-shaped body. Then it had at least been a smooth pear. Now her thighs were beginning to take on the colour and texture of cold porridge. And although her breast were fuller, the thought of exposing her dimpled flesh to the possibly critical gaze of a man was not appealing.’

Her married friends try to set her up and encourage her to be more socially active. To her credit, she gives it a shot, even going out with a radio journalist a decade younger but find herself out-of-place with the scene. She rejects the widower, David, with whom she is attracted to for why risk her comfortable life now to engage in a future which may include heartbreak and misery?

As a wanna-be professional potter, marriage to David would solve her financial problem and allows her to pursue her potter dream. One wild night of sex with David unleashes an unexpected creative streak in her pottery and her suggestion of becoming lovers instead of marriage was rejected by David. He does not want to be her gigolo, ‘I’m afraid I must refuse your generous suggestion, but please don’t hesitate to make it to someone less scrupulous. It does seem a shame to let that wonderful body and all that erotic talent go to waste.’

She does not want to become another Rebecca, referring to the namesake in the novel who was constantly being compared to the beloved first wife by the household staff. Even in this modern age, she is also concern about their difference in social status. They are just too different.

How would David convince Polly to marry him? Well, for one thing, she cannot resist his sexual appeal (yep, there are some sex scenes) but he is much more manly than that. The ending (of course it’s predictable since this is a romance) is both touching and funny.

Read it for yourself.

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