Ferney, By James Long


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First published in 1998, James Long's enduringly popular love story was such a word-of-mouth success that copies were exchanged on Amazon for £85.

As in all good escapist dramas, a beautiful house lies at the heart of the book – a derelict cottage in deepest Somerset where newly-weds Mike and Gally have started work on a long-cherished grand design.

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Their bucolic happiness seems complete, but then Gally meets Ferney, a fit, attractive octogenarian who seems to hold more charm for her than her husband. This is a time-slip fantasy about the romance of returning home.