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May, Sally and Harriet have had enough. They may work at Quality Cleaners, but there is nothing quality about the way their boss, ‘Slimeball’ Slater runs the business. Sick and tired of working for a crook, May, Sally and Harriet decide to set up their own business. Soon May finds she can afford the mooring fees for her beloved narrowboat, Harriet discovers she has a gift fo May, Sally and Harriet have had enough. They may work at Quality Cleaners, but there is nothing quality about the way their boss, ‘Slimeball’ Slater runs the business. Sick and tired of working for a crook, May, Sally and Harriet decide to set up their own business. Soon May finds she can afford the mooring fees for her beloved narrowboat, Harriet discovers she has a gift for painting, and Sally’s dream of owning a place of her own is fast becoming a reality. It all seems to be going so well. But is it really? And is it too much, May wonders, to want a man to share her new found happiness?


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May, Sally and Harriet have had enough. They may work at Quality Cleaners, but there is nothing quality about the way their boss, ‘Slimeball’ Slater runs the business. Sick and tired of working for a crook, May, Sally and Harriet decide to set up their own business. Soon May finds she can afford the mooring fees for her beloved narrowboat, Harriet discovers she has a gift fo May, Sally and Harriet have had enough. They may work at Quality Cleaners, but there is nothing quality about the way their boss, ‘Slimeball’ Slater runs the business. Sick and tired of working for a crook, May, Sally and Harriet decide to set up their own business. Soon May finds she can afford the mooring fees for her beloved narrowboat, Harriet discovers she has a gift for painting, and Sally’s dream of owning a place of her own is fast becoming a reality. It all seems to be going so well. But is it really? And is it too much, May wonders, to want a man to share her new found happiness?

30 review for The Rose Revived

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mulva?

    I laugh when I write reviews on Katie's books, cause there's just so many new ways of describing how this book is different then the other 12 books. Let's see... there's a girl with a boat who likes to argue a lot with the hot man and won't let him help her in anyway. Yet, when he leaves for a short time she gets all depressed. Good thing she's got her boat, her best gal pals, projects that are so impossible and a "cuppa" to get her through until he returns. Once he's back, some more arguing occ I laugh when I write reviews on Katie's books, cause there's just so many new ways of describing how this book is different then the other 12 books. Let's see... there's a girl with a boat who likes to argue a lot with the hot man and won't let him help her in anyway. Yet, when he leaves for a short time she gets all depressed. Good thing she's got her boat, her best gal pals, projects that are so impossible and a "cuppa" to get her through until he returns. Once he's back, some more arguing occurs, hot steamy sex in the grass, then him deciding that they're getting married. How many of Katie's books did I just describe? Yet, I always want more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    3.5 stars A comedy was the required November reading challenge I have going with a friend of mine. I’m not sure if The Rose Revived can be classed as a comedy as there were no laugh-out-loud funny bits however it was still entertaining and contained a tiny dash of wit to make one smile. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, possibly in the future I might try another of Katie Fforde’s books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan in Perthshire

    I have been rather disappointed by some of Katie’s more recent books, but this one written a few years ago, is vintage Katie - full of likeable characters, realistic settings, happy endings and good humour. It is exactly what you need for a short escape into a world where problems are resolved and the journey is pleasurable and entertaining. She is a master of this romance genre and I was pleased to discover one of her books that I had not already read. Sometime, I just want a truly relaxing and I have been rather disappointed by some of Katie’s more recent books, but this one written a few years ago, is vintage Katie - full of likeable characters, realistic settings, happy endings and good humour. It is exactly what you need for a short escape into a world where problems are resolved and the journey is pleasurable and entertaining. She is a master of this romance genre and I was pleased to discover one of her books that I had not already read. Sometime, I just want a truly relaxing and entertaining escape - and this hits the spot for providing a short, sweet shot of glorious romance. It is of course unrealistic and predictable - but I don’t care!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Really, really bad. Some pretty dodgy sexism peppered throughout the entire book, a messy plot with lots of loose ends and lines that fizzled out, and an uneven treatment of the three character threads. Also, what normal human being, in 1995, when this book was written, thought 'sodding' was a swear word? So much so they would feel the need to apologise for saying it, as does a character in the book? Honestly. I've read and mostly enjoyed a good amount of Katie Fforde books, but this was truly a Really, really bad. Some pretty dodgy sexism peppered throughout the entire book, a messy plot with lots of loose ends and lines that fizzled out, and an uneven treatment of the three character threads. Also, what normal human being, in 1995, when this book was written, thought 'sodding' was a swear word? So much so they would feel the need to apologise for saying it, as does a character in the book? Honestly. I've read and mostly enjoyed a good amount of Katie Fforde books, but this was truly awful. Perhaps I'm just sick of her standard template of 1950s throwback females always winning some bossy/angry/sullen man over with their cooking/cleaning/child-rearing skills, then being thrilled to be proposed to before they've even been on a date, rather than thinking 'hold on a bit mate, tone down the psycho'.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Although all Katie Fforde's books follow the same formula I continue to read and enjoy them. Girl has a problem, encounters a man she cannot stand, he helps her, they fight have misunderstandings and eventually fall in love. She even solves her problem. A totally enjoyable reading experience. This time May needs money to save her boat, Harriet needs to make a place for her son and be able to study art, and Sally the aspiring actress wants to feel secure. They sign up to work for Quality Cleaners Although all Katie Fforde's books follow the same formula I continue to read and enjoy them. Girl has a problem, encounters a man she cannot stand, he helps her, they fight have misunderstandings and eventually fall in love. She even solves her problem. A totally enjoyable reading experience. This time May needs money to save her boat, Harriet needs to make a place for her son and be able to study art, and Sally the aspiring actress wants to feel secure. They sign up to work for Quality Cleaners without reading the contract and of course, they are being taken to the cleaners. They decide to set up their own cleaning business. It turns into a small success but along the way the girls get side tracked.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Three and a half stars. Three young women apply for a job with a new cleaning company, to their surprise the three of them are employed rather than the clearly more qualified older women who were also in the running, the shifty looking boss of the cleaning company says he is looking for quality, classy women to clean for his classy clientele. May is desperate for money after her boyfriend left her owing thousands of pounds for the mooring fees on her barge, if she can't pay them quickly the site m Three and a half stars. Three young women apply for a job with a new cleaning company, to their surprise the three of them are employed rather than the clearly more qualified older women who were also in the running, the shifty looking boss of the cleaning company says he is looking for quality, classy women to clean for his classy clientele. May is desperate for money after her boyfriend left her owing thousands of pounds for the mooring fees on her barge, if she can't pay them quickly the site manager will seize her barge and sell it to recoup his fees. Harriet has run away from her overbearing grandparents who have treated her like a servant, she is actually very good at cleaning and cooking, having done both to her grandmother's exacting standards. She has come to London because she is an artist and she is desperate for an opportunity to learn how to paint. She is also a single mother to a nine year old boy who her grandparents have sent to boarding school. Sally is a resting actress, since her acting jobs have dried up her journalist boyfriend has become a lot less loving and a lot more critical, she needs money so that she can leave him. After working for the cleaning company for several weeks the women discover that they have been conned by the owner and decide to go into business for themselves, stealing their best clients as they go. Each of the women meets a man through their cleaning work, but the path to true love is never smooth and each of them has to go on some journey of self-discovery. I enjoyed this book, however because it was effectively three love stories in one I felt that the ending was a bit rushed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Cristina

    3,5 stars I'm very sorry that the ending was so lame or I would rate it better :( I really enjoyed most of this book. As usual with Katie Fforde's books, it was so easy to like the characters, everything was so adorable, the way 3 young women met and became friends, worked together, fell in love with 3 lovable men... Enchanting, simply enchanting. 3,5 stars I'm very sorry that the ending was so lame or I would rate it better :( I really enjoyed most of this book. As usual with Katie Fforde's books, it was so easy to like the characters, everything was so adorable, the way 3 young women met and became friends, worked together, fell in love with 3 lovable men... Enchanting, simply enchanting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Chick lit with substance! Loved this warm and cosy read for some stormy autumn days.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tali

    This book was pretty standard Katie Fforde fare. There's a happy, if somewhat rushed, ending which I'm always pleased about and the pace of the story trundles along quite happily so that you don't get so bored. A couple of issues niggled at me slightly when reading it though. No matter how quirky or scatterbrained you are, you don't randomly decide when in a stranger's house that you're going to use their shower. It's weird and quite frankly you'd be lucky if they didn't toss you out on the stre This book was pretty standard Katie Fforde fare. There's a happy, if somewhat rushed, ending which I'm always pleased about and the pace of the story trundles along quite happily so that you don't get so bored. A couple of issues niggled at me slightly when reading it though. No matter how quirky or scatterbrained you are, you don't randomly decide when in a stranger's house that you're going to use their shower. It's weird and quite frankly you'd be lucky if they didn't toss you out on the street naked while calling the police if you did. That was a moment in the story where I almost stopped reading just because I couldn't believe some of the main character's behaviour. Other things included forcibly inviting yourself to stay at someone's house for the weekend and not calling the police when you've been threatened and your property vandalised by thugs. Incidents like these actually made me care about characters less, so while I was happy that everything turned out right for them, I wasn't as invested in them as I have been with other novels Fforde has written. A good book to read, but don't expect much intelligence from the leading heroines.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Morris

    In The Rose Revived, talented author, Katie Fforde took three hard-up young women, three men they fancy and a narrowboat called The Rose then mixed them together with many other memorable characters to make a magic brew. May is desperate to earn the money to pay The Rose's mooring fees which she unwittingly inherited. Talented artist, Harriet, escapes from drudgery in her grandparents' house to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Out of work, Sally, an actress is trying to find the courage to In The Rose Revived, talented author, Katie Fforde took three hard-up young women, three men they fancy and a narrowboat called The Rose then mixed them together with many other memorable characters to make a magic brew. May is desperate to earn the money to pay The Rose's mooring fees which she unwittingly inherited. Talented artist, Harriet, escapes from drudgery in her grandparents' house to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Out of work, Sally, an actress is trying to find the courage to leave Victor, who has not only become a petty-minded tyrant but also saps her self-esteem. May, Harriet and Sally fail to read the contracts they sign with `Slimeball' Slater, who offered substantial wages for those working for his company Quality Cleaners. Cheated by him, the three young women set up their own cleaning business despite Slimeball's threats. Katie Fforde made me care about her large cast of characters. She also grabbed my interest in the advantages and disadvantages of life on a narrowboat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    It’s déjà vu all over again. No, wait, it’s just another formulaic novel from Katie Fforde. Three women meet at an interview for a cleaning job. All three women, who are as different as different can be, are hired by Quality Cleaners. They are: • May, the boat dweller in need of some fast cash; • Sally, the out of work actress; and • Harriet, the aspiring artist. They become fast friends and soon discover that Quality Cleaners is not a quality operation. They decide to quit and form their own cleanin It’s déjà vu all over again. No, wait, it’s just another formulaic novel from Katie Fforde. Three women meet at an interview for a cleaning job. All three women, who are as different as different can be, are hired by Quality Cleaners. They are: • May, the boat dweller in need of some fast cash; • Sally, the out of work actress; and • Harriet, the aspiring artist. They become fast friends and soon discover that Quality Cleaners is not a quality operation. They decide to quit and form their own cleaning company. And, yes, along the way, each woman meets a man and falls in love, etc. Same darn structure as the last Fforde novel I read. Exactly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is the book equivalent of jam roly-poly: it's not going to change the way you think about the human condition but it's warm and sweet and comfortingly British.* *I will note that even in Britain, I'm fairly certain people in the 90's weren't all going around a) saying "Golly" and b) turning out to have close relations in the peerage.** **Although golly, wouldn't it be nice. This is the book equivalent of jam roly-poly: it's not going to change the way you think about the human condition but it's warm and sweet and comfortingly British.* *I will note that even in Britain, I'm fairly certain people in the 90's weren't all going around a) saying "Golly" and b) turning out to have close relations in the peerage.** **Although golly, wouldn't it be nice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Light easy read. Three young women meet up at an interview and the story follows the three of them as they meet 'their men'. Quite predictable, but funny, with good characters and quite a different storyline. Very different from my normal crime novels but I enjoyed it. I have read a few of Katie Fforde's novels and all are completely different with very different settings. Light easy read. Three young women meet up at an interview and the story follows the three of them as they meet 'their men'. Quite predictable, but funny, with good characters and quite a different storyline. Very different from my normal crime novels but I enjoyed it. I have read a few of Katie Fforde's novels and all are completely different with very different settings.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle Andover

    This was the first Katie Fforde book I ever read, and since then I've read them all. She is one of my favourite authors. Her books tend to follow the same plot, so you always know who will end up with who. Nonethless, Katie Fforde is a fantastic story teller, and I often reread her books. This was the first Katie Fforde book I ever read, and since then I've read them all. She is one of my favourite authors. Her books tend to follow the same plot, so you always know who will end up with who. Nonethless, Katie Fforde is a fantastic story teller, and I often reread her books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Jackson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Please note there is a spoiler in this review, simply because I couldn’t review it and NOT talk about a particularly hideous plot point. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I wasn’t expecting anything more than a light read, but some of the best books I’ve read could come under that category. This one, sadly doesn’t meet that. On the one hand it did keep me engaged to a point. However I have so many issues with the characters and plot. I normally avoid spoilers but I can’t for this. So many Please note there is a spoiler in this review, simply because I couldn’t review it and NOT talk about a particularly hideous plot point. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I wasn’t expecting anything more than a light read, but some of the best books I’ve read could come under that category. This one, sadly doesn’t meet that. On the one hand it did keep me engaged to a point. However I have so many issues with the characters and plot. I normally avoid spoilers but I can’t for this. So many places where the plot just jumped. A completely ridiculous ending purely for the sake of tying up loose ends. The characters made no sense Every one of those relationships were Toxic in some way. My absolute biggest problem is the story with Hugh and May. To be honest their relationship had potential (if you want to see that sort of story done well, read a Sophie Clare book) but at the point at which Hugh forces May against a wall and kisses her forcefully so she could ‘see what it felt like to be forced into something’?! No. Uh-uh. Absolutely not ok. That’s not romance it’s assault. Overall I was very happy to see the end of these characters. Usually I am sad when a book ends and ecstatic if I realise they appear in another book. That was Not the case here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joyce (Bookish Belle)

    Katie Fforde's books are darling - not quite as good as Jill Mansell's, but still very, very enjoyable. The reason I took two stars off of the rating of this book is mainly that I felt the ending was very rushed. The three storylines took forever and each was lovely to read but then the endings were no more than two pages each. Honestly, I hated that. Even Sally's romance, that had the longest and best ending, made NO sense at all. Another reason to dock a star is the fact that Katie Fforde wrote Katie Fforde's books are darling - not quite as good as Jill Mansell's, but still very, very enjoyable. The reason I took two stars off of the rating of this book is mainly that I felt the ending was very rushed. The three storylines took forever and each was lovely to read but then the endings were no more than two pages each. Honestly, I hated that. Even Sally's romance, that had the longest and best ending, made NO sense at all. Another reason to dock a star is the fact that Katie Fforde wrote a scene that was supposed to be romantic but would have legally been assault. I'm all for dominant males in books, but forcing a woman TO ANGER HER is NOT romantic at all. That scene gave me a bad taste in my mouth. Did not expect that from one of my favourite writers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    The book tells the story of three woman Harriet, Sally and May, who form a special relationship when they meet at a job interview for cleaners. They are all individually talented, but are desperate to earn money for various reasons. They all have suspicions about their new boss "Slimeball" and soon find out that is exactly what he is. And so they decide to start their own cleaning business. In typical chick lit style they meet and fall in love with three very different men, but it seems a few hur The book tells the story of three woman Harriet, Sally and May, who form a special relationship when they meet at a job interview for cleaners. They are all individually talented, but are desperate to earn money for various reasons. They all have suspicions about their new boss "Slimeball" and soon find out that is exactly what he is. And so they decide to start their own cleaning business. In typical chick lit style they meet and fall in love with three very different men, but it seems a few hurdles are put in their way before they proceed in to blossoming relationships. It is a nice story, at times a bit unbelievable and very over the top, but an easy read all the same. I know that Kate has written better books!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    In brief, May, Sally & Harriet meet while applying for a cleaning job. When they find they're being ripped off by their new boss they take matters into their own hands & set up on their own. I don't have much to say about it, it's a nice read about nice characters. In fact nice seems to pretty much sum it up - there's nothing really nasty here. Overall it's a likeable, inoffensive read albeit very predictable with everyone neatly matched up well before the end...oops - hope that doesn't spoil it In brief, May, Sally & Harriet meet while applying for a cleaning job. When they find they're being ripped off by their new boss they take matters into their own hands & set up on their own. I don't have much to say about it, it's a nice read about nice characters. In fact nice seems to pretty much sum it up - there's nothing really nasty here. Overall it's a likeable, inoffensive read albeit very predictable with everyone neatly matched up well before the end...oops - hope that doesn't spoil it for anyone! - although not very memorable. Should appeal to fans of Jill Mansell & the like.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is my 2nd Katie Fforde book. I heard about her on What Should I Read Next and first read "A Secret Garden." This one was much better, with likeable characters and twists and turns. It was textbook romance - male and female hate each other then fall in love and all turns out happily in the end. I probably won't read more of her since I hear they are pretty much all the same. But if this is a genre you love, or you're just looking for a light, fun read, you will enjoy her work. This is my 2nd Katie Fforde book. I heard about her on What Should I Read Next and first read "A Secret Garden." This one was much better, with likeable characters and twists and turns. It was textbook romance - male and female hate each other then fall in love and all turns out happily in the end. I probably won't read more of her since I hear they are pretty much all the same. But if this is a genre you love, or you're just looking for a light, fun read, you will enjoy her work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan Duthie

    If you're feeling a bit down or just need a break this is the book for you. Excellent characters and storyline with the KF signature women who have a brain and can be independent! One friend to whom I had recommended this book said it had her making a large pot of tea and reaching for the ginger biscuits. So enjoyable. If you're feeling a bit down or just need a break this is the book for you. Excellent characters and storyline with the KF signature women who have a brain and can be independent! One friend to whom I had recommended this book said it had her making a large pot of tea and reaching for the ginger biscuits. So enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pete Harmes

    Katie Fforde is such a wonderful writer. The story flowed beautifully. I find the word ‘feminist’ to be a complete misnomer. Feminists are a million miles from being feminine. May is just such a girl. Argumentative and verbally abrasive, it wasn’t easy to warm to her. She did at times get on my nerves. Had she been able to enjoy life more then I would have rated the book with 5 Stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    CHE NURUL

    Actually, my real rating is 3.5. The thing is with Katie Fforde's novels if we read thoroughly, it has its own charm and the conflicts were resolved beautifully. The same is applied to this novel. When I read it again, it was not bad, yet, there were some parts that I hoped written differently. Then again, I am just a reader. Actually, my real rating is 3.5. The thing is with Katie Fforde's novels if we read thoroughly, it has its own charm and the conflicts were resolved beautifully. The same is applied to this novel. When I read it again, it was not bad, yet, there were some parts that I hoped written differently. Then again, I am just a reader.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adeline Kam

    I always feel peaceful reading Katie Fforde's books. It's her way of writing and the wonderful characters and scenarios. The storyline is easy flowing thus making the book an easy and enjoyable read. This is another good book by her. About the lives of 3 women, how they met each other and their friendship flourish from there. Happy ending of friendships and relationships. I always feel peaceful reading Katie Fforde's books. It's her way of writing and the wonderful characters and scenarios. The storyline is easy flowing thus making the book an easy and enjoyable read. This is another good book by her. About the lives of 3 women, how they met each other and their friendship flourish from there. Happy ending of friendships and relationships.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Lovely story, Katie Fforde always makes me smile Great cheerful story, even if a little improbable. That's fiction. Thoroughly enjoyed it,the pot might be unlikely in real life but the characters are so real and likeable Lovely story, Katie Fforde always makes me smile Great cheerful story, even if a little improbable. That's fiction. Thoroughly enjoyed it,the pot might be unlikely in real life but the characters are so real and likeable

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Strangeways

    Sweet and lovely A perfect Katie Fforde book, entertaining and fun. Great characters, each with their own quirks who you just need to have a happy ending. Obviously it all works out and you get the happy ending. A real feel good story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Saw this book in the supermarkets, assumed it was a new release but it’s not. It was written in 1995 and is very dated chick lit as a result. My second Katie Fforde book and definitely my last. She not for me. Some decent characters but it’s dated and sexist as a result and was a slog.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved this so easy to ready great to follow one story but you can still read in yoy not tead other book plot very good love all the characters you will to soon easy to like them so you will hate I did it a good read very good I read in a day

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Amusing and entertaining but I didn't enjoy this as much as previous one. It seemed to end rather abruptly. Amusing and entertaining but I didn't enjoy this as much as previous one. It seemed to end rather abruptly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anj

    2.5 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelley S

    A light-hearted, feelgood read!

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