All UK needs is love: new research revealed to celebrate ‘A Rose Petal Summer’ by Katie Fforde

Britain is a nation of romantics - with a third admitting they’ve fallen in love at first sight.    

Katie Fforde with her new book, 'A Rose Petal Summer'
  • Brits fall in love three times on average in a lifetime, and usually twice by age 24
  • British men fall in love more often than women
  • One in six Brits have lost their heart to someone unobtainable

A third of Brits have fallen in love at first sight, according to a new study to celebrate the publication of the latest romantic novel A Rose Petal Summer from best-selling author Katie Fforde. New research reveals that Brits fall in love on average three times during their life time - and twice by the age of 24.

The research into the nation's love lives found that men fall head over heels more readily, and typically do so three times in a lifetime, while women tend to fall in love just twice.

But being a nation of hopeless romantics comes with its downsides. Many are harbouring secret desires, with a quarter still pining after an ex - and the study shows that one in six of us have lost our heart to someone they couldn’t be with.

Katie Fforde, author of A Rose Petal Summer and president of the Romantic Novelists Association, said: 'I very much believe in love at first sight. That is how I feel about the time I met my husband Desmond so I know it’s possible.

A Rose Petal Summer
A Rose Petal Summer
‘Thank goodness for Katie Fforde, the perfect author to bring comfort in difficult times. She really is the queen of uplifting, feel good romance.’ AJ PEARCE

Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland.

She’s answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while?

The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her ‘one who got away’, is of course purely incidental.

Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it.

So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes.

Romance, humour, a cast of warm and totally believable characters and the tantalising possibility of happily-ever-after? It must be a Katie Fforde novel.
The whole world loves Katie Fforde's work:

'Like a good wedding, it will leave you wiping away the tears' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Modern-day Austen. Great fun' RED

'Katie’s writing is life-enhancing and, like the love affairs, delicious. I enjoyed every minute!' ELIZABETH BUCHAN

'Top-drawer romantic escapism' DAILY MAIL

'Warm, brilliant and full of love' HEAT

'Delicious - gorgeous humour and the lightest of touches' SUNDAY TIMES

'Effortlessly lovable, warm and fun' CLOSER

'Curl up on the sofa with this book and dream ... delightful' THE LADY

'Deliciously enjoyable' WOMAN AND HOME

'Uplifting and delightful' HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES

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