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  1. Chloe Chloe says:

    The Churchminster residents are thrilled when a glamorous film crew descends on their uiet village But with just four months to prepare for the final of the ‘Britain’s Best Village Competition’ the chaotic filming schedule may do damage than good Meanwhile Camilla grows suspicious of the attention boyfriend Jed is receiving from the film’s demanding leading lady And younger sister Calypso has caught the penetrating eye of dashing leading man ‘Rafe Wolfe’ Brim full with lavish garden parties illicit affairs sordid shenanigans and a sneaky bit of sabotage not to mention a spot of fund raising with ‘Churchminster’s Got TalentThis is the third in a series of books set in the village of Churchminster and it’s the second in the set that I have actually read myself The first book Country Pursuits is the one I haven’t read but I thoroughly enjoyed the second outing calling Naked Truths which was released late last year Surprisingly the third book has already been released just 6 months after it’s predecessor but I was very much looking forward to meeting up with the Churchmister gang again I have to say when I saw the purple and green cover I really wasn’t keen because the two just seem to clash but in reality it’s much nicer than the image you are seeing on your computer screen thank goodnessThe book has a slightly different shift of focus from the previous book so if you were expecting it to pick up where the last one left off then it’s not I’m afraid The characters who were the major players in the last book aren’t so much around in this book such as Caro and her family instead the focus shifts on to residents of Churchminster itself not those based outside of it We meet Granny Clem an old lady who is Churchminster through and through her grand daughters Calypso who runs an events business but is a bit of a free spirit and Camilla who’s happily settled with Jed but desperate for a baby than she expectedThe fun bit about the book is the arrival of a big Hollywood movie into the sleepy Churchminster village just when they are trying to win the ‘Best British Village’ competition With it comes the arrival of Sophia the leading lady who is used to every man she meets falling under her spell whether or not they are otherwise engaged and leading heart throb Rafe who sets pulses racing around the village Jo has captured the chaos of the movie’s descent on the village perfectly and it was fun to read about all the mishaps and the way the residents went mad over it’s arrival tooThe book is uite fast paced and there are a lot of characters to get your head around initially not really helped by the fact the 3 leading ladies all begin with the letter C and I did find myself getting a little confused at the beginning for a while However once you are into the story there is no problem at all and you’ll enjoy the journey of finding out what mad things are going to happen to the villagers next It’s uite a sexy read with some saucy scenes throughout with various couples but they aren’t out of place in the book in any way and fitted in perfectly with the story I enjoyed the ending too it was a nice touch that things didn’t go how I expected them too and I’m glad Carnegie didn’t take the easy routeIf you enjoyed the first two books by Jo Carnegie then you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Wild Things The book was originally titled “Role Play” but I think the new one suits it much better overall The characters are great fun and get up to things I certainly won’t ever do I loved Calypso in particular who really is the life and soul of the book and old Granny Clem was pretty fun too However what I enjoyed most about the book was the serious storyline involving one of the characters that really took me by surprise but was so well done by Carnegie that I just have to mention it She approached with a subtlety that befits the topic and its good to see such an important issue being raised in Women’s fiction well done Jo It’s a very enjoyable read lots of fun and will definitely be a great beach read

  2. Nessa Nessa says:

    Fabulous book thoroughly enjoyable so well written just could not put it down and didn't want it to end Really love this authors books I am looking forward to the next book in the series

  3. Kayleigh Kehoe ♡ Kayleigh Kehoe ♡ says:

    ♡ wordpress ♡ tumblr ♡ instagram ♡ twitter ♡The charming village of Churchminster has reached the finals of 'Britain's Best Village' with high stakes saucy scandals and the village in desperate need of the prize money after the floods wreaked damage throughout Churchminster has a lot to loseThe story mainly follows the Standington Fulthrope family; the grandmother Clementine and the two granddaughters Camilla and her younger sister Calypso Granny Clem's top priority is for their village to win this competition against her arch rival Veronica Camilla is desperate to start a family with her long term boyfriend Jed And Calypso is focusing on her career However when a film crew show up and offer Churchminster thousands of pounds to use their village as their set the tension mounts as Sophia and Rafe leading lady and man set their sights on Jed and Calypso A spattering of vandalism that continues to escalate does not bode well for Granny Clem eitherThis book is like 'Hot Fuzz' gets a sexy written remake For the greater good Basically pack filled with hilarious posh country folk with just enough sex scenes interspersed to keep it spicy without being a full on erotic fan fictionThe story was written with a really nice pace to it Although it was mostly predictable nothing was rushedAlthough each character in the village is personable and likeable my favourite character has to be Calypso personally I feel that although this book was released 8 years ago she is the epitome of modern romance with the lines of her sexuality being blurred throughout the book coupled with her feistiness and general hilarity she makes for someone relatable and if not relatable then you would at least want her to be your friend A really easy read thoroughly packed full of warm spirit and cheeky personas 45

  4. Ceri Ceri says:

    The village of Churchminster devastated by floods a year ago has gotten through to the last four of ‘Britain’s Best Village’ competition so sprightly Clementine Standington – Fulthrope makes it her mission for the village to win enlisting the help of her granddaughters Camilla Calypso and the other villagersAll the plans are going well until a film crew turns up at Clanfield House situated in the village to film a new period drama featuring star’s Rafe Wolfe and Sophie Highforth Rafe wants Calypso Sophia wants Jed Camilla’s boyfriend and will stop at nothing to get him Clementine just wants them all to leave so she can get on with the competitionTold in the third person narrativethis book is a real laugh out loud book a very tame Jackie Collins meets Jilly Cooper type read Straight away the chemistry was there in the book for me It’s a story of a village pulling together in good times and bad sprinkled with huge amounts of humourI identified with all the characters even if one or two of them were predictable Camilla being a settled type of character while her boyfriend Jed being a stoic uiet type I think Camilla’s sister Calypso was the best character though a type who had plenty of get up and go single with plenty going on in life to keep her busy I also loved Clementine a dear old lady who only wants the best for everybody I think all the usual characters you would expect in a book about a village were there a Lord and Lady living in the hall the busy mum running the pony club the people running the local shop and pubThe ending was a bit predictable slightly cheesy but even though I wanted it to work out that way I still felt slight disappointment that I had guessed the ending A good uncomplicated read I highly recommend this book

  5. Rhys Thomas Rhys Thomas says:

    Wild Things is a novel set in the fictional village of Churchminster The shortlist for Britain's best village has been announced and Churchminster is on it As the villagers prepare for the judges in the hope of securing enough prize money to build a much needed flood defence they are visited by Hollywood Deemed perfect for an opulent period drama the little village is descended upon by a world of glamour far removed from the usual lifestyles of the village's inhabitants And with the A listers comes scandalI very much enjoyed this book Several plot lines interweave throughout from Hollywood love affairs to the murky world of village competitions to the tender story of a couple trying to conceive their first child Told with a uick pace and lots of humour I read the whole thing in a few daysI've always enjoyed Midsomer Murders and the book reminded me of that Not in the storyline hut in the setting a west country idyll built with sandstone bricks and garnished with flowerbeds and rockeries Little enclosed places give the author the chance to build a whole world and Jo Carnegie has done it beautifully here There are two other Churchminster books and I can imagine many readers eagerly anticipating all future releases feeling safe in the village they wished they lived in

  6. Sarah Broadhurst Sarah Broadhurst says:

    When Hollywood descends on a small rural villaage in the running for Best Britsh Village you can expect trouble Handsome leading men flirty leading lady and the villagers of Churchminster are all in a flap however add to this someone sabotaging all the hard work the 'garden party' the committee for the best village team have been working at and you know it will end in tearsi loved this book i have read all three of the Churchminster books and i have to say they are getting better and better i had many a late night reading those extra few pages This is the best book so farthere are many secrets and problems to be solved and revealled throughout the book and although i thought i had them worked out jo carnegie had done a great job in confusing mei would recommend this to all along with naked truths and country pursuits

  7. Seadaz Seadaz says:

    Really enjoyed this one read in only a few hours very easy to readThis one set back in churchminster most of the original characters were back in it not much of Caro and Benedict can't recall if they were even mentioned Jed and Camille were back in this one they wee good together at the beginning and then hit the skids a bit Devon makes a short return to this one too Calypso meets a leading man who is a bit of a love rat The town rallies together to win the garden show The vicar's wife has a few skeletons in the cupboardThis one was uite easy and enjoyable to read I do enjoy the country settings of Jo's booksOnto the next one in the series now

  8. Hannah Hannah says:

    I really enjoyed the first two books but I found this one a bit hard going at times I think that I just wasn't sufficiently engaged with either the film crew plot or the best kept village competition plot The film crew one in particular didn't really seem to go anywhere I do like reading about the characters however and I hope that I enjoy the next two books in the series

  9. Shelby (shelbyymay) Shelby (shelbyymay) says:

    Loved this book from the onset It shares a real team effort in the village of Churchminister and the bumpy rides of each family It kept me entertained all the way through that I just wanted to keep reading

  10. Andie Long Andie Long says:

    Not the best of the series with too much focus on Churchminsters old lady and a garden competition Still an alright read though

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Wild Things When an A list film set descends on the uiet village of Churchminster so begins the village's most scandalous yearMeet the glamorous cast of Wild ThingsSophia the leading lady who gets what she wants And she wantsJed the village's gorgeous gardener living with devoted girlfriendCamilla sweet natured and desperate for a baby unlike her sisterCalypso fiercely ambitious and unimpressed by the penetrating gaze ofRafe dashing leading man who uickly wins over Calypso's grandmotherClementine whose only desire is for Churchminster to win 'Britain's Best Village'