While I understand that Holden is a popular author, and while I think she's a much better writer than some of the others out there (her descriptions are incredible), the characters of Mark and Samantha were unlikable, and the situations -- particularly Bella's dinner party in the early going -- were stock. *I* was as bored as Rosie and I just wanted her to leave!
I'm sure I'm the minority review, though. And I'd certainly try other Holden novels.
I like a fun, quirky, mad cap story and this is one. Rosie and her boyfriend move from London to the country. She really wants to move there, he finally agrees because he sees a way to exploit it to move his career ahead and save money. Once they move, the scales are removed from Rosie's eyes about her boyfriend. (She finally sees what everyone else sees).
She tries to make something of the little money pit cottage they bought, but she is having a hard time financially and emotionally. She enjoys the country and starts connecting the with neighbors. Meanwhile, the boyfriend tries to form some sort of alliance with a never-quite-made-it actress who is a schemer. The ending is a good case of everyone getting what they deserve.