I have read all of Katie Fforde's books and enjoy them very much. Their heroine is either single, slightly overweight and eccentric in her late 20s/early 30s or is a much older woman, divorced or separated from her husband and trying to make a new life for herself. I suspect that these characters might be based on Katie herself but I could be totally wrong.
The older heroine usuallly lives in a very untidy house, is very artistic and can make cakes, paint, restore antiques, or have a hidden talent for project management (as in The Rose Revived). In the end all works out well and she meets a chamring attractive sexy man and all is happy and wonderful. Yes, they are predictable and formulaic but no less enjoyable for that. I seize upon them as they are published, sit down and gobble them up in an hour or two, usually while drinking a cup of tea and dunking a chocolate biscuit.
These books would fit very well into the Transita ethos and, in fact, I understand that Jane Gordon-Cumming, one of their authors is Katie Fforde's sister. When reading her book A Proper Family Christmas, the style had vague familiar echoes and when the blurb said that Jane G-C had lived on a barge and that I knew that the latest KF is set on such a boat, the penny dropped.
Katie Fforde used to be published by Penguin and the books were beautifully designed with lovely covers which caught the eye. She then moved to Michael Joseph who kept up the high standard, but then moved again to Century who immediately started to produce the books in the most ghastly 'chicklit' covers. They were the usual candy pink, organge and pale green with which publishers seem to be obsessed in this genre, and I really feel they do these books a disservice. Whereas the first books looked classy, the later ones look, well, just ordinary really.
Look at the difference in the two covers for the same book. I know which one I prefer.