rom-com| cheerful | cosy | heart-warming
what it says on the cover …
Perdita Riley is facing the greatest dilemma of her life.
Why had she taken Violet Freestone’s advice on how to make herself look more alluring? It led her into the arms of a womaniser. And now Perdita has to deal with a huge setback. Actually, Setback Number One isn’t huge yet, but it won’t be long before it is. To cheer herself up, Perdita goes shopping, where an extraordinary encounter deposits her, literally, into the lap of Saul Hadley. She would like to stay there, but Setback Number One is going to get in the way.
Will she find a way to deal with what has happened? Can she manage the complications of her growing attraction to Saul?
This hilarious situational romantic comedy will keep you gripped until the very end.
PUBLISHED: 16th April 2020
SHELF: Fiction | Romance | Humour
AUTHOR: Mari Jane Law
PUBLISHER: DuBois Publishing
FORMATS: Paperback | Kindle
my review …
Love & Pollination is an easy, light-hearted romcom with a distinctly cosy, warm-hearted central message of kindness and understanding.
The book opens to a teaser of a prologue that immediately makes it clear Perdita – the book’s main character – isn’t entirely at ease with social situations. It had an air of Bridget Jones to it, with Perdita finding herself in a cringingly awkward situation, desperately wishing the ground would swallow her up.
Having been raised in nun-run orphanage from a very young age, Perdita’s upbringing has been extraordinarily sheltered. At twenty-eight years old she’s unusually wide-eyed, naive and out of touch, particularly when it comes to men, dating, and relationships. It took me a while to feel at ease with her pronounced unworldliness, but there was a charm to her innocence that I found quite engaging. Her character was saved from becoming too cloying by her obvious high intellect, and an unpredictable forthrightness that led to some truly laugh-out-loud moments.
Saul Hadley is the book’s other main character … and there was a distinctly Darcy-esque aura about him. He’s been written to be something of a hunk – certainly Perdita is smitten in spite of their none-too-trifling contretemps – but some of his actions step way over the line of acceptable heroic behaviour. In any other situation, you’d have yourself a disturbing baddie here, but through the author’s storytelling the situations manage to stay on the right side of comedy caper.
The plot of Love & Pollination weaves between hope and frustration as the pair continually confound the reader with their will-they / won’t they antics and misunderstandings. Taking crossed-paths and mixed-messages to a new level, the author has created a charming and engaging novel, with strong inter-character dynamics, and a remarkable number of disastrous dinner-related events. Do Perdita and Saul get their happy ending? You’ll just have to snap up a copy and read this quaffable, cheerful novel to find out.
If this book sounds like one you’d love to read too, you can purchase it here.
Thank you to Mari Jane for getting in touch with me, and for sending me a copy of Love & Pollination in return for an honest review.
Mari Jane Law lives in the UK. She loves books, TV series and films that make her laugh and, through her writing, discovered she could make other people laugh as well. She hopes those who buy or borrow her work have as much fun reading it as she had in writing it!
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