Shortlisted for Choc Lit’s 2019 Search for a Star competition
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.
Adventures in Literature Review
Once I got past the jarring start to this book, I was able to settle in and enjoy the unfolding of what was sure to be a very comedic story about a naive woman who just wanted to live a quiet life. Perdita had enjoyed everything about her quiet life until she reached a stage where she wanted to be noticed. Specifically by men. She made it a point to change her look and attend a financial conference she was scheduled for. All on the push and whim of what one of her clients, Violet, had advised of her.
These choices, spurred on by Violet, led Perdita back into the arms of Violet’s nephew, Saul. In the back of her mind, Violet believes these two are made for each other and she has pulled on a lot of strings to make this happen. I would have to say that my favorite character from this entire story would be Violet. Even after health problems and old age, she has the wisdom and humor of someone managing all the behind-the-scenes. She really is the reason all of the events in this story happen in the manner that they do. But she does everything that she does with the intention of making Perdita and Saul two happy people – together.
Perdita was a difficult character for me to relate with, only because of her complete inexperience with the “outside world’. She had been raised as an orphan in a Catholic school setting and really had no idea or preparation for what life as an adult female would be like. She was taken advantage of over and over again which is generally not a strong female. But in the context of this book and this story, it does work and therefore I can look past what I might impose on the story. It made me like her even more because of the adversity she faced in her own confusion and being lost in the world.
Altogether, there was plenty of humor to be had and a wonderful story as well.
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!
Love & Pollination is the first in a series of whacky romantic comedy novels she is working on. Her characters appeal so strongly to her that she is unable to let them go – hence the series. She enjoys their humorous behaviour, quirky personalities and sharp, witty dialogue.
She was very pleased to have been shortlisted for Choc Lit’s 2019 Search for a Star competition.