Love & Pollination By Mari Jane Law

Thanks to the author and publisher and Love Books Tours for the copy of this book, in return for my honest opinion.

Let’s start with the blurb: 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.

Here’s my review: The book is described on the front as as “a whacky romantic comedy” and I think it sums the plot up perfectly. For me, it was as if The Two Ronnies had been given the gift of writing romance, with all the misunderstandings and slapstick in this story.

Having not been brought up in a convent like Perdita, I couldn’t relate very well to an adult knowing so little about the birds and the bees, although growing up with parents who hid behind the newspaper, coughed and went a deep shade of beetroot if there was a kissing scene in Coronation Street may not have been far off. I felt like the story fit in an earlier decade where someone’s innocence could be more easily maintained, rather than the current age of knowledge at our fingertips whether we want it or not. So in my mind the events took place in the nineties and I got into the book a bit more once I made that mental shift.

Perdita is a likeable, unique character and I can see there being more in this series. Try this if you like romance with hits of slapstick comedy.

Rating: 3 out of 5.