Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Love & Pollination is a contemporary romance novel written by Mari Jane Law. Perdita really had no experience in dating or romance, and the birds and bees lectures given by the nuns at the convent where she grew up were strictly on the level of the birds and bees. So, when her elderly client recommended that she make some changes to get herself a man, Perdita figured she might just have the solution. Violet even compared finding the right clothing to flowers being bright and colorful in order to attract the bees that pollinate them. Could she find those bright colorful items for herself, get herself noticed by a man? Violet strongly recommended a thorough makeover, and Perdita found herself unable to resist. Would it, could it work at the upcoming work conference where Tony, her crush, would be? Armed with clothing that made her legs look like they went on forever, a perfectly fitted jacket that emphasized her assets, and spiky shoes, Perdita wondered what could go wrong?
Mari Jane Law’s Love & Pollination features a marvelous naive young woman whose quiet and unassuming life is forever shaken up and stirred after she sets out to catch her man. Law’s characters are a hoot and a half, especially Violet, Perdita’s matchmaking client, Luke and Gavin, her best friends and neighbors, and Perdita herself whose place of safety often ends up being underneath the nearest table. The author’s plot is zany and filled with twists and turns, and her writing style is perfectly suited for this appealing comedy of errors. Love & Pollination is highly recommended.
I honestly really enjoyed this book! It was witty, fast paced and hilarious. The first thing I have to talk about is of course the main character Perdita. Her character really had me laughing, it was so comical watching her go through life being so absolutely clueless about men, she even had me cringing at some points. As I read more of the book I really felt connected with Perdita and every new thing that happened to her I really felt for her.
I was also wholly invested in Perdita and Saul’s relationship (when Saul wasn’t being a pain in the backside) I couldn’t wait to see the outcome of the story because I was really rooting for them as a couple.
This book had a great story arc it wasn’t just your usual rom-com, it was whacky and brilliantly thought out. It was nice that the story wasn’t solely focused on Perdita and Saul as well, there were some other good characters and it was nice to see their lives as well as the main characters.
Mari Jane Law developed some fantastic characters and a well thought out story.
Overall I loved this book and was surprised by how much.
If you are after a laugh out loud book then this is the one for you, I genuinely could not stop laughing. I found this book to be well written and an easy read, I liked Perdita and I liked the fact that she was different and had a very quirky personality. Mari tackles the serious side very well, I liked the way Perdita does toughen up but also finds happiness. I look forward to the sequel. I really enjoyed this book, and one I would recommend and read again.
Whacky, most definitely! Far-fetched yet totally possible, and I like it how cleverly all the little bits fall into place of the bigger picture. Lovely sense of humour. Very much my wavelength! Most cer-tain-ly worth buying!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough it is a must-read
This wonderful quirky romance comedy shows how heroine Perdita Riley upon listening to advice from acquaintance Violet Freestone finds herself shopping like she has never shopped before and whilst overcoming her first setback she finds herself at various junctions in her vulnerable life where fight not flight determines her next move will it be with Saul Hadley? Time will tell or would it.
Robyn R Pearce – I loved this delightful book with its quirky humour and fast-paced action – Amazon
Perdita, naive and hard-working, is no match for playboy Tony – Mistake No. 1. Then a major work stuff-up (not her fault) introduces grumpy and suspicious Saul. More mistakes and set-backs follow in a delightful, well-crafted and highly entertaining romantic comedy. Twists and turns follow in hilarious fast-paced action. It was a keep-you-up-to-the-end book – I surprised my sleeping cat in the middle of the night with several belly laughs.
Mari Jane Laws is an author to watch. She knows how to keep a story rollicking along, uses language confidently, and crafts a great plot. Do check out the dog video at her author page – it’s a stitch! I’ve already shared it with others. https://www.amazon.com/Mari-Jane-Law/e/B0889RN6S3/
The lead character, Perdita meets up with the wrong guy then finds the right guy, but with setbacks, and cover-ups mixed in how can Perdita get what she’s hoping for? This fast-paced romantic comedy is truly one for the ages.
Jacqueline Lam – Goodreads
Love & Pollination is more than a romantic comedy. It is educational and a must read for men who determine to understand the love in their life. It is a book written for young women by a woman.
The book starts with the colour of its cover. The various shades of pink invoke fantasy and welcomes readers to the fragile yet courageous Perdita, the lost child (p.96).
Perdita made awful lot of mistakes under circumstances that she was unaware of. Instead of moaning about her ill fate, she gracefully faced her ever-increasing setbacks and admirably made the best out of every situation. In the time of the on-going pandemic, it is a good read. The story brings us hope and lands us on an oasis intact of Covid-19.
The plot was comparable to Shakespeare’s Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. Everything that should not have happened, happened. The lives of the characters were entwined. Each one walked straight into each other’s existence at extraordinary hours and in bewildering situations, as in how Saul kidnapped Perdita in a shopping centre (p.90):
After sliding the scarf free from her neck, Perdita replaced it on the shelf. She wanted to go home. Turning, she noticed that a man with dark-brown hair, who had to be well over six feet, was about to career into her… She stretched out a hand to steady him, but he snatched his arm away and glared at her with gunmetal eyes. Frozen, she just stood there and then felt the clutch of his hand on her shoulder… ‘I need you to come with me. You owe it to me. You owe it to—’
Mari Jane Law firmly believed in female capability. She picked up the most unimaginable scenario for a modern 28-year old woman, who was intellectually capable, but paradoxically a complete disaster in her own romantic life. Depicted as an orphan raised by Catholic nuns, Law justified Perdita’s believable existence in the 21st Century. Perdita’s ignorance about men and sex landed her in the first and foremost setback. However, Law made clear that being women in this era, one can turn the tide.
Law had a special talent in using her words. Might it be her desire to represent Perdita’s purity, she euphemised all vocabulary items relating to human sex acts into plant growth – another interesting area for readers to explore.
I most appreciate Law’s attempt to ease prejudices against gay couples. The helpful, gentle and protective nature of Luke and Gavin was appropriately described and matched with those I have met in real life.
To fully enjoy the comic bits of the book, we now need an appreciative film producer who could interpret the humorous writing in the story as in pages 83-84, 88-89, 104, 146, 155-156, 222, 275, 305.
This is an interesting book to read for relaxation and for a bit of laughter.
Perdita, the focus of this novel, is infuriatingly naive at times, but likeable nevertheless. It doesn’t take long before you’ll feel invested in her story and those of her quirky band of friends and associates. Snappily written, the novel is well-paced and moves seamlessly to a satisfying end. Hope there’s more to come from these characters as there’s certainly scope for further adventures.
I hope everyone will enjoy following the escapades of the main characters in this novel as much as I did! A well-written novel and a very welcome addition to the romcom genre.
I was kindly send Love & Pollination by Mari in exchange for an honest review.
Immediately, I found myself being drawn to Perdita as a character. She was a fantastic protagonist to the novel and her voice was refreshing and unique. She was a charming and interesting character and I was automatically on her side. Because of the individuality of her character I found that I never quite knew how she would react to situations which I really enjoyed. Perdita is very naive but I found her innocence charming and it added to some of the comedy within the novel.
All of the characters within this novel were given purpose and their own story to tell. No character felt like they were there only to fill a place and I loved them all. I loved that each character had been so well thought out and it really added to my enjoyment of the novel. As Perdita’s counterpart, Saul was a complex character and I really enjoyed how the characters of Perdita and Saul bounced off one another. Their tension was so well written and I was completely rooting for them.
The novel is filled with comedic moments and it was such a lighthearted and hilarious read, it definitely deserves the label of romantic comedy. I enjoyed every page of the novel and finished it in no time at all, I was desperate to see how it would end. Although this novel is comical, the plot still had structure and pace to it. There were still twists and turns that kept me on my toes whilst reading which was great and left me wanting more.
I would recommend this novel to everyone who loves a lighthearted romance read. It was well written and paced with amazing characters. I was left wanting to read more about these characters as I loved them so much.
I enjoyed every page as I went by. I took my precious time when I realized that I was about to finish the entire book in one sitting. Not only was the story unique, it was so relatable. Growing up I have had one too many of Perdita’s experience and even now my poor mind has not fully matured. It was a great read. A 10/10 and recommend this story to all you readers out there. Many thanks to you Mari, keep doing what you do best and continue to share your story with the world.
I’ve loved chapter 1! This is hopefully the start of a great book that I’ll really be able to get into… the full 5 stars are well deserved so far! Chapter 2 was good too… poor Perdita! So far so great with this novel, still a very well-deserved five stars… I’m wondering why each chapter is only a few pages long though?? I was wrong about the chapters only being a few pages – chapter 4 was definitely longer lol I’m deeply loving this book – currently up to chapter 9 and my life has been on hold since the first page because it’s so great… not gonna finish it before bed time tonight ‘cos I’m only 22% of the way through, but it’ll be the first thing I open tomorrow morning, even at the expense of my email which is usually one of the first things I open… you *have* to get your eyes into this book in my opinion! This is getting better and better… Perdita has just taken a librarian into a shop and met a friend there… innocent, right? Read chapter 15 to find out! Yep, still just as good the next day… books don’t usually make me tearful, but I’m feeling pretty choked up with pride at the end of chapter 25! WTG Perdita! Just read chapter 35 and it was such a huge relief that it happened… got 9 pages left to read and the author is doing a fantastic job of tieing up the story… WTG author! Chapter 36 is a huuuuuge relief and the author is doing a fantastic job. This is a truly fantastic book! Just finished it and I love a happy ending… this is most definitely a must-read and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
This was a well written book. Very easy and delightful to read. I rarely laugh out loud but I did with this book!
A wacky thoroughly entertaining romp with the mixed up characters. They are just getting their act together when something, or someone, on the crazy side pops up and throws them and us into chaos.
I read it in two sessions over two days and I’m looking forward to a sequel.
This romantic novel is highly addictive and will keep you reading, unable to put the book down. Its pages are packed with funny moments, hilarious encounters, and witty remarks. Perdita, the heroine, makes the story fresh and to stand out from other romantic novels. She is full of quirks, and has her very own and special view of the world. Delightful and exasperating in equal amounts, she will have you vouching for her from the very first pages. The author makes a terrific job with the pace of the story, carrying the reader effortless from one chapter to the next, from one laugh to another, always in his toes, not knowing what the final outcome will be until the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and look forward to future publications from Mari Jane Law. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to laugh, smile, be amused, and read something with a strong dose of originality and freshness.
Shivs – Getting to know Perdita – Goodreads
The heroine of this book, Perdita, is unique in my experience of reading romances. She’s funny, witty, sentimental, loyal, resourceful, naive, kind, honest, conniving, and an absolute treasure. The girl has principles and courage, and they lead her into situations, which are so entertaining, and a definite credit to the imagination of the writer.
An extraordinary innocence lands Perdita in hot water early on, and the temperature keeps rising as the book progresses. The twists and turns as the story unravelled kept me captivated. Just when I thought I was beginning to understand her, Perdita did something completely unexpected. And yet, she was so easy to identify with – her dreams, longings and hopes reflect those many of us hold. I wish I’d had half of Perdita’s creative courage in my life.
The book is jam-packed with hilarious comedic moments, not to mention tantalising descriptions of cooked lamb (hah!). Reading it became a compulsion, because I so enjoyed Perdita and the other main characters. They are well-drawn.
The best comedy romance I’ve read.
I immersed myself in this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story line is fresh and quirky and, for someone who does not read many books of this genre, I found it entertaining and gripping. A well crafted book with a delightfully light touch. Let’s hope there are more to come from Mari Jane Law’s pen.
Perdita is now one of my all time favourite romantic heroines. I love how different she is to the tired old fiesty-fashionista gal looking for love in most romantic comedies. She’s different and once I accepted that she wasn’t the norm then I began to really enjoy the quirks of her personality. Perhaps because of her character the story is also a little different. Again a huge plus. Sometimes the rom com formula can get a bit stale. Mari Jane Law has given it a big dose of originality. I loved Saul’s character. The contrast between them does well to highlight their personalities. Funny of course, but it also entertains some very serious issues. Recommended for anyone who wants to laugh and fall in love, but also wants something a little off the beaten track.
I loved the book, and as I came to the final page, I was hoping, fervently, that there would be a sequel! It was exquisitely written, stylish, and with brilliant touches of humour. I thought that it was entirely original, especially in terms of the main character, Perdita. She had a lot of integrity, and I enjoyed seeing her develop, assert her independence, learn about life but not lose her innocence, in the true meaning of the word. It was an instructive book. I don’t like trivial, cheap storylines, about shallow women, and this was anything but. It was good to see Perdita triumph over adversity, and toughen up, but at the same time make a future with the man she loves. I am totally looking forward to that sequel!
A quirky and enjoyable read. Perdita, the heroine, is likeable and exasperating in equal measure and you’ll quickly become invested in her story.
Harry Goode – by email (apparently, despite having bought the paperback, Amazon would not allow the posting because Harry had not spent £40 within the previous 12 months)
The path to true love is always fraught with difficulties, with misunderstandings, and with suspicions. The paradise can be glimpsed, and in these sexually freer times there can even be some going to bed together. However, if you are only two thirds of the way through the book, you know that yet another, possibly a deeper, crisis can only be pages away. The romantic novelist’s art is to make these tired old tropes credible, and to actually have us wondering about the outcome. After all, these days it is possible for the heroine to take up body building, become a Me Too activist, and forever eschew the pleasures of love. Mari Law pulls this trick off remarkably well. Until the last chapter I wasn’t sure that the curmudgeonly Saul was going to finally learn to trust our heroine Perdita. This appropriately named lost soul is finally ….. Oh no! I mustn’t give away the ending.
Chris Points – emailed to me as he is unable to leave a review on Amazon.
Perdita Riley: We follow Perdita’s challenges, real dilemmas and setbacks. The pathways Perdita chooses to follow and the diverse and colourful characters she meets. Most notoriously, a principle free Tony who Perdita first met at a work conference. A more caring friendship was established with Violet who was seriously unwell, lost a substantial sum of money as a result of advice allegedly offered by Perdita. Saul, Violet’s nephew, found Perdita and obliged her to look after his aunt and offer additional care. It is the so unlikely relationship between Saul and Perdita that gives the story its real interest. Gavin and Luke, Sister Margaret and Father O’Connor are well drawn and represent a broad range of characters who contribute to the richness of the circumstances that Perdita has to cope with and overcome. This is a novel of varied and challenging events. The author, Mari Jane Law, has created a story which is diverse and compelling. A welcome new talent.