Love & Pollination: Reviews

Rating: 3 out of 5.


If you want a quick and easy read, that will make you smile and giggle then Love and Pollination is for you.

It has a cast of great characters, well crafted by Mari Jane Law. But, the main star in this book is obviously Perdita. Now, Perdita I had a love/hate relationship with if I’m to be honest with you. There were some things that she did and said that I found quite hard to believe. How would an adult get so far in life and be totally clueless about the birds and the bees? Her naivety at times made me wince. But, saying that, I found her completely whacky and hilarious, and this was because she was totally clueless.

To understand what I mean you will have to pick up the book yourself to get to know Perdita for yourself. She is a unique character with a unique story.

Love And Pollination is a story that is a perfect holiday read. Perdita will brighten up anyone’s day with her musings and complete lack of knowledge.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)Goodreads

Huge thank you to Mari for gifting me this book in exchange of a honest review.
This book was right up my street, packed with lots of humour, some scenes Perdita got herself into had me laughing out loud! The library scene for one had me hiding behind a pillow! I loved Mari’s writing style and how she opened the story up to a scene half way through the book which had me intrigued that I struggled to put this down. Main character Perdita, very naive but always meant well drove me a little mad to begin with. I was shocked just how inexperienced she seemed to be with the world but I also found her a lovely character to relate to and I enjoyed reading about her growth throughout the story. I enjoyed reading about the chemistry between Perdita and Saul, trying to guess the outcome the ‘will they won’t they’ had me hooked until the very end. This was a fun fast paced read with lots of comedy moments, I think Mari is most definitely an author to watch. I cannot wait to read more from her!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

AvidReaderAn unexpected pollination!Amazon

Naïve Perdita seduces her crush and ends up unexpectedly pregnant – and jobless too. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, along comes the disgruntled nephew of one of her clients, hell-bent on revenge.
Elements of this book are really funny, well thought-out and/or researched and endearing. I particularly liked the idea of ‘pollination’ and ‘germination’ of a ‘seedling’ (cute). However, I found the frequency of sentences beginning with ‘And’ a bit much (I expect other readers may not mind it). As for the characters themselves, Saul should arguably have been more likeable and Perdita’s degree of innocence a touch less extreme, especially ‘post-pollination’. Tony, however, was very a believable ‘cad’ and I did like Saul’s aunt and Perdita’s two best friends. I look forward to reading future works by this author.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Jane HuntUnique and uncharted. It will appeal to those looking for a different take on romantic comedy.Amazon

If you are a fan of romantic humour, enjoy a quirky female lead and are prepared to suspend your 21st-century cynicism this original romantic comedy is for you. It’s aimed at the young, and it should appeal to its target audience.

Perdita is naive, a state explained by her unusual upbringing. Consequently, she struggles with romantic entanglements, the result of which are both hilarious and poignant. She is a likeable character but also frustrating still, this adds to the story’s authenticity. Like all romantic comedy, the humour depends on the female lead’s personality, and Perdita makes a worthy rom-com protagonist.

This is unique and uncharted and will appeal to those looking for a different take on romantic comedy.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This Hannah Reads

This book is described as a ‘hilarious situational romantic comedy’ and I would have to agree with this!

The main character, Perdita, could be described as quite naive and not very aware of a few basic life skills. Despite having her own flat, some lovely neighbours and a secure job she’s never had a boyfriend and refers to sex in purely biological terms. This is much more understandable when you realise that she was raised as an orphan and bought up by nuns. I actually found the terminology used quite endearing, pollination, germination and the thought of a baby being born as the process of a flower being born. New life really is a beautiful thing which is clearly shown in this book.

Despite this sheltered upbringing you see Perdita grow up and become a stronger presence throughout the book which I really like. I’m still not sure on Saul as a character, I always felt very hot and cold about him – about the same as Perdita would have felt I’m sure! I really liked Violet and despite her meddling I could imagine her being such a lovely lady.

If you’re after a light hearted romantic comedy that will have you smiling along then this is the book for you and I would definitely recommend it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Tara WatsonGoodreads

I was recently gifted a lovely copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Perdita Riley is facing the greatest dilemma of her life. Why has she taken Violet Freestone’s advice on how to make herself 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 happened? Can she manage the complications of her growing attraction to Saul?⁣

Okay so, I have mixed feelings about this one. I’ll be honest, Perdita annoyed me. Yes she was an orphan raised by nuns, but I found it rather difficult to imagine just how naive she was when it came down to ‘germination’. I think it was because at the age of 28, with a good, solid job (well…) in quite a well to do career, I find it hard to understand how little she actually knew in certain aspects of life…⁣

That being said, although I may not have connected with Perdita, I did enjoy the story itself. As the cover states, it was a wacky, romantic comedy that made me laugh and ‘awww’. I really loved Saul, even with that dramatic entrance he made to the story. I loved how what seemed like minor characters at the time, actually had a purpose to the book as the story developed. I enjoyed reading about Perdita and Saul’s relationship, especially in the second half. ⁣

I found it hard to pick up in the beginning, but the story definitely picked up about half way, I read the last 150 pages in one sitting! I absolutely loved the ending and thought it was such a lovely way to finish their journey.⁣

Thank you again to Mari Jane Law for gifting me this lovely read.

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