Another day, another Oddest book on the blog. Today I am reviewing the second (for me, they aren’t a series to be read in a particular order, all standalones so have at it in whatever order you fancy) of the five books in the Oddest Little series, The Oddest Little Romance Shop. Again, my thanks to Rachel Gilbey and the author for having me on the tour and for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.
“Izzie has the perfect plan for a perfect life. Work hard, get married, settle down, start a family. But when a mysterious Valentine’s day card arrives, asking in a bold scrawl, ‘Will you marry me?’, it upends everything.
Because Izzie thought she’d found Mr Right – and the card isn’t from him.
Puzzled, she sets out to discover the identity of her secret admirer . . . and is shocked by the truth. Torn in two directions, Izzie doesn’t know what to do.
Should she stick to the plan, or is it time to take life in a bold new direction?
Another quirky, charming novella in the ‘Oddest Little Shop’ series from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good.”
Things continue to bemuse me about the covers, and in this case the titles, of these books, since this one doesn’t even have a shop in it at all. (I did wonder what a ‘Romance’ shop would be). For some reason the publishers have decided to make a series connecting books via things that aren’t in all the books which is purely a marketing decision and is the ‘oddest’ thing about these books but I am not going to let that distract me any more, because the stories and the writing themselves are a delight.
This book centres around Izzie, who is desperate to get married and start her perfect family life and has decided that this starts with marrying Norman. So we know there is something amiss early on because the perfect romantic hero can’t be called Norman! The apple cart gets upended when a Valentine’s card arrives containing a marriage proposal, that isn’t from Norman.
This is another whirlwind tale as Izzie sets out to find out the identity of the card’s sender and, when she does, things spin off in an unexpected direction with the reader carried along for the ride.
I loved the premise of this book, a secret and unexpected marriage proposal coming out of the blue, and the flashbacks to Izzie as a child were really lovely and moving. Again, the characters are beautifully written and sympathetic where necessary and suitably unsympathetic elsewhere. This book also had quite a strong comedy streak running through it which I really enjoyed.
The ending of the book is the literary equivalent of an episode of Scooby Doo and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. A great read and highly recommended for a quick romantic fix. Just don’t expect a shop to feature in it anywhere. Bizarre. I’m looking forward to reviewing another two in the series next week, so check back then.
The Oddest little Romance Shop is out now and you can buy it here.
Check out the rest of the blogs on the tour and, when you see my name pop up again, check back for a review of one of the other titles in the series!
About the Author
Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates.
Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.)
You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.
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