Thursday, 2 June 2016

Review of Love or Nearest Offer by Adele Geras - Four **


On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she's not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need - and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Not that she tells them so; she's more subtle than that. But if you hire Iris Atkins as your agent, you may find you don't just end up with the perfect house you'd never choose for yourself, but the perfect job, the perfect partner... the perfect new life?
Of course, concentrating so much on fixing other people's problems doesn't leave much time for examining your own. Over the course of one whirlwind year Iris discovers that while she may know what's best for everyone else, she doesn't necessarily know what's best for herself - and what she finds out could make her happier than she'd ever dreamed of.


I love books that present a puzzle and this book is an excellent example. It's based on Iris, an estate agent, and her quest to solve her clients' housing needs. She takes pride in the fact that she tries to match people with the right property. 

While she is dealing with Josie and her family, Vina, and Aiden, she is also helping Patrick to find a property with the right amount of walls. Add to this her controlling ex, Neil, and his attempts to rekindle their relationship and June, her mum, you have a wonderful cast of characters.

Iris has 3 very close friends who have all married and produced children and keep pressuring Iris to follow in their footsteps. But she is adamant that she doesn't want children - her father is unknown and she doesn't feel she would make a good parent as she is too selfish. Enter Patrick ;)

Adele does a great job of weaving the different strands together and I was very happy with the final solutions to everyone's problems!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Quercus in exchange for an honest review.

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