REVIEW: An Un Romantic Comedy by Phoebe MacLeod

An Un Romantic Comedy

The course of true love never did run smooth, but with Phoebe MacLeod it always gets a chance. Perfect for fans of Jo Watson, Mhairi McFarlane and Portia MacIntosh.

The black sheep is coming home for her sister’s wedding.

One week with the whole family in one house.

What could possibly go wrong?

Poppy is a therapist. You’d think her parents would be proud. But Poppy is the type of therapist that makes her mother cringe – she helps people with their, ahem, bedroom problems…

Normally Poppy deals with her difficult family – two parents, one brother, a couple sisters and an assortment of nieces and nephews – by keeping a county or two between her and them. But with her little sister about to get married there’s no avoiding the week-long family holiday in Cornwall.

The trip was always going to be a catastrophe, but Poppy never imagined how much her family needed her professional skills… Nor did she expect to meet a sexy surfer on what was supposed to be the most unromantic holiday ever.

Can a nightmare holiday lead to the love of a lifetime?

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My Review

Okay…so before I say anything, I want you to know that I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I found it difficult to put down. Having said that, there are a few things that struck me as odd. The first…if you’re a writer you’ll know what I mean (if not, then don’t worry about it!), but there’s an awful lot of telling not showing in this book. Normally, I would steer clear of stories like that, but in this instance it didn’t bother me at all (like I said, I really enjoyed the book). It’s one of those things we’re told time and time again, always show what you mean, rarely tell. But it struck me as odd because I noticed it but I just didn’t care. Weird, right? I’m guessing the reason why is simply that the author is a particularly good storyteller and simply doesn’t need to abide by the rules! The second thing that struck me as odd, is the title. I don’t get it. Perhaps I’m being dim, but I thought it was romantic? So why call it an un-romantic comedy? Not sure on that, to be honest.

However, like I said, I loved the book. The way the characters interacted with each other was fabulous and I particularly loved the relationship Poppy had with her mother and that crazy misunderstanding had me in stitches! I also loved learning all about what a sex therapist really does (!). I learned a thing or two…I was almost sharing with my my husband!

All in all, a cracking good read!

Author Bio 

Phoebe MacLeod is the author of several popular laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. She mainly sets her books in her home county of Kent and her first new title for Boldwood will be published in November 2022. They will also be republishing her existing titles from August this year.

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