Monday 13 May 2013

Undertaking Love By Kat French

Reviewed by Dawn 4 Stars

The moment love-phobic Marla Jacobs discovers that the shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war.
Marla’s chapel in the sleepy Shropshire countryside has become a nation-wide sensation, but the arrival of Funeral Director Gabriel Ryan threatens everything Marla has worked for. She can picture the scene: wedding limos fighting for space in the street with hearses; brides bumping into widows; bouquets being swapped for wreaths
Marla’s not going down without a fight. She enlists a motley crew of weird and wonderful local supporters, and the battle lines are drawn. But, as soon as Marla meets her nemesis, she realises just how much trouble she’s really in. His gypsy curls and Irish lilt make her stomach fizz – how is she supposed to concentrate on destroying him, when half the time she’s struggling not to rip the shirt off his back?
This book has it all. I was in a total book funk when I stared this and I couldn't have picked a better book to get me out of it and cheer me up. 
This is like your favourite rom com in a book. But at the same time it's so much more.  
Kat manages romance, a little bit of steam, lots of laughter with some fabulous one liners and tears (I cried, like proper needed tissues and couldn't just use my sleeve tears) 
There are a lot of very touching moments in this book and they're not always much to do with the romance between Marla and Gabe which helps give a great feel for the side characters. 
There's also lots of LOL moments too my favourite being when Marla was on the floor hiding on her Birthday and Gabe was knocking on the door then he posted a note through the letter box, what he had written on it was brilliant. 
All the characters have a story and big parts to play even Bluey the dog. 
In each chapter there are parts told from the main group. Which sounds like it could be a muddle but its not and it totally works.....It lets us get a feel for everyone and your kept flicking the pages to find out what's going on then it flips to another character and its like mini cliffhangers in ever chapter. This is genius writing as it keeps the reader gripped. 
Marla is a tough cookie to crack and has no intentions of getting involved with Gabe cause he's not a safe option for her. But she can't seem to stop how she reacts to him. And how could she.....Gabe is a hot, tall, dark, handsome, tattooed, motorbike riding, Irish undertaker. Need I say more?! No not really. 
   Gables accent was enough to make a nun's knicker elastic twang 
And he does the sweetest things for her despite the fact she keeps pushing him away. (Which annoyed me!!) And he knew he wanted her he just had to convince her about it. 
    Because the simple, inescapable truth was that from the moment Marla Jacobs had opened the chapel doors and deliberately insulted him, Gabe had known with utter certainty that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. 
    It was just a shame that she couldn't stand the sight of him then. 
This book is WELL worth your money and your time reading I read it really quick. But it wasn't a short read it was a long read so there was no rush in the writing everything flowed really well and wasn't all rushed towards the end like some books are. 
The ending is great and it could be left just like that but it could also take off from there with anyone of them as the "main" story but with everyone else still in the background. I would love to read more books with this cast. 

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