Monday, 5 September 2016

Review of Undertaking Love by Kat French

The bit on the back...

“Try not to wheel any dead bodies across the pavement when the bride’s outside, OK?”
When Marla Jacobs discovers that the vacant shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war on the new proprietor Gabriel Ryan.
With an army of loyal supporters, she embarks on a campaign to sabotage his reputation and livelihood.

But when she finally meets Gabriel, she realises just how much trouble she’s in. With his effortless charm and Celtic good looks, Gabriel begins to form alliances with her so called ‘loyal’ army and, reluctantly, she finds herself falling under his spell. And destroying him becomes the last thing on her mind…

Firstly, thank you to Avon for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. After reading, and absolutely bloody loving, One Hot Summer (review here) I knew I needed to read more of Kat's books. I had this title and The Piano Man Project on my TBR list and have done for an admittedly long time. Having said that though I've finally managed to get round to this!

The story is all about main characters Maria and Gabriel. Maria and Gabe's jobs and businesses are at the complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Maria specialises in weddings while Gabriel specialises in funeral and having both on the same street causes major ructions between the pair. The story follows them both as they each take turns narrating the novel through the trials and tribulations of trying to get on with your neighbours!

Maria loves a good wedding, catering to her clients every whim, but doesn't believe in love herself. She's clever and quirky and very down to earth which makes her easy to empathise with. I loved reading from her point of view and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. Gabriel reminded me of Gerard Butler in P.S. I love you. I could pretty much leave that sentence there and let you just enjoy that visual. He's a nice guy, hardworking and really feels like he's bringing something to the community. He puts up with an awful lot from Maria's friends and tries to work harmoniously alongside her.

A few spanners are thrown in the works when characters take it upon themselves to ruin what's budding between Maria and Gabriel. As well as laughing out loud you will also no doubt be in tears so make sure you have the tissues handy. This proved for me that Kat French is going to be one of those authors whose new books I will always look forward to. The Piano Man Project is up next!

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