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10 June 2016

Blog Tour: Love, or Nearest Offer by Adèle Geras

What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner... your perfect new life?

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.

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.

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Relationships, love, loss, moving-on, family.

This was a perfect summer read, easy to curl up with when it's raining (because this is Britain and it's usually raining) and easy to stretch out with on a lounger in the sun on one of the four days of summer or while you're on holiday.

I loved Iris and how her own life wasn't perfect - things were messed up and as well as working through her own problems she made everyone around her feel a little better too. This isn't a wishy-washy romance, there's substance to the stories. Iris pushes people together who might never have met otherwise, and it's so lovely.

This was a wonderfully heartwarming story, which set itself apart from other books in the genre with an original plot featuring the amazing Iris. There are several threads to the story and I found that it wrapped up nicely.

I hadn't read anything by Adèle Geras for years - Tower Room was one of my favourite books as a teen - and I not only loved this, but I'll be seeking out more of her adult works. She has a style which is easily distinctive and always accessible.

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