Title: Undertaking Love
Authors: Kat French
Publication Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Authonomy: HarperCollins
Purchase at: Amazon
This is a free-for-all read on Netgalley, and because I love romantic comedies, I thought I would try it out. The cover seems typical for your typical adult romance novels. It reminds me a little of Sophie Kinsella covers. The synopsis made me think that this would be a fun, silly read where the main characters would make crazy attempts at upstaging each other from ruining each other’s businesses, but I think that the synopsis doesn’t really tell you everything. There is so much more to read in this book.
Undertaking Love is full of cliches with the author’s personal flair. I found it to be a little too predictable despite not coinciding with my expectations, but it is still fun to read. It reminds me of those cheesy chick flicks where there are a lot of characters involved who fall in love – New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, etc. – because that is how the story is told. It doesn’t just focus on Marla and Gabriel. It is written in a third person’s point of view where we also find about the stories behind Marla and Gabriel’s friends, co-workers, and loved ones. I think that that was a pleasant surprise because the other characters are just as lovable as the main ones. Kat French’s writing is funny and entertaining.
Due to the many players in Marla and Gabriel’s feud, there had been a lot of misunderstandings between them, but one thing’s for sure – they are definitely attracted to each other. Marla is the owner of the wedding chapel, and she simply cannot allow Gabriel’s funeral parlour to open right in front of her establishment so she tries to persuade the community to have it removed. However, Gabriel strongly disagrees. Marla carries a lot of baggage due to her parents’ divorce and continuous marriage attempts with so many different people. She thinks that she shouldn’t fall in love and shouldn’t get married because it would never end well. Although I think that’s quite stupid considering her best friend is happily in love and married for years. Couldn’t she draw inspiration from them? So I found her a little frustrating. Gabriel, on the other hand, is a sweet and sensitive Irish man. He keeps on attempting to make peace with Marla, despite the unsuccessful attempts. I just hate that he could be so obtuse sometimes, but he makes it up by being thoughtful towards Marla.
We also find the fabulous and funny gay man (Jonny), Marla’s married friends who are having a difficulty making a baby (Emily and Tom – I love them individually, they were definitely entertaining!), Marla’s sex therapist mother (Cecilia), Gabriel’s sexy best friend (Dan), Gabriel’s manipulative assistant (Melanie – I HATE her!), Marla’s questionable suitor (Rupert), and a couple more characters to amuse you.
And we also have Dora and Ivan. They are the little community’s ADORABLE elderly couple, and I love them. The other characters drew inspiration from their lifelong love and marriage. Although I wasn’t that moved by what happened with them even though I wanted to be. (
Maybe it’s the shock) Either way, they were a lovely couple. What Ivan says about Dora:
“She is the rock that this lighthouse stands on.”
This reminds me of this one poem that my ex-boyfriend wrote for me way back when we were still a lot happier together. Love is a beautiful thing. It was written for me so I guess it is mine to do whatever I will with it, and I definitely want to share it. I personally like this little haiku, so enjoy~
My Lighthouse by the Sea
In darkness, I fell
But like a light shining bright
Your warm smile guides me
– Jose Lorenzo Guevarra, Feb. 3, 2012
What I did not expect to find in this book are the little lines of erotica. I know it’s normal for the author to simply imply that something happened between the characters for romance books like this, but not really blatantly say what happened. And then I found out that Kat French is also Kitty French who normally writes those kinds of things. I don’t really have anything against it. I was just really surprised.
OVERALL, Undertaking Love was an enjoyable read, and I think that people who enjoy contemporary romances would like this book as well. And it helps that there is a sexy Irish man. 😉
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
- I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.