Title: Love, or Nearest Offer
Author: Adèle Geras
Publisher: June 2nd 2016 by Quercus
Pages: 384 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: womens fiction, chick lit, British literature
My Rating: 4 cups
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. Not that she tells them so; she's more subtle than that. But if you hire Iris Atkins as your agent, you may find you don't just end up with the perfect house you'd never choose for yourself, but the perfect job, the perfect partner... the perfect new life? 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.
'Love or Nearest Offer' is the story of people searching for new homes and how their paths cross. Geras tells each story in such an amiable way, that soon you feel like you know each of them so well. I thought Iris might have some special gift upon reading the blurb, but in fact, she just takes a very personal approach involving herself in the lives of her clients, and tried to match their personalities and needs to the house that would suit them best.
The storytelling is easy, undemanding and flows along at a nice pace. It’s light and uncomplicated,making it easy to engage with. The pace being gentle, just fits the book perfectly There are some ups and downs in the personal tales but nothing so dramatic - just enough to add a bit of interest, no unnecessary drama. I find the greatest appeal of this book is that it is so relatable and true to life with people you could easily know or want to know. A nice light in between kind of book to escape and enjoy on a quiet weekend.
"She thought of how important houses were. How the right one could make dreams come true and how the wrong one could wreck someone's entire life".
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.