Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: HER ORDINARY JOE by Margaret Desmond

A 5th grade niece is looking for a husband for her Aunt Polly and her teacher was just perfect. All the kids respected Mr. Joe Matthews. Needless to say that Joe was shocked to hear one of his brightest students wanted him to marry his aunt. After all, he wasn’t looking for a relationship, especially with a woman like Polly.

Polly is a struggling writer, often penning romance stories without sex. She’s never been able to meet a man as perfect as the heroes she writes about…until Joe came along. Although he had the bluest eyes she’d ever seen, Polly knew that he was just an ordinary Joe that couldn’t compare to Lance, her fictional hero. They just didn’t make men like they used to back in the days of the old west, which is why she wrote historical romance with rugged men that could handle anything. Polly’s writing was her life, and she wouldn’t rest until she got her first publication.

To Joe, Polly was a reminder of his free-spirited and lackadaisical mother, who was an artist solely concentrated on her work with no regard for anything else.

They were just no interested. Period.

But that eventually changes when Joe starts helping Polly with her story. He makes her see that maybe she doesn’t know romance as well as she claims. So Joe helps her feel romance.

Very good writing! I enjoyed Polly and Joe’s easy camaraderie and how they learned to look beyond first impressions. Of course, the cover is pretty ordinary, but it’s fitting to how the characters actually are—just ordinary. The story creating process between Joe and Polly could be a little daunting, but it definitely brings the characters together.

A nice story!

My rating: 4 stars

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