Book review – for readers and writers – no135: Morgen Bailey reviews Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero, a Quick Reads novella by Harriet Green

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Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero, a Quick Reads novella by Harriet Green

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This novella is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rules-Dating-Romantic-Harriet-Evans-ebook/dp/B00EH18V9A and http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Dating-Romantic-Harriet-Evans-ebook/dp/B00EH18V9A.

Review (of the paperback)

I have dozens of Quick Reads and love them because they are… um, quick reads. While they use simple language for emerging readers, they don’t patronise and while I’m walking the dog, cooking etc. they are – generally – and easy and enjoyable read.

As the title would suggest, this novella is split into rules, preceded by a short prologue, an extract from the ‘Daily News’ speculating about Laura and Dominic’s (Nick) forthcoming nuptials… or rather lack of anything in that direction.

The comparison the article makes to Nick’s estate and Downton Abbey feels very apt – it is open 364 days to the public and like millions across the globe, I am a fan of the TV series, despite history being one of my least favourite topics / genres.

Although I’ve read similar before, I liked the phase, ‘wafted in on a cloud of heavy perfume’.

Laura is full of self-doubt as I’m sure many girls would given the difference in upbringings but Nick was charmingly reassuring.

When interviewed, Laura defended her bookshop and reminded the reader the 160 libraries shut past two years. Even though this is fiction, it feels like this could have been true.

There is a lot to love about this novella including the character name ‘Egg’ (although ‘This Life’ beat Harriet to it), the reference to fat chips, Laura & Paddy’s doorbell code, the line ‘He looks at you like you’re saving him from drowning (a clap out loud moment for any writer), Laura feeling crowded by the family portraits, and the Hot Fuzz and Little Chef reminiscences.

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