Kismetology by Jaimie Admans

30 Apr

kismetologyFinding the perfect man isn’t easy. Especially when it’s for your mother… 

Mothers. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them, can’t live three doors down the road without them interfering in every aspect of your life.

Mackenzie Atkinson’s mother has meddled in her love life once too often and something has to be done. Mackenzie decides to turn the tables and find love for her lonely mother.

Her lonely and very fussy mother.

Surely finding an older gentleman looking for love won’t be that hard, right?


If you’ve ever thought that boys grow up, here’s the problem: They don’t. Ever.

And Mackenzie is about to learn that the hard way.

Faced with a useless boyfriend, dressed up dogs, men who wear welly boots on dates, men who shouldn’t be allowed out in public, and men who make reptiles seem like attractive company – will she ever find the perfect man for her neurotic mother?

Ordinarily I can take or leave chick lit, unless I’ve already read something by the author that I particularly liked. The difference here is that the premise of the book caught my eye, and really made me want to read it as it’s such a different idea. The idea of the main character, Mackenzie, trying to find a man for her mother is something I’ve never heard of before, and I really enjoyed it.

Mackenzie takes it one step further and vets each prospective date for her mother, before setting them up–at least that way she knows she isn’t sending her mum on a date with anyone unsuitable. She looks for dates for her mother in all sorts of ways. She also meets all kinds of men, as you might expect, some of which would have been better off just crawling back under their rock!

I love the way the author writes, and it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I think Jaimie could write an instruction leaflet for flat pack furniture and make it entertaining! The dialogue between the characters is great and often very witty, and Mackenzie’s asides to the reader are hilarious.

I have to admit that at times I wondered why Mackenzie was bothering helping her mother, who seemed determined to be irritating the whole time. I’m so glad my mum isn’t like Eleanor! But even though she had a funny way of showing it, Mac knew her mum meant well, and in the end she redeemed herself.

All in all, this book is a very entertaining read and one that I’d definitely recommend.

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3 Responses to “Kismetology by Jaimie Admans”

  1. Jaimie April 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Thank you so much, Stacey! I think “Jaimie could write an instruction leaflet for flat pack furniture and make it entertaining,” is my favourite compliment ever!

  2. Natalie April 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I am much the same with chicklit, but this book is something I would definitely pick up and read! It sounds very entertaining.

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