Genres: Romantic Comedy
Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jewel has been an automatic one-click author for me since 2014.
I love her style of writing, unique storylines, character development, and her talent for creating unputdownable books.
Perfectly Adequate may have scootched into my top read for 2019.
It’s a romance about two people who feel slightly unworthy.
Dorothy, because of her quirks and Eli’s hotness level and Eli due to the hurt and insecurities he developed after his wife (his high school sweetheart and mother of his young son) left him a year ago, without an explanation.
He explains his confusion as, “I feel like someone kicked me out of a moving vehicle – tattered and bruised, and lucky to be alive.”
Gaaaah!!! I can’t tell you how much I love the heroine, Dorothy.
My middle son shares her need for routines, germaphobia, some of her quirks, her need for information, and missing or misinterpreting social cues. I think that helped endear her to me.
Dorothy’s hard-working, smart, loving, sweet, analytical, strong, a breath of fresh air, and utterly selfless.
I thought her no-filter honesty was refreshing and hilarious – especially her sexual awkwardness.
Eli is a dedicated pediatric oncologist and a devoted and attentive father.
I loved how patient and enamored he was with Dorothy.
He was more frustrated with himself and his failure to ask her out on a romantic date vs. a playdate than he was with her unpredictable tendencies that kept him questioning himself after every interaction. He embraced their differences and wanted to understand her better to the point he was reading books on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I believe the cliche that you can tell how a man will treat a woman based on how he treats his mother holds true.
Eli had a great relationship with his Mom, and it was a nice change of pace to have both characters come from happy, well-adjusted families vs. broken homes.
Roman, Eli’s son, was incredibly adorable. His pronunciation of the words, “Dorothy”, “Emus”, and “superpowers” alone warmed my heart.
I hope it opens some readers mind and views on some people’s differences and helps to remove some generalized labels.
It’s an eye-opening, beautiful story.
It made me happy, sad, laugh out loud, swoon, and want to be a better human.
-“I don’t mind being me. No one else can do it better.” – Dorothy Mayhem
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