Blog Tour Review: Mentoring Mr Singleman by Kim Sancreed

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not my cup of tea, but definitely something that I think other people would enjoy.

Book CWs

  • Abuse
  • Drug Use/Trade
  • Profanity
  • Sexism/Misogyny

Premise

A witty, off-beat romance set in Cornwall. New member of faculty Kate finds herself living below one of her colleagues in a converted engine house on the cliffs. Everyone can see they are made for each other, but he’s a little too in love with his surfing, and she’s a little too focused on her career. Under the merciless gaze of their students, Dave and Kate dance around each other through the highs and lows of a school term. Will they manage to get out of the way of their own happy ending?

Review (No Spoilers)

I want to start off this review by saying that the blurb is kind of misleading. I went into this book thinking that it was going to be about two adults who had no real interest in each other but who everyone was trying to set up. That’s not what this is about. Rather, this book is about two adults who have a connection but can’t come to terms with their feelings at the same time. In fact, Dave Singleman spends a good portion of the book trying to get Kate to agree to date him. You also hardly see anything about the people around them thinking they’re “made for each other” except towards the end of the book.

That being said, my thoughts on this book were that it was a pretty average story for me. Like I said above, I think this mostly has to do with me personally rather than bad plot/writing. There were a few typos in terms of missing quotation marks in my copy and a few times where I felt the writing was too verbose, but other than that I think it was written well. It took me a bit of time to get into the story, but things picked up for me around the middle.

One of the things that held my interest back in the beginning was that there are pieces of chapters dedicated to (maybe?) side-characters. I couldn’t quite figure out how much energy I was supposed to spend with these other characters because I didn’t know how much they contributed to the plot of the story. A part of me wonders if this book will end up being the first in a series because I’d like to know more about these characters and where their lives are headed.

After reading this book, I think I’m coming to terms with the fact that some British novels don’t quite vibe with me. This book reminded me a lot of One? by Jennifer Cahill and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Both of these books were books I couldn’t fully get into (I actually DNFed P&P) but both are books that many others love.

If you’re interested in reading Mentoring Mr Singleman, definitely check it out! Just because it wasn’t my favorite type of book does not by any means mean that it won’t be yours.

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