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After being in a bit of a reading slump for a few weeks, I was beginning to think that I was losing my reading mojo and might need a new hobby. Oh, the horror! This book pulled me out of the doldrums and brought me back to my happy place – within the pages of a book that I am completely invested in. I wasn’t very far into Perfectly Adequate when I realized that this book was just the book that I was looking for.
This book has it all. It has humor, charm, wonderful characters, angst, and a ton of heart. I absolutely adored the characters in this book. Jewel E. Ann created a unique love story and handled it with all of the grace and care that it so rightly deserved. I was pulled into the lives of the characters and felt every emotion right along with them. With most books by this author, there were moments that had me sitting on pins and needles, not knowing where the story was going to go. I love that!
Dr. Elijah Hawkins was having a difficult time reconciling the demise of his marriage. He was still in disbelief that his wife would just decide that she didn’t want to be married to him anymore. After a year of being a single dad, the sting of his failed marriage still remained, but it was time for him to get back out on the dating scene. The only problem was that he didn’t know how to navigate in the dating world anymore. He wasn’t ready to swipe this way or that, to play games, or try to figure out a woman’s signals.
Dorothy navigated the world according to her own rules. She knew what she liked, what she wanted, and what she needed in order to ensure her own comfort and wellbeing. She wasn’t known for beating around the bush or being coy. She was brutally honest and owned her wants and desires. She was just the breath of fresh air that Elijah needed in his life. Her relationship and interactions with Elijah’s son were some of my favorite moments.
Everything about this book just captivated me. It was a much-welcomed feeling to want to steal away moments in my day to sit down with a book. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about the story and the characters. When I was reading it, I didn’t want to put it down. Sitting down to read one chapter would quickly turn into two, three, and four. That’s what I look for in a book!
In my opinion, this book is more than adequate…it’s okay!