Nomance by T.J. Price
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: Carla the florist is surrounded by the duplicitous and the craven – and that’s just her flowers. The human beings are infinitely worse, especially the men. There’s Gwynne, her oafish and cold hearted brother, Gerald, the suave and sophisticated doctor whose hidden agenda is unspeakable, and finally there’s David, the handsome, dashing lawyer whose deceit hurts most of all. If only God weren’t a fictional character then surely they’d get their just deserts . . . except, it is only through their perfidy that love finds a way into her world.
Review: A very strange story with strange and oftentimes whacky characters.
The plot seems straightforward enough. Carla’s flower shop, Romance, is barely staying afloat. She needs money very badly. She has a freeloading brother who lives with her. I personally wouldn’t have been able to stand living with Gwynne. He has no redeeming features whatsoever. Carla needs money so badly that she decides to become a surrogate mother after receiving an offer from a doctor on vacation. It soon turns into a case of too good to be true. Carla is only going to get half of what she expected, but she does really need the money.
That’s when the time skips start and when the story starts to get weird. The reader is introduced to another set of characters who seem to know Gwynne and are in turn connected with Carla. A lot of seemingly important events take place out of view and often left me confused. The motives of the characters were completely selfish, especially Carla. The strangest set of circumstances revolved around the doctor and what he really wanted the baby for and the lawyer and the divorce case. The end does give me some hope for Carla and I hope that she will be happy.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy weird or unusual stories featuring relatively normal people.