Oh dear! When I realised Polly, twenty-something heroine of Zoe May’s rom-com When Polly Met Olly, was falling for forty-plus Olly, I just wanted to scream: ‘Run, Polly. Run.’
Because, sorry, and I know love has no age limits, AND, there are lots of very happy real-life cross generational relationships, AND, yes, I’m being ageist, but, for me, there’s something slightly ‘off’ about dating someone old enough to be your father.
Or young enough to be your child.
So, I struggled a bit with the central premise of the novel that aspiring photographer-turned-matchmaker Polly should feel an irresistible attraction for the admittedly extremely attractive Olly, who heads up a rival agency.
But, and apologies if this seems a back-handed compliment, it’s testimony to May’s sparkling writing that I persevered with the story.
Admittedly, I mentally made Olly ten-years-younger…
That done, whilst I wouldn’t go so far as to describe When Polly Met Olly as laugh-out-loud funny, it’s certainly an enjoyably, amusing pacey read, peopled with some engaging and sympathetic characters.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
Available to buy on Amazon.
About the book:
Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…
Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.
Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!
But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…
About the author:
Zoe May, who lives in London and writes romantic comedies, has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager.
She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match.
Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018 and was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.