Review

Picnic at Primrose Hill.

Dinner on Primrose Hill

Published by: Kensington
Date: 26th October 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He’ll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his free time biking through the valley. Eventually, he’ll retire to putter around in his garden and greenhouse.

His colleague, Virginia Clark, is not one for routines. She’s chatty, spontaneous, and bubbly, and before Benjamin realizes what happened, she’s talked him into collaborating on a research project—studying the mating habits of college students. Virginia knows her desire to work with Benjamin is motivated by more than the potential prize money . . . and hopes he might not be quite as indifferent as he seems to be.

Ketch Kincaid, one of Benjamin’s star students, returned to college after serving in the army. He needs something to get his mind off his recent breakup and collecting research data might do it. And there’s another distraction on the horizon—a woman who looks like she, too, knows about heartache.

So much to love and enjoy reading Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas.

  • No one writes a small Texas town better than Jodi. It’s obvious she has a great love for the place and she makes her reader love it too.
  • The characters are so loveable and such fun. Some of them carry “bruising” from their past. In this book we have three main pairs, promising some romance.  1. Benjamin and Virginia, two college professors in their early forties. He is a head person and she is a heart person and their topic of research over the Spring break? What makes people attracted to each other? 2.  Ketch and Tuesday. Ketch is an ex soldier just finishing up his studies and Tuesday is a young woman who starts out as a barmaid but really wants to be a nurse. And… she owns the Primrose Hill house. 3. Amelia the University librarian and Hank – well not giving away what Hank does but he’s a character anyway.
  • The humor in this story is a load of fun. There is just a touch of exaggeration, not much but a gentle touch. The dialogue is witty when the reader least expects it and a chuckle emits on the spot.
  • There is a bit of a town mystery going on, and it is mainly through that that all the couples  interconnect and the story takes on a cohesiveness.
  • That Primrose Hill house. The kind of house we’d all like to explore and maybe even live there. I know I would.

Another totally delightful read from Jodi Thomas.

7 thoughts on “Picnic at Primrose Hill.”

  1. It’s been a while since I read her but I love your review and I’m checking it out right now! And when my blogger friends review a book I like that isn’t like #20 in a series that’s a win for me too! xo

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