Welcome to my blog stop for the cute and sweet When Polly Met Olly!
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…
Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Viggiano.
Polly’s sweet and artistic. Olly is experienced and analytical. Can these two make a go at it? You’ll have to read When Polly Met Olly to find out!
I’ll start with one of my favourite parts of this tale: The New York City setting is descriptively entwined in the narrative giving us readers a taste of the touristy side, the posh life and the simple day to day. I quite enjoyed these little clips as they brought out aspects of the city that are meaningful to a transplanted resident of the city.
Polly’s boss, Derek, is quite a sweetie and a very enjoyable character to read. He’s not perfect, far from with his dodgy past, but he’s got Polly’s best interests at heart. In the beginning I wasn’t too sure about him but time and time again his caring side is revealed and Polly certainly appreciates him.
The romance between Polly and Olly is cute. Their first meeting is awkward yet there is chemistry. Their continued run-ins are funny and their banter is entertaining. The comparison between their relationship and the relationships they help form through their dating agencies is striking and helps develop their characters too.
The story is told from Polly’s perspective, so we get a great look into her life. We meet her parents, get good insight into her life in Cornwall and why she wanted to move to New York, and see different sides of her through her interactions with the varied people in her life. Polly’s dreams of being a photographer and all that she’s done working towards that goal is another interesting element to the narrative.
What I liked:
~Descriptions of New York City including some swanky restaurants.
~All the different aspects of Polly’s life that are explored.
~Polly’s relationship with her boss.
~Polly’s photography work and her commitment to it.
What could be better:
~Story is a bit slow to start.
~A touch much on the typos (but I was able to ignore most of them).
~More background on Olly would help readers fall for him too.
~More exposition of how the romance unfolds would have been icing on the cake.
Dates, love, heartbreak, chemistry and a great city setting… this cute romance is a fun summer read for sure.
I give When Polly Met Olly 3.5/5 espresso shots.
About the Author
Zoe May lives in Oxford and writes romantic comedies. Zoe 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. It 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
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