Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Benny & Shrimp

By Katarina Mazetti

From the book jacket:

“It started in a cemetery, where they begrudgingly share a bench. ‘Shrimp,’ the childless young widow and librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order, meets Benny, the gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village’s Old Bachelor. Both driven by an enormous longing and loudly ticking biological clocks, they can’t escape the powerful attraction between them.”

What an absolutely charming book. These two people are so different and given other circumstances, they would probably have never taken a second glance at one another.

But meet they do and what an unusual and off-beat relationship they develop! The book made me laugh and sigh at times.

Benny and Shrimp are such a cute couple and you wonder if they will ever resolve their differences. Yet, you quickly find yourself rooting for them as they try to understand those differences because they are so set in their ways, they can’t quite come to terms with each other’s quirks.

This is Katarina Mazetti’s first adult book and I hope she continues to grace the bookshelves with more. She brings such an innocent new voice to storytelling; I’ll be anxious to read more by this author.

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