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Monday, 19 October 2020

#BookReview ODDBIRD by LEE FARNSWORTH @farragobooks



Simon Selwood is an academic expert on the monogamous sexual behaviour of birds, but hopeless at finding human love. Then he meets Kim, and at last something is more important to him than ornithology.

Kim doesn’t give a hoot about birds. And at first she isn’t very interested in Simon either. Relying on what he has gleaned from observing the opportunistic pied flycatcher and other species, plus the unorthodox advice of old friend Phil, Simon sets out on a mission to discover love for himself.

But will he make the right choice?

Odd Bird takes a light-hearted look at the battle of the sexes, drawing on the surprising parallels between the courtship behaviours of humans and birds



It's always fun to have a rom com told from the point of view of the male character, and when they are as quirky as Simon Selwood, then you know you're in for a treat of a read!  That's what made this so fun for me!! The way he looked at life, at birds (both of the female and feathered varieties!!) and seeing how he could maybe use his birding knowledge to get the woman of his dreams made for an exciting and refreshing story!

Simon is an expert on the mating habits of birds! But his own love life is a disaster as he finds the female species a little difficult to understand! But he's determined to find love and once he starts to spend time with someone he likes, you'll find yourself willing things to work out for him, despite the warning signs that he often seems to miss!

What is a real strength of this book is his friendship with Phil! He's not the easiest person to like but he's clearly always looking out for his friend and I loved the banter between the pair of them! He doesn't beat about the bush, and the straight talking is sometimes what Simon needs to hear, whether he likes the actual content of the conversation! We all need THAT friend to steer us in the right direction!

As things take off for Simon workwise, he begins to find himself a little more in demand and it's fascinating to see how the attitudes of others change towards him, especially from women.  I found myself shouting at Simon at times for missing the obvious!! Blinded by love comes to mind!!

Overall this was a really enjoyable, uplifting and fun read!


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