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First, thank you Caitlin from FSB Associates for sending me this book to read and review. I do recall in our emails exchanged that I normally don’t read this kind of book but was willing to give it a try. (That’s been the trend lately hasn’t it??) I don’t regret trying these new books even if I don’t like them. At least it gives me the opportunity for trying something I have never thought of even looking at. It’s like food. You’ll never know unless you try. Enough babbling and onto the review hm?
Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti features two middle aged people from two very different backgrounds. Shrimp is a widowed librarian who feels her biological clock ticking. Benny is a farmer, who had lived with his mother and after she passes away, he has a fear of becoming the Bachelor for Life. At a chance encounter at a cemetary, you read a story of a relationship of two very different people which leads to humorous and frustrating events.
You will find the story is divided into both Benny and Shrimp’s point of view and interchanges with each chapter you read. I like the way this is done. You get to see both of their viewpoints and it makes it a very entertaining and fun read. You get to read what makes both of them tick and what they really think but never had the heart to say to spare each other’s feelings. I actually started laughing in the first few chapters it was that funny! as the story progresses I found myself laughing more especially when they starting buying each other gifts. You can just imagine two very different people with very different tastes trying to give each other presents. It’s hilarious. When they’re experiencing a rough patch in their relationship, you get to see both sides of the perspectives and you can’t help to wondering which one is more funny, Benny or Shrimp. Everything is done in a clear and concise way, that you won’t feel confused as you read this book. It’s all written clearly and simply which gives the story a good overall clean look and feel.
I love both of them. They’re great characters. Shrimp lives the pampered cultured career woman life. She loves books, reading, her job, lattes, the opera, herbal teas. Yes you get the hint. Benny loves his farm, attending to his cows, he wants a wife that can take care of him and help maintain his farm. He loves “pimp daddy” clothing, that Shrimp thinks is absolutely gaudy, he has his mom’s cross stitch work up on the walls of his house. So you can see how different they are. However when they come together it’s like a chemistry and a passionate love which makes them feel as if they were teenagers on their first dates. Yet they have to work through enormous differences and a lot of sacrifices if they want to be permanently together. I loved how they argued; it mirrors all people’s relationships; we fight over the most trivial things but yet in the end, love prevails and holds the bond together making forgiveness easier even if the apologies haven’t been said.
The only thing I didn’t like is, it was short! I wanted to know what happens next! is there a sequel? I’d really like to know!
Pick this book up if you want a light hearted fast read. It’ll make you laugh and smile, and perhaps even cry.
Overall, I give it an 8 out of 10.