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Forget Me Knot
by Sue Margolis
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Bantam, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The adjectives witty and charming describe both the leads and the story of Sue Margolis' delightful and funny Forget Me Knot. It stars floral artist Abby Crompton who was named London Boutique Retailer of the Year for her high end shop, Fabulous Flowers. Sadly her love life is not going so well as Abby's aristocratic lawyer fiancÚ Tony Kenwood always works late and never seems to have enough energy for sex.

Rushing to a restaurant for a first meeting with Tony's intimidating mother, Abby is stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger, to whom - after drinking more than her share of the wine bottle he was carrying - she confides more about her lacking love life than she would ever have done while sober. Relieved that she will never meet him again, she's shocked to discover that he's Dan Chipault, director of the low-budget romantic comedy she's agreed to have filmed in her shop. They get on remarkably well.

In addition to the leads' comedy of errors (exacerbated by Abby's jealousy of the actress in Dan's film), the novel is enlivened by the antics of Abby's gay assistant Martin Scoredaisy, who's in a custody battle with his ex over visitation rights to their beloved dog Debbie Harry, and who falls hard for Ichiro, the assistant to Abby's demanding new Japanese client (he requires Peenis ... peonies for his party).

Abby's best friend Sophia Weintraub, that supportive someone we'd all like to have in our lives, also gets the romance - and happy ending - she deserves after a Guess Who's Coming to Dinner episode with her Jewish parents. But Abby's mother Jean almost steals the show as this mild, meek woman - who admires Opera (Oprah) - turns into a crusader for passengers' rights after the cruise she and her husband Hugh take to Antarctica turns into 'disease-ridden chaos.'

Abby Crompton is an engagingly vulnerable heroine and Sue Margolis' Forget Me Knot is fluffy and flowery fun, the perfect escapist read!

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