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A delightfully comedic story, Oh Crumbs tickled me in all the right spots and brought a smile to my face when I most needed it! I love romantic comedies, and this book delivered on that and then some. I have often found that British humor can go over my head (Monty Python remains a complete mystery to me), but I found myself pleasantly surprised at how universal the humor was here. The two main characters had great banter, and the secondary characters lent a charming quality to the story. Even the villain was humorous, in his exaggerated yet totally believable evilness at every turn. And while the comedy definitely stayed front and center, the author also provided a dramatic element with some very sobering scenes. There is something for everyone here!
Abigail Spencer has delayed her career for years. When her mom died 12 years ago, she became the de facto mother for her three younger siblings and kept house while her father was at work. But now, at 24, she has her college degree and can finally pursue a job in the corporate world. And a job at a biscuit company called Crumbs is her ticket to her dream - if only she could keep her mind, and her hands, off of her handsome new boss, Doug Faulkner. Doug hates his job...and his life, and his bubbly new secretary could be just the thing he needs in an otherwise dreary workplace. While at first he manages to keep his distance, her good humor and kindness begins to carve away at the wall around his heart. Soon they're friends and then something more. If only the secrets of his past didn't matter so much.
Abby definitely stole the show in this book! I absolutely adored her, from her humble opinions about herself and her family to her general ability to make those around her smile, she was a character that is easy to fall in love with. For me, I had a personal connection with her in a phrase we both use a lot - "crumbs." Growing up while raising her sisters, she always tried to avoid cursing in front of them, so she used the word "crumbs" in place of curse words. While I didn't have such a motivation, I love saying "crumbs" instead of other, more vulgar words, mostly because I smile as do others around me when I say it. Abby had such a good heart, and it showed in everything she did. Then we had Doug. I have to say - I really liked Doug in the beginning, but it went downhill fairly quickly about halfway through the story. Doug means well. Doug has good intentions. But Doug is also flakey, needy, and insecure. His "big secret" was, while sad, seemed to completely defeat him, and he let it. As a match for Abby, I give two thumbs down. I didn't really understand how she put up with him, honestly. Must be love!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic comedies! I could see this becoming a Hallmark movie or something, honestly. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**