Saturday, July 18, 2009

Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

Genre: Romance

Benny and Desiree (“Shrimp”) are too lonely people who don’t seem to fit with anyone else. Their meeting place is a bit unconventional, she sits on a bench in front of her late husband’s grave as he sits before his parents’ graves. He garishly decorates his parents’ graves, while she stares at her husband’s simple grave. If first impressions mean anything, they hate each other at first sight. Not only does Benny decorate graves garishly, much to Shrimp’s horror, he dresses that way too. Of course Benny thinks she’s way too “beige”.

Somehow these two misfits are drawn together. They are total opposites. He’s a milk farmer who is overworked and his home is not quite organized as Shrimp’s. Her home blinds Benny with the white walls, white carpet and everything organized. He loves the farm life, she loves the city life as a librarian. Benny can’t remember the last time he even touched a book. However, they both have one thing in common, they are scared of spending their lives alone and without children.

This is a delightful, sweet romance as we watch the couple clash on almost every major issue. The reader wonders how they’ll ever get together. The book is filled with romance, humor and realistic situations. I read this book in one day and enjoyed every minute. The ending did leave me scratching my head as I wasn’t sure how the author meant to leave us, but I think we can draw our own conclusions. A very touching, cute read!

For reading challenges:

Romance Reading Challenge


  1. My first thought after reading your description of this one was that it sounded like a sweet story, and then you wrote that it was in fact a sweet romance. :-) I'll have to look for this one. Thanks for the great review, Yvonne.

  2. It really was a sweet romance. I enjoyed it very much.

  3. This one came in the mail today-- I'm now looking forward to it even more!

    Thanks for your review.

  4. I have of course seen her books around here, but they have never caught my eye.
    Great review though :)

  5. I'm so glad to see you enjoyed this book as I should be receiving it soon as well. It sounded like a delightful story to me.

  6. I'm reading htis one now :O)
    glad to hear you enjoyed it! now i'm curious to see the ending.


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