Review: Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

Dr. Elijah Hawkins needs … something.

After his wife jumps headfirst into a midlife crisis, he’s left with his young son, Roman, and a lot of unanswered questions.

That something turns out to be a someone—Dorothy Mayhem, nursing student, patient transporter, reckless driver, and emu owner. 

Dorothy studies humans, the neurotypical kind, through books and television. Then she emulates their behavioral patterns to fit in with her peers.

But nothing can prepare her for Dr. Elijah Hawkins.

Single dad.
Brilliant pediatric oncologist.
And the sexiest doctor at the hospital.

When his failed attempts at asking her out turn into a string of playdates with his son, Dorothy finds herself unexpectedly enamored with the boy and his father.

And that’s a problem, a huge one, because Elijah’s ex-wife is a famous plastic surgeon—and Dorothy’s idol.

Perfectly Adequate is a beautiful, hilarious, and heart-felt journey along the “human” spectrum.

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My Thoughts:

This book. THIS BOOK! I absolutely adored the characters and the story. I wanted to lap up every delicious word of Dorothy Mayhem, and by the way, mayhem is a perfect adjective to what Dorothy brings to Elijah Hawkins’ life.

Whether I like a Jewel E. Ann character or not, they’re all wonderfully developed. Dumped by the love of his life, Elijah is lost and lovelorn until he bumps into co-worker Dorothy Mayhem. Dorothy is fresh, unrelentingly honest, and unassuming. Many find her quirky…and she is, but she is also adorable and lovable.

“I’m okay being me. No one else can do it better.”—Dorothy

The scene-stealer is Elijah’s son, Roman; if you look up the definition of “Roman” it will say “cutie pie”. Another fabulous secondary character is Elijah’s mother, Lori; she is loving and accepting, and she has the best advice. Playing the role of the antagonist is Julie, Elijah’s ex-wife. I didn’t like her. Even when given a reason to forgive her, I couldn’t. I suppose that means she is a well-written antagonist!

This romantic comedy is an unexpected breath of fresh air. It is a bit quirky and messy, but real life is like that.

“The spectrum is human. It’s not autism”

There are plenty of chuckles, but there are more raw emotional moments that tugged at my heart. The characters’ issues are written with respect and grace. Sometimes those issues made me question how these lovable characters would make things work. Just like in real life, they muddled through and found their way.  Everyone needs to read this delightful book!


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