Review: The Man Plan by Elise K Ackers

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Title: The Man Plan

Author: Elise K Ackers

Published: Destiny Romance December 2012

Synopsis: Cora is ‘over’ being alone. She has no family, and all her friends are couples. Fed up with feeling sorry for herself, Cora hatches a plan to find a good, loving man she can call her own. Her deadline is Christmas – she doesn’t want to spend another holiday by herself. Just as she decides her strategy, she meets Matt, her downstairs neighbor. They become unlikely friends, with Matt an amused bystander as Cora tries various methods in search of a man. Then something strange happens. Matt, who spends his life avoiding commitment, begins to feel jealous of the men Cora is dating and his resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. Cora finds herself increasingly attracted to Matt. But is he Good Husband material? She thinks not.

Status: Read on December 13, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Destiny Romance}

My Thoughts:
The Man Plan is a warm, lighthearted, contemporary romance by Australian author Elise K Ackers. Having spent her birthday alone, grieving the recent death of her father, Cora vows to change her life and meet her soul mate by Christmas. Guided by advice from a library of romance books and chick flicks she tries a ploy involving a flat tire, exchanging phone numbers in moving traffic and internet dating, but what if finding true love was as simple as meeting the downstairs neighbour?

I really enjoyed this delightful romance, with Cora’s self imposed Christmas Day deadline The Man Plan is a lovely seasonal read.

While Cora is a sympathetic figure, I love that Ackers has been careful to prevent her character from becoming an object of pity. I had to admire Cora’s decision to be proactive in her search for the ‘One’, and the unique manner in which she went about it. I actually would have liked to see a few more instances of her failures, given her planning and determination. Still, I can easily understand her distraction given Matt’s presence in her life.

In his own way Matt is as lonely as Cora, finding it difficult to connect with anyone, scarred by his emotionally abusive upbringing. As such his aversion to commitment is understandable so it’s lovely to watch him slowly fall for Cora.

I enjoyed the light hearted humour, especially the witty banter between Cora and Matt. The story flows well and the dialogue rings true.

Of course this is a romance so there is never any doubt there will be a happy ending for Cora and Matt. The Man Plan is a charming, feel good read about finding love where you least expect it.

Learn more about Elise K Ackers who wrote about what inspires her earlier today

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Leeswammes
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 18:32:28

    That sounds like a fun book! It doesn’t matter that you can guess that Caro and Matt will end up together (I guess that’s sort of clear form the start) – it’s still fun to see how exactly that is going to happen. I don’t like the cover, but the story sounds really good fun.



  3. The Australian Bookshelf
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 08:44:36

    Great review Shelleyrae, I have this one coming up to read. I really enjoyed Elise’s romantic suspense novel so i’m looking forward to checking out her contemp romance, The Man Plan.



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