Must Like Spinach by Con Riley ~ Book Review by Karen

must-like-spinach-coverTitle: Must Like Spinach

Author: Con Riley

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/21/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


Jon’s future in New York seems bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, but somehow he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.

His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.

Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term—love or a business career—might take Jon longer than one summer.

My View:

I am a big fan of Con Riley’s writing, and I was so excited to read this, I loved the blurb and also the cover, and I really like spinach!

Once again, I was not disappointed, this book has so much warmth and love in it that it’s like being hugged while you read. Jon is doing a job he really doesn’t like, management consultant, for financial reasons. When he get’s a short term transfer to Seattle he ends up living with Peggy, a wonderful warm hearted woman, who already has another lodger called Tyler. When Jon first meets Tyler he makes assumptions about who he is and how he lives his life, basically as he does about a lot of things and people.

Through his love of gardening Jon begins to care about Peggy, and then reevaluate his views of Tyler, and then his views on the company he’s in Seattle to evaluate, and ultimately who he is. There is nothing particularly original about the story line, but this book is anything other than ordinary. Con Riley is the master of show not tell, so we take the journey with Jon as he begins to open up to life, the relationship develops slowly and communication happens on the way.

Must Like Spinach avoids the usual cliches, there is no big misunderstanding (which made me so happy) and lots of communication, and a real feeling of a person finding themself.

Although it didn’t detract from my reading pleasure at all, my only real niggle was why it was set in Seattle? As a British writer the story would have worked in the UK on every level. That being said this is a lovely warm and comforting read and highly recommended.



Must Like Spinach on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Must Like Spinach by Con Riley ~ Book Review by Karen

  1. Thanks so much for this review. I bought the book because Con Riley is an autobuy for me but the blurb didn’t exactly excite me. Because of your review, this one’s not going to be lingering long before I read it.

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