On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she’s not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need – and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Not that she tells them so; she’s more subtle than that. But if you hire Iris Atkins as your agent, you may find you don’t just end up with the perfect house you’d never choose for yourself, but the perfect job, the perfect partner… the perfect new life?
Of course, concentrating so much on fixing other people’s problems doesn’t leave much time for examining your own. Over the course of one whirlwind year Iris discovers that while she may know what’s best for everyone else, she doesn’t necessarily know what’s best for herself – and what she finds out could make her happier than she’d ever dreamed of.
I was drawn to this book for two reasons, the first being that we’re in the process of trying to sell our house so the topic certainly resonated and secondly the enticing cover (incidentally that house would do quite nicely thank you). Luckily both reasons proved to be favourable as this book was a delight.
Iris Adkins works for Robinson and Taylor and prides herself on selling and seeking out properties of the right kind for the right people (what a pity she’s only fictional). Unfortunately she’s not always as successful in organizing her own domestic arrangements. During the course of the book we meet an assortment of prospective buyers and sellers who cross Iris’s path. Along with Iris we get involved in their search and in this instance Iris is the chain that links them all together.
The characters we meet are delightful Aiden the recovering widower, Vina the downsizing divorcee, Josie, Will and Jack looking for ‘THE’ family home and Patrick the artist seeking ‘suitable’ wall space.
I loved the back stories of the characters and joining them in their search for their new home, while also following Iris in her own personal search for happiness. It was a light, perfect summertime read, that like the perfect house was warm and welcoming. If you enjoy a good story, with great characters or just want a piece of perfect escapism then this is an ideal read.
I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in return for an honest review.