Eva Mallorys Husband Hunt by Katherine Dyson

Eva Mallory believes her family name is cursed, so the sooner she can find a husband and take his name the better. Her family is keen to help and offers up a variety of contenders for the role, most of them extremely unsuitable. On the other hand, perhaps it’s nothing to do with the Mallory name and she is just very clumsy and a bit accident prone – a lot of people are.

Fairly early on, she meets Luke and thinks her luck has changed at last, only to discover he shares her surname. He is also the new teacher at the same school where Eva works, so she tries to avoid him, but they are thrown together repeatedly. The attraction between them is strong, so will she come to her senses, when she learns the truth behind the supposed curse, and follow her true feelings – you will just have to read it for yourself to find out.

The best things about Eva Mallory’s Husband Hunt are the scenes set in the school (you will never think of a stationery cupboard in the same way again), and her eccentric family who are originally of Polish heritage. The characters are well drawn, the Leeds setting makes a pleasant change, and there are a lot of light-hearted humorous scenes where we are encouraged to buy into the idea of the family curse no matter how ridiculous it might seem at first. I enjoyed Eva Mallory’s Husband Hunt a lot, and will definitely look out for other books by this author. Thanks to One More Chapter, HarperCollins and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.