Review: The Dandelion Diary by Devney Perry (Maysen Jar #2.5)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

When I found out that Devney Perry had a novella in her Maysen Jar series, I may have squeed a wee bit in delight. I make no secret of the fact that this series remains my favorite from this author, and that's saying something considering there have been some fine, mighty contenders for that title. The Dandelion Diary is a standalone story, meaning you can very much read and fall in love with it without having read the two full-length novels, The Birthday List and Letters to Molly, that came before it. However, I would be remiss if I didn't highly encourage you to check those books out because they were truly heartwarming romances that I feel deserve to be on any romance reader's to-be-read list.

The Dandelion Diary is the story of a devoted single father, his budding matchmaker of a daughter, and her favorite teacher. Oh, and let's not forget the titular diary which belongs to the aforementioned daughter of our male main character. He's Jeff Dawson, thirty-one and the chief landscape designer over at Alcott Landscaping. Yes, THAT Alcott Landscaping for those of you who are familiar with the series. He's dad to twelve-year-old Katy, who loves him to bits but worries over his lack of a girlfriend. Good thing she's got the perfect prospect for him--her twenty-eight-year-old English teacher, Miss Della Adler--and Katy's determined for them to get their happily-ever-after...by any means necessary!

Ah, this novella was beyond adorable! Katy was a force to be reckoned with, and her dad and her teacher never stood a chance. Never underestimate the lengths a sixth grader will go to in order to get what she wants, people. But then, Jeff and Della were actually such a fantastic pairing, so there was simply no way I could have done anything but cheer them on. There was a wee bit of drama, but nothing overbearing and resolved in a fair amount of time, leaving most of the attention on the romance between Jeff and Della and the ingenious matchmaking prowess of Katy. Cameo appearances from and a nod to characters from the Maysen Jar series were a bonus. Five stars go to The Dandelion Diary.

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Read my reviews for the Maysen Jar series:


The Birthday List (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Letters to Molly (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review

The Dandelion Diary (novella) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 11 July 2023

Date Read: 02 July 2023

Learn more about Devney Perry.

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