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Undertaking Love

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 ratings  ·  165 reviews
The moment love-phobic Marla Jacobs discovers that the shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war.

Marla’s chapel in the sleepy Shropshire countryside has become a nation-wide sensation, but the arrival of Funeral Director Gabriel Ryan threatens everything Marla has worked for. She can picture the scene: wedding lim
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Published April 25th 2013 by Authonomy: HarperCollins
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4 Archangel meets Hollywood Stars
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This book is turned out to be such a sweet and romantic story. It takes place in a quaint English village where everyone knows each other. Marla Jacobs owns the quaint Beckleberry Little White Wedding Chapel. Jonny is her flamboyantly gay wedding coordinator, celebrant, and dear friend. Emily is her dear friend who also works for her. There is also the wonderful old couple who has been together for over 60 years, Ivan and Dora, who were in essence grandparent
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Claire Robinson
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading some of the less than positive reviews of this book on Goodreads, I started Undertaking Love with a little trepidation.

I must have been reading a different book though as I absolutely loved it. Undertaking love had the perfect mix of old and young, gay and straight, good and evil, drama and laughs. I giggled, cried, shouted and sighed.

The secondary characters in this book are a particular win for me, Ivan and Dora were hilarious at points, heartbreaking at others, Dan was the perf
Jen O'grady
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a fabulous read this book is, love the way that Kat French can make you see in your mind exactly what she is writing. I've read other reviews saying what a wonderful film this book would make and that is exactly what I thought! Kat manages romance, a little bit of steamy action lots of laughter with some fabulous one liners, tears and one of the most beautifully touching scenes I have read with Dan at the hospital, I'll say no more because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I have ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a shaky one to review. I would end up liking aspects of it and then I would have to force myself to sit and read through others.

I loved the whole plot idea and I think the bones of this book is amazing, but it dragged on and there were just way too many side stories happening. I had to force myself to read the last 20 pages because I felt it was unnecessary and predictable in a way that wasn’t endearing.

The romances (and there were many considering all the POVs) were seriously un
Dawn ~The Romance Cover
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-arcs
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This book has it all. I was in a total book funk when I stared this and I couldn't have picked a better book to get me out of it and cheer me up.
This is like your favourite rom com in a book. But at the same time it's so much more.
Kat manages romance, a little bit of steam, lots of laughter with some fabulous one liners and tears (I cried, like proper needed tissues and couldn't just use my sleeve tears)

There are a lot of very touching moments i
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of Undertaking Love from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
If you've read Knight & Play by Kitty French then you'll be familiar with her work. This is her debut novel under the pen name Kat French and wow, what a debut it is. If you're looking for another Lucien Knight you won't find him but you WILL find Gabriel who's totally different but equally sexy and swoonworthy!!

I read Undertaking Love over two nights, would have read it in one day bu
Natalie K. Martin
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-reads
Wedding Chapel goes head to head with Funeral Parlour - can almost see the headline in the paper! And of course, the arch-enemies, Marla Jacobs and Gabe Ryan have a sizzling attraction. Sprinkle in a great crew of supporting characters and you have a fab romcom.

What I liked:
Attention to detail was spot on. It was the little things the characters did that added depth, and a great trait of Kat French's writing skills. It was all super easy to visualise. I adored Dora and Ivan, such a sweet couple
Traci Wallace
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I desperately wanted to love this book, but sadly I just barely liked it. I thought the plot sounded funny, light and cute. In ways it was, but there was so much cheating in this book it depressed me. I don't have a problem with cheating in the books I read if its done right, which here it wasn't. With the exception of two of the actual characters this book focused around EVERYONE was cheating on someone, it really put me off.
I wasn't particularly fond of the main heroine (well either of them re
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 Stars

"Funny, romantic, and dangerously sexy, UNDERTAKING LOVE is a delightful debut from an exciting new voice in Women’s fiction. " QUOTE frome Netgalley

Undertaking Love is in many ways your typical chick-lit. To be honest I expected it to be a rom-com... And it does have its funny moments. But I wouldn't actually describe it as a rom-com.
The setting and many other factors did remind me of some of the great English rom-com movies. Rupert being actually described as a but of a Hugh Grant lo
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing I have had so many LOL moments hubby thought I was going mental.

Marla who is American owns a chapel for all types of weddings, Gabriel who is Irish buys the shop next door to open a funeral parlour.
Marla has a mixture of characters working for her, Dora and Ivan a hilarious old married couple, Jonny who is a muscular gay man and so funny at times and Emily who is desperate to get pregnant.

Jonny decided to launch a campaign against the funeral parlour or as he calls them “The
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beach reads, summer reads, when you need something to cheer you up
5 Words: Sweet, passionate, love, unexpected, heart-warming.

This book is a perfect chick-lit.

It has all of the right ingredients and they're mixed together in a special way which makes it stand out from the crowd.

I was expecting light and fluffy, and instead I got a passionate and well paced story which made me laugh and chuckle and almost seethe with anger. This story follows a group of people, all with their own problems and passions, and this makes the story all the more beautiful.

A nuclear l
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased, ebooks
I really enjoyed The Piano Man Project a few months ago so wanted to check out more of her books. This one was about a funeral parlour moving next door to a wedding chapel, and the 'war' that ensues. I enjoyed this a lot, more so than the piano one. I liked the story better, the characters more, the development, even the story on the side. I think French likes her books to wrap up super neatly with everyone in a happily ever after, and now that I know and expect that, I don't mind. It was a swee ...more
Liz Lawson
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Light romantic story with hunky alpha undertaker.
Kat French wrote one of my favorite contemporary books, the one that made me squeal, faint and sigh - The Piano Man Project.

Unfortunately, Undertaking Love is an earlier book of hers and just isn't as deliciously romantic, funny or powerful. It feels like it goes on for too long; while the story has some moments, there are too many characters vying for space on the page. While I liked Cecilia and Jonny, and I loved serious, sexy undertaker Gabe, who was very well-drawn, the other characters had
C.J. Fallowfield
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable contemporary romance from Kat French, with a great plot device of the conflict that occurs in the little village of Becklebury when a funeral parlour opens right opposite a wedding chapel. I always enjoy frenemies to lovers stories, and Marla and Gabriel's tale was no exception. Kat always writes characters you come to care about and manages to infuse her stories with a nice balance of romance, humour, and some emotion that had me wiping tears from my eyes. The only n ...more
Gemma Harris
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved loved loved

I laughed, I cried, I wanted to physically jump inside the book and smack the crazy out of some of the characters. I actually adored the narration, the setting, and I have to say my favourite thing of all was Johnny.

If you want to feel all of the above, I strongly suggest that you purchased this book because you will not be disappointed.
Glad to see the end of these people. Wouldn’t spend any time with them in real life and never cared about them in the book.
Stacy Redmond
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I laughed out loud, I fell in love with Gabe and in some places I cried so much my heart ached. Wonderful book. xx
Caroline Batten
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So what's it about?
Some bloke opens an undertakers across the road from your wedding chapel. You're so going to hate him, right? Oh hang on, he's Aidan Turner in a suit. *Swoon*

Is it any good?
Well, after adoring Knight & Play (an erotic novel written by Kat's saucy alter-ego, Kitty), I had high hopes for Undertaking Love. And it delivers. There's a whole lot of romantic and downright steamy fun to be had. You can see where Kitty gets it from.

The cast, from the sexy Gabe to adorable elderly coupl
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what it is about men called Gabriel, but there is something about characters with that name that reduces me to a swooning, sighing, quivering female. Gabriel Ryan is no different. For a start he's Irish , secondly he's all man and a true gent, but he's not sappy with it and finally he has a way with words, both in the polite caring everyday way and in the 'bedroom' way .

Anyway enough about the sexy main man. Kat French has written a lovely book encompassing family, friendship and l
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
It's been described as a laugh out loud romantic story set in a quirky English town! I can't wait to read this.....
Kitty French writes as Kat French!

For a short time it's available for pennies!

When Marla Jacobs discovers that the shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war.

.....the arrival of Funeral Director Gabriel Ryan threatens everything Marla has worked for. soon as Marla meets her nemesis, she realises just how
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
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3.5 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is February 17th 2015.

Sometimes you do not need to say a lot to express that you enjoyed a book. This is one of those cases. It is typical of it's genre, a romance with a little bit of extra storyline to keep you engaged from beginning to end. It has the required conflict mixed with at
Moon Love
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-challenge
This book is funny and sweet. It's also probably the first time I've read of the hero being a funeral home director. I enjoyed reading about the little village the story was set in. Shropshire, England is quaint and the battle between the funeral home and the chapel is something the residents won't forget about soon, and neither will you.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Marla and Gabriel. I didn't really enjoy the crossed wires and other people who got in the way of them being a couple, bu
Al Del
There's something special about Kat French's writing, I was transported to a quaint Eglish village, fell in love with her characters and I just didn't want to leave. Dora, Ivan & Bluey broke my heart and made me bawl. Gabe with his Irish swagger, sexiness and total love and devotion made me swoon. Such a good guy.
Marla was a tough cookie but underneath that exterior, she was a loveable mess just waiting to give her heart to the right man. Emily and Tom made me believe in forgiveness and uncondi
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book! When I finished reading Knight and Play (also by this author), I wasn't sure what I was looking to read while waiting for Knight and Stay to be released. This book came out at the perfect time. Being from the USA, I felt that I had been transported to the UK and loved every second of it. The differences in the american phrases and the UK phrases was not a hinderance to the story at all, and actually, made me truly feel that I had "jumped across the pond". After all, isn' ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Enough to make a nun's knicker elastic twang...
Undertaking Love was my first Kat French book and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It takes place in England so I was exposed to some funny, colorful words to add to my vocabulary. The story centers around Marla who runs a wedding chapel and Gabe the undertaker who moves his funeral parlor next door. As you can expect, she was not thrilled with her new neighbor and the effect his business would have on hers. No matter how hard sh
Julie Boon
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win this book in a prize recently and having loved the cover couldn't wait to read it! It has a lovely mix of characters and what I loved about this book is that it make me laugh and cry (a couple of times at least!!) also a bit saucy at times, which was unexpected!! Gabe is a lovely character and I kept imagining him as a young Pierce Brosnan (which wasn't unpleasant!!) I could really see this book adapted into a film, it was really a lovely read and had to finish it on th ...more
Nicola Clough
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read of Kat French and I will be reading more the story had great characters and made you wonder right till the end what would happen. Well worth reading and will have you in tears near the end. Marla is devastated to learn the building next to her chapel is going to be a funeral parlour so goes all out to war to shut it down but how events can turn around and will she find true love or will she be to slow and loose out.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
I really liked The Piano Man Project by this author so I was looking forward to this one although the premise didn't quite sell me. Unfortunately, this one did not do it for me. I liked the H, Dan and some of the other characters and plot lines. However, I could not stand the h - Marla. There was only one time I truly felt a connection with her (view spoiler). 2 stars. ...more
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Romantic comedy writer, disorganised mum, fairy light lover, and champion wine drinker.

Slightly less smutty alter-ego of Kitty French, USA Today bestselling smut fictionista.

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