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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Finding the perfect man isn't easy. Especially when it's for your mother...

Mothers. Can't live with them, can't live without them, can't live three doors down the road without them interfering in every aspect of your life.

Mackenzie Atkinson's mother has meddled in her love life once too often and something has to be done. Mackenzie decides to turn the tables and find love
Paperback, 345 pages
Published October 30th 2013 (first published September 7th 2012)
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Jaimie Admans' debut novel is a hilarious take on the world of dating and matchmaking. It may also be the British answer to Everybody Loves Raymond, although I haven't asked Jaimie whether she planned it that way on purpose or whether it's just a happy coincidence.

Mackenzie Atkinson and her boyfriend Dan would be deliriously happy together if it weren't for the fact that her Mum, who is fifty and single, lives three doors down and likes nothing better than to pop round with her annoying pets to
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Kismetology by Jaimie Admans stars Mackenzie (better known to her friends as Mac). After dating her boyfriend Dan for a year, they decide to move in together. Unbeknownst to them, Mac's mother chose a house and payed a deposit before they knew it. The main catch? It's three doors down from her own.

Three months later and tensions are beginning to reach boiling point. Every night they perform the same dance. Mac's mother comes over, puts on a soap and complains about everything. Most of the time
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Jaimie Admans!)
29-year-old Mackenzie is sick of her mother interfering in her life. Mac and her boyfriend Dan recently moved in together, but her mother even interfered in that – finding them a house to rent only 3 doors down the road from her.

Moving out hasn’t stopped Mac’s mum though, now she pops round every night and puts on her soaps, and Mac and Dan get no time alone together in peace.

But then Mac

**Original review posted on Honest Reviews Corner**

As an avid reader of Sophie Kinsella’s books, I was able to understand some of the British-isms present in Kismetology. However, if you are unfamiliar with British authors – and British humor – this may not be the best book for you. To be perfectly honest, even if you do enjoy books written by British authors, this still may not be the book for you.

Kismetology is a fun and unique concept, and really drew me in at the beginning. I laughed along w
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, chick-lit, humour, kindle
I read this book as it was written by an up and coming indie author and I liked the premise of the story. I have read a number of indie books and have to say that Jaimie is up there with the best of them!

I have to say that this book is extremely well written and is an impressive full length novel. This is particularly unusual for a first time self-published author. I would even go as far as saying that Jaimie has the potential to be up there with the great chick lit writers as I have read plenty
Jen Minkman
I thought the premise of this book was original - daughter trying to find her mother a new lover and screening the men before they get to meet her mother. This makes for some funny situations, and I also liked the humour in the book and the British-ness of it all (I've lived in the UK for a while and I am an avid reader of Sophie Kinsella). The biggest problem with this book, however, is that there are no sub-plots. What you see is what you get: daughter tries to find suitable man for mother. No ...more
N.W. Moors
Nov 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was such a total letdown for me. I just finished The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by the same author and loved it. Raved about it. Gave it all the possible stars, then ran eagerly to get another book by her.
Okay, the concept is interesting. The overbearing mother is interfering with the daughter's relationship with her boyfriend, so Mac, the daughter, decides to find her mother a significant other of her own.
The characters are awful people. Mac is judgemental and whiny. She 'intervi
Gerry Bates
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I didn't read this one first!

If I had I never would have read another. As it is I've read at least four books and loved each one. T he female character in some is a bit neurotic, but Mackensie and her mother are lunatics! The mother is so overbearing and needy that she takes over her daughter's relationship with Dan. Mackensie has no ability to put boundaries to limit her mother's manipulation. The only character I liked was tje boyfriend, Dan, and he was eventually driven away. He was
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm normally a Jaimie Admans fan, but this one was rough. I think it was only her first or second book, and it shows- overblown dialogue with sometimes conflicting points (like multiple edits were combined without extensive editing for continuity), a weak plot, the demonization of a character in order to move the plot forward, the lack of resolution for the actual problem (the MC's inability to draw and maintain boundaries with her overbearing mother), and the naive concept that romantic love "f ...more
Amber Dawn
Everything wrong with love

This book is everything that is wring with love. I liked Mackenzie at first but the longer the book went on the more of a spoiled, selfish brat she became. Dan was a jerk but I would have been too in his situation. The mother spends the entire book trying to break up the couple until she succeeds and apologizes for none of the misery or abuse she heaps on her daughter.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, dnf
I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t finish this. It felt a bit lifeless. I didn’t feel like I knew the main character and felt indifferent to her. I liked the idea of it but I think it took too long to start properly.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just ok...

One of the type books you forgot you read right afterward. Made me chuckle a couple of times but nothing special. The mom is hot bucket of mess though.
Sandy Barker
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read, with an interesting twist. A tale of self-discovery.
Bohdan R Douglas

Long-winded, too many disagreements between the characters to feel they should even spend time together, I finished it just for something to do, totally not interesting.
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting and enjoyable overall, but awfully cringeworthy at times.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantice, humour
‘Mac here knows her stuff when it comes to kismetology.’

This enjoyable contemporary novel deals with matters of the heart in an entertaining and humourous way. Mackenzie Atkinson moved three doors down the road from her mother Eleanor’s house to live with her partner Dan. As she might perhaps have suspected, this has resulted in her mother being a regular visitor to her home, made a problem by the fact that her mother doesn't hesitate to interfere in all aspects of Mackenzie's life, in particula
Jaimie Admans is a self-published author and Kismetology is her first novel which was published in September 2012.

I found this to be an easy read, it's the story of Mackenzie who's trying desperately to find her mother a man so she'll be out of her hair. It kept me interested and turning the pages till the end but you find yourself wanting to keep reading just because you have to know who Eleanor ends up with...or doesn't. I did think that she agreed to the dating really easily and quickly. I ca
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, review-book
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Kismetology is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. It had me laughing from the first page, and appreciating that the story was completely different from anything I’d read before. Also - and I do feel the need to point this out, because I know some people pass when they see a book is self-published - this was hands-down one of the best-written (and edited) indie books I’ve
Chris Torretta
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I’m not much of a chick-lit reader. Something about it just throws me off, but this book is the exception to my rule. The mother almost made me want to toss the book away, but fortunately it’s on my Kindle, no tossing any books that are on there! ;) No, but seriously. The mom… whew. She reminds me of the bad times I’ve had with my mother and there have been many. That’s the great thing about growing up, you learn that neither of you are perfect. Fortunately though Kismetology brin ...more
Mackenzie Atkinson always had her reservations about moving in with her boyfriend three doors down from her overbearing mother. But the reality is even worse than she could have imagined. Meddlesome, boyfriend-hating and super critical, Eleanor parks herself on Mackenzie and Dan’s sofa every night to watch Eastenders with her yappy dog, Baby and cat, Pussy (no, really). To save her relationship with Dan, Mackenzie needs to keep her mother out of harm’s way and what better way than to find her a ...more
Sara Palacios
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Kismetology by Jaimie Admans in exchange for an honest review.

Kismetology by Jaimie Admans starts off stating two truths: finding the perfect man isn’t easy and mother’s – you can’t live with them or without them. And it doesn’t take long for young Mackenzie Atkinson to prove them both. For as long as she can remember, Mackenzie’s mother has meddled in her love life … well, she has had enough. She decides to turn the tables and set her dear old mom up for once. It can’t be t
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great first book for this author. I began the book and practically read it in one sitting. The story revolves around Mackenzie, who is searching for a true love for her divorced mother—so her mother will cease “stopping by” the house where she and her boyfriend Daniel live and getting on their nerves. As Mackenzie finds man after man for her mother, who just as quickly discards the men for no real reasons, the reader begins to feel a great deal of empathy for Mackenzie. However, she canno ...more
Nikki Bywater
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie Atkinson made the mistake of only moving three doors down from her interfering mother. When the interfering and unannounced visits become too much for Mackenzie and her boyfriend Dan, she decides she needs to help her mother to be happy in her own life and then she will be far too busy to be interested in her and Dan’s life.

So Mackenzie comes up with a plan, to find her mother’s perfect man, with Mackenzie herself going on dates with the prospective candidates to see which one will be
Shani Struthers
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the cover of this book that made me want to read it - it's attractive and understated. The premise also sounded good - a daughter doing her utmost to matchmake her somewhat demanding mother and failing (or so she thinks) dismally! The lead character, Mackenzie is also having boyfriend problems of her own. Dan is not as supportive as he could be, what's more, he dislikes Mac's mother intensely - tricky when she only lives a few doors up! A good, light-hearted read, the words flowed effortl ...more
Natalie TBGWP
If you like British humour then this is a book for you.

The story follows Mackenzie Atkinson in her quest to find her mother a man. Yes, she wants her mother to be happy, but she also wants her out from under her feet and meddling in her own love life. Mothers ay?
Mackenzie decides dating the potential candidates herself first will be the perfect way to find her mother the best match. After numerous disaster dates, she finds herself thinking that maybe there is a business idea in what she is doin
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read, chick-lit
This book is a good example of why I don't normally read chicklit. I received Kismetology free from the author and it has a cute cover. Both positives in it's favor. But I just couldn't get into it. I did not care about the girl or her problems with her nutsy mother. It was also just too darn long and there was absolutely no romance. I found myself skimming after about chapter 6 ... and it was 52 chapters! I think the writing was pretty passable considering this is a debut book for the author. I ...more
H. Rose
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun romantic comedy frolic which was a very good gym read. I liked the challenges, which were quite well described, in finding a mate (even for one's mother). There were some laugh-out-loud moments in this book. The nightmare of other people, people who aren't like us, people who behave in perverted ways, is very well described in the dating pre-screening hell that the protagonist goes through (on behalf of her mother). There was a nice little twist ending and I admit that the book le ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoyed the story and found it very funny in parts, but I didn't really care for the ending. I don't see a romance here; I see a dysfunctional codependent relationship between Mackenzie and her mother Eleanor. I don't care for profanity in stories but in this rare instance I feel the author used it to give an effective portrayal of the frustration Dan experiences dealing with Eleanor and her relationships with Mackenzie and himself. The book contains crude sexual references but no sexua ...more
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Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and c ...more

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