Marla’s chapel in the sleepy Shropshire countryside has become a nationwide sensation, but the arrival of Funeral Director Gabriel Ryan threatens everything Marla has worked for. She can picture the scene: wedding limos fighting for space in the street with hearses; brides bumping into widows; bouquets being swapped for wreaths.
Marla’s not going down without a fight. She enlists a motley crew of weird and wonderful local supporters, and battle lines are drawn. But, as soon as Marla meets her nemesis, she realises just how much trouble she’s in. His rugged good looks and Irish lilt make her stomach fizz – how is she supposed to concentrate on destroying him, when half the time she’s struggling not to rip the shirt off his back?
Marla loves her job as the owner of a successful wedding chapel within the small Shropshire village Beckleberry. She is very passionate about helping people have the best day of their lives, and she has some great colleagues who help her with that. However, Marla sees the future of her business instantly collapsing when Irish funeral director Gabriel Ryan appears and opens up a funeral home next door to the wedding chapel. Marla knows grief-stricken widows and glowing happy brides-to-be will not mix well together, so she declares war. Yet, things get slightly more tricky when Marla finds it more and more difficult to stay focused on her business instead of the obvious spark between her and Gabriel...
This book was just as amazing as I initially hoped it would be! I thought the main plotline, involving a wedding chapel and a funeral home and the relationship between the two owners, was quite an original and fascinating one, and Kat French managed to turn it into a thoroughly enjoyable story I honestly couldn't get enough of. I loved Marla, the American-born and sassy owner of the wedding chapel, and I'm sure I'm not the only female reader who developed a serious crush on Gabe (the description of his Irish accent was already enough for me)! I really enjoyed the scenes in which Marla and Gabe ran into each other, and the lust between them simply sparked off the pages!
I think I enjoyed the brilliant supporting cast of characters maybe even more than the two main characters: charming Dan, wonderfully extravagant Jonny, the totally adorable elderly couple Ivan and Dora, and Marla's fluffy dog Bluey (I just wanted to jump into the novel to hug and play with him). I also really enjoyed the fact that the story was told from multiple points of view, and that it focused on several storylines, such as the relationship between Marla's best friend Emma and her husband Tom. The novel made me feel all kinds of emotions; it made me laugh, shout, and even wipe away a tear every now and again. 'Undertaking Love' is an absolutely wonderful, funny, contemporary romance read that I'd like to recommend to any chick lit fans. I truly adored this novel and sincerely hope Kat French will let us travel back to Beckleberry sometime in the future, fingers crossed!