Review of Patently

About the author

Rhoda Baxter always wanted to be a writer, but her parents told her she needed to get a ‘real’ job and write in her spare time. So she became a scientist and now works in technology transfer. She now writes contemporary romantic comedies in whatever spare time she can find around her day job and her family. Which means her parents were right all along. How irritating

Her first novel Patently in Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon award 2012. Her third novel Dr January will be published by Choc Lit in 2014.


She can be found wittering on about science, comedy and cake on her website,  Facebook (, Google+  or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter).


Patently in Love (Book 1 of the Email and Ice Cream series)


The girl who ran away from fame to become a lawyer.

After her popstar boyfriend publicly humiliates her, Jane wants to start a new life away from media scrutiny. Maybe even find a new man.

Marshall wants a partnership in his patent law firm. He just has to prove he’s totally focussed on his work. No distractions. No office romance. Unless, of course, no one knows about it.

The last thing Jane needs is to have her picture splashed on the front page of a gossip magazine. To makes matters worse, the only person who could have told the paparazzi where Jane was… is Marshall.


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My review

I found Jane particularly refreshing: a character who, for once, instead of seeking the limelight just wants to escape and live a quiet life. Of course, even moving town and altering her appearance won’t be enough to stop the paparazzi chasing her. How she deals with this is very well described.

I enjoyed watching the relationship between Jane and her colleague, Marshall develop. The obstacles to true love are realistically described and I love the fact that, in the end, all the characters get what they deserve.

The story is told partly through narrative and partly through emails. In the beginning I did find this quite confusing but once the characters made themselves known everything became clearer and it seemed to work.

All in all this is a lovely, sweet, feel-good romance that I found extremely enjoyable and whenever I reluctantly had to put it down, I found myself eagerly anticipating the next chapter.


Best for …. An easy, light-hearted read that will cheer you up


My rating



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Rhoda Baxter | Reply 27.02.2014 13.45

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it.

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13.12 | 09:51

Bletchley park was where they broke the codes

13.12 | 09:37

Code braking in ww2. X

13.12 | 09:28

The book sounds great!

12.12 | 21:49

It's currently only available in libraries but the author may publish a digital version in the future. Thanks for your comment.

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