Midlife crisis meets eco-fiction in this heartwarming romantic comedy
by D. A. Baden
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2022
Tim is fifty, single and in a job he hates. Inspired by a life-coaching session, he sheds his old life to become Habitat Man, giving advice on how to turn gardens into habitats for wildlife.
His first client is the lovely Lori. Tim is smitten, but first he has to win round Ethan her teenage son. Tim loves his new life until he digs up more than he bargained for, and uncovers a skeleton, one that threatens to bring out the skeletons in his cupboard too.
Only Jo, Tim’s long-time best friend knows his secret, but can she be trusted?
“I got lost in this book, taking my mind off the difficulties of the day and making me feel uplifted. It was funny, insightful and a dream to read.” Tami's Reading Corner
“We follow our main character ‘Tim’ who decides to give up his job to live out his dream as Habitat Man, an eco-friendly super sage who advises suburban clients how to bring nature into their gardens. Are you keen to be green??? You certainly will be after reading this gem of a book!” The Bookish Hermit
“Habitat Man hooks the reader from the first page!” Quirky Book Reads
“A book that has a bit of everything to make this an overall educational and truly entertaining read. Real-life issues as well as humour, quirky characters, drama, and inspiration, too. All topped off with a possibility of romance, what more could you need?” Beyond the Books with Sharon Rimmelzwaan
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I couldn't help but be drawn to Tim from the very first chapter. He's turning 50 and has been working at an organization, doing a job that he loathes and when he proposes that they consider environmental conservation and effects of what they do on climate change- no one takes him seriously, until he decides to resign and gets nudged by Charlotte (aspiring Life Coach) to do what he loves and that's ecology. So, he takes to it and meets Lori and he can't help but continue seeing her, except there's her teenage son, Ethan, who does not want him anywhere near his Mom and he's serious.
What made this quite a fun read was Tim's outlook on life, on the decisions he's made and he's making and you cannot help but find compost and gardening cool just by reading this.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
This book made me stop flushing every single wee. I kid you not. This story was a joy to read, despite the characters Jo and Tim being a bit self-absorbed. Him turning fifty and being melancholic, she being busy on her computer. Of course, in the end things were quite different. And she does know how to pull his leg.
Interesting book on how we all need to try a bit harder if ecology is important to us, but not in a pedantic way.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
It made a change to read a book about people a little bit older and love. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to read more by this author. Well done!
The Habitat Man is a quirky, interesting, and highly original novel. One that has moments of humour and romance while also bringing serious modern-day issues.
We meet Tim, an almost 50-year-old accountant. He isn't happy at work, and after having a very profound moment, he decides enough is enough, and quits his job to become a Habitat Man. This means he starts to give advice to people about their gardens and the wildlife around them.
I felt a little bit sorry for Tim in some parts of this story. A character that is gentle, kind, and sweet. All he wants is a relationship, and as he starts to work in his new position, we see him gaining confidence. The multitude of quirky people he meets with in his new job makes him shine. I loved seeing the change in him.
He meets Lori while working as the Habitat Man, and we see Tim fall head over heels for her. It isn't the easiest road, and there are big bumps in the road that may tear them apart before they even have a chance to be happy.
D.A. Baden has written a story that gives the reader a message around conservation, nature, and the eco system. She manages this without preaching, and her passion for this topic the research she has undertaken really does shine through.I always enjoy being entertained and educated, and this is a book that did exactly that. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she has wrapped this story up with a heartwarming romance factor as well.
A book that has a bit of everything to make this an overall educational and truly entertaining read. Real life issues as well as humour, quirky characters, drama, and inspiration, too. All topped off with a possibility of romance, what more could you need?
I really enjoyed Habitat Man. It was very funny and had great dialogue. The characters were well-written and charming. The plot was solid until just about the end when it fell off. I did not think the surprise at the end fits in well with the rest of the book, it seemed forced and out of place. With that said, I really loved the story and found the oddball characters to be hilarious. Tim and Jo had great chemistry and you could tell they were truly great friends. You might find yourself learning a lot about plants and being more in tune with the environment after this one.
Interesting story. I enjoyed the narrative and the characters a lot more than I thought I would. I tired a different genre than what I usually read and liked the journey.
this is definitely not the type of book that I usually select, but I am glad that I gave it a chance. It is a quirky book with many endearing aspects of it. Tim is where a lot of people his age find themselves ,but he is the one willing to take a chance and find happiness. I felt compassion and likeness for Tim from the beginning and really wished for him to find true happiness. It is one of those books that makes you reflect on your own life and what brings you happiness.
A delightful and thought-provoking read that weaves in some important themes about climate change, romance, and age. Heartily recommended!
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