Friday, July 14, 2017

Just Three Dates Book Review and Giveaway

When their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates with each other, Karen and Mark must each decide whether to entertain the idea of a “marriage of convenience,” or to hold out for an increasingly unlikely marriage based on love. 

Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets.

Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancĂ©e, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the “Ice Man,” since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty.

Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates by extracting promises that Karen and Mark will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a “marriage of convenience” is a live option.

If you enjoy heartwarming stories based on true-to-life behaviors, with complicated relationships and a less-than-certain outcome, this book is for you.

My thoughts:

This was such a fun story! I can totally see Karen and Mark's moms getting frustrated at their lack of dating (and therefore their lack of marriage possibilities).

Karen and Mark are both more than slightly work obsessed, and Mark's ex girlfriend has broken him so that he has no interest in dating. After tons of pressure from their mothers, Karen and Mark agree to three dates together. Both moms promise not to bug them about marriage afterwards.

Surprisingly, it seems like the mothers paired the kids up correctly. Karen and Mark should be perfect together. But miscommunication and little problems derail each date, and the two have to force themselves to finish their three date commitment.

These two are such real characters that I can see this exact situation happening to people that I know! I definitely recommend this story and can't wait to see what else Mr. Burnett has in store for us!

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About the author
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed following their story, thanks for sharing your thoughts today xx