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Dating, Dining and Desperation by Melody Carlson February 27, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:38 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dating, Dining, and Desperation
B&H Books (March 1, 2014)
Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in a series. I reviewed the first book here and really liked it so I was eager to read this second one. I am happy to say I enjoyed this one just as much.

Daphne’s a great character. She’s like so many of us when it comes to romance….confused.

We get to visit the same men that were in her life in the first book and see what’s happening now. Not a whole lot has changed. At the end of the first book you are under the impression that Daphne might set her sights set on Jake, her grandmother’s attorney. At the beginning of this book, almost for the first half, Jake isn’t around, but definitely thought off.

Apparently he went on a vacation with his ex-wife and obviously Daphne isn’t happy and thinks things are not going to go anywhere with him. So she tries to move on.

I can’t imagine being in Daphne’s shoes. We are told to wait on God, which is a theme in this book, yet, how does she wait on Him when she has to be married in less then a year? This definitely keeps the book interesting and will have you reading to see what will happen next in her life and what man she should marry. Melody does a great job of even keeping the reader confused about the right man.

This is a light, fast read, with fun characters I think you will enjoy.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


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