Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dating, Dining, and Desperation Book Review

About the Book
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.(Goodreads)

My Review
This is the second book in the Dear Daphne series. I have read the first one and I would read them in order. The stories continue on with the same character, Daphne, who must find a man in order to fully inherit her Aunt's estate. 
Melody Carlson is a humorous author and I really enjoy her unique writing skills. The story is realistic, silly, serious, and mysterious all at the same time. I do think the first book is better than this one but this book leaves the reader hanging, so I will need to finish the next books!
Overall this is a great addition to this series!
The only thing that is very sad is what the author writes at the end of the book to the reader. The next two books will only come out in ebooks, paperbacks are not in the plans, (though Melody says she hopes they are!). I do not like ebooks and it makes me sad that's where everyone is going, especially in the middle of a series. So I probably won't be finishing this series for a long while.  

In any case this is a fun series and I highly recommend!!

Read my review on the first book.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."

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.

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

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