Monday, July 3, 2017

Just Three Dates by David Burnett with a 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…

 David Burnett has a style of writing that pulls the reader in, tugs on their emotions, and keeps them guessing until the ending.     When I finished this book I just sat…sat and thought about what I read.   Is a marriage between friends enough?   Does a marriage have to have love to succeed?   There is so much to think about.  

The story of two people, both burned by people they thought they loved, who wanted to marry, have a family, and be with someone for the rest of their lives.    These two people weren’t open to falling in love again; they just wanted to be with someone they could be happy with.   It was interesting watching them try to explain the reasons they wouldn’t fall in love, that they didn’t need love, and to not move past their history. 

There were parts of Just Three Dates that had me skipping ahead.  I wasn’t sure that I needed to know all about Mark’s work or about the people he worked with.  The parts of the story with this in it were not as important to the story as other parts.    This is not usual for David Burnett.   Usually I read every word and wish there was more in his books.    

I recommend picking up a copy for yourself.   This is an easy and fun read.   

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

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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. I really enjoyed this one too, in fact there hasn't been a David Burnett book I haven't enjoyed yet, love this author xx

  2. I would match make my friend with a cute, nice guy.

  3. Thank you for your review! I am happy your enjoyed reading Just Three Dates.

    David Burnett