Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE SERIAL DATERS SHOPPING LIST by Morgen Bailey.
I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Morgen Bailey who gifted me an early copy of THE SERIAL DATERS SHOPPING LIST. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?
Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.
Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.
Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.
So, you want to know what I think?
Wow! I loved this book. It was a refreshing read and I found myself engrossed in the antics of Izzy and her 31 dates willing just one of them to sweep her off her feet.
Now this book is definitely Chick Lit no doubt about it but it’s not your usual boy meets girl story and I found it a completely different style of story to what I expected.
Izzy is set a challenge of going on 31 dates set up online for her job as a journalist and we get to go along for the ride. As Izzy begins her dos and don’ts of online dating she meets a huge variety of characters and we find that first expectations are not what they seem.
There are little side stories happening at the same time, Izzy’s colleagues Donna and William have huge things happening and we get to see into their lives. Izzy is likeable although she seems to settle into a very ordinary life and lives through others alot. Also I feel like she walks out of her dates alot and sometimes I wish you would grow a bit of a backbone!
The book kept me engrossed until the very end, I was constantly wanting to keep reading so I could see what was going to happen on the next date.
I was kept guessing until the last page to discover what was going to happen and what the outcome would be. In the last couple of chapters I began to see how the story would end but it wasn’t as predictable as I usually find books.
It was very easy to read and I found myself laughing and cringing at some parts of the story.
The moral of the story sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you. I would recommend this to someone looking for a different and refreshing kind of book!
About Morgen Bailey;
Morgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, Writers’ Forum magazine columnist, blogger, speaker, and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions. She also runs her own free monthly 100-word competition and is a forthcoming Flash 500 judge.
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