The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey
Synopsis: 31 men 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.
This is a truly delightful and very funny novel about what women look for in a man, about friendship, and about how it is possible to exist on very little sleep and a diet of alcohol and ice cream when you are really busy.
We follow our heroine Izzy as she embarks on a series of dates (all in the line of duty for her job as a journalist) and meets a host of frogs in her quest to find Prince Charming.
Her best friend Donna and her long suffering boss William give her plenty to think about too and in the end…but no, I won’t spoil it for you. Just believe me when I tell you that the tale of Izzy and her suitors is like a lovely box of chocolates – you will meet some hard centres and lots of gooey ones, you won’t like them all (a few of them are a bit weird), but some are very tasty indeed. You will want to keep on dipping into the box until you have devoured the lot.
Take this essential shopping list with you on every date – every little helps!
Rating: 5 out of 5
I love it. Thank you so much, Jenny. (P.S. No bribe money or Banoffee Pie changed hands!). 🙂
As a child she moved between Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Bath, Naples and Shaftesbury. She went to London as a student to study music and has lived there ever since, teaching in an East End comprehensive, a grammar school and a convent school. Choral singing has always been a passion and it was during a rehearsal with the BBC Symphony Chorus that she looked across the choir and saw the man she was to marry. After starting a family, she gave up full time class teaching, increased her piano teaching and at last found time to write.
You can find out more about Jenny and her writing via:
- Make a Joyful Noise: amazon.co.uk/Make-a-Joyful-Noise-ebook/dp/B007AZ2CNQ (paperback and ebook)
- Infant Barbarian: amazon.co.uk/Infant-Barbarian-ebook/dp/B0086HZPD6 (ebook)
- Jubilee Violin: amazon.co.uk/Jubilee-Violin-ebook/dp/B0088VHLPK (ebook)
- Lemon and Lace: smashwords.com/books/view/284244 (ebook)
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