Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CFBA Review: Dating, Dining, and Desperation by:Melody Carlson

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 Review:
 Daphne loves living in the house that she inherited after her aunts death, the only problem is the stipulations. According to the will she has to marry within a year of receiving the home, or she'll have to find a new place to live. Question is how is she going to do that if she doesn't see anyone who is even interested and she has to continue running her aunts advice column? She has to find a way to do both within a year, all while working on a novel.

 But luckily she has found a new friend, a nice girl who has moved in across the street. A girl who resembles a Malibu Barbie, who carries around a yelping chihuahua. From the minute this nice girl asked to borrow Daphne's shower, they were instant friends. Within a few minutes the girl is willing to help Daphne find the one, the special guy who is to help her stay in that amazing home. But when is that guy going to pop up and help? Because Daphne doesn't see him anywhere.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.