My Thoughts & Review
Just Three Dates is a heartwarming story of matchmaking by a couple of meddling mothers. They get together and start commiserating that their grown children are not married and giving them grandchildren. They aren’t even dating or trying to find someone to share their life with.
Mark has had his heart crushed by a very serious (he was ready to propose) past relationship. He is a math professor at the local college. He is quite fulfilled with his career and has no intention of allowing anyone to ever hurt him again.
Karen has had several relationships end because of trust issues. Her boyfriends were dishonest and lied to her repeatedly. In her mind, she would never trust a man again. She has thrown herself into her work as a curator at the local art museum.
Their mothers, however had other plans. They believe that their kids would make the perfect couple. They somehow finagle Mark & Karen to meet and go on “just three dates” to see that they are meant to be together.
The rest is, as they say, history …
This was a G rated romantic comedy, it would be perfect to be made into a Hallmark movie ?
I give this book 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars !!
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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-fiancée, 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.
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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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