Beck Valley Book Tours: “Just Three Dates” by David Burnett Review/Giveaway (Ends 7/30) WW

By Ruth on July 2, 2017 in blog tour, book, giveaway, review


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.

Just Three DatesJust Three Dates by David Burnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know where to begin, but I suppose it is a fair assessment to say that from the first page, I was hooked. This is a “RomCom,” a clean read, and it hits every mark perfectly. Being a fan of Hallmark movies, I can easily recommend this book to my Hallmark readers–it is just like one of their feel-good films except told in expert style through the pen of an author who has the gift of making romances engaging, humorous, intriguing, and heartfelt. I found myself laughing, crying, and even taking a look at the relationships I have had and comparing them to Mark and Karen. The author is a master at telling a fun-loving, light-hearted story, but I believe it goes beyond that. Anyone who claims that friendship is not the basis for a good marriage (that incidentally may lead to the eventual and proverbial “falling in love”), I challenge you to read this book and still maintain your views. While i realize this book is fiction, I never questioned the validity of the characters. They were three-dimensional and the very sort of people I would love to befriend in real life. While I have never read a David Burnett book, I have to say I’m hooked and can hardly wait for the next book I read of his!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100% mine.

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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. David Burnett July 3, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for such a kind review! You’ve no idea how much it pleases an author to know someone enjoyed his work!

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      Ruth July 3, 2017 Reply

      My pleasure David. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.

  2. sharon martin July 3, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for reviewing, it was lovely to read your review, David Burnett is one of my favorite authors I love all his work to date xx

  3. Sandra Watts July 10, 2017 Reply

    I would not ever do any matchmaking. It is not my business.

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