The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey
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Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read? Then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating.
Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat-intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.
Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy 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 the men.
Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.
By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?
Izzy writes a technology column reviewing gadgets and whatnot, and she is given the unique assignment of setting up a profile on an online dating site. What ensues is Izzy’s exhausting and hilarious views on 31 dates in 31 days called “What did I learn from last night?”.
You may like someone who’s buff, tanned and gorgeous, but that won’t last forever. If his exterior needs a bit of a repaint, then that’s just minor cosmetics, but if his interior needs a complete DIY Home Improvement then that’s a whole Boots superstore.
As one who tried online dating several years ago, I can relate to some of her stories though I wouldn’t have wanted to do that many at once. Her colorful descriptions of bad manners, bad hygiene and bad usernames (which use the number 69 way too often), to feeling good about helping a date write his resume and finding the venues better than the company is laugh-out-loud funny! We also learn about Izzy’s work colleagues and family which gives the reader some variation on her life giving her character some depth.
I enjoyed this fun read but felt it ended abruptly and would have liked to have learned more about her relationship with her boss, William.
Overall, this is an enlightening and enjoyable read with a diverse cast of characters.
Thank you to Ms. Bailey for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey lives and breathes writing. ‘Morgen with an E’ is an author, speaker, tutor, editor, and podcaster. As well as being a competition judge, she is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine.
Morgen’s fiction books include crime and mystery novels, and short story collections. They are mostly set against a Northamptonshire background, whether there is crime involved, a dog-detective that can talk, or a serial dater on a mission!
Her non-fiction works are aimed at all levels of writers whether beginners or those who want to refresh their skills – Morgen also tutors in person and has several online writing courses available. She runs her own mentor group on Facebook, very much a collaboration, and she invites all authors to join. Her Writer’s Block Workbooks are a go-to for every author.
When Morgen is not editing, speaking, reading, or writing, she’s walking her dog, out with friends or at literary festivals. The only time she sits down and does nothing is at the cinema but even then she’s making mental notes!