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Dating, Dining and Desperation

Title:  Dating, Dining & Desperation (A Dear Daphne Novel Book #2)
Author:  Melody Carlson
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  B & H Books
Romance is just one thread in the novel, and as you read the book, you will discover there is so much more than meets the eye.  Let me explain.  Most stories are wrapped up within a single publication at times in a series.  Here is one that is in total four books (the last two are eBooks only) that follow along with Daphne as she lives in the town of Appleton.  Daphne inherited the estate of her grandmother with one very huge stipulation…she has a year to get married to retain possession.
Readers are first introduced to Daphne along with her dilemma in Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel.  Now the sequel continues Daphne’s pursuit of Mr. Right.  Within the life of this main female character, the audience gets a wider perspective of the Daphne’s neighbors and town.  There are some tough spots Daphne is pulled into by her new neighbor Sabrina.  Jake is the executor of Daphne’s grandmother’s will.  He too seems like he might have an interest in Daphne besides her being his client.
The host of prospects that Daphne meets is really a reflection on reality I am sure for some readers.  The marriage deadline while months away isn’t the only pressure in life for Daphne when she reaches out to help a little neighbor girl.  Like real life there are times it is okay to be alone, but not to the neglect of those who live right in our own neighborhood.  Daphne is stretched personally as she reaches out to meet, greet and help her closest neighbors.  While that turns out to be most beneficial for Daphne and others, it also spurs her creativity as a writer.
The hard part was reading at the end that the publishers were going to finish the series as eBooks only.   For those of us who love to have a book in our hands that was disheartening.  The author shares the eBook information so people can finish Daphne’s story.  Please know that B & H publishing is the reason for this change.  Personally, I think depending on eBook formats only is not wise, but that doesn’t reflect on the author.
I highly recommend reading the series as it is a mix of mystery, romance, faith and reflective of society.  Readers will be able to keep in touch with the author through her website and links.  I highly encourage the audience to read the well-crafted tales.
My rating is 5 stars.
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