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Book review: The Dating Game by Susan Buchanan

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First time I heard of Susan Buchanan was when I saw in my GR feed that a friend of mine was reading ‘The Dating Game’. The fact my friend loved it and highly recommended it, as well as the fab blurb got me very intrigued. I added it immediately to my tbr list. I was over the moon when another friend of mine generously gifted me a copy of this book (thank you so much Sheerie!) which she won on a giveaway but had already read. (I do have the most awesome friends).

I have to say I had high expectations for this book, since in December last year I read Susan’s The Christmas Spirit and really really enjoyed it. There’s something so fresh and original in Susan’s writing, she has an interesting way of approaching a reader, creating characters who feel so real and are so well developed.

This book didn’t disappoint and it really was as fantastic as I thought it would be. Gill McFadden is a workaholic, she’s kind and sweet, but seems she’s been out of the dating scene for quite some time. Her friends keep on telling her it’s time she gets back in the game, unfortunately with her busy schedule and no luck in finding Mr Right, she really feels like dating is the last thing she’d want. But faith my friends, is a funny thing. One day she passes by a bus with an ad of a dating agency Happy Ever After. It’s an awesome name for an agency, you have to admit. I mean, even I would want to check it out.

She finally gives in and makes some calls and appointments and creates a profile. Soon she’s to meet lots of man, could maybe one of them be the RIGHT ONE?

It indeed was a fantastic and fun read. I’ve read quite a few books about dating and matchmaking, but this one was really brilliant. What I loved the most was Gill and the fact Susan created a mature, lovable chick lit heroine. The writing is great, it simply flows and the story never drags. I had a huge smile on my face throughout reading and enjoyed each of the dates. I also loved the trip to Barcelona, and I absolutely adored Gill’s friends and their bonding.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fun, light yet smart chick lit, look no further. ‘The Dating Game’ is uberfun book you’ll devour in one sitting (or two). Enjoy!

My rating: 4/5

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All I want For Christmas: Day 19 – Book review: The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

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Do you believe in magic?
Do you believe in Christmas spirits?

One simple question for you guys. When is the best time to believe in miracles? Of course, at Christmas. It’s the day we celebrate all good on this planet, we feel cheerful and hope next year will be better for us all. It’s probably the contagious joy everyone around us is spreading that makes us appreciate this day even more. I wish it was Christmas every day, don’t you?

If by any chance, you still aren’t feeling festive, though Christmas is just around the corner, I wholeheartedly recommend you this fantastic book. It’s warm, festive and simply magical. It will instantly get you all festive, from the very first page.

It’s a mesmerizing tale with lovable characters. You’ll cheer for them, live through them, and what’s most important,they will make you believe in Christmas wonders. Most of the time while reading, I even head teary eyes because some of the stories were so heart breaking. To be completely frank, I had no idea I will like this book so much. I thought I’m too old for tales like this. But honestly people, I’m so thankful I read it. It’s such a feel good read, one that will definitely cheer you up and warm your hearts.

I adore Susan’s writing style and how each of the character’s stories intertwined creating one beautiful, layered tale about love, friendship and family. At first sight, these characters have nothing in common, except the fact they are living in a same town in Scotland, each having no reason to believe they will have a merry Christmas this year. When I was first introduced to Jacob, Sophie, Rebecca, Stanley and Meredith, honestly I had no idea what are they all doing in this story. What is that one thing that will connect (and change) their lives? Each of them is having a hard year, going through a break up, or they are jobless and feel all alone in this world. But you know what they say my friends? Hope dies last! (no pun intended)

I was simply astonished with how well the characters were developed, how much of their personality I could actually feel through not that many pages (it’s rather a short read). Needless to say, I could connect to each of them and sympathize with them. The more I think of all of them, I come to the realization I will miss them so terribly now that I finished reading. I literally devoured every single page wondering what will happen next. What miracles and transformations await for them all, can Christmas be saved and will they have their HEAs?

Honestly, I want to see these characters again, maybe in a full length novel and hope Susan will reconsider this. Trust me, once you start reading this book, you will not want it to end. It’s a wonderful Christmas read perfect for curling up with a cup of hot choc. I strongly recommend it to everyone, even those that don’t believe in Christmas ghost, spirits and angels. Merry Christmas to all of you and wish you a fabulous New Year!

My rating: 4/5

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