“Dating, Dining, and Desperation” by Melody Carlson, book review

“Dating, Dining, and Desperation” by Melody Carlson, book review

Book #3 of the Dear Daphne novels starts where book #2 left off- with Daphne living in her aunts house, writing her aunt’s advice column and working on her novel. She feels at home in the little town, and has found a niche of helping neighbors and being a friend.

Daphne is able to look beyond her own issues (finding a husband, etc.) to help others in need. She gets a new neighbor who is recently divorced, and is set on finding Daphne a husband. They become friends. Then Daphne discovers a young girl living with her ill grandmother, just down the street. She steps in to help both the grandmother and granddaughter. She calls in favors from other members of the community and together they are able to make a read difference in a sad situation.

I enjoyed book #3. The characters seem real and likable. I was sad to read the note at the end of the book that said that the final 2 book will not be published but only available at eBooks.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, B&H Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dating, Dining, and Desperation

B&H Books (March 1, 2014)


Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.


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mama to 4 wonderful kids. live on a farm and raise sheep
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