I have read some books by David Burnett and this one is the best. Karen and Mark journey to love is full of sweet and moving moments. It has dual POV and you know exactly what are they thinking all the way through their dates and what drives them to the marriage of convenience.
Mark is a college professor, who loves hiking and photography. He had his heart broken and is reluctant in pursuing another relationship.
His parents seems to think that at 29 he should get married and have a life and convinces him on trying to date Karen “The Ice Queen” Wingate, an old friend of his sister’s and an artist.
His mother asks him to give her a chance and date her “just three dates”…
Karen is being set up by her mother as well…
The mother’s conversation is a really funny part.
Karen and Mark agree on this “just three dates” arrangement and so it begins their adventure in dating and in love.
I do read a lot of romance novels and this one is particularly is so sweet and honest, it reminds me the films Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, because time is developing and cementing their connection. The relationship unfolds slowly and it is so lovely to see these two souls finding each other despite not really wanting it in the first place.
The ending is so endearing and I swear I had to get the music (which I will not spoil it here) on Spotify and it was on my mind the whole day.
This book is worth to read it and you will not regret it.
Just Three Date by David Burnett
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.
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.