The Dating Plan Book Review

I wish that dating was a simple thing. But for many of us, it is complicated by our past and emotional baggage that has not been dealt with.

Sara Desai‘s new novel, The Dating Plan, was published in March. Daisy Patel is in a jam. Single and in her late twenties, her loving, but boundary-less and large family is determined to see her married. After one too many relationships that ended badly, she is putting all of her focus into her job. Liam Murphy is also in a jam. His late grandfather’s will stipulates that unless he gets married, the family business will be given to his older brother, who is intent on selling it. The easy answer for a fake fiancĂ© is Daisy, whose elder brother was Liam’s former best friend. But Daisy has not forgotten how he promised to take her to the prom and then disappeared.

They agree to a pretend engagement to get everyone off their back. But along the way, what was fake turns into something real. Daisy and Liam must figure out if they have what it takes for the long run or if this is just another broken heart.

I loved this book. A sort of cross between Bridgerton and the 1999 film, The Bachelor, it is funny, romantic, and charming. I loved the authenticity of the story and the chemistry between the lead characters. It was natural, organic, and wonderful.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

What If…? Review

The question of what if is a powerful one. We make choices and live with the consequences, for better or for worse. But what would happen if we had said or done something differently? Or if things did not go as they had?

This is the premise of the new DisneyPlus animated Marvel series. Premiering last Wednesday, it takes the narratives we know and flips them on their head. The first episode focuses on Captain America. When Steve Rogers (voiced by Josh Keaton) goes into the machine to become the super soldier that will end World War II, the end result is not as expected. A glitch causes it to temporarily break down. Jumping into action, Peggy Carter (voiced by Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the live action films) becomes Captain Carter and leads the fight against tyranny and destruction.

The first episode is incredibly good. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I loved the twist that it was Peggy Carter who became the super soldier and not Steve Rogers.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

What If…? is available for streaming on DisneyPlus. New episodes premiere every Wednesday.

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation Book Review

When we look to our elders for wisdom, we hope that they will provide the guidance we need.

When the late Congressman John Lewis passed away last year, America lost one of the most respected politicians of our era. One of the icons of the Civil Rights moment, he had a perspective on this country that only someone who lived what he experienced could see.

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation was published last month. Written by Congressman Lewis before his death, it is a series of observations and insight that comes from someone who walked this Earth for nearly 80 years.

With a foreword by Andrew Young and co-written by Kabir Seghal, this has to be one of the best books of the year. It is written in such a way that is appealing and universal without feeling like the reader is being talked down to. It was as if I was sitting down to talk with a beloved grandparent and learning without realizing it.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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