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 fiancé 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.