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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.
About the Author
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.
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Meddling mothers can be bothersome – but they can also know their children better than their children know themselves! Karen and Mark are better children to their mothers than I would be. I couldn’t even begin to imagine agreeing to a matchmaking-date.
Karen is a free-feeling artist while Mark is a closed-off, professor who lives life based on logic. The pair couldn’t be more opposite and would never have made a connection on their own. To get their mothers off their backs, the duo decides to give in and go on three dates with the idea that they could make a “marriage of convenience” work.
Even knowing that they are “set up”, the pair experiences rocky, uncomfortable moments that ordinary couples face when starting out in a relationship. Both hold steady in their belief that they’ll never find a partner and form a relationship based on love and suddenly, everything seems to start falling into place. But are their feelings just a temporary side effect of accepting a convenience marriage idea? Or do their mothers really know what they’re doing?
This is a lighthearted read that completely engulfed my heart at times. I could feel the pain that these two felt but also the happiness that they yearned for out of the need to share a connection with someone. The lack of good communication between the pair goes to show just how far knowing the importance of communication in a relationship can go.
It never fails that the past seems to creep up on people when good things start to happen. Can Karen and Mark fulfill their personal dreams and still make things work? Or will the entire situation implode in their faces? I can’t tell you the best part! You’ll have to read it!
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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