- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 918 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Susan Buchanan (10 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009Z2QPT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gill McFadden, the main character, is a workaholic. Gill runs her own recruitment agency and is burning the candle at both ends to keep on top of her work load. Although Gill enjoys her work, she does feel the need to employ extra staff and sets about putting this right by advertising for a recruitment officer. Gill is longing to find love and would like a long term relationship....and more of a social life. Now, Gill is at that age where she's old enough to have had a few relationships, but sadly, they've never worked out for her. Unable to find love in the traditional way; you know, at a bar or a party etc, she decides to join a dating agency, namely, the, 'Happy Ever After Dating Agency.' Soon, the profiles of potential dates start winging their way into Gill's email inbox and she starts arranging 'meet ups.' The guys are a mixed bunch and it's a, will she?, or won't she? guessing game of who you think Gill may or may not end up with. And let me say at this juncture, that you always get one, don't you girls?! Gill does get to have some girly time too with her closest friends and spends a long weekend away with them in Barcelona. There are such a lot of places of interest/restaurants/bars named in this section of the book, it's clear that the author's love of this city is close to her heart. There are quite a few funny one liners too, which made me chuckle! Definitely a girlie book and one you'll enjoy. The joys of dating eh?!
Parts of this book are very good, parts are less believable but by and large reading it is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the garden
The first chapter starts with Gill relating her last dating disaster to a man that her girl-friends had set her up with in the past and literally had me in tears of laughter, when she was describing him. It was a great way to start the book!
Basically 'the Dating Game' is about Gill, who runs her own recruitment agency business and works very hard at it , finding little time for love or any personal life. This all changes when she joins a dating agency and she finds herself having to juggle her personal life and her business. She takes on additional staff to help with her workload and this frees her up more for a personal life. The dating agency is called 'Happy Ever After Dating Agency' and via the profiles they send her she is quickly paired off with four potential suitors - Anton, Sean, Charlie and Gary. She initially meets up with all of them but its clear one stands out a cut above the rest - Anton, the georgeous Russian! She continues to meet up with all four of them, unfortunately an almost tragedy means one of them disappears off the scene which leaves her devastated, so she continues to date the other three who are less then perfect. While her brain is trying to sort out which one she likes the best , she goes on a girls break to barcelona, there she meets a scotsman who fights off a bag snatcher. On her return to Glasgow from her break she accidentally meets him again. So does she end up with someone via the Dating Agency or does she end up with this man who is her knight in shining armour?Read more ›
Susan Buchanan's second novel will appeal to anyone who would like a nice, jolly, easy read about a woman who signs up with a dating agency and all the men she meets through this.
The novel centres round not only Gill's dates but also the relationship she has with her three best girlfriends - there's plenty of 'girly' stuff to identify with! In one part of the story she feels let down by someone with whom she had hoped to have a deeper relationship; I thought this bit was very good, and will ring true with all too many of us.
This novel will appeal to 'foodies', too, or just people who love to go to restaurants, as there are many descriptions of those visited by Gill, her dates and her friends in various venues, both in Glasgow, where the novel is set, and in Barcelona - which brings me on to another area of appeal about the story. There are several chapters set in Barcelona, where Gill and her friends go for a short holiday. These chapters give a great deal of detail about the architecture, tourist attractions and history of the city, showing the author's great love for it - anyone who has been there will enjoy reading about a place they have experienced, too. I also liked reading about Glasgow itself.
To sum up - the sort of book with which you might curl up in bed after a long day - it's 'cuisine lit' as well as sort of grown up chick lit - Gill's a businesswoman, not a ditzy shoe collector!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly, I did enjoy reading this book.
The group of friends were delightful, there is always going to be a parent that does your head in and a head ache when choosing... Read more
Overall, I enjoyed The Dating Game. Came off as if written by a 37 year old single woman wondering why she never ended up with a decent man in her life, while at the same time... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gerri Bowen
This is perhaps a book about today's society, about todays women in it and how love is perhaps not an easy thing to find. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
Awful, just absolutely awful. Never written a review before but this was so bad I had to log on and warn people away.
Would have given it zero if that was an option. Read more
An easy enjoyable read about the trials and tribulations of the dating game. Would recommend this book to all. .Published on 21 May 2014 by mercgirl
this book was one I didn't want to put down. A simple story of trying to find love. I cared about the characters which is important to me when reading a book. Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by karen smith
This is the second book I have read by Susan Buchanan. Susan asked me if I would like to read and review this book and as I really enjoyed The Christmas Spirit. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Anita
First time I heard of Susan Buchanan was when I saw in my GR feed that a friend of mine was reading 'The Dating Game'. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by Ananda
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