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Once Upon a Blind Date Mass Market Paperback – 31 Mar 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Forever (31 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611763
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,198,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, including Hello, It s Me, the basis for a recent Hallmark movie starring Kellie Martin. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Blind Date 26 Feb. 2006
By mnix - Published on
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New Yorker Maggie O'Mulligan is organized, in control, and busy. She doesn't have time to help her best friend, Dominic Chickalini, with his many domestic needs such as picking up his dry cleaning. In her typical style, Maggie can solve the problem, and she decides that she must find a wife for her buddy. If she will get his clothes one last time, Dominic will agree to Maggie's crazy wife search. Not that he really wants a wife, but he is desperate for his clothes! Meanwhile in another part of town, writer Charlie Kennely is concerned about his lonely friend and neighbor Julie Purello. Long hours as a pastry chef have kept her off the dating circuit. Charlie believes that he can find the perfect man for Julie. After all, he is the "Bachelor at Large," penning relationship advice for a major women's magazine. How hard could it be?

Maggie and Charlie independently use a local internet dating service. After creating profiles and searching through potential matches, they find their friends' ideal mates. To ensure Julie's safety, Charlie suggests going with her on the first date. Of course, Dominic is free to bring someone, too. Charlie then arranges a date sure to score points with Dominic. What could be better than a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden? Julie knows nothing about basketball, but that shouldn't be a problem, right? When Julie sends over the Knicks tickets, Maggie is confused. A basketball game date doesn't mesh with Julie's profile. Not to worry, Maggie goes along with Dominic to insure that all goes well.

The four meet at the game, and BAM! It's love at first sight. There's just one problem, it's not Julie and Dominic who are connecting. Nothing happens between them, not even the tiniest spark. Maggie and Charlie, however, light things up with both their instant attraction and their intense dislike. Charlie wants no part of the anal and controlling Maggie, while the laid-back Charlie gets on Maggie's last nerve. Certainly, neither will remember the earth shattering kiss they shared. Instead, they again and again focus on getting Dominic and Julie together. If Charlie and Maggie's interfering simply gives them a valid reason to see each other, they would never admit it. Who knows what would happen if they did!

I am torn. On one hand, Once Upon a Blind Date is a humorous, ironic matchmaking tale where opposites attract and clash. I love the premise. Julie and Dominic's doomed dates are hilarious, especially the he-said, she-said accounts. Throughout most of the book, however, I disliked Maggie. She is too uptight and too controlling. I know that she means well, but she is not pleasant. I wanted to smack her often! What kind of friend keeps pushing her best friend into dates from hell?

Also, why does Dominic need a wife? Wouldn't a personal assistant be more appropriate? While not always perfect, Charlie is appealing and has potential. I did enjoy Maggie and Charlie's battles, but perhaps there was one too many. Over the course of the story, Maggie and Charlie do make realistic changes. I looked forward to their ultimate resolution and was rooting for a happy ending.

This is my first Wendy Markham novel, but I would love to read more. I enjoyed the story's overall style and flow. Maybe with different characters, I would be happier. Once Upon a Blind Date has several shining moments, but also a few rough spots. It just doesn't quite hit the mark.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Will read it again and again!!!! 14 Mar. 2013
By andria r barrera - Published on
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This is one of my favorite stories!!!!!! She is a very talented author and I was so glad to have found a copy for a cheap price!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 Mar. 2007
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From reading the back of the book, you can tell what is going to happen. But the story in between is great and exciting all the way till the end. Nice summer read that you will want to share with your friends, and make you wish you were the lead character!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 7 Aug. 2006
By TWFMom - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this book, but like another reviewer said, it's not really a sequel. I was looking forward to reading more about Nina and Joey from the fist book. It took me a little while to get to this book because I was disappointed. It really was a good story, though. I liked Charlie, but he seemed to get mean at the end for a while. Overall, it was funny and romantic story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuity glitch 4 April 2005
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I liked The Nine Month Plan, so bought this. It's fun reading in itself, but the chronology has a problem. In the earlier book, Joe and Nina had a baby; Nina's brother Dominic was age twenty and in college. In this book, Nina's baby is a toddler, but Dominic is suddenly twenty-eight.

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