Review: The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.


31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.

What I liked:

I’m quite familiar with the world of online dating, so this book was quite close to my heart. I loved following Isobel on her dating journey, and while it seemed utterly exhausting at times it made for a great read.

This book is great for a day in a coffee shop to escape from the busy streets, or a good companion for your commute to or from work.

I loved the look into other character’s lives too. Isobel’s friendship with Donna, her co-worker, was really heart warming. It was one of my highlights in the book, as it made me think of my own work wives.

What I didn’t like:

With 31 dates to read about, it did become a little repetitive in places.

I also spent a while determining why a tech writer was carrying out a romance story. It didn’t feel like it fit in with Isobel’s field.

Out of five?

Three. A lovely quick and light read.

3 thoughts on “Review: The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey

  1. Having had some mishaps with online dating myself, I can only imagine this would be a fun read. Seems lighthearted and fun!

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