Hallie is on an agenda – to find a boyfriend, get married, get settled in a happy and comfortable married life by the end of the next year. To achieve this end, she makes a plan – to date numerous guys till she finds the one she can love and be happy with for the rest of her life. It does sound cold and calculating, but it’s all for a good cause ultimately: Hallie wants to be married before she turns 30.
Convinced by best friend Donnalee, Hallie begins to use the services of dating agency Dateline. It is when she goes to pick up her first letter from Dateline that she bumps into Steve – her handsome, young, new, next-door neighbour. Soon enough, she discovers that Steve is a single parent to two wonderful kids – Meagan and Kenny – having recently been divorced from his wife Mary Lynn. Steve is still in love with Mary Lynn, though, and is ready to go all out to show her her mistake in getting separated from him.
Hallie and Steve go on to become thick pals, even as Hallie continues to date one man after another and Steve makes attempt after attempt to woo Mary Lynn back. Meagan and Kenny adore Hallie and would love to have her as a stepmother, but unfortunately, Hallie is not Steve’s type. Hallie claims that Steve is not her type either.
Does Steve succeed in winning his first wife’s attentions? Does Hallie find the man she wants? You have to read the book to find that out!
I would say that I quite liked the book. It is fun, romantic, and girly, and I enjoyed the experience of reading it. Well, a girl needs her fill of mushy-mush from time to time! I did feel that the end of the book was not as powerful as I would have liked it to be, though.
It is a simple, easy-flowing book that is perfect for curling up with on a day when you are feeling lazy and want to give your brain a respite.
Recommended? Yes, for chick-lit lovers.