by Wendy Markham

March 2004
ISBN: 0-446-61176-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Maggie O’Mulligan decides that her best friend and colleague, Dominic Chickalini, needs a wife who’ll look after him. At the same time, in another part of New York City, freelance columnist Charles Kennelly III feels it’s time he stepped in to find his good friend, pastry chef Julie Purello, a simple, hearty man for a husband. As coincidences happen, through the nifty enterprise of the internet, Maggie and Charlie set up Dom and Julie on a date. Unfortunately things don’t always happen as planned.

While in the process of throwing the increasingly reluctant Dom and Julie at each other, Maggie and Charlie meet and hate each other on sight. She’s fed up of testosterone-loaded men like her father and numerous brothers, and he can’t abide snooty women like his ex-fiancé; she wants a more sophisticated man and he likes his women simple. So far, they seem complete opposites. But gradually, as they keep meeting, this dislike gradually changes into attraction and later transforms into passion. But it looks as though they’re too much each other’s opposite to ever have a happily ever-after……or does Love still have a chance?

Author Wendy Markham’s tale has a sincerity to it, which put together with the lifelike characters, makes the novel a pleasure to read. Maggie’s intensity and take-charge attitude interests the readers but frustrates her near and dear ones and this adds hilarity to the story. Charlie is so much her opposite that it’s fun to read when the two of them try to influence each other to change. Supporting characters help the story along quite a bit and the readers get to meet characters from the previous Chickalini story. The author incorporates the current trend of internet dating sites and the truth behind it, takes the reader on a delightful journey through the boroughs of NYC, and generally makes the reading this book, a treat.

Funny, poignant and realistic, Once Upon a Blind Date is sure to warm the readers’ hearts.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Rashmi.

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