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Dating by the Book

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Is love just something you find in books?
Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance—despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox—and who accuses her of knowing nothing
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington
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Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Rom-Com taking place within the setting of an actual bookstore! What more could a reader ask for?!

Maddie Hanson is a fledgling author preparing for the release of her very first novel. She’s also trying to keep her quaint little bookstore afloat.

She’s received a three-star review for her upcoming first release from a gentleman nick-named the Silver Fox. Slightly miffed, if not down-right incensed, she can’t help but engage Mr. Silver Fox! (Never a good idea)!
But for Maddie it may just turn ou
I can’t express how excited I was when I first got to know about this book, and that joy doubled when I was approved for this ARC. I don’t know if it was my high expectations or the book itself, but I’m not quite happy with the experience.

Maddie is still struggling to deal with the grief over her ex-fiancé ditching her at the altar six months ago, while also figuring out how to manage her not so well running bookstore in her small town. I liked that she passionately loves her books and the store
Radd Reader
“All this time, I’d been looking for a romance hero. I’d never realized he was waiting for me.”

Major Character
Maddie (late 20's, book store owner):
Three things about Maddie:
- Her first book is on the cusp of being published and she's writing on her next book.
- She co-owns her book store with her ex fiancé (who left her at the altar and moved to a larger city). “Ever since my fiancé, my groom, my husband-to-be failed to show up to our wedding, leaving me humiliated at the altar, all we
The Nerd Daily
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emma Knight

Dating By The Book by Mary Ann Marlowe is the perfect read for a rainy day. With a mix fun romance, mystery, and never-ending book references, what’s not to love about this heart-warming book? Set in a small town book shop named the Mossy Stone, the story unfolds with Maddie, a soon-to-be published author, who is struggling to keep her business afloat. After receiving a negative review for her new book, she takes it into her own hands
Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
By all intents and purposes, Dating by the Book should have worked for me. Cute bookstore owner who writes under a pen name to stay private, friends to lovers tropes, romance with a book reviewer and more. But something was missing here. It's hard to put my finger on exactly what it was but the best way to sum it up is that the characters never really leaped off the page for me and the "surprise" was exactly what I thought from page one. There is some light steam in this one but nothing too much ...more
G.L. Jackson
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
As I was reading this book (I received an ARC and yes, you should be envious) I kept thinking how sweet it was. How cute. How easy it was to read, and how relatable all the characters are. But once I finished and realized how many layers this book has, I was even more impressed. It's still sweet and cute, and if you devour it in one sitting like I did, that might be all you need. However, there are similarities between happenings in the main character Maddie's life and the selections she offers ...more
Jen Hawkins
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of this hilarious, romantic book. It’s infused with all of Marlowe’s trademark humor and wit—the characters are so alive they practically step off the page. No spoilers, but good luck guessing which guy Maddie chooses. This book is like The Bachelorette, but for smart people. :)
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Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Laura Elizabeth
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smart. Fun. HOT. Tension-filled. The web Maddie weaves turns into an awesome plot!

This book is like a warm hug. Set in the small town of Orion, the heroine is the perfect mix of Lizzie Bennett and Jo March. Maddie wants to be independent and awesome, but she's also seeking love in all the wrong places...or is she?

I laughed out loud several times over her antics--both relatable and blush-worthy. The heroes (and ultimate hero) of the book are charming, hot, and, well, they make me want to visit a
3 stars
The whole time while reading this book, I thought about the main character, Maddie Hanson, emailing me about giving her story 3 stars.

This book was ok...and that is the best I can say about it. I felt like I was being ping ponged all over the with her possible love interests. To be honest, she was a little selfish. Like her book. I felt no romantic connection with her and any of the the men.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC which does not influence my review.

Title: A new voice from Mary Ann Marlow!
Her readers will be delightfully surprised by this book. Kind of a Jane Austen take on life and love with humor and a darn good puzzle!
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did author Marlowe know to pen a character after my own heart? Maddie owns a rustic bookstore/café in her small town! Ummmm…This is my absolute dream of all dreams! Since I basically want to be Maddie, I read his book as if I was her - well without the romance. Sadly.
Maddie struggles to keep her bookstore afloat due to it being in a small town, few sales, some sabotage from a fellow business owner, a rectangle of a love life and most of all - herself! Yep – for most of this book, Maddie is h
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Sigh , The writing was good ..... Too much romance for me I need to stick to cozies , I love murder 😈
Jodena Pysher
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Mary Ann Marlowe. Wonderfully written. The book takes an ordinary woman through the twists and turns of life. It will be a warm hug the entire time you read. I have to tell you, that this book is definitely of the most fun books that I read all year. Will recommend to anyone that wants a vacation read!!
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Ever had four men interested in you at the same time? Yeah, me neither. There is Dylan, Maddie’s rock star first boyfriend recently in town again, and looking to rekindle their passionate connection. Followed up by Charlie, her one true loyal customer who comes into her bookshop everyday. What might lack in passion, he definitely makes up in intellectual discussions and common interests.

Or what about Peter, Maddie’s ex-fiance who left her at the altar, and also still owns half of her bookstore.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
ARC courtesy of Netgalley

I thought highly of Marlowe's A Crazy Kind of Love, and so was pleased to see her latest book up on Netgalley. But I wasn't taken with this story about an extremely passive small town bookstore owner who, six months after being left at the altar, is on the cusp of having her first novel published. After reading a somewhat snarky review by a blogger ("Silver Fox") before the book comes out, Maddie can't resist writing back to the guy with some snark of her own. The two en
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Goodness, I am in such a funk right now with reading! I really wanted to love this book, but it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll start out with the things I enjoyed about this book! I really loved that the main character, Maddie, was an author, owned a bookstore, and ran her own book club. As a total book lover, this was so fun! I also enjoyed the talk about Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and how the way you review a book can really be a huge d
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so much fun to read! The classic small town and the fun twist on the movie YOU'VE GOT MAIL, this book is one that will leave the reader satisfied until the end.

While I'm a sucker for small town books (and the nosy, know-it-all secondary characters!), what I really loved was everything Maddie went through from owning her own business and the struggle to keep it afloat, being a young debut author and wading through the ups and downs
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ann Marlowe always whisks me away with her writing, and Dating by the Book was no exception. From book club chats to the heartwarming quaintness of living in a small town, I sunk into every page of this book. I adored trying to figure out which dating prospect was her secret book reviewer, and which man she'd end up falling in love with. I also appreciated the heartfelt message woven into the theme: “I know you want to believe in happy-ever-after, but you don’t always get an after. You have ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Poorly written with shallow, unlikable characters. Very disappointing.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dating by the Book a such a great bookish rom-com! Maddie is a twenty-something bookstore owner, and secret author of fantasy novels. Books are such a big part of this novel which I loved, there's references to lots of classic novels and their romances. As things unfold Maddie tries to figure out how to keep her bookstore afloat and who her 'romantic hero' is and if she even wants one at all. I found the plot to be a little predictable, which is by no means bad because I love some good romance t ...more
Katie Robinson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was probably going to give this book 3 stars and hoping that the author wouldn’t be upset enough to call me out 😬 lol (that’s what the heroine in her book does to a reviewer).

Let’s start with the good: love the small town bookstore backdrop. I also really liked Max - I love a Darcy and Elizabeth dynamic in all of its forms, so I was immediately team Max. Unfortunately, I thought that the author could have done more to make my fellow readers really root for h
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel kinda weird rating this book three stars since that's the crux of part of the book when an author receives a three-star review. Let me explain.

So Maddie is a small-town bookstore owner who is still reeling after her ex-fiance ditched her at the alter six months ago. She adores her bookstore and loves the people who make up her small town. But honestly, she was so wishy-washy to me. She wanted help from her "family" of townsfolk, but balks when people give her ideas to help her. She's so i
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent read. I really liked the premise of it; it sounded super cute and I'm the BIGGEST closet romantic so I though this was perfect. But. It wasn't. I liked all the characters; Max is the actual love of my life sorry not sorry. But the plot fell very flat. Absolutely nothing big really happened. I could pretty much guess all of the plot twists which kind of made me skim through a few chapters.

The one thing that really made me keep pulling through was the fact that this was so relat
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is almost a five......

Madeleine Hanson, aka Maddie, knows where she wants to be - doing what she loves to do - but not who she wants to be with, or how she can succeed. Four men in her life is complicated: she almost married Peter - had a wildly free, intense High School relationship with Dylan - has an interesting mysterious customer named Charlie - and her BFF Layla's older brother Max, who's been a BFF & big brother to Maddie. But who is the mysterious Silver Fox book reviewer that has g
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe is an enjoyable sweet and fun romance, that kept me reading. Maddie Hanson is a romance author, but since she was left at the alter, romance is the last thing on her mind. When an anonymous blogger, Silver Fox, criticizes her for not knowing passion, the online bickering is on. This book was so fun, and I loved the ending. So perfect for a summer or beach read. I highly recommend this book, just read, relax and enjoy. I am looking to read more books by this ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A difficult start for me, but midway through, after getting a grasp on the male characters in the story, the second half brought it home. The couple of unexpected twists and turns kept me entertained.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heart-warming rom-com is truly a love letter too all of the things I love most about the bookish community. There’s a charming bookstore full of magic and joy, an author struggling to reconcile the career she loves with the harsh realities of incoming reviews, and a blogger with ostensibly something to prove. But in the midst of all of this bookish fun blooms a sexy romance that will warm your heart and make you cheer. What could be better than a little mistaken identity romance? One that b ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just one sentence ... what can first “You’ve Got Mail” (movie) or “Dating by the book”... if you know the answer ...: you know what is in the book 🙄
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A romance novel set in a bookstore was the perfect choice for a summer afternoon of reading on the patio.
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