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Dating by the Book

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  76 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
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 with 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
The Nerd Daily
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
G.L. Jackson
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Elizabeth
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jodena Pysher
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Danielle from Short and Sassy
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.
Pooja (Penningtales)
Please note: I received an advance digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Kensington Books in exchanged for an honest review. This does not influence my opinions in any way.

Madeleine Hanson, or Maddie as she’s known to her friends, was left standing at the altar on her wedding day after her then fiancé gave her the ultimatum between himself and her dreams. Now she’s the owner of a struggling bookshop that's under threat of being taken over by her childhood friend Max’s bakery, and a so
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Katie Robinson
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
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 h
Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a busy, at times chaotic novel. Maddie owns a bookstore that is at the brig of bankruptcy but it's her passion and she fights to keep it. She battles her feelings for four guys fighting for her affection. It became overwhelming as the reader is forced to read her interactions with them without really knowing who she'd pick. In the end, who she chooses makes sense but she's such an unreliable character that I eve
RTF: I hate to tell you it's probably going to just be a one person therapy session instead of a review
Originally posted on my blog

Funny how so many life-altering moments are accompanied by three little words. I love you. Kiss the bride. Hold my beer.

I went into June wanting to read fun, sweet, happier books along with my books for Pride month (yes there is overlap there.) This book comes out towards the end of June, so it seemed to fit the bill for a fun romance book! Thank you Netgalley and
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wf-romance
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Dating by the Book by the talented, witty Mary Ann Marlowe. I enjoyed so much about this book! Growing up in a small town, I felt how authentic it was that Maddie struggled to keep her bookstore going. I wished her book club were real so I could attend it myself. :) And I thoroughly enjoyed the classic bookish references throughout. I loved how her dating life paralleled the heroes from the books discussed in the book club. Maddie's choice at the end w ...more
Summer Spence
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to read an advanced copy of this book, and I wanted to move straight into this world! A small town with a quaint bookshop (with pastries!) and no shortage of handsome bachelors who READ? COUNT ME IN. I adored this book!
Angel Hatfield
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Madeleine/Maddie walked inside her book store, it felt like home. Maddie breathed in its peace. This was her sanctuary. Six months ago Maddie’s fiance had begged her to abandon her small town business and follow him back to the city. But she chose to stay. One half of Maddie’s dream had come true but at the cost of the to her other half. Gentry’s French bistro lured all the morning traffic away from her pitiful cafe. Max stopped and had her help to bring in some baked goods. He asked her if she ...more
I am on a romance reading kick right now due to my reading group studying the genre so I was looking forward to reading this book based on the good reviews and the description: a romance set in a bookstore with literacy references and romance heroes straight from novels. However, this book really didn’t live up to my expectations despite it having some really good characters and being pretty well written.

After being left at the alter 6 months ago, Maddie returns home to the small town she grew u
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dating by the Book, Mary Ann Marlowe

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction

I loved Mary Ann's first two stories, but this one wasn't as good for me. It could be my personal circumstances. I'm STILL in temp accommodation, seven months now, and that means my usual schedule is on hold. Finding time to get totally absorbed in a book when you're alone is easy, but when you're living with a busy family isn't so simple. It may be that if I re-read this in a few months time
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
I received an ARC of this book to review - and it could not have come at a more perfect time!

This book was a complete delight from start to finish. It's a fast, fun, read. I finished it in only two sittings because I couldn't wait to see how it all played out.

I love how Maddie owned a bookshop, led a book club where they analyzed the relationships of classic love stories (Lizzy and Darcy! Jane and Mr. Rochester! Scarlett and Rhett! Jo/Laurie/Mr. Bhaer!) and she, like all of us book lovers do, u
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I so wanted to love this book, but I just... didn’t. The writing style is great and I was quickly caught up in the story - essentially the book follows Maddie, a struggling book store owner who was left at the altar 6 months ago and is dealing with a variety of issues in her life. It’s a quirky, cute book told strictly from Maddie’s perspective (which I didn’t love). Maddie has just written her first book, in secret, and she is starting to read reviews from ARC copies. When she gets a 3-star rev ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
THis was a sweet story about a bookstore owner in a small Indiana town whose views on romance revolve around the classic tales of romance she discusses in her weekly bookclub. If you can accept the premise that all the attractive single men in this town are attracted to her and are willing to attend a regular bookclub to discuss books such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women, and Gone with the Wind, you’ll enjoy their discussions of these classics and the different take that some of ...more
Jaqueline Snowe
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was THRILLED when I received an ARC for dating by the book because a) look at the cover, it's adorable and b) a writer who runs a bookstore? That's like the ultimate fantasy come to life.

This was my first book by Mary Ann Marlowe and it won't be my last. She writes so well you don't realize you sat and read through the entire story in one sitting. She created a wonderful world with characters that jumped off the pages. Maddie was a bit of a mess at times, but understandably so. I found her re
Beth McLeod
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, from its nerdy references (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter) to the discussion of the more historical literary works (Jane Eyre, Little Women) as well as the peek behind the scenes of an author’s life, it was fun to read and very well written. There was also a bit of a mystery to solve, which I will not spoil, but it definitely kept me guessing and kept me reading!

That being said, this book should be considered less of a romance and more of a fantasy. Maddie, the heroine
Diane McConnell
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc

Maddie Hanson is trying to figure how to keep her bookstore in the black after her now ex-fiancé Peter Mercer left her at the altar. Part of the bookstore was a coffee shop that her friend Max Beckett kept in stock with pastries but that was a major part of her income because she had a contract for a fantasy book that was being published soon but she couldn’t use her book money to keep the store in the black forever. Maddie had a book club that met at the bookstore that read classic romanc
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