Following the end of what she once believed would be a lifelong marriage, Daisy decides to ‘get out there’ and jumps into the world of online dating. She takes us with her on a hilarious path to finding new love whilst feeding us witty anecdotes from her daily work as a doctor working in Sexual Health.
Fifty-two-year-old Daisy, as she calls herself, is ready for a new relationship! After the nasty break-up of her marriage to ‘Voldemort’, she has also broken up with a man she met online and wants to move on. Another dating site, a new name and matching profile: Daisymae_224 is launched online! “Lively, out-going, fun-loving character,” that is who she is now.. or at least, what she has to live up to since she has already posted it! There is also a nice picture to go with her profile (a photo is mandatory, Daisy feels, as you just have to feel a spark before having a coffee together) and a list of do’s and don’ts at hand for anyone who passes the threshold of initial approval. Then lastly, of course, come the email box entry and her phone number. She gives herself a pep-talk and promises to be more choosy this time. Let us see who will respond and whether ‘he’ loves storytelling and stories as much as Daisy does!
Daisy is convinced somewhere out there is her soul mate. He will love words as she does. He is funny, attractive, has fresh teeth and good breath (yes, she realises how important that is to her!). He will be her “social passport .. to exorcise the loneliness.” With the potential candidates for ‘man of her life’ we also learn to know what Daisy finds important and what not, what makes her heart tick and what she detests, for example, Morris dancers. Do not think Daisy hates dancing because she loves it! Her future partner should better not have two left feet because that could well be a deal breaker. While waiting for responses, Daisy tells us about her work as a doctor in Sexual Health, the problems she encounters and the tales she tells could well have you blushing!
Having posted the profile online, Daisy goes to bed in “fevered anticipation” of what the next day might bring – the “first day of the rest of her life.” She describes her possible lovers as DDP’s: Daisy’s Dating Possibilities) and, would you believe it, she numbers them. If only the men knew they were numbers to her, but there you go. DDP1 is ‘Lexicon of Love’ and whilst Daisy seriously doubts whether this candidate can fulfil his ambitious alias, she decides to send him a message as he appears to meet her standard (basic) requirements: two ears, ditto eyes, nose and mouth one each. While Daisy invents witty answers to the emails she receives, she shares with us her thoughts and the life of the woman behind the Daisy-mask, which includes her seventeen-year old daughter, Imogen. So, how many DDPs did Daisy actually date? That is for you to find out!
I enjoyed the witty email exchanges and dates Daisy had with the different DDPs. The author writes in a funny, although repetitive, way, it almost feels like reading a diary. I am not sure what the purpose is of stating the chapter names within brackets though (after the chapter numbers within brackets “In which…). Whenever you think a potential candidate is very interesting and you want to know more, we are back with Daisy’s job as a doctor in Sexual Health and she relates yet another (although hilarious if you like these ‘fact-finding’ anecdotes) story from her daily practice. I felt the book too descriptive as Daisy kept telling us just about everything, even the Wikipedia definition of some of the words.
After a few chapters, I wanted to know all about the men and the fascinating world of internet dating and how to tell the truth from the lies. But then again, the tips and advice on various subjects and the stories about her work (witty as they were) interfered with her online progress and her personal life with her daughter and friends. However, if you like to read a novel about a lady in her mid-fifties trying to find her way around internet dating, love the chapters relating to her work as a doctor, and do not object to Daisy urging you to ‘read on’ many times, you will find ‘Dating Daisy’ an entertaining read and the author, the protagonist, an endearing woman. What I loved most about Daisy? That she carries with her in her handbag a poem destined for the special man who will capture her heart.
About the Author
Living in the South of England, Daisy_234 shares many similar professional, life, and dating, experiences as her protagonist; for this reason, she has chosen to write under a pen name.
|Publisher||Clink Street Publishing (27 July 2017)|