The Dating Intervention by Lynn Ricci
The Dating Intervention by Lynn Ricci follows Vanessa. As the story begins, you see that Vanessa has it all: a wonderful home filled with a loving husband and two great kiddos, a successful career and a great group of girlfriends. But that all changes when she learns of her husbands affair and wonders what to do next. Is this truly what life has in store for her? She realizes that she wants to be happy and leaves her picture perfect life with him behind and enters into the post-divorce, post-40 dating world. What she finds is one hopeless blind date followed by another. Will she ever be able to live a life that makes her happy? Or will she regret her decisions and go running back to the world that she once knew?
When I first started reading The Dating Intervention, I was quite impressed. Lynn is a debut author and I love seeing all of that hard work come together for someone for the first time. The beginning of the book was strong and I really felt for Vanessa early on. I think all of us have struggled with a less than stellar life at one point in time, but I can tell that she really struggles and is in dire need of a change. So, I was honestly glad when she left her world behind to start fresh, but knowing what I know about the dating scene for people over 40 after a divorce, I know that it isn’t pretty and can be quite exhausting. Heck, when isn’t dating exhausting? I found her blind dates to be hilarious but often times very sad. I felt for Vanessa through most of the book and found myself really rooting for her to figure it all out and come out on top at the end. My only complaints are the time hopping throughout the book. I think Lynn could have found a more seamless way to incorporate the back story, but I definitely give her kudos for attempting something that even well established authors struggle with. Overall, a strong debut and I definitely look forward to reading more from Lynn in the future.