Blog Tour | Book Review | The First Date by Zara Stoneley

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My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I enjoyed The First Date very much! The writing is just so funny, with slightly sarcastic dialogues, and the story flows smoothly and spontaneously.

It is a longish book with the lead pair taking ages to come to terms with their “spark,” but I did not mind because very few stories have spoken to me like this one did.

Rosie takes her time to get over her daddy issues, but I feel that is only natural. A few “not-dates” with a handsome man who gives you a pep talk or two will not shake you out of years of habit in a trice!

It is all too clear that Noah is smitten by Rosie at first sight (and this assumption is helped along by various side characters asking Rosie what she’s done to Noah), but something is holding him back from opening up to her.

Both main characters have major emotional baggage carried over from past hurt and disappointments, but with thirty-somethings, I would expect it.

Children of dysfunctional families are known to blame themselves for the mess their parents are in, and it takes a toll on their mental health. I felt that this aspect of the story was well-described because I could really feel Rosie’s turmoil.

You do want to scream at Rosie and her mother, asking them to dump the reprehensible father and husband, but relationships aren’t so cut and dried, are they? Especially when the man in question is charming and manipulative and can make you believe you’re the most important thing in the world.

The story is so much like the movie Crazy Stupid Love. It could well be a movie in its own right. The cheating parent, the chaos, the dysfunctional family, the philandering man, the woman with daddy issues–it is truly an emotional roller-coaster ride.

Book Details

The First Date cover

Genre: Romcom, Chicklit, Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Pages: 400

Publication date: 24 April, 2020

Publisher: One More Chapter



Right place.
Right time.
Wrong guy …

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up IRL.​

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Ghosted.​

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …​

A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Johnson.

About the Author

Zara Stoneley Photo

USA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley writes funny, contemporary romances that will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life and make you laugh out loud.​

Growing up she wanted to be James Bond or UK veterinary surgeon James Herriot – instead she dallied with a career in IT consultancy, ran a dog grooming business, and had a brief spell teaching (variety is the spice of life!) before finally writing a bestselling novel and realising that at heart she’d always been an author.​

She enjoys torturing (in a nice way) her characters for your pleasure and writes about friendship, pesky pets, troublesome relatives, hopes, dreams, love and happy ever afters. Her aim is to make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.​

Follow her Facebook page to find out more about her home life in a Cheshire village with her family, a (very) lively cockapoo called Harry, and a bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels have been translated into several languages and sold around the world. They include ‘Four Christmases and a Secret’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

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