Monday, September 30, 2013

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg

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This is a wonderful, humorous story about a young woman who gets in way over her head when she keeps up a marriage charade for the sake of the homebuilding TV show she stars in.  When Miranda Woodruff auditioned for the show, she talked about her fiance, Robbie, and that he taught her all she knows. However, she didn't expect that he would run out on her before the wedding and that she would have to pretend she had a husband for the last three years.  Now her ratings are slipping and the show is in danger of being cancelled, so she agrees to introduce her mystery husband to the public.  To make matters more complicated, she's also being shadowed by a reporter who's looking for a career boost as well.  Will he see the truth and expose her or protect her secret?  Will she finally be able to trust and love again?

What a well-written debut novel!  The characters are wonderfully real, with flaws and quirks.  There were so many wonderful male characters it was almost hard to figure out who she might end up with, so I hope their stories will be continued as a series.  I really liked that sign language with a deaf niece was included; it was a nice, unique touch and added a lot to Matthew's story.  The romance was very sweet and I liked the focus on forgiveness, making things right, and grace.  I highly recommend this book and can't wait for her next one!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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