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Made to Last
Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word From The Author:
I’m a former reporter turned author who loves all things funny and romancey. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, releases from Bethany House in September 2013. In addition to my nonprofit day job, I’m also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists.
It all started when my dad, at the ripe old age of sixteen, picked up my mom up for their first date. She was thirteen. Thirteen!* Dad drove a cherry red car up the lane to my grandparents big ol’ green house and honked his horn…whereupon Mom jumped out of the apple tree she’d been waiting in and off they went…fishing. True story. (I’d give more details, but I’m saving it for a novella I plan to entitle Two Leaves. Mom, I really hope you read this.)
Four years of college, a few trips abroad and a stint as a reporter later, that dream is soon to be a reality. My debut novel, a romantic comedy titled Made to Last, is now out from Bethany House. Book two, Here to Stay, comes out on May 1, 2014.
In between writing and staring out the window brainstorming, I also work as a grant-writer at one of Iowa’s largest private nonprofits and serve as the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for novelists founded by Susan May Warren.
And I love, love, love talking about finding our purpose and identity in Christ. (And well, okay, food, old movies, boots and scarves, my awesome nephew Ollie, and, fine, Tim Tebow, too.)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.
When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?
If you'd like to read the first chapter of Made to Last, go HERE.
MY THOUGHTS-Made to Last is one debut novel that I really enjoyed. It is a contemporary story which is normally not my cup of tea, but I have to admit, by the end of it I was having fun. It is a humorous comedy type of novel but there were also several times I was close to tears. And at the end I definitely cried. Miranda, or Randi as Matthew calls her, is a strong woman who knows what she wants, but has let her values and goals get clouded. Blaze is quite hilarious and makes a great "husband". The part where Rand comes downstairs and he is cooking pancakes in her frilly apron? Loved it!! But don't go thinking it is all fun. Lots to deal with including bitterness, forgiveness, reconciliation, etc. I do have to say, I was kind of unsure about Miranda living with someone and obviously having a relationship before she was married. I know things happen and she wasn't right with the Lord but it still left a funny taste. Otherwise a great book and I will definitely be looking for the next book by Melissa Tagg! Keep her on your watch list folks!
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**