Thursday, September 4, 2014

Making Marion by Beth Moran Book #Review

She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood. Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancĂ©e Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs? Including a large cast of memorable, colorful characters, Making Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.

MY THOUGHTS-When this book came in I had such high hopes for it. I enjoy a good clean comedy now and then and who could resist the Robin Hood theme? But after about 5 chapters I was pretty upset over things I found inside. I know this book isn't being marketed as "Christian" but I would expect it to be clean. And that is not what I found.

The plot sounded really interesting, even now it is a fun theme with the heroine finding her Robin Hood. Marion Miller has had a hard childhood and she stumbles upon a campground while looking for Sherwood Forest. The owner of this campground, Scarlett, gives her a job, even though Scarlett knows she has trouble in her past. I really liked Scarlett. A sweet southern belle who knows what she wants and gives of herself to a lot of people. Marion is a very troubled woman and at times I liked her but at times I also got fed up with her. Rueben(the Robin Hood prince) is a likable man. The secondary characters are really well done. One of my favorites was Valerie. What a sweetheart!

So, the plot was good, the characters were interesting, but I cannot put my stamp of approval on this book. In chapter 4 there was a somewhat descriptive account of a woman's chest. As in very descriptive. Then at the end of chapter 4 I was kind of shocked as Marion and her escort for the night return to the van(trailer) and she hears a noise inside. Jake goes to investigate and the door is opened on a couple in the middle of something. Yes, you guessed it. There is just enough written to know what is going on and way more than I wanted in my book. At this point I skimmed the rest of the book. I found several swear words including some that I never expected. Even if this book isn't Christian, it isn't clean either.

I hate doing a review like this because the book was interesting. But I have a line and this book crossed it. Maybe someone else will enjoy it and be able to overlook these things, but for me it was too much.

**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.**


Cozy in Texas said...

I wouldn't enjoy it either with what you described, but I wonder how it is tagged/marketed, does it lead the reader to believe it's like a cozy mystery with no sex or bad language?

Charity Lyman said...

I got it through a christian tour group, so I expected it to be Christian. And it is on Christian bookstore websites. But when I actually went and searched it is showing up as an adult romance. I was just very disappointed in it.

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