Great Debut Novel

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So, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I love to read. I have always got a book with me and am on the lookout for authors that I might like. Melissa Tagg is definitely going on the list. Her debut novel, Made to Last is humorous and engaging with a good message.

Miranda Woodruff’s passion is her home improvement show. She loves working with tools and with wood. The only problem is she hasn’t been truthful with her audience in three seasons. You see, she has alluded to her husband often on the show. The only problem is, she doesn’t have a husband. When she first auditioned, life was good and she was on her way to having a husband and the network executives liked that angle so the story stuck. Now her show in in jeopardy and in order to save her show, her manager and producer decide it’s time to introduce her husband to the world. Matthew Knox has been knocked down in his career as a reporter. He has made some mistakes and is trying to overcome them. When he is given the opportunity to shadow Miranda and do a blog series about her, he agrees (mainly because he doesn’t want to disappoint his niece). Will Miranda and Matthew be able to let go of their past hurts or will the fear of being hurt again keep them from finding their identities in God? Will it keep them from finding true love?

Tagg does a wonderful job of keeping the story engaging and moving along. The characters are lovable and well-rounded. At first I was wondering if this may have been a second book in a series (by the way, I would love to hear Jase and Izzy’s story!!) but when I looked up the author, I found this is a debut novel. Great read for fans of Christian fiction (romance/chick lit).

I would give the book five out of five stars.

*****Bethany House Publishing provided me with a free eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.

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