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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
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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?
"Sweet, fun, and faith-filled, Melissa Tagg's Made To Last is a story made to delight lovers of romance and behind-the-scenes reality TV. Pull up an armchair and enjoy!"
-Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Blue Moon Bay, one of Booklist's Top 10 of 2012
"Clever plot. Engaging, funny, fresh writing. A winning voice with deeper layers that touch the heart. Melissa Tagg is the whole package. A delight for CBA readers."
-Rachel Hauck, award-winning and bestselling author of Once Upon a Prince
"If there is such thing as a perfect story, Melissa Tagg has written it with this first novel. Laugh-out-loud funny, a delightful premise, hunky heroes, surprising plot twists and poignant, heart-tugging moments, all wound together with beautiful writing. Made to Last is a keeper that will charm its way onto your shelf, and into your heart."
-Susan May Warren, RITA Award winner and bestselling author of Take a Chance on Me
"Made to Last is a fun romantic comedy that will have you turning the pages. Melissa Tagg is a fresh voice to watch."
-Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and There You'll Find Me
"Melissa Tagg has written a fun, fast-paced romance. Her first novel will certainly not be her last."
-Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Scent of Rain
"A must for fans of romantic comedy! Melissa Tagg's endearing characters charmed me and their story line captured my imagination. Reading Made To Last was like eating a hot fudge brownie sundae with girlfriends. Fun. Delicious. Completely entertaining."
-Becky Wade, author of My Stubborn Heart and Undeniably Yours
"With witty dialogue, lovable characters, and an entertaining plot, Melissa Tagg is sure to become a new favorite among fans of Christian romance. Made to Last reminds us all that we are more than the roles we play. At our core, beneath our failures and hang-ups, we are loved and cherished by a faithful God."
-Katie Ganshert, author of Wildflowers From Winter and Wishing on Willows
"Readers are going to fall in love with Melissa Tagg's novels! She writes vivid stories filled with true-to-life characters who wrestle with questions about life, faith and romance. Melissa's writing is equal parts laugh out loud humor and moments that touch your heart. I can't wait for others to discover this talented new author!"
-Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star
"What happens when a harmless lie you didn't intend to tell takes on a life of its own? When you're Miranda Woodruff, star of a home improvement show, you learn how to let go and become who God called you to be because nothing else is left. A great story with life-impacting truth surrounded by romance to make you swoon."
award-winning author of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island
"Reading Made to Last, Melissa Tagg's debut novel, was like meeting new friends whom I wanted to continue hanging out with long after the book ended. Melissa's fresh voice and ability to craft a well-written story hooked me with the opening line and held my attention to the very end. Her flawed characters, LOL moments and spiritual truth provided a foundation for a stellar debut novel. I even had to dab my teary eyes a couple of times. Melissa Tagg is an author to watch and one whose books I want to fill my shelves."
-Lisa Jordan, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Made to Last - Melissa Tagg (4 Stars)February 24, 2015Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In Made to Last, Miranda Woodruff stars as the host of From the Ground Up, a homebuilding show based in her North Carolina hometown. Although she is known nationally for her show, she works at maintaining her privacy and secrets from her fans and the media. As a talented woodworker and experienced homebuilder in her own right, Miranda attributes her handyman knowledge to her "husband," who always remains behind the scenes. When the network threatens to cancel her show, Miranda's producer comes up with a plan to save the day via a lookalike to the fiance who abandoned her years before. Miranda's world is turned upside down when Matthew Knox, a reporter with his own career to save, begins to shadow her every move and takes up residence in the cabin on her property. Unfortunately, that means the truth about Miranda's fictional husband may hit the blog-o-sphere sometime before breakfast.
Filled with unique characters, Made to Last offers an interesting perspective on the world of reality television and the facades that people build around themselves, whether as stars, reporters, or everyday people. While Miranda discovers the price of the secrets and lies constructed around her on-screen persona, Matthew realizes the truth behind his own priorities and decisions.
Overall, I thought that Made to Last was surprisingly well done and much better than I initially expected. I found the beginning portion of the book started off somewhat slow, but it picked up speed in later sections.
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Romantic Comedy!February 16, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miranda Woodruff hosts her own homebuilding television show, but lives in an unfinished house, has an imaginary husband, and is plagued by her past; a recipe for disaster when a handsome reporter comes sniffing around for a story that will rebuild his own career. As MIranda's ratings begin to plateau and whispers abound that the network may not renew her contract; her managers come up with a daring plan; to showcase Miranda's husband, who of course, does not actually exist.
This lovely romantic comedy starring Miranda Woodruff, Matthew Knox, Blaze Hunziker, and an-awful-time-to show-up-again former fiance, might take a few chapters to take off, but the resulting ride is exhilarating; and the ending is one that any story would love to have. Melissa Tagg is "here to stay" as a talented writer of contemporary romance with a solid inspirational heartbeat.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Made To LastMay 24, 2014Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really liked Made to Last. I thought it was a fun and entertaining read. What a great debut! I'm looking forward to more by this author.
IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5I would read this one again....May 22, 2014IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this modern Christian love story. I gave this book 5/5 stars. You read so many books set in different time periods so to read one set in the here and now was fun. The characters were very real to life and could easily be people you watch every day. I liked the interactions as the conversations were amusing and intelligent. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean Christian fiction story. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoys reality television.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Jolene4 Stars Out Of 5December 14, 2013JoleneQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3When Miranda Woodruff's fiance left her three years ago, he left gaps both in her heart and in the backstory of her television show, From the Ground Up. Miranda's on-screen personality has a husband who taught her everything she knows about home building. So when rumors and questions arise about her husband, Miranda agrees to pretend to be married. Finding a pretend husband turns out to be easier than expected. However, when attractive reporter Matthew Knox begins poking around, Miranda finds her on-screen story and her real life both wearing thin. Will Miranda sacrifice everything to save her show? Or will she find that truth really will set her free? Read more in Made to Last by Melissa Tagg.
I enjoyed Made to Last, Melissa Tagg's debut novel. This book had a lot of hype and it took a little longer than I would have liked for the story to "hook" me. However, once I really got into it, the story offered refreshing originality and Tagg's writing style was lovely. Though it's classified as a romantic comedy, Made to Last, has plenty of depth and development. I cheered for the characters as they faced life's challenges and lessons.
Just a heads up to anyone who, like me, is keen on plenty of resolution. The ending was sweet, but there were several unresolved situations and issues. It appears that there will be another book that continues Blake's story. However, from the synopsis I read, it doesn't appear that Miranda and Matthew are a focus of the story. This leads me to assume that those issues will mostly likely not be addressed.
Overall, Made to Last is a sweet and entertaining story. However, I recommend renting before purchasing if you have an issue with stories that lack resolution.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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