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  1. Made to Last - eBookeBOOK
    Made to Last - eBook
    Melissa Tagg
    Bethany House / 2013 / ePub
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  1. Tampa, FL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Tangled Web
    September 25, 2013
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    This review was written for Made to Last.
    "Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive." Sir Walter Scott

    Remember that cliche? The protagonist in this Christian contemporary romance, Miranda Woodruff, should have heeded it. She's the star of a reality TV show with a problem. The ratings are slipping, so to keep the interest of her fans, she's pretending to be happily married. To further complicate things, Miranda, "Randi," allows a reporter to shadow her for an entire week! Her dilemma is keeping him from finding out that the handsome guy "playing" her husband is really just pretend.

    I appreciate a lighthearted read--a "sugar candy for the brain" book. Here is an interesting one with a happy ending.

    Discussion questions are included.

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
  2. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A heartwarming story about love!!!
    September 24, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Made to Last.
    For those of you that love Home Improvement shows, you will love Melissa Tagg's unique twist on building a romance that lasts in her latest novel, Made to Last! In this heart-warming novel about healing and dealing with the pain in our pasts, Miranda Woodruff takes the lead role in her own home improvement show, From the Ground Up. Using all her experience from being a missionary in Brazil and working with her fiancè Robbie, she now hosts her own show teaching viewers everything from painting to plumbing, and everything in between. Only the one thing missing from her life is the romance and love from her now absent fiancè that left her high and dry with only a note telling her that he needs to move on. But it's the advice that Miranda or Randi keeps dolling out that has viewers tuning in week after week hoping to catch a glimpse of the love of her life behind the scenes. Only those who are close to Miranda know the true story and that she is missing that piece to her life.

    Matthew Knox is searching for a way to make a comeback seeing as his writing career is bordering on a huge story. After being a little too energetic at making his big break in reporting on his own father's embezzlement which led to a colleague being fired and Matthews career taking a back seat when the allegations turned out to be false. Now Matthew has been assigned to do some dirt digging of a different nature into the background of up and coming celebrity Miranda Woodruff and just who the mystery man is in her life. But will Matthew run the risk he experienced in his past or will he offer up a different kind of story to aid in helping Miranda find a way to keep her show running for another season when the network threatens to pull it?

    In the novel, Made to Last by Melissa Tagg readers are taken along for the journey through a publicity stunt to find a replacement husband for Miranda as a way to save her home improvement show and hopefully give her a new romance at the same time. But when a pesky assignment from her manager leads to Matthew Knox shadowing her every move for a week, how will she work out the knots in her complicated fake marriage to a man she barely knows but it a dead knock out for her former fiancè Robbie. For readers that love shows like Home Improvement, this is a wonderful twist to that television show that will have you crossing your fingers at Miranda's chance at true happiness and laughing with her unique brand of humor that comes across whenever her and Matthew interact.

    I received Made To Last by Melissa Tagg compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are my own. I absolutely LOVED this debut novel and the fact that Miranda actually does possess the skills of a home improvement expert contrary to what both Matthew and the men in her life believe. She knows the differences in the types of wood and the power tools she uses on set and even uses her skills to help out those less fortunate in her lives make their home a better place to live. She truly does have a heart of gold behind her tool belt. I easily rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read more novels from Melissa Tagg in the future.
  3. Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Introduces Tagg into Christian Fiction w/ a bang
    September 22, 2013
    GC
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Made to Last.
    I might be preaching to the choir in saying this but I've had my share of disappointing reads to know that not every book generally acclaimed will be my cup of tea. Then, there are those reads that take you by surprise. When it so happens that I find myself enjoying a story that is as good as readers say it is... my word, very few things are able to thrill a reader more than this!

    Made to Last is one of the sweetest debuts I have ever read and it is deserving of every glowing review it has received so far. Writing a book is quite a daunting task yet Melissa delivers everything promised in this story ― a nice plot, a sweet romance and humour that will have you grinning so hard, your cheeks will hurt. ( Not to mention that I personally often read it in public.. )

    Miranda Woodruff is a woman who doesn't know where her identity lies. To most people, she is the star of the show From the Ground Up with the perfect husband and the perfect life. But in reality, there is no perfect life. She is in constant battle to find what defines her and so is Matthew Knox, a reporter who is assigned to track down the veracity of the rumors on Woodruff's life. Knox can't let go of the past and secretly wrestles with self-loathing. As both characters become more and more fascinated with each other, Tagg interweaves the powerful themes of identity and wholeness in a way that is thought-provoking, honest and true. It is one thing to simply write your characters but it is a very different thing to write your characters as though you knew them. Melisa does that and more. Not only do Miranda and Matthew's characters simply jump off the page, Melissa adds another quirky and fun personality to complete the circle: Blake Hunziker. Goodness gracious, the man just NEEDS his own story. He is practically core of the humour in Made to Last.

    I am so glad to say that I not only really enjoyed this book but am also anticipating great things for Melissa Tagg. This is how an author introduces herself into Christian Fiction. If you haven't read her debut, you'll not only discover a great read if you do but a book also destined for your shelf. It's a keeper, for sure.

    This is my honest review. With many thanks to the author and her publisher for a copy of the book.
  4. USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Made to Last.
    September 22, 2013
    Kristin
    USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Made to Last.
    The premise of Melissa Tagg's debut novel, Made to Last, drew me in from the very beginning. A famous lady who is living a lie by pretending to be married? My first thought was, This sounds like Christmas in Connecticut! And Christmas in Connecticut just happens to be my favorite Christmas movie and one of my favorite classic films ever.

    In the film, it's a columnist for a home magazine pretending she's married, has a child, and can cook like a chef. In this book, Miranda Woodruff is the host of a homebuilding show. She can actually do woodworking and such, but she never told anyone that her live-in boyfriend left her several years ago, before they could get married. She lets everyone believe that she does indeed have a wonderful husband. But when ratings are dropping and her show is in trouble, she has to find a fake husband and keep up the lie in order to boost publicity and save her show.

    I did enjoy Made to Last, though perhaps not as much as I expected to. But more on that later. :) Though I read quite a few Christian/inspirational romances, I generally stick with historical fiction. To be honest, I don't read many contemporary novels in this genre at all (with the exception of Jenny B. Jones). So I wasn't sure what exactly to expect! When I was younger, I used to be a bit obsessed with home makeover shows. Trading Spaces was my favorite TV shows for a while. Yeah, I know that's weird. :) But that means this book had something else going for it...the whole homebuilding show aspect of the plot made me feel a bit nostalgic. :)

    Anyway, I loved the writing style in this book, and I also enjoyed the occasional classic movie reference. The two main characters, Miranda and Matthew, were likable, despite their flaws and past mistakes. I really loved the relationship between Matthew and his niece. It evened out his character and made me see kindness and sweetness in a person who sometimes could possibly come across as a bit overzealous and annoying. :) Out of the many supporting characters, Blaze was certainly the most memorable and the source of most of the story's humor. :) The romance was sweet, although it was so up-and-down that I wondered if there would ever be a happy ending! {Speaking of romance, the "dance lesson" with twinkling Christmas lights and big band music playing in the background? *swoon*}

    The pacing was good and there were several twists that kept me guessing how things were going to work out. Sometimes guessing a bit too much. That's the only thing that bothered me about this book- it seriously stressed me out! :) I know that sounds silly, but this wasn't exactly a relaxing read. There were so many characters and back stories and past drama, not to mention trying to keep up with the deception that was currently happening. It was hard to keep everything straight in my mind, and sometimes it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on. And some of the things didn't feel like they really needed to be included, because they ended up not being fleshed out enough. For example, Blaze's mysterious past is alluded to several times, but it's never explained. I kept wondering if it was going to be part of the story, but it wasn't. And the whole Delia Jones thing also seemed to clutter up the story unnecessarily.

    Despite the busyness of the story, I did enjoy it. I won't be so hesitant about reading more contemporary Christian fiction now. And I hear there's going to be a follow up to this novel next year, which I'm excited about. I'll be glad to spend some more time with these characters and maybe have a few loose ends tied up!

    *Note: I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*
  5. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Debut!
    September 22, 2013
    Sandra
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Made to Last.
    This is an awesome novel. Tagg's voice is bubbly and energetic and tons of fun. This story is about Miranda, a Jill-of-all-trades kind of girl with her own home improvement show, which is on shaky ground, and how her efforts to save it dig her into a pit of lies with no hope of emerging unscathed.

    As an home improvement kind of girl myself, I immediately related to Miranda. I have to admit that I thought I had the story's plot figured out from pretty early in the book. I was sort of right and really, really wrong. Tagg had so many delicious twists in the story that I never saw coming. She kept me up reading until 3:30 in the morning, because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, and the romantic tension sizzles. Love. This. Book. If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud, make-your-heart-ache romance with a compelling spiritual message beautifully woven through, look no further.
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