Can one pull off pretending to be married? Because that's what Miranda "Randi" did in "Made to Last"_and you're going to have to read the novel to see how it worked out for her. *wink*
Sprinkled with LOL moments and serious, come-to-Jesus meetings, "Made to Last" will definitely do just that on my keeper shelf. Can I just make a confession? Blaze was my favorite character. I know, I know, why love the fake husband, right?? Read far enough into the book and I bet you'll agree with me. He made me laugh more times than not and had such a loveable personality about him. There wasn't anything self serving in the guy and I can't wait to find out his story next year!
Randi has got quite the story to tell and the book certainly is not without its share of conflict. Sometimes the lie you've been living just becomes the reality and when the lie threatens to take away everything you've worked so hard for, the house of cards only flutters faster. To watch Randi scramble to keep her faÃ§ade in place was at times, comical, but more often than not a growing experience and chances for new and different choices. She never once became unlikeable to me_an important fact when you have a deceitful main character. But she's changing and growing_and it was so much fun to watch her fall in love.
Thoroughly entertaining. Deeper than "just" a romantic comedy. A tale worthy of the telling!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
Melissa Tagg certainly delivered with her debut book, Made to Last. The story line is fast paced with good humor mixed in at just the right moments. I found the characters to be well developed. I loved all the side stories with the secondary characters. Melissa has a secondary novel due out this summer. I am hoping it tells Blaze's story, because he is a man with a story begging to be told.
Made to Last is a refreshing book. The main heroine is quite unlike any other I have read in Christian Fiction. She is strong willed and determined, but she is also not adverse to lying in order to accomplish her goals. At times, I struggled to relate to Randi, but most of the time I found myself cheering for her as she worked to find her way in the competitive world of reality television.
I loved how Melissa brought closure at the end of the book.
I truly cannot believe this is a debut novel. Melissa Tagg is incredibly talented, and her book has stayed with me since I read it.
It's not just the characters, who are completely lovable and -- understandably -- flawed. It's not just the dialogue, which is witty and reminiscent of Gilmore Girls, or the setting, which made me want to move to the mountains.
To me, the thing that stood out most is the way Tagg weaves the story together, using descriptions that are fresh and unique. In addition, her message came aross clear as day without being preachy or extremely obvious. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say I related in so many ways to Miranda's fears and the lie she believes.
I would without a doubt recommend *Made to Last* to anyone who enjoys a clean romantic comedy with spunky characters and witty dialogue.
The publisher provided me with a promotional copy in exchange for my honest review.
If you buy one book this year ... make it this one
September 25, 2013
Melissa Tagg's debut novel, Made To Last is my year's top pick for sure.
This story was engaging. The best part for me was that it seemed the plot was resolving at the midway point through the book. At first you may think that sounds bad - predictable plot, blah, blah, blah. But it isn't bad. It was exciting that I thought I knew where we were going and how the ends would tie together but then I'd see the solid inches left of unread pages still in my right hand. It was enthralling!
Tagg's characters were fantastic. I loved getting inside Miranda and Matthew's frame of mind. They felt real and almost touchable. Usually my head is controlled by the characters of my own writings that roam around and rule the roost of my brain. I push them aside while I open a novel and then when I close the book, they come right back, front and center. However for the three or four days I poured into Made To Last my mind was fully and completely consumed with Melissa's characters. They tugged on my heart and teased my thoughts and perceptions. They truly came alive to me.
I can't wait to see what Melissa Tagg will do next!