Miss Match, Lauren Holbrook Series #1   -     By: Erynn Mangum
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Lauren Holbrook has decided to add a side career to her regular job as a photographer: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. After successfully hitching her sister and her new husband, Lauren decides to sets out to strike sparks between her carefree singles' pastor, Nick, and her neurotic, obsessive compulsive coworker, Ruby. However, Lauren finds that certain combinations of people results in explosions, rather than sparks, and her foolproof plan begins to unravel. As Lauren is faced with disaster after romantic disaster, will she rethink her matchmaking role as well as her vow to her father to remain single forever? Erynn Mangum, softcover, 365 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1600060951
ISBN-13: 9781600060953
Availability: In Stock
Series: Lauren Holbrook

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Publisher's Description

Lauren Holbrook has found her life's calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there's tons of potential to play "connect the friends."

Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles' pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.

Author Bio

Erynn Mangum is a twentysomething single who still lives at home and has no immediate plans to leave. While Miss Match is not strictly autobiographical, let's just say that Erynn can relate. This is her first novel.


Miss Match by Erynn Mangum is a light, witty novel about twenty-three-year-old Lauren Holbrook’s quest for contentment, fulfillment, and the world’s best cup of coffee. Lauren claims to be a happily single caffeine addict, but she questions this as she sees the success of the relationship she has set up between her sister and new brother-in-law. She enjoys the scheming of setting up her co-worker, Ruby, with her pastor, Nick, but this relationship challenges her desire to be single, testing whether it is a part of God’s will or her own.
The book begins as a modern day mimic of Jane Austen’s Emma, but progresses past this original premise to develop an attitude and action all Lauren Holbrook’s. The more I read the book, the more I found myself drawn into the actions, events, and conversations of this borrowed social circle. The most striking aspect of Mangum’s book is her ability to push humor past the predictable. Many times, a slight twist in a predictably funny scene changed my quiet entertainment into genuine, out-loud laughter.
From beginning to end of Miss Match, Lauren sifts through everyone she knows to bring together the perfect couples. Her employer and long-time friend, Brandon, watches her attempts to set up Ruby and Nick with scornful amusement. Hannah, the secretary at the studio where Lauren works, also joins in. As Lauren watches her plans unfold only to crumple under the stress of everyday life and misunderstanding, she questions if it is her place to prod along other people’s relationships. Despite her uncertainties, Lauren launches ahead through extravagant evenings, failed dates, and even a fake relationship with Ruby’s brother to see her friends happy together.
It is through these elaborate schemes that readers meet the energetic, highly caffeinated Lauren Holbrook, known by most of the people around her as a quick-witted kindred spirit. Fortunately, Mangum incorporates a deeper, deliberative side to Lauren’s character as she struggles to find God’s will in her life. By the end of the book, these two sides merge to form a more mature, understanding Lauren Holbrook than the one presented at the beginning.
After reading Miss Match, I feel as though coffee with Lauren might taste better and that I would be comfortable going out to dinner with her friends. Unexpectedly, Mangum’s ultimate goal in this novel does not seem to be a condemnation for all matchmaking or even a rulebook for singles to live by. Instead, she challenges readers to think about God’s sovereignty in their own lives through Lauren Holbrook’s friends, decisions, and cravings for caffeine. – Natalie Myers, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Tyler, TX
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The perfect series!
    April 25, 2011
    Tyler, TX
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I especially liked the way they interacted with each other. It had some funny parts that I especially liked. I had to buy this copy because my sister's copy had been duct taped together from being read so many times!
  2. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun & inspirational!
    March 28, 2011
    Gina Hott Books
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a fun and inspirational read. I was really shocked that something that had me looking up Bible references would also have me laughing so hard. This deals with God's sovereignty in am impactful yet easy way. I'd recommend this for ages 15+ -- Christians & those looking for meaning (or just a little fun).
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 21, 2010
    Brittany Parks
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Photographer, friend, sister, and now match maker. Lauren Holbrook understands God has matrimonial plans for some singles. Her belief is that the good Lord doesnt mind her helping out. After all, she slightly pushed her sister and new brother-in-law together. In six months, maybe, seven shell have successfully brought together another couple. Laurie would happily meddle in more singles lives if Brandon would stay out of it. He has been her best friend since second grade, and he talked about the someday marriage becoming less and less on the someday part. Laurie doesnt want to get married. She doesnt want Brandon too either. Because once he finds a girlfriend, she wont like Brandon and Laurie being so close. Hannah, the new secretary, might be the perfect match for him Laurie is seeing a dearly beloved possibility. Her own life takes a romantic spin when she agrees to fake date Construction Sam and could she possibly be falling for him? No, that cant be possible. The weird feeling shes having must be from the bad food at Halias. I couldnt put it down, and I couldnt stop smiling. Its a chick-flick movie written out. Im not ashamed to say I finished it within twenty-four hours. (Check out more of my reviews under TEEN REVIEWS at www.christianromancemagazine.com)
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 17, 2010
    My friend and I are obsessed with these books, and I can't say anything more than that they are amazing for a first novel!I couldn't put it down, and although I bought all three at once, I read through these books at a nice speed.Defiantly now a favourite!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 14, 2010
    Twenty-three year old Lauren Holbrook is single, lives with her dad and couldnt be happier, but one of her favorite hobbies is matchmaking. Lauren never wants to get married, but she loves to see her friends find true love, especially when she has something to do with it. Her latest project is trying to match her coworker Ruby together with her Bible study teacher Nick. This proves to be a challenge, not only to Lauren, but to Ruby and Nick as well. Adding to this challenge is Laurens new found confusion about her plan to never get married.Life has been a little stressful for me lately and I have found that I have not been enjoying heavy or serious stories much and I was looking for something light and more importantly, funny. Miss Match was the answer. I was absolutely delighted by this story, and especially by Lauren. Her character was such a treat and so very likeable. At first, I found her a bit annoying, but the more I got to know her, the more I wanted to read. One of this books strongest points is the dialogue, especially the dialogue between Lauren and her best friend Brandon. They were very good friends, but their teasing was funny and natural. Lauren is sassy and funny and adorable. Miss Match is the first book in the Lauren Holbrook series and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series one of these days. I think Erynn Mangum is a writer whose books I will seek out in the future. I really enjoyed Miss Match and I strongly recommend it if your life needs a little comic relief.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Erynn Mangum
Located in: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Submitted: April 24, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm 22, I love Christ with all my heart. I'm a major chocoholic and an even bigger caffeine addict. I love hanging out with girls of any age, I love reading, writing, watching sappy chick flicks, eating Oreos with ice cream, the last few swallows of a caramel Frappucino, daisies, anything pink and spending time with my unbelievable family.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I started writing just for fun. So, I hope that this book is something fun to read!

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Above all else, I hope Miss Match makes you laugh and reminds you of God's unfailing love. And that you'll be inspired to get a cup of coffee while you're reading! :)

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Hard question because there are so many! Most of all, Christ is everything to me. My family has definitely encouraged and inspired me - my parents are amazing and my siblings are the best out there. My college group has always provided me with a lot of inspiration (read: fodder. Sorry guys!). Favorite authors? Way too many to name!!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I absolutely love hearing from you! I hope you'll visit my website at www.erynnmangum.com and send me an email!

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