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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
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
n5 Stars Out Of 5nJuly 25, 2016nQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0great book!
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Made to LastJanuary 30, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Ms. Tagg is a fresh new voice in Christian fiction with MADE TO LAST. I liked the snarky attitude that Randi sports, and the fact that Matthew is trying to do the right thing and take care of his niece who needs an expensive surgery. He doesn't want to do "celebrity blogs" but if this will pay for the surgery he will--especially since he blew his chance at a high profile political announcement.
Randi is pretending to be married, but the sparks fly between Randi and Matthew -- sort of -- there were a lot more sparks between Randi and Blaze but *that* scenerio was too cliche so (I think) the author axed the idea. Blaze would've been a much better husband--he was kind and considerate of Randi, he looked out for her and *sigh*. I loved his character. I'm looking forward to reading his story.
It bothered me that Matthew was attracted to a "married woman" even though he doesn't act on that attraction until he learns the truth (a plus). He does flirt with her behind her "husband's" back. It also bothered me that the whole premise was based on a major lie and the lies kept building. The faith message was weak. The heroine thought about going to church occasionally but that is pretty much it. (I think the point is that your identity is complete in Christ.)
However, that said, the story is fresh, the snark is top-notch, and the humor is great! 3.5 stars.
readergirl1 Stars Out Of 5Made To LastAugust 24, 2015readergirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1Im an avid reader, and this book is so slow at the start i cant get through the first chapter. i'm persevering in hopes i'll see what other reviewers experienced when they rated it a great read.
Chantel3 Stars Out Of 5Made To LastJuly 13, 2015ChantelQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 4I was unexpectedly surpirsed by the depth of the book. It was a good balance between a relaxing read and something with a bit more depth.
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
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