Tuesday, September 3

Made to Last: Book Review

Made to Last

Melissa Tagg

Bethany House Publishers
September 15th 2013
Adult | Contemporary | Christian | Romance
Official Blurb - 
Spunky Contemporary Romance from a Sparkling New Talent

Miranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show "From the Ground Up," will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she's mostly forgotten, she's let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She's been living a lie--letting viewers believe she's married--and now she's called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings.

Desperate to help his family and prove he's not a total failure, reporter Matthew Knox is looking for a breakout story. When he's offered the opportunity to do an online serial feature on Miranda Woodruff, he jumps at the chance, even if celebrity reporting isn't really his thing. But as soon as he meets Miranda, he knows she's keeping secrets.

When Miranda's former fiance suddenly appears on the scene again, she doubts her life could get more complicated. Juggling three guys, an on-the-rocks television show, and the potential exposure of her deception is way more than she bargained for. Can the woman who makes things look so good onscreen admit it's time to tell the truth about who she is? And if she does, will the life Miranda's built come crashing down just as she's finally found a love to last?

A very cute read. Stunning scenery. I wish I could live out where Miranda does. It was fascinating getting a peek into the lives of both a reality television host and a reporter.  I have always been a fan of DIY home shows so this book was nice. I can totally see myself watching her show, if it were real.  And I most definitely would love to have her as a friend.

In the romance department this book was a bit off its game. Sure the romance was entertaining and functional. But it just felt that at times that one or other of the characters would do something a bit out of their game. Something a bit too cheesy.

What really bothers me about the whole story is where does all the money come from that funds these two? Miranda spends a load of time doing service but someone has to pay for all of that. Maybe reality television stars make way more money than I thought.

Overall it was a good read. It only took a couple of days for me since the story moved along so well.