STORY | Miranda Woodruff or “Randi” to friends, takes “complicated” to whole new level. Three years ago, she began her own homebuilding show with more than ratings on the line; she also had the love of a good man. Trouble is, during her first season, her love for him causes her to claim him as a husband on national TV! After things fall apart, including a wedding that never came to be, bad ratings now plague the show. This inspires Miranda to scramble for a husband and some good PR.
To make matters more complex, reporter Matthew Knox has been assigned to shadow Miranda and chronicle her life – as a TV celebrity whose private life has been secreted away, more than one celebrity tabloid is curious to catch glimpses of Miranda’s private life, and Matthew is just the guy to get the scoop.
MADE TO LAST, MELISSA TAGG | BOOK REVIEW
REVIEW | If only one thing could be said about Melissa Tagg’s debut, it’s that it’s unique. Fortunately, I don’t have to hold myself to a limit and can instead explore the sparkling chemistry and wit that is Made to Last. Early on, one thing that made me skeptical was how the three men in Miranda’s life and their relationship with her would play out. There are always enough mishaps in rom-coms with one hero, I couldn’t imagine what would happen when you put a plucky heroine in the middle of three (uh-hum, hunky) heroes. All of whom (well… with exception to perhaps one) could win Miranda’s heart to readers satisfaction. It’s that much harder when we fall for more than one guy yet to her credit, Melissa never toys with our emotions; we “know” early on who won’t get the girl.
Though this is what is commonly referred to a “debut,” this is anything but. Made to Last offers its readers not only lots of happy, but also grace even in dishonesty. All of the characters have some kind of emotional scar, no one is untouched by mistakes. Matthew is probably one of the most memorable contemporary heroes I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He’s not just heart-stoppingly protective of Miranda (protecting someone isn’t always a physical act), he’s a wonderful uncle (these scenes!), and has honor. Miranda’s own life is an interesting puzzle. Not because we don’t know where her lying stems from, more that it makes her eventual process of healing a joy as she finally realizes she can finally to rediscover God. It take love to help her see this.
Sparkling characters, smart dialogue and a story that wraps itself around your heart, Made to Last is a timeless novel. Tagg digs deeper than the average contemporary novel does. Our reward is a writing style that is like enjoying a warm cup of cocoa. Any contemporary genre fan will be hard-pressed not to fall under the spell of this charmer. It doesn’t just remind us of the importance of facing our mistakes, there is also a beautiful albeit subtle message of faith.
Melissa Tagg is not only an author to watch, she has firmly affixed her characters and story on my list of most favorites. ♥
About the Book:
Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Dates: 2013
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Series: Where Love Begins, Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to author Melissa Tagg (Team Tagg) and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.