‘MARRIED ‘TIL MONDAY,’ BY DENISE HUNTER

June 25, 2015 15 Comments

The rest of the book really needs no more explanation or praise because it speaks for itself. Married ‘til Monday is a remarkably well crafted redemption story that speaks for itself. From the gorgeous image of intimate love on its cover to the final pages, the book shines with the purest kind of emotion.

‘MARRIED ‘TIL MONDAY,’ BY DENISE HUNTER. A woman and her ex-husband pretend to still be married for the sake of family. Text © Rissi JC

When ranking Denise Hunter’s novels, like any reader, I certainly have favorites. But each time I learn of a new novel from this author, excitement is more than a little high. Those who’ve read all three of these familial novels will know that book four is about Ryan McKinley, the eldest sibling in the quartet of siblings.

Ryan is one hero with a dark past because of the marriage and divorce he goes through. Three years later, he learns that his ex-wife, Abby, has never confessed their divorce to her parents. So Ryan invites himself to tag along on her return home for her parents anniversary party. Feeling led by God to pursue a fresh, mature and healthy relationship with Abby, Ryan sees this as his one opportunity to win back the trust of his ex, but Abby isn’t receptive to the same feelings as Ryan…  

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You Letting me in, Abby… it felt like the most humbling privilege. Like you trusted me above everyone else. – Denise Hunter, Married ‘Til Monday

Ryan’s story doesn’t set out to be a reconciliation story (from the author’s note), however I have to admit even back in book one, I had a sneaking suspicion Abby would work her way back into these books and heart of Ryan McKinley. How happy I am to have had that inkling proven right. What’s unique about this story of second chances is that we have no (prior book) opportunity to form an opinion of Abby. Or not much of one anyway. All we have is the second hand opinions of the McKinley family. However, I adore Abby, and the interaction between she and Ryan is on-point. True she isn’t the most outgoing heroine, but there’s good reason for that. Through loving Ryan and eventually, recognizing the serious flaws she played in their marriage, she learns to live.  

Potential readers should know that when this story draws to a close, there’s still fractures in relationships. Don’t misunderstand, there is the happy ending we root for and need, but Denise doesn’t give one specific relationship a dab of super glue for a “quick fix.” No, she leaves this relationship where she finds it and I respect that. The rest of the book really needs no more explanation or praise because it speaks for itself. Married ‘til Monday is a remarkably good redemption story that speaks for itself.

From the gorgeous image of intimate love on its cover to the final pages, the book shines with the purest kind of emotion. It’s bittersweet that with Ryan’s story, we’re closing out a chapter in the lives of a family we’ve come to love as friends. But fortunately, Denise also sets up her next (presumed) trilogy and with it, the anticipation that the three brothers’ we’re going to meet in Summer Harbor will quickly take up residence in our hearts. Until then, be sure to add Married ‘til Monday to your summer reading lists. Forgiveness, flirty banter and hilarity, emotional tumult and family all co-mingle to make this one of my favorite reads of 2015.  

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided (BookLook)
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Chapel Springs, 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 5 out of 5 

Sincere thanks to BookLook Bloggers and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

About Rissi JC

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15 Comments

  • Shannon Books + Tea = ME! June 26, 2015 at 2:16 AM

    It looks cute and on my maybe list. I might have to move it over to the TBR list after your review :) Love your festive holiday header.

    • Rissi June 27, 2015 at 2:46 AM

      It IS lovely, Shannon. But then I always respect and enjoy each of Denise's novels. Hope you like it if/when you read it! :)

      …and thank you! Wasn't going to put this header up because the dimensions were a bit off, but after some tweaking, it's better. :)

  • Dawn Janis June 26, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    I'm glad that you loved it as well!

    • Rissi June 27, 2015 at 2:47 AM

      I did indeed. Thanks, Dawn! :)

  • Anonymous June 26, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    I haven't read this series, but often get in the mood for a really decent sweet romance. This sounds like it is something that I could seriously get into.

    • Rissi June 27, 2015 at 2:51 AM

      If you sometimes look for that kind of read, then yes. I'd say this would be an excellent book for you, Suzi! :)

  • Bekah M. June 27, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Fantastic review, Rissi!! Ahhhh I love the McKinley's and have been kinda avoiding buying this conclusion because I don't want the series to end! Your review makes me want to go run and get it. ;)

    • Rissi June 30, 2015 at 12:47 AM

      I hear that dilemma, Bekah. I'm so sad to see this series end, too. But have to admit, I'm excited to read her next series. The three leading men (in what will likely be a three-book series) are Abby's cousins. :)

  • Kara June 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    You say this may be your favorite of the four? Wow! High praise! Clearly I need to actually add it to my collection soon, so I can read it and fall in love. Because that's what I seem to do with every Denise Hunter book. Put off reading it until I finally do, fall in love, and wonder why it took me so long to read it. :)

    • Rissi June 30, 2015 at 12:49 AM

      It just may be, Kara! So beautifully told. (But then, I feel like my least favorite is most fan's favorite, so perhaps my scale of favorite – for this series – is unusual. :D) Denise's books are beautiful, which is why I'm all the more excited for her next series. It promises more swoon-worthy stuff. Which is totally cool with me. :)

  • Tressa S July 3, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    I really need to read this already. I have her next ARC too, so I need to get with it. I love banter, and emotional inspiration, and the swoon-worthy moments. So glad you loved this one!

    • Rissi July 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      Yes, yes you do, Tressa. :) I'll look forward to reading your review on Falling Like Snowflakes (sounds amazing!) and of course this one too. Happy reading. :)

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