Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Married Til Monday by Denise Hunter

Book Cover and Synopsis:
With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby's husband for just one last weekend.

Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Seabrook, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

My source for book: Review Copy
My Thoughts:
I'm generally not a fan of stories that revolve around divorce, but with Denise Hunter's name on the cover I knew I had to give this one a chance... and I'm glad I did. The story is very engaging, and even though certain aspects are fairly predictable, it's still an entertaining and amusing journey.

The point of view alternates back and forth between Ryan and Abby, and in addition there are also two alternating timelines. The "now" timeline is the most prominent, but the story of their first meeting and subsequent relationship development is also woven in. This was a touch I wasn't expecting but really appreciated, as the timeline from the past is a bit lighter in nature. Getting to see the events from the past helps to flesh out the characters and at the same time it gives valuable back-story to some of their personality traits.

The story ultimately shines a light on how our pasts can effect us in ways we'd never imagine, and how we might not even realize it...even when the effects are reeking havoc in our lives. It has definitely caused me to pause and consider some things in my own life from a different angle, and I suspect this viewpoint will likely stay with me for quite a while.

While it's true this isn't my favorite in the Chapel Springs series--simply because the plot isn't really my normal thing--I did enjoy it for the most part. I admit it did seem to lose a bit of steam towards the end, causing my focus to waver, but ultimately it ended well and overall I'm glad I read it. Honestly it's hard to go wrong with a Denise Hunter novel, and this one is no exception! 

My Rating: 4 stars

Thanks to the publisher (Thomas Nelson) for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley.

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