Book Review: Married "Til Monday
Married 'til Monday is the latest book in the Chapel Springs Romance series by Denise Hunter. Ryan McKinley can't emotionally let go of his ex-wife, Abby. (As a matter of fact, he has gone as far as actually purchasing the home she considered their “dream home.”) So, when an opportunity presents itself for him to drive with her to her parents' anniversary party, he convinces her to allow him to come along. After all, her parents still think they are married. Because Abby's father was convinced that Abby's life would fall apart, including her marriage, Abby decides to go along with the charade. However, will this put her heart back on the line...risking her being vulnerable to the only man who could ever break through her tough protective exterior shell?
Things I liked about this story: The plot grabbed my attention from the beginning. Usually I decide by the end of the first or second chapter if I actually want to finish a book or not. I definitely wanted to finish this one! In fact, I actually read it within one day. I was intrigued by the plot and wanted to see things through until the resolution of the plot. I also liked the idea of a man pursuing his ex-wife. I love the idea of that kind of redemptive value. He is loyal to her and loves her alone, even after their divorce. I also loved how Denise Hunter showed the raw emotions involved as the one character learns to overcome a difficult past, realizing the truth about how he/she has viewed the world due to that past. Beautifully redemptive!
Things I didn't like: Honestly, Denise Hunter sometimes includes more details about the physical aspect of relationships than I really want to read. I don't need to think about the character's thighs bumping into each other as they dance; those kind of details degrade the book and lessen the value of the Christian authorship. While it's definitely PG-13 compared to “non-Christian” books out there on the market, I'd like to see Denise clean it up a little bit more. She writes such beautiful stories. I don't want to see certain elements of her writing diminish the wonderful Christian elements.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
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?
About the Author
Bestselling novelist Denise Hunter has received the Holt Medallion Award, Reader's Choice Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their three sons.
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