I love books that surprise you. Sometimes it might be an unexpected twist. Perhaps it has a humour that you didn’t see coming. Or maybe it is simply a book that you enjoyed far more than you thought you would. For me, these are the books that stick with me. I remember them more easily and am more likely to bring them up in conversation with someone. Married ’til Monday by Denise Hunter was a surprising book for me in multiple ways. I smiled a bit more while reading it than I typically do when I read books, it had some pretty big moments of surprises that I didn’t see coming, and it was just a book that I thouroughly enjoyed.
**I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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 two-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 handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?
“He’ll use you in ways you never dreamed He could. He doesn’t waste a hurt.”
-Gillian Rogers, Married ’til Monday
Characters: With a story that looks into the heart like this one does, it needs characters that truly come alive off the page. Ryan and Abby do that. Both characters are quite complex and developed making them and their situation quite believable. They also have the reader rooting for both of them to work things out, because it is obvious that they are better together than seperate. The other characters who grace the pages are not many, but they create an impact and further develop the story between Ryan and Abby.
Storyline: I wasn’t sure how I would like the story that this book was telling, but I was intrigued. I quickly found myself absorbed. Even better, I had no idea how things would end (despite being a love story… and we all know how they typically end!).
My Thoughts: This was a surprising book. The story crept right into my heart and I found myself really feeling for Ryan and Abby in this story. It was beautifully told and the novel just had a lot of heart to it. The subjects dealt with in the story certainly were not easy, but Denise Hunter handled them with care and created a story with some great lessons on love, healing, and forgiveness.
This novel is part of a Denise Hunter’s Chapel Spring Romance series. I have not read any of the previous books and other than brief mentions/catching up with characters in a coulpe of scenes in the book, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. However, I enjoyed this book enough that I’ll probably seek out those other books.
Married ’til Monday is currently available for preorder. The books will be released June 9, 2015.
About the Author:
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.
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