Madeline Heard wants what many girls want—a little respect, a boost in her career, and to find a guy to share happily ever after. When she gets a sudden promotion at work, it looks like things might finally be going her way…until she realizes the job is not at all what she expected.
Working for the perpetually tan, fitness-crazed Kent Cooper might be the least of her worries, though. Her spotlight-stealing sister-in-law is back in town, and her mother is bent on believing a crazy misunderstanding. To top it off, while she’s looking for Mr. Right, her relationship with her friend Josh might be threatening her chances of discovering real love.
There’s a fine line between hanging on for dear life and standing up for herself. Can she find a way to have everything she wants, or should she be careful what she wishes for?
From the author of The Camdyn Series, the first novel of the Girls of Wonder Lane series.
Christina Coryell has written one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. My poor family kept looking at me and asking, “what is so funny?” I’m pretty sure they were a bit annoyed by my full-out belly laughs by the time I reached the end of the book, but I couldn’t help it. I loved Maddie Heard! She is a character that speaks to the heart of every woman who has ever been single… and who hasn’t been single?? Anyone?
The scenes with her family, specifically her sister-in-law are priceless. What great characters.
One of the favorite scenes:
When I was a little girl, I had light golden hair, and when Mom would take me somewhere, people would comment about the beautiful color. One morning, I was nonchalantly playing with my dolls, and Mom snuck up behind me and grabbed the left side of my head. When I turned around, she had a huge chunk of golden-blonde in her hand. I sat there, nearly in tears, while she explained that she wanted the same color I had, but Frieda could never get it right. This time she was taking the hair to her, and if she still couldn’t get the color correct, she was changing beauticians.
Needless to say, I had to get my hair cut after that,too, since my Mom had given me the hack job. What a sad turn of events. At the time, Hazel used to babysit me after school, and Jess begged her mom to let her cut her hair like mine. It
was a great show of solidarity from my friend, and we have been inseparable ever since. My hair also grew back significantly darker from that point forward, and while I can’t blame it on my mother, I have my suspicions that her hair robbery destroyed the golden innocence of my youth.
The book is not only about Maddie’s search for the perfect man or her relationship with her difficult family, the most
important part is Maddie learning to hear God’s voice and trust it. As a reader, I could see the changes in Maddie as she grew closer to God, very naturally and realistically.
Coryell commented on her own blog about Jesus using stories to get his message across. I believe this book is a wonderful
example of how a single person can yield to Christ while waiting for His perfect timing and the right spouse.
I highly recommend this book for anyone, married or single. It’s a great beach read, but honestly, plan to do nothing but read once you start it! I finished it three days and would have finished it one day if my family would have left me alone. 😉
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