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|How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?
In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?
Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.
When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .
With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.
|Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about.
She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Finding Love in Big Sky was recently filmed on location in Montana and will air soon. Her latest release is Husband Auditions.
Strong also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and teaches as an expert online at Write That Book.
Learn more at www.angelaruthstrong.com, and follow her on Facebook (Angela Ruth Strong Fan Page), Twitter (@AngelaRStrong), and Instagram (@ang_strong).
I love a good Christian Romantic Comedy and Husband Auditions is superb. This book would make an excellent movie! The main characters, Meri and Kai, are both 31 and have very different goals and personalities. When Meri’s brother Charles is out of the country, Meri moves into a room in his apartment. They both attend the same church as her widowed mother, who is starting to date after many years of being single.
Meri is a nurse who longs to get married and have children. Kai appears to be a man with no ambition, but would like to get a better job as a television cameraman. After being a bridesmaid in the last of her friends’ weddings, she becomes the next person in her family to inherit The List.
The List is an article from a magazine from the 1950’s that gives single women ideas on how to get a husband. Kai thinks it would be hilarious to video Meri acting out each of these ideas on a new Youtube channel called Meri Me (Marry Me). She reluctantly agrees and they become more and more popular.
As they continue this gig, they become more and more attracted to each other. Because of their doubts about the realtionship ever going anywhere, they keep this to themselves. The Youtube audience is certainly noticing the sparks, though. Meri thinks that Kai is lazy and will never measure up to being husband material. Kai thinks Meri is out of his league.
Sermons at their church shape their views of what marriage is all about and lead them to think that they have a lot of work to do on themselves to be ready to march down the isle. When they finally give in and kiss, Meri realizes that she needs to move out of the apartment. Will this be the end? Will Kai make the changes he needs to make to convince Meri that he’s a serious adult? Keep reading to the surprise ending. It’s a charming book, even with a slow spot in the middle, and was a real page-turner.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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