Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Husband Auditions By Angela Ruth Strong Blog Tour

About the Book:

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.

My Review

This is a good romance for young career age people. It will be especially enjoyed by people who pay attention to social media, such as reality channels on YouTube. But there is a warning. Are those reality shots authentically real or are they staged to get hits, to be trending? Can it really be true romance when thousands of people are watching?

This novel is lots of fun. There is clever dialogue and a good dose of humor. But it is realistic too. There are some points from a good sermon on marriage included. And there are some painful examples of the reality that marriage is work and many marriages fall apart.

Strong's writing style is fun. The idea of trying decades old tips on finding a man within the modern social media mix makes for an entertaining plot. The narrative does change points of view, generally alternating between Meri and Kai. It made for some confusion on occasion, my wondering which “I” was sharing experiences this time.

Readers who have been praying for a husband since middle school, like Meri, will enjoy this entertaining romance. Just make sure the fellow you fall for wants you more than he does hits on his videos.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

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 received a complimentary egalley of this book through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Read With Audra.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Nancy P said...

Sounds like a great read.

Cindy said...

I LOVED this book and need to finish my review :)

Angela Ruth Strong said...

Thanks for sharing! I had so much fun with this story. <3