Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Making Marion by Beth Moran

About the Book:

She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.

Marion came to Nottinghamshire—home of Sherwood Forest—to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood.
Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life—the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.

Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancée Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs?

Including a large cast of memorable, colorful characters, Making Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.

My Thoughts:

"Making Marion" is a book that I'm afraid I would have overlooked had I found it on a bookshelf amid all of the other titles available to readers today.  While the cover illustration is whimsical and colorful, it doesn't give true testament to the story inside the pages.

Depth, warmth, humor and wisdom is what you'll find in Beth's debut novel.  It's billed as a romantic comedy, but the book is so much more than that.  This is a story about finding your place, knowing who you truly are and what you are capable of...and not stopping until you make your destination.

Yes, there is love.  Yes, there is some romance.  Mostly it's about Marion escaping from her home and the words that have wounded her for years to find out that what is said about us and to us isn't always true.  And knowing where you came from can be as or even more important than where you are going.

The faith element is there, but it's light.  And you'll find some mild language, one married couple who can't seem to keep their hands off of one another, and an excellent story of forgiveness.  I thoroughly enjoyed "Making Marion"...especially the lush setting!

Thanks to my friends at Lion Fiction for my complimentary copy of "Making Marion"...I probably would have missed out had you not sent me a copy.  And that would have been a tragedy.

Highly recommended...but with a caution about language.

Happy Reading!



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