Thursday, September 26, 2013

This Debut is Made to Last!

Made to Last
Melissa Tagg
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764211324
September 2013/368 pages/$13.99

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

Read an excerpt.


Photo Credit: © David’s Gallery
Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft-and-coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at


I ran across this author and debut book at a Bethany House promotion at the ACFW conference, and when they told us we could take one book at the end of the evening, I made a beeline for the table and grabbed it! Made to Last is a fun contemporary romance with a unique plot and a host of charming characters. Humorous moments and crisp dialogue pepper this engaging novel, yet Tagg also deftly depicts the restless unease that the main characters experience as they struggle with their faith and the hurts of their past. Melissa Tagg's delightful debut has secured her a spot on my list of favorite new authors, and I'm already eager to see what her next release will bring!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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