Monday, August 17, 2015

Married 'til Monday

GIVEAWAY

HUNTER, DENISE
MARRIED 'TIL MONDAY

With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby's husband for just one last weekend.

Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?


My Review:

What could possibly go wrong indeed? Just about everything as Ryan and Abby try to navigate being together while not really being together. And in the midst of the subterfuge they are confronted with way too many memories -- both good and bad.

An emotional read that kept me on tenterhooks right to the very end. After reading the other Chapel Springs Romance books I felt a real allegiance to Ryan. He was so earnest and endearing in his desire to reconcile with Abby. It about broke my heart.

Abby, on the other hand, claims to have moved on. She certainly doesn't want to open old wounds and risk even more pain. But Abby's past -- long before Ryan -- was riddled with pain. The kind she's still carrying around with her. It makes her prickly and unresponsive...at first.

Ryan's relentless pursuit makes him a truly swoonworthy hero. Abby's resistance is agonizing. She's too pragmatic -- "Whether he liked it or not, they dragged their failed marriage behind them like a noisy string of cans on a "Just Married" car." (p. 57) The whole story is a riveting 'one step forward, two steps back' kind of read. Hunter does a stunning job of portraying the crushing heartache of divorce and the desperate hope of reconciliation. And the fact that Ryan and Abby were married makes the whole romance edgier. There are so many undercurrents and delicious nuances that constantly simmer below the surface.

A breathtaking love story that rises from the bitter ashes of monumental loss.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Married 'til Monday please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 23  2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

54 comments:

  1. Love Denise Hunter and love the premise for this book. It looks like it has some depth to it too.

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. Definitely has depth. Good luck, Diane.

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  2. This sounds so good. I love the premise of a couple reconciling. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. It makes for an angsty yet rewarding read. Good luck, Loraine.

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  3. I do enjoy a good love story!
    dkstevensneAToutlook(DoT) coM

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    1. And this one is divine! Good luck, Deanna.

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  4. I totally enjoy Denise Hunter's books and haven't had the opportunity to read one in a long while. :( My friend recommended this one to me awhile back when she read it for a publishing company. Please put my name in the hat, Kav.
    P.S. Kav, your reviews are always such a delight to read; do you give lessons on how to write a fabulous review? If so I'm first in line! ;)

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's such a good read, Diana. You'll love it. And thanks for the compliment about my reviews -- I just call 'em like I see 'em. :-) Good luck.

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  5. I love your beautiful review, Kav, and am eager to read this story! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  6. Denis Hunter is one of my favorite authors, this sounds like another great one.

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  7. I agree with Diana on your reviews! I usually can hardly think of two sentences to write.
    Please add my name to the drawing.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Patty. I'm blushing now. Good luck.

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  8. I hear she is a good author. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. Kim

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    1. You heard right, Kim. Good luck.

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  9. This sounds like a really good read :)
    I never read any of Denise Hunter'S books, but I heard a lot of good things about them ;)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh -- she's an amazing author! Good luck, Samantha.

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  10. What could go wrong indeed ? Sounds like alot in this story but it also sounds like a rekindling may be in the works. Please enter my name in the drawing, Kav because it sounds great !

    Deanne
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. It's a story that will keep you on your toes. Good luck, Deanne.

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  11. I'm intrigued by the title, "Married til Monday". What happens after Monday is over?
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ahhhh...you'll just have to read to find out. Great title tie-in, by the way. Good luck, Janet.

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  12. YAY YAY another great sounding book by one of my favorite authors! Thanks for your review and giveaway, Kav!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Jackie. Good luck!

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  13. I'm dying to read this book! Great review!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I don't think you can go wrong with a Denise Hunter book. Good luck, Abbi.

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  14. LOL! Sounds highly entertaining! :)

    Blessings, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezAYyahooDOTcom

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  15. I love Denise Hunter's writing! And I'd love to see this in my hand & lost between it's pages, definitely been one that's on my want-to-read list since it came out! This right here is why I love Christian fiction "the desperate hope of reconciliation"...whether between divorced couples such as this story, or the reconciliation of a broken relationship between the main character and God! I love your descriptive review of "Married Till Monday", Kav! It's in and of itself captivating!! Thanks for the chance to win this one :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks so much, Trixi. I love Christian fiction for the same reason -- there's always hope no matter the circumstances. Good luck, Trixi.

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  16. Having gone through a divorce I did not want, I'm curious to read how Denise Hunter has this play out in her book. I'm assuming there is a happy ending, but I imagine there is a lot angst on the way. Thanks for the chance to win Married Till Monday.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You assume correctly on both counts, Pam. It's an emotional read. Good luck.

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  17. Thanks for your review, Kav - beautiful!! I haven't read any of Denise's books, however, this one sounds like it has the emotion and dysfunction that I enjoy reading. I'd love to read 'Married 'til Monday', thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Wait...you just said you enjoy dysfunction. LOL. Yes, it's truly realistic. Good luck, Bonnie.

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  18. Ooh, I've loved all of the Chapel Springs romances! I can't wait to read this one!
    mylittlebirdie at yahoo dot com

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    1. You'll love it then, Karen. Good luck!

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  19. Are they able to slip out to separate rooms? Sounds like a Lucy/Desi comedy adventure keeping up appearances over the anniversary weekend, trying to stay aloof. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. More drama than comedy, Kathleen...though there are some great light touches too. Good luck.

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  20. Count me in, please! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Melanie. Good luck.

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  21. Sounds like a book I would love to read! Something similar happened to Diane Keaton & Robert De Niro in a movie I saw titled, "The Wedding." moparbunny at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. It's a great read. Good luck, Wendy.

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  22. This is a great author & the story sounds wonderful!--Becky

    adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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    1. I love Denise Hunter too, Becky. Good luck.

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  23. I am a long time Denise Hunter fan and have been waiting impatiently for Ryan's story. And Kav - you always make the books sound so good! I can't wait to read this one.
    cregnier(at)twinvalley(dot)net

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    1. That's because this one is so good, Cindy! Good luck!

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  24. This sounds like a love story that I would really enjoy. Denise Hunter is an awesome author.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You really would, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  25. Oh the Chapel Springs romances are great! They have made me cringe with worry and hope hope hope. Love Denise Hunter! Please include me Kav! :)

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes! Cringeworthy!!!! And that's a good thing when you're reading a page-turner, right? Good luck, Kelly.

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  26. Count me in Kav, Denise writes a good story. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She sure does, Becky. Good luck.

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  27. Denise Hunter always touches my heart with her romantic tales, please add me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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