About the Book
Book: Avoiding Marriage
Author: Karin Beery
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: April 13, 2021
Two years ago, Jessica Miller made a mess of her already confusing life. Now, she’s back in Boyne Heights, and she’s determined to fix her reputation. She can’t seem to avoid the past that haunts her, but that’s the joy of small-town life—word spreads and people remember. Intent on her mission, however, she faces her past head-on, taking a job with her ex-boyfriend while avoiding her grandmother’s attempts to find her a new one.
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About the Author
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.
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I am so excited to go back to Boyne Heights!
**SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read Practically Married, skip the following paragraph and go to the next!
When we Boyne Heights, Russ was in a hospital bed after a car accident with Ashley by his side, and they’d agreed to get really married, not just practically married. That was around Thanksgiving. Now it’s spring time. Russ and Ashley are enjoying the newly wed life, but they need help. Enter Jessica Miller.
Jess is exactly what Russ and Ashely need at the Russell farm, but nothing is ever as easy as it sounds. I mean, Jess thought she was going to marry Russ—now she’s working for him and his new wife? As if that’s not enough, Gran’s adjusting a little too well to life in the care home, meeting every single guy there to introduce to her favorite granddaughter, but Jess doesn’t have time. On top of the new job, it looks like her brother might be relapsing, and her wayward mother’s name keeps popping up in conversations.
I hadn’t planned on writing Jess’s story, I kept asking myself: what kind of woman did Russ date before he met Ashley? I knew the ex-girlfriend had to be smart, kind, motivated, yet hurting. It was so much fun to explore her story!
I hadn’t planned to go back to Boyne Heights, but I definitely enjoyed the trip. I hope you will too!
This book is a quick read but it sure has some wonderful lessons in it. I loved getting to know Ashley and Russ better. They really are a great couple and I could feel their zest for life. I did chuckle when Ashley realizes she couldn’t run the office that is the focal point for the farm. Her plan to hire Jess is almost comical if it wasn’t such a great idea. I’m not sure I could work with my husband’s ex but Ashley has this big heart and welcomed Jess back with sincerity.
Jess has a few little problems she is facing. She is now working at her ex’s place, her mom has taken off, her brother is a recovering addict and someone wants to play matchmaker for her. I really liked Jess and could understand her insecurities. With her mother walking out on the family during a crisis it does tend to make you a little angry and feel abandoned. Getting to see how Jess finds confidence again is a fun journey.
The story is fun, unexpected and filled with warm friendships and a little romance. I got a big kick out of Gran. She sure is determined to find Jess a man and isn’t hiding that fact at all. I can just see Jess rolling her eyes as her Gran introduces her to the man she has chosen to date her granddaughter. I have to mention the relationship between Jess and her mother. It is strained and will take lots of prayer and forgiveness to bring them back together. If you are looking for a light hearted romance this book is perfect.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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