She only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen?


Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?
Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?

My Thoughts:

The first thing that drew me to this book was the whimsical cover and of course knowing that I have loved Sarah Monzon’s previous books, I just HAD to buy this one too! I was charmed right from the start and wrapped up in the lives of the characters.

This story moves right along and kept me fully engaged. I was not ready to reach the end of the story, yet felt it was all tied up well. I laughed out loud several times and enjoyed every moment spent in the pages of this delightful story.

While this story deals with some difficult topics, It is done so with grace and poise. A gentle reminder of the damage that is done when people allow their prejudice and judgment to wedge a divide. With a silent invitation to take a moment to do a little personal soul-searching of our own and answer some tough questions. Do we as Christians accept others even in their sinful state? Or do we expect them to clean up some of their sins before we will accept them?

Sarah Monzon manages to pack a lot of fun and yet seriousness into this wonderful novella. I give this story 4.5 stars and encourage you to snag a copy for yourself and a friend as soon as possible!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Literarily for Keeps

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About the Author:

Sarah  Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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Literarily for Keeps

Other Books by Sarah Monzon:

Bookishly Ever After 

 The Esther Paradigm

 The Isaac Project

Carrington Family Series:

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)




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