Saturday, October 11, 2014

Making Marion

Title: MAKING MARION: Where's Robin Hood when you need him?
Author: Beth Moran
Publisher: Lion Fiction
June 2014
ISBN:   978-1782640998
Genre: Chicklit

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.

I got MAKING MARION from BookFun in exchange for an honest review. Since the book was from BookFun, I assumed that MAKING MARION would be a Christian book. I’m not really sure if it is being marketed as such or not. The main characters are Catholic. And the Catholic idea of Christian and the Independent Fundamental Baptist idea of Christian are vastly different things.

I did enjoy getting to know Marion and seeing her discover herself. I love most of the characters—all hurting—and dealing with it in their own ways. There is some bad language. There is beer-drinking. There is an older couple who can’t control their sexual urges and seem to get down and dirty wherever the desire hits, private or not. And there is no Christian message. Just a rather funny confession to an imaginary Santa.

Comedy, yes. Colorful characters, yes. No sexual tension, despite the sex (between the elderly couple that Marion continuously walks in on.) Really, there could’ve been a romance or there couldn’t have been a romance and it would’ve made no difference in the story. Will I let my twelve year old read it? No. Did I enjoy it? Rather. Mostly. Parts. Other parts? No. Not at all. Overall rating? Three stars. The parts I enjoyed were definitely five stars. The parts I hated were one star. I averaged it out. $14.99. 316 pages. $9.99 Kindle

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