Monday, September 1, 2014

Making Marion - Book Review & Tour

About the Book:
  
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.


My Thoughts:
Admit it. You look at the cover of a book, and you do the one thing you're not supposed to. You judge it. Don't worry. You're not the only one. Seriously, if the cover doesn't look interesting, I'm probably not going to pick it up unless one of my friends said it was a great read.

While this cover is cute and comical, I warn you. Do not let the cover of this book fool you. Just don't. When I look at this picture, I see a fun, light-hearted romp for any Robin Hood enthusiast. I imagine there's going to be humor and not much deep stuff inside. Which is the reason I picked this book in the first place. I love to laugh. I love hearing/reading chicken/hero mishaps, and I love Robin Hood. What's to lose, right? There were a few funny scenes and a couple of chicken/hero scenarios, but this book is packed with deep, emotional issues that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you've finished the book. This is a deep book. While I wouldn't necessarily call it a Christian novel, I think it does have some very good points that should make the reader wonder what they would do in similar situations. 

Marion has to be my favorite character, followed closely by Scarlett. Who isn't going to love a woman named Scarlett, right?! Marion does not have the makings of a hero. She's been abused, trampled on, and hurt by those that should have protected her, and she's positive she doesn't have what it takes to survive let alone be of use to anyone else. Scarlett helps her see the deeply hidden qualities that every hero must possess.

I very much enjoyed this book. I especially liked how Marion wasn't perfect and how the author didn't tell you how Marion changed, but rather allowed you to be a part of the transformation. This book packs a punch and helps readers see that no matter what is in your past, you can change your future.

*My thanks to Kregel Publications for providing me a copy for review purposes. I was not required my review be positive.*