Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review

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Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review

Husband Auditions

by Angela Ruth Strong

Published by Kregel Publications
Publication Date August 17, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 272


How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can't get any more single, can she?

Her brother's roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love--Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it's an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she's looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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I love a good RomCom and yet I find truly great ones are hard to come by. Not that many authors don’t try – it is just that there is a delicate balance between humorous and ridiculous. And given that a good story needs conflict, they also need a balance between conflict and humor, keeping things real without making the gulf between them too extreme.

Husband Auditions has found a perfect balance between these elements. It combines the cute situations with Meri attempting to find a husband using the YouTube channel Kai created with life-changing spiritual lessons they learned.

Despite the appearance Kai presents to the world (a lazy “skater” without enough ambition), he didn’t want to exert himself, primarily due to fear of failure and rejection. I love, love, loved his lightning-strike moment when he saw himself through God’s eyes and realized that pleasing Him and loving others is so much more than avoiding breaking the Ten Commandments.

Meri was delightfully cute and naive. Her concern over being the last single woman among her friends is one all too many women experience. So her motivation for accepting Kai’s challenge made perfect sense. Her innocence made her execution of the plan quite humorous and sweet! While it is hard to pick a favorite attempt, it is hard to overlook the lasso incident and the car buying adventure as candidates.

Enjoyable Christian fiction with a strong spiritual message combined with swoony, sweet romance, and humor, make Husband Auditions an entertaining read. You’ll thank me for telling you about it!

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About Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

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