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.
"#6. Sit in front of him at church. You're not trying to distract him from the good Lord. You just want to show him how bountiful God's blessings can be."
This is one of the suggestions in a list that Meri Newberg receives from her newly married friend, and who knew that a 1950s magazine article would have such an impact 70 years later? Certainly not Meri, but her brother's roommate Kai Kamaka views it in a different light. Why not do a YouTube program that shows Meri using these suggestions to help her find a husband? Meri Me becomes a social media success, and it seems like a great idea, until Kai realizes that he wants to be the husband that Meri finds!
This is such a witty, charming book, and author Angela Ruth Strong offers a unique spin on the classic 'friends to lovers' trope. It is Christian fiction, so it's certainly a clean romance, but watching Meri and Kai's relationship develop is special indeed. I found myself often laughing out loud, but there are also touching moments as Meri and Kai deal with their individual insecurities. If you're looking for a fun contemporary romance, look no further! Husband Auditions is the book for you.
I received a copy of this book from Kregel. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Finding Love in Big Sky was recently filmed on location in Montana and will air soon. Her latest release is Husband Auditions.
Strong also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and teaches as an expert online at Write That Book.
Learn more at www.angelaruthstrong.com, and follow her on Facebook Twitter and Instagram