Review of Making Marion by Beth Moran

Leah Courtney
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Making Marion is one of those books that I couldn't put down, but at the same time I wanted to hold on to it as long as possible. I didn't want it to end, but I wanted to find out how it ended.

Review of Making Marion: romantic comedy from Kregel Books

From the book's description: 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.

Although the book is described as a romantic comedy, there is so much more to it. Marion deals with social issues that stem from a traumatic childhood. She has to confront issues from her past with courage and forgiveness. We see things from her point of view told in first person, but she meets a whole host of characters that are quirky and charming or sometimes spiteful and mean-spirited. There certainly is humor here, but there is also a touching theme of love and acceptance, of ourselves as well as of others.

Things aren't always perfect for Marion, and everything doesn't always come out rosily. But there is plenty of laughter and hope and joy that balance out the tough, realistic life issues that Marion and her friends face.

With a cast of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed and a very interesting story line to keep me wanting to know what happened next, Making Marion was an excellent read. 

I give this one 5 stars and a PG rating for content. I can definitely recommend it as a great read. You can find more information or purchase it from Kregel here  or from Amazon here.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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