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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Miranda “Randi” Woodruff, a talented carpenter and “America’s favorite tomboy,” is the star of a home-repair television show. Part of her weekly shtick is talking about her husband, who taught her everything she knows about building. When the show is in danger of being canceled, the producer decides that Randi has to produce her much talked about but never seen husband to rally fan support. Unfortunately, he ditched her just before their wedding day. Matthew Knox, a disgraced journalist, takes on the distasteful job of uncovering the real story about Randi and her elusive husband because he needs to raise money to help his beloved niece receive a cochlear implant. Meanwhile, Randi is named as a finalist for an award honoring a celebrity with a philanthropic bent, and Blaze, who looks more like a surfer than a carpenter, is hired to pose as her husband. Tagg’s tale is humorous and enjoyable with likable characters, a gentle romance, and a very natural and unobtrusive thread of Christianity. --Diana Tixier Herald

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Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.
 
When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?


"Clever plot. Engaging, funny, fresh writing. A winning voice with deeper layers that touch the heart."
-Rachel Hauck, award-winning and bestselling author of Once Upon a Prince

"If there is such a thing as a perfect story, Melissa Tagg has written it with this first novel... Made to Last is a keeper that will charm its way onto your shelf, and into your heart."
-Susan May Warren, RITA Award winner and bestselling author of Take a Chance on Me

"A must for fans of romantic comedy! Melissa Tagg's endearing characters charmed me and their story line captured my imagination... Completely entertaining."
-Becky Wade, author of My Stubborn Heart and Undeniably Yours

"This debut romantic comedy with hidden layers will appeal to fans of Sandra D. Bricker, Trish Perry, and Rachel Hauck." --Library Journal

"With crisp storytelling and a solid, amusing plot that includes a quirky love triangle, Tagg's debut is an enjoyable read." --RT Book Reviews

"Tagg's tale is humorous and enjoyable with likable characters, a gentle romance, and a very natural and unobtrusive thread of Christianity." --Booklist

More About the Author

Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she's also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever (not that she's biased), watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next story. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com.

Customer Reviews

The characters were all great, and I enjoyed the development of the story.
Melody J. Martin
Through the characters' struggles with faith and love, we are reminded that God offers redemption even in our biggest messes.
c01b16p06
Blaze was such a sweet "husband" and I found myself really liking his character.
Leahhhh12

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By 4girlymom on November 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Made to Last"
"Made to Last" is written by Melissa Tagg and published by Bethany House publishers.
I found this to be a very entertaining and fun read; it's great for sitting out on the back porch in a hammock in autumn and reading, because it has a sweet storyline, but one that will keep you hanging just the same.
Miranda "Randi" Woodruff hosts her own home improvement TV show, From the Ground Up. When she started the show, she was engaged to Robbie, who walked out on her. Since she had already begun talking about him since season one, she must continue to. Now she's filming season four and the public is restless to know the identity of her "secret husband", which she does not have because he left her. The show is threatening to be canceled, so she hires a guy who fits the description of her ex-finance to stand in as her husband. He's a complete stranger, which makes things even more complicated when reporter Matthew Knox moves into her guest home to shadow her for a few months.

Matthew Knox wants a good story after writing an article in revenge against his father who left him, only for the information in the article to be found invalid. He and his career are humiliated, as well as his partner. Now, when he gets the chance to shadow TV's popular Miranda Woodruff, he agrees, and finds himself inexplicitly draw to her.
Personally, I found this book fairly interesting with its setting and characters. However, I was disgusted that the "hero" of the story was drawn to, as far as he knew, a married woman. That made me uncomfortable and questioning of his character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying that contemporary romance is not one of my favorite genres, but after reading a few good ones this year, I've wanted to branch out and read more of the genre. I'm so glad I did as Made To Last is another winner and I absolutely loved it!

There's just so much about Made To Last I loved. The characters were fantastic! Not only did I love the main two (Miranda & Matthew), but Blaze was another great character and my favorite from Made To Last - cannot wait to read his book!

The story was very interesting and well written - I can't believe Made To Last is the author's debut novel! I loved the whole T.V. show/fake husband aspect and how the story showed how lies can drag a person down.

There are lots of other things I loved about Made To Last, but suffice it to say, this book made my favorites' shelf and I definitely recommend it!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review as a part of her Tagg Team. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet on September 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Melissa Tagg is a truly gifted writer. Her ability to weave a beautiful visual tapestry with her words, descriptions and dialogue is a talent I really envy. Looking at the cover of this book I was sure it was going to be a light, gentle, read. Well, gentle, yes; but light, hardly. Her characters are real, flawed, likeable, relateable people. As a reader, I cared about the characters enough to worry about their actions and reactions throughout the book. I think I cared because they were so well developed that I felt I knew them and could make predictions about the outcome of their actions based on what I had come to "know" about them. Ms. Tagg totally sucked me in! I loved the experience of reading this book, heck, I fell like I lived this story along with the characters, and I find myself remembering parts of the book like one brings back personal memories, with a smile and a sigh.
Well Done, Melissa Tagg!
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Dieterle on September 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this story of love and betrayal, deceit and redemption. The characters and the situation were believable - I could see where Miranda's lie started and how it snowballed out of control. The faith pieces felt like a natural part of the characters and the story - not at all forced, which is a beef I have with some Christian fiction. One character's back story was only hinted at but never fully explained. I assume that means his story will be part of another book and I will definitely be looking for that book. (I received a review copy of this book from the publisher)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leahhhh12 on October 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not a big fan of contemporary romance but every now and then a new book comes into my path that looks good enough to pick up and that is what I thought about Made to Last. It had a fun cover that drew me in, and it sounded like a fresh storyline so I decided to give it a try.

Miranda Woodruff is a reality TV star from the popular home improvement show "From the Ground Up." While filming for season 4, Miranda finds out that ratings are down and that the network is considering canceling her show. Miranda has placed her entire identity in her show, and she is willing to do anything to boost ratings... Even pretend to have a husband in order to draw more publicity.
Matthew is a reporter who is looking for a way to make his career spark. When he is asked to write a blog series about Miranda Woodruff, he jumps on the chance and is continually searching for an inside scoop in order to get a "cover worthy" story.
As Miranda pretends to be married to one guy, she finds herself drawn to the reporter who she is spending a lot of time with. When her former fiancé shows up, Miranda has a hard time juggling three different guys and trying to keep her show from plummeting into cancelation.

This storyline was so sweet. I loved these characters and they came alive to me as I entered their world. Blaze was such a sweet "husband" and I found myself really liking his character. Matthew struggled with things in his past and you can see how that affects some of the decisions he makes in this book. Miranda was definitely a strong, independent heroine. A "fix-it-herself" kind of girl, I couldn't relate to her in everything, but I loved her just the same.
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