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Miss Match: A Lauren Holbrook Novel with Bonus Content [Kindle Edition]

Erynn Mangum
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lauren Holbrook has found her life's calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there's tons of potential to play "connect the friends."

Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles' pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything.

Includes bonus chapter taken from Rematch by Erynn Mangum.



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From the Back Cover

Lauren Holbrook has found her life's calling: matchmaking for the romantically challenged. And with the eclectic cast of characters in her world, there's tons of potential to play "connect the friends." Inspired by the recent success of matching her sister and new husband, Lauren sets out to introduce Nick, her carefree singles' pastor, to Ruby, her neurotic coworker who plans every second of every day. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything. When Lauren's foolproof plan begins to unravel, she learns that a simple introduction between friends can bring about complicated results. And as she reconsiders her new role as Cupid (as well as her vow to stay single forever), will Lauren finally decide that God's plan is always good enough?

About the Author

Erynn Mangum is a twentysomething single who still lives at home and has no immediate plans to leave. While Miss Match is not strictly autobiographical, let's just say that Erynn can relate. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EFLHJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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"Miss Match" is the very promising first book from author Erynn Mangum, and the first in a trilogy of novels about Lauren Holbrook, a matching-making, coffee-guzzling, chocoholic twenty-something Christian woman.

This story is impeccably written, and the characters are consistent and relateable. I loved the Jane-Austen-esque intertwining of the relationships of all the main characters. I have only one complaint about the characters in the novel, and unfortunately, it's a big one: I was constantly annoyed by the immaturity of the main character, Lauren Holbrook. I think that perhaps what i viewed as immaturity was intended to come off as a snarky sense of humor, but whichever the author intended, it still got on my nerves throughout the entire novel.

The premise for Miss Match is cute and intriguing, although I felt that for my taste, the novel held far too much dialog about matchmaking and not enough actual matchmaking! Although, that may have been for the purpose of dragging Lauren's match-making out over the course of three novels.

Despite my qualms with the novel, it is still well-written and a fun light-hearted read, with solid Christian views that may be thought-provoking for younger Christians. I will definitely be reading the next two books in the trilogy, simply because I think the author shows a lot of promise, and I want to support her in the hopes that she will continue to write novels.

Grade:B+
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lol October 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
I lovved this book. I thought it was cute and funny. I had many laugh out loud moments. There were many references to Jane Austen and Emma in this book. They were great. She has a def. movie obsession. To me Lauren's extreme coffee obsession and chocolate is a little over the top. I do not drink coffee but I do love chocolate and if we eat like Lauren we will all be at least 400 lbs. Even with that this book was great. I ordered the sequel as soon as I finished it. I have read it so review coming soon on that one. I highly recommend this cute chick lit series.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poorly executed September 2, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book. Christian chick lit is exactly the genre I love to read. Unfortunately, this book is very porly written. The main character, Lauren, is a caricature, with no dimension or complexity. Lauren is a photographer by profession, but it's clear that the author devoted no time at all to researching photography. Lauren apparently has no passion for the profession, as we hear nothing of her taking photos, editing, or spending any time on her art outside of the workplace.

The book is also geared more toward a young adult audience than toward women in their 20s or beyond. Lauren lives with her dad, owns a beanbag chair, and eschews purses in favor of her trusty backpack. She never wants to get married and apparently has no plans or dreams for the future, but focuses instead on trivial social issues and day-to-day dramas.

If you're under 16 years of age and not a literati, this is the book for you. Otherwise...don't waste your time.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Miss Match is a complete misfire August 8, 2011
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I am a Christian. I generally enjoy chick-lit from anyone, anywhere, anytime. So on paper, I'm a prime candidate for this book. The reality is that this book was....pretty disappointing to say the least. Laurie is 23- a fact repeated over and over- yet she acted on a shuffle loop between the ages of 7-15. There were points I half expected to read "Boys have coooties". It perpetrated a lot of the stereotypes that have turned people off Christianity or set us up for lampooning.
Like: Marriage after a month of knowing each other and a few awkward dates?
Like: Weddings months after meeting?
Like: Beaucoup teen marriage. Creepy much?
Like: dating is WRONG unless marriage is in the offing. Uh, what?
Like: as long as we throw in some scriptures, anti-social behaviour is 'sanctified' and validated.
Beyond just unrelatable writing and characters that rang false notes all over the place, it bothered me to know that many teens & Christian singles would read this and find encouragement for the blind quest for Marriage for Marriage's sake; to bypass learning about themselves and what they want from life (and an eventual spouse) in favor of rushing on down the aisle while still high on the first flush of 'love'.
They tried too hard to make Laurie so 'gosh durn loveable', but it all came off as shrill, middle school, over protected, underexposed, ridiculously bubblegummish malarkey. PS: That much coffee and chocolate is either an overused gimmick or a form of self-abuse, I'm just saying. Erynn Magnum does have a light and lovely way with a phrase. Even as I despaired, I appreciated some of that. i just wish it had been a bit more anchored in reality- even for a chicklit read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick in book form October 30, 2011
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If I hadn't already been a Christian when I read this book I would have run as fast and far away as possible from the nearest Christian community. All of the characters were silly, shallow,smug, and self-righteous. It should have been a slap stick play, and since I don't like slapstick I failed to see the humor in this. Although it was technically well written, it read like it was composed by a student in a creative writing class when the lesson for the day was similies. I see some reviewers found this amusing, but to me it fell felt. Like the first reviewer I found the main character's immaturity to be annoying in the extreme. She stayed with her demanding sicko father because he gave her things? Yikes. And worst of all this book trivialized Scripture. There is a ton of good Christian literature out there. This doesn't even make the list.
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I love to read, love to write and am very blessed to be the mama of two precious little boys and the wife of an amazing man. Look for the Lauren Holbrook series (Miss Match, ReMatch and Match Point), the Maya Davis series (Cool Beans, Latte Daze and Double Shot) Sketchy Behavior, and the Paige Alder series (Paige Torn, Paige Rewritten and Paige Turned) in paperback and ebook format! Thank you for looking and please check out my website - www.erynnmangum.com.

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