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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.; 1st edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608613976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608613977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She as spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel, whether by car, plane, or paperback.

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Great characters and plot.
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Reality Check was a fun read with a great romance and plenty of surprises.
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True love and Faith in God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 20, 2012
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Even though I don't like 'The Bachelor' (only watched the 1st season and that was enough), I was intrigued by the book description and decided to give it a chance. I'm really glad I did! It is expertly written and the characters are well developed, not only the main but also some of the secondary. It is religious in content but not obnoxiously so- for Lucy, it's a part of her that couldn't go unmentioned; for Ethan, it's part of his personal growth. There are lots of sweet moments between Lucy and Ethan that will make you cheer them on, and some very frustrating moments that will have you curse the unscrupulous characters. One of my favorite parts was when Lucy talked about the pioneer reenactment trek- very poignant. I also loved the idea of the charm bracelets, so cute! I don't want to give away any spoilers but it's a tale of staying true to yourself and standing up for honesty. I couldn't put it down and read it in one night! Can't wait to read more from this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elledent on August 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lucy is selected to be on the Bachelor-like show "Soulmates" after her friends submit her application. Hoping for adventure, Lucy ultimately decides to go and, of course, finds more than she bargained for in rich, hunky Ethan Glass.

Here's what I liked:
- While this is, at heart, an LDS/Christian novel, it wasn't too heavy-handed with the spiritual stuff. I am LDS, but most Christian fiction makes me cringe (there seems to be an unshakable tone of condescension and/or sappy cheesiness in many of these books which turns me off), but this one wasn't bad. It had its moments (like when the other contestants gang up on Lucy to tell her her clothes are too modest and that she'll never catch Ethan if she doesn't show more of her body), but the religious aspects were (mostly) secondary to the story and character development.
- Lucy and Ethan were both really likable; I appreciated the insights into their families and background. The dialogue is fast and fun.
- This is a quick, feel-good read. I was sorry to see it end. It's a bit fluffy, but I was surprised at how much I really liked it. Most Christian chick-lit is 2-3 stars to me; this was a solid 4-star. I really enjoyed reading it, and I may even read it again.
- It's clean: there's no swearing or sex or even overdone sexual tension (I like romance, but too much description makes me feel awkward. This book has a good balance).
- If you were hooked on the Bachelorette (like I was), this helps fill the void. The catty contestants made me smile, and I liked how Lucy was torn between being a friend and being a competitor.

There were a few things about the book that, albeit minor, I found somewhat annoying or unrealistic:
- A handful of glaring typos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Staley on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reality Check is the story of an LDS young women who becomes a contestant on a reality TV dating show. As my post last Saturday showed, I do watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Sometimes I watch it because of liking someone on the show and wanting to see how far my favorite actually advances. Other times I watch to get a good laugh at how crazy people act when they are on a show like this. Well, Reality Check was like watching the TV show, but better. Yes, there were drama queens and wacko contestants, but the main characters added some much needed depth you usually don't get in the TV show.

Karen Tuft's new novel is fun, fast-paced and hard to put down. This is another book that I read late into the night. Once Lucy's friends trick her into going onto the show Soulmates, you are hooked. You really want to see what will happen. I had to LOL when Lucy told herself she probably wouldn't make it past the first night, then she would get to visit Disneyland for the first time. I laughed at this because it's truly something that I would think and plan! The biggest thing you will notice in the story, is how different Lucy is from the other girls. She stands out because of her standards and morals. The "bachelor" on the show, Ethan Glass, notices her on the first night because of how modestly she is dressed.This story would be considered an LDS romance, but it never shoves anything in your face religiously. It is all presented in a way that you cheer for Lucy as she stays true to herself and her religion. I loved the character of Ethan Glass and how he was in this contest for all of the right reasons. Females will find him "Awww"" worthy and wanting an Ethan in their own lives; or wanting their husbands to follow Ethan's lead.

Reality Check is a great first book from Karen Tuft. This is another book, that you must tuck away in your bag, when you go on vacation. You will finish reading this book feeling like maybe, just maybe, soul-mates are truly real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexie A. Hogan on July 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, I'm a huge "Bachelor/Bachelorette" superfan (I love the drama!) So, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love books about reality dating shows. And Reality Check is probably my favorite of these, as well as one of my absolute favorite reads of the whole summer! It is a clean, lighthearted romance that is perfect for reading by the pool on a hot summer day.

Reality Check takes reader on an "insider's" tour of what really happens behind the scenes of a reality dating show (at least according to Karen!) I have no idea what goes on in filming a reality show but it sure is fun to speculate about it! However, I think that this book gives a fairly realistic portrayal of the type of drama, business, and personalities that are involved.

Reality Check is not only fun and humorous, however. It also tells a very inspirational story of a girl standing up for what she believes in, despite the skeptiscsm and ridicule of those around her. Lucy totally impressed me with her bravery and courage in making hard decisions and I felt that I could relate to her position as the only LDS girl since I grew up in a predominatly non-LDS community.

As far as characters go, I'm also a little bit in love with Ethan. Even though he acted like a savvy and refined businessman, at heart, he was simply a fun-loving cowboy (be still my beating heart!) I also liked that he was slightly flawed just as we all are and didn't necessarily fit the stereotype of "the perfect man".

Overall, I just loved everything about this book, from the easy flow of it, to the development of characters and relationships, to the intricate plot details. (If Chris Harrison was the narrator of "Soulmates", it really would be "the most dramatic season ever"!)

If you are a fan of ABC's "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette", then you will LOVE Reality Check! Even if you are not a fan, it is still a fun, sweet, and humorous read and one you will not want to put down
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Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger, and has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel--whether by car, plane, or paperback.