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The List [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Jacobson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ashley Barrett doesn’t want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn’t care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college—the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that’s why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals—from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi—she’ll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.

This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the "leaving" part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down—or might set her free?



Product Details

  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications (March 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QQ3MHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great "dessert" book April 7, 2011
By Jenny P
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "The List" in just a couple of days and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. This book is a light read - a romantic comedy that won't change your life or alter your perspective. It's like dessert - not necessary, but so much fun. The quality of writing is also really great - natural dialog, good pacing. I fell quite naturally into the story and found the author's style easy, refreshing, and fun. If you need a book to lighten the mood, this would be a great pick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Enjoyable Read March 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got this book I was warned it wasn't "deep". That was fine with me, I wasn't up for a giant, deep thinking book.

I thought it would be perfect to save for my upcoming cruise. I tried to read the first chapter to just get a taste. Well, I couldn't put it down, so I guess I need to find a new book for my cruise. :)

I really loved the main character and her determination. I wanted to cheer her on. "You go girl, you finish your list before getting tied down by marriage and the kids which are the real ones that tie you down!" But at the same time I was yelling at her to just be open to love, that it matters more than a stupid list.

I also enjoyed Melanie's writing. Upbeat, light and fun.

When she referred to Guacamole as "squishy, green goodness" I had to smile and then go eat some.

This is a perfect book for a cruise. I wish I had another of Melanie's Books to read. Apparently being at home is a great place to read it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read....get it!!!!!!! April 7, 2011
By Linda B
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, I think this book was fantabulous! Light, funny and fun! I found myself laughing out loud at many of the main gals comments! Perfect read for the beach but, if you are not close to the beach, a nice cozy fireplace will do to!
I can not wait to read more by Melanie Jacobson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the premise promises March 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The first scenario was a turn-off with the cute surfer being described at a church activity. However, the writing and the story both done well enough that I didn't put the book down until I was done. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a clean romance. The humor through out is wonderful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and there is enough depth when you understand the main character's background a little better. It would appear at first glance that the lesson is get everything done you want before marriage, but thanks to an important discussion with her sister, the take-away lesson is that there is no one right way for people to reach their happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun read! December 5, 2012
By Carrot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first Melanie Jacobsen book I have read and quickly became a fan. She has become quite accomplished at the comedy/romance genre. I love her slightly less than perfect characters and the very humorous and witty dialogue exchanges. Oh, and then there is the romance part too! My family is getting tired of hearing me chuckle the entire time I am reading and then sharing the best moments with them. I read this in one sitting. If you like this book you will also love "Twitterpated" and "Not My Type". I can't wait to read her next one called "Smart Move". Thanks for all the smiles, Melanie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy at its Best March 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is awesome! I loved the main character's voice. Ashley had me laughing so hard at times. I swear I had this goofy grin on my face while I was reading this book--superbly written romantic comedy with some great kissing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Summer Read! June 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book includes a lot of amusing banter between Ashley and Matt. It is fun to read about Ashley's adventures as she goes through the activities on The List. She made the list as a way of putting off marriage, because she views her sisters' experiences as negative. So she won't let any guys get too close for fear of entanglements. Matt goes along with her wishes and keeps it light. It is fun to read as they joke back and forth. Then in the latter part of the story there is a turn toward greater depth of emotion as Matt tries to talk Ashley out of her fear of marriage. I truly enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Romance March 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great summer romance with a twist at the end I didn't see coming. I loved the hero, Matt, and the setting on Huntington Beach. Great, light, fun and romantic read with a very rewarding ending!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick summer read
This is a good Summer read. I'm not a fan of chick lit, this book seemed a cut above most in this category. Not great, but cute.
Published 22 days ago by Melissa Anne Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of LDS Chick-lit
This book was the beginning of my love affair with LDS fiction. I loved how easily the story flowed. If you haven't read Jacobsen do it... Now.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Book. Ever!
You are a awesome writer. Thank you for your book! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And you're a Mormon like me too!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, uplifting. singers they are not.
This book is a easy read, you can put the book up so you can get your house work or school work done and pick the book back up and feel like you are right back into the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. V. Lund
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining with some LOL moments
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book but it was funny and entertaining if a bit predictable. Defenitely Mormon fiction.
Published 4 months ago by Bookaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars cute and humorous -- a great read!
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. But I love Jacobson's witty characters, her wonderful sense of humor, and sweet storyline. Read more
Published 4 months ago by strawberryfields
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This was a very cute book. Loved that the author and characters are LDS. Will definitely read more by this author.
Published 4 months ago by KAW
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Such a sweet read to escape your day. Witty and charming you will find yourself wanting to know what happened ten years from now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Batson
4.0 out of 5 stars Super funny!
You know it's a good book when you can laugh out loud and not just smile at the humor, which i did many times in this book. This book was funny, sweet, and clean. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lasticht
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I waited SO long to read this - put it at the top of...
Why did I wait so long to read this book?? It was fantastic! So much better than I thought it would be. I seriously loved this story. I think you will, too. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NaomiG
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More About the Author

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Her first novel, The List, hits shelves in March.

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