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My biggest problem with the book was that it seemed the farther you read it became so far fetched that I wondered what type of women the author would come up with next. Through the course of the book the potential relationships someone of a different race, people with high paying professional careers and aspirations, someone in a wheelchair, someone with severe emotional problems. It was like every single trait a women could possibly have needed to be captured in one of the characters.
I didn't really like the "hero" in the story. Although the author tried to paint him with flaws I felt he came across as too perfect and the women too flawed. I wasn't convinced he was truly in love in the end and this didn't feel romantic to me.
On a positive note, I would like to say that the author did a good job of coming up with a topic that is original. I have never read a book like this. And although I'm not sure I would again, I think it is ultimately what kept me reading.
I don't think that Chautona Havig set out to write this book as a way to point out flaws to single women as indicated in a couple of the reviews. If you take it that way, so be it. I think she just took a very worldly concept like the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" concept and made it into a more Biblically appropriate concept. It is a fun story presenting a new spin on finding a mate. Could I picture myself having done this particular "dating" method? Nope. But I sure enjoyed reading it!
It does deliver the sweet ending. But the characters also had some sparkle and they all acted like they were in on the joke, as if they knew the set up would probably never happen, but if it did... Somehow that made it okay. I could just enjoy the usually interesting and occasionally witty conversations. The book is very dialog heavy. Almost to a fault. There were a few times when I didn't know what the characters were talking about and could have used a bit more back story.
While the book is fairly light-hearted overall, there is a bit of drama near the end and the characters are regularly forced to do homework. There are a few times each month that the guy and his girl of the month have to answer questions sort of like couples counseling. I thought many of these scenes would make excellent fodder for book club discussions. Which qualities are positives or negatives? What one character sees as contentment another sees as complacency and one character's easy-going nature is seen by another as being a doormat.
In the end, the question of whether or not anyone would actually agree to this set up didn't bug me as much as the logistics of it. Most of the women apparently took an entire month off from their jobs to participate, and while the author sometimes tried to explain this (one had just been laid off, one was a freelance writer and two were traveling saleswomen who could work just as easily from the guy's house) the rest expected the reader to ignore their financial situations. How, for example, does the woman with the home day care close down for a month without alienating all her clients?
I finished the book quickly because despite its flaws (including an inordinate number of typos) the story and characters made me want to keep reading. I wanted to see which women the guy would end up with.
I didn't want to put it down, but stretched it out to enjoy it even more, like a special treat not to be eaten at one sitting. For the first time since I can remember, I anxiously looked forward to reading a book.
It is an original-concept story, one that delightfully surprised me: live one month (chaperoned) with a pre-selected woman and decide to marry one.
As a guy, I related well to the fellow around whom it is based, Adric. What a challenge; what pressure! I wondered how the author was going to make each woman so different and enthralling each month, but she did.
Please note: I don't want you to be surprised when you find out the characters are Christians. Don't walk away from this book or be upset. I am a Jew and loved meeting people I would never otherwise know. Their lives are very different from mine.
The storyline, the characters, the location, the morality and a love of life and God make this book captivating. Don't miss it. Like the guy on TV who sells mens clothes, "I guarantee it."