Thursday, October 16, 2014
Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him? by Beth Moran
Synopsis: Marion Miller came to Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood. It takes Marion all she's got to come out of her shell and get to grips with life on a busy campsite, where the chickens seem determined to thwart her and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben. Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancee Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer, nevertheless. Can Marion really find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs?
Thoughts: This was a great read! It has a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, comedy, and tragedy. I fell in love with Marion early on, as she is very introverted and has great difficulty talking to strangers, which is an affliction I can relate to very well.
This was my first foray into British Christian fiction, but other than the obvious language differences between British English and American English, I found more similarities than anything else. There were a few instances of cursing, but they were true to the character involved, not just thrown in for shock value. And although sex did occur a few times, it was between an older married couple, and it was not described graphically, but was mostly hinted at, and in a comedic way.
The most impressive part of the story from the Christian perspective was the forgiveness aspect. Marion had to finally find a way to forgive someone who had hurt her deeply throughout her life, all the while realizing that person was probably never going to apologize for their behavior.
**I received a copy of this book through Library Thing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.**
My rating: Four stars