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Sunday, March 05, 2006

MADE OF HONOR by Marilynn Griffith


This is Mary Griffith! And this is a review of her debut novel, MADE OF HONOR, a chick-lit (my fav genre!)

From the back cover:
Once, twice, ten times a bridesmaid!

I, Dana Rose, do solemnly swear to say "I won't" the next time someone asks me to be in their wedding party. My weak will has gained me a closet full of unflattering bridesmaids' dresses in various sizes to accommodate my ever-fluctuating waistline.

As if that isn't enough, the past is paying me a most unwelcome visit (my prodigal brother, my back-stabbing sis). Then there's Mr. Practically Perfect, the ex who not only married someone else, but opened the business of our dreams -- right across from my new shop! It's no wonder I've got problems! I'm thankful I've got my friends, the Sassy Sisterhood, to rely on . . .

The Sassy Sisterhood: They get by with a little help from their friends.

Camy here:
This is the first of my "terrific books" read in 2006. It's so rich, I'm having a hard time summing it up into words that make sense.

This novel is drenched in forgiveness and redemption, but without the preaching and without making me feel like an inadequate Christian for hanging onto all my own baggage. Everyone in this novel has struggles and yet also somehow finds peace with their Maker. Nothing phony or cheesy. My favorite part of this book is that everyone is so incredibly REAL.

Dana is me, hang-ups and all. It's kind of weird, seeing myself in print, but it's like Mary is telling me, "I know you, cuz you're my sistah." Although I don't have Dana's ability to concoct those yummy bath and body products--Gimme some of that Vanilla Smella!

There were points in the story where I wanted to give Dana a hug, and other times I wanted to smack her silly (what's up with her giving away all her bath and body products to her uber-selfish cousins? No such thing as a free lunch, toots.) but Dana's self-depreciating and yet fired-up personality drove the book like she was on a Harley Davidson and I was hanging onto the back and screaming for my life cuz I couldn't drink in enough of the fun.

I think that's why I like this book so much. The characters are really rich. The story opens with already a ton of past hurts and conflicts and broken relationships. I kept reading and being surprised: "She dated HIM? And he married HER? Whoa, momma!" I love it when a book does that.

I don't know how she does it, but Mary has me laughing and snorting on one page and crying on the next, which is totally unfair because I'm not a sobby person. The book is a fragrant (haha) mix of chick-lit and women's fiction, and would appeal to both types of readers.

Even though I'm not from the 'hood, the characters sucked me in like they were my neighbors, my church, my family. Although I'd really like to attend one of those "singing" church services like in the book--that sounded so cool.

Bottom line--this is such a great book. Go out and buy this. Tell your church ladies to read it. Give it to your coworkers. We're all sistahs.

5 Comments:

At 11:46 PM, March 05, 2006, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

ooooooooh Camy great review! I SO LOVED THIS BOOK!!! The whole fearfully and wonderfully made theme is what got me. That's why we can so identify with Dana.

And my loving the book has nothing to do with me being in the acknowldegments. :-p

 
At 6:38 AM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Pammer said...

Awesome book! Yes, go get it TODAY!

 
At 6:13 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger eileen said...

Being OLD, I'm not always a chick lit fan...but Mary's book was wayyyyy too much fun!

 
At 10:20 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Dineen A. Miller said...

Great review, Camy! Love that last line...

 
At 11:37 AM, March 07, 2006, Anonymous Synner said...

I really enjoyed this book. One of the parts that interested me most was the whole "marrying your Maker" ceremony. I'm trying to start a singles group in my church and thought that might be something to discuss at one of our get-togethers. Just because we're single doesn't mean we're alone. And a ceremony like that would be a reminder...

 

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