I was recently had the opportunity to read Made to Last by Melissa Tagg. It was sent to my by Bethany House Publishers and I have to say it was a cute little read.
Made to Last centers around Miranda “Rand” Woodruff who is a pseudo celebrity because of her home improvement show. She is cute and bubbly onscreen and can really show people how to build things with her hands. She is not just a prop for the show. She is also a good person who is making and who has made bad decisions in her life. We, the reader, catch her as she is on the decline of some of those bad decisions.
Matthew Knox one of our protagonists of the story is a reporter, also seeing the decline of his career due to some bad decisions both in his personal life and his career. Matthew is thrown a bone and is sent out to South Carolina to write a serial blog about Miranda Woodruff. For Matthew, this is about as low as a reporter can go, but he has other fish to fry so the money is important.
Add in two other men, a real ex-fiance and a real fake husband…and Miranda has her hands full. Hot on her heels is another home improvement show and Miranda is getting heckled by her network to produce her “husband” whom she has spoken about but never produced in the 3 years she’s been on the show. All this surely spells disaster, right?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was cute. It was not terribly thought-provoking and was just a cute read. The characters are well-developed but they do not have a lot of depth…and not in bad way. I mean that these characters do not attach themselves to you in a super meaningful way. The story itself was well-developed, the plot moved along and it was good.
I would like to read Blaze’s, the fake husband’s story…because obviously, there are unplumbed depths there!
All in all if you want a cute and sweet read…then Made to Last is your book.