Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Review: Family by Design

Family by Design by Heather Justesen piqued my interest from the very beginning. The heroine, Rena, was so easy to identify with, searching for love, dealing with tragedy, trying to find her way in the world. She's leaned on her best friend for years and once you meet him you can understand why.

Yeah, I loved Tucker, the best friend and hero.

I loved Tucker because he was willing to be vulnerable and flawed. I've read several books recently and watched a movie where the hero was just too perfect. Good-looking, great job, personality of a prince---all he needed was the "S" on his shirt. But that isn't reality and it takes me out of the story. Family by Design had a hero that was real and faced with difficult decisions, (but was still good-looking with a great job. ).

The first half of the book was so well-written I couldn't read it fast enough. The romance was the kind that brings to life the butterflies in your stomach and makes you sigh and re-read the last paragraph because it was so good. The last half was harder because the plot becomes front and center and the romance takes a back seat, so that slowed the pacing down a bit. That said, it was a good ending, which I was glad about, since there were a few ways it could have gone.

So, my final verdict is, if you want a great rainy afternoon read, Family by Design is for you.

Here's the back copy:

Tucker’s on his way to the biggest challenge of his life. Rena already has it all—except a family of her own. But neither one expected their friendship would take such a dramatic turn.

When Tucker becomes the guardian of his newly orphaned niece and nephew, he knows he can’t handle them alone, not when he might be shipped out with the Marines at any moment.

Desperate, he turns to Rena for a major favor. His marriage proposal would give her everything she wants, but can she learn to live without the romance she’s always dreamed of?

As time, prayer, and a life-changing kiss work a little magic in her heart, Rena wonders if someone up there has a plan for her that’s better than anything she could’ve come up with on her own. And though it seems crazy at first, this could become her chance for a marriage that will last for eternity.

As part of the Blog Tour, as a special promotion for anyone who buys Family By Design before January 31, you can get a free ebook for Heather Justesen’s companion novella, “Shear Luck.” Once you buy a copy of Family by Design, go here to get your free copy of “Shear Luck.”


Debra Erfert said...

Imperfect men? How can that be? Aren't heroes supposed to be strong and invulnerable? LOL... yeah, real life doesn't work like that, I suppose, but I wonder if I really want to read about a guy who can't support that "S" on his chest if he's call upon. I'll have to think about this. Thanks for the honest review.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, I might have given you the wrong impression. Tucker is good-looking with a great job, but his character just comes across so real with the decisions he's faced with. I think you'll like this one. :)

Debra Erfert said...

Rats! She doesn't have an e-copy of her book. At least Amazon doesn't sell one. Do you know if it's going to be offered in an e-book? That's how I prefer to read them anymore.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Hmmm... I don't know. I'll try to contact her and ask her. Good catch! :)

kbrebes said...

I enjoyed your review!