Making Marion by Beth Moran is a heartwarming and delightful read. I fell in love with this book as I read the first page and I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed each page after. You know you've read a good book when you are sad to reach the ending!
Here's a bit from the publisher:
She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.
Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--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.
Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident 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.
Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancée Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs?
More of my thoughts ...
Wrapped up in all the fun and humor was some very deep issues being addressed by the main characters in this story. The characters within this story were very realistic and well developed.
Marion Miller, the main character tugged my heart strings the moment I met her. I laughed with her, cried with her and cheered her on throughout the story. I also loved Scartlett's southern take on life and as owner of the camping grounds and Marion's mentor, the advise she doled out as her "lessons" contained advise that I (and maybe all of us) could benefit from in one way or another.
Faith in God and lessons on loving and forgiveness were weaved into this story so well that it never came across as preachy. The message within Making Marion is one that will stay with me for a long while as I needed to be reminded that love wins and letting go and forgiving can change your life!
Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest expression of how I felt about this book.