Three men, secrets trying to come to light, and difficult family relationships. With so much that could go wrong in this storyline and the promise of lots of fun, I couldn’t resist picking up Made to Last by Melissa Tagg.

There’s nothing so deep God can’t pull you out.

Book Description from GoodReads

Made to LastMiranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show “From the Ground Up,” will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she’s mostly forgotten, she’s let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She’s been living a lie—letting viewers believe she’s married—and now she’s called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings.

Desperate to help his family and prove he’s not a total failure, reporter Matthew Knox is looking for a breakout story. When he’s offered the opportunity to do an online serial feature on Miranda Woodruff, he jumps at the chance, even if celebrity reporting isn’t really his thing. But as soon as he meets Miranda, he knows she’s keeping secrets.

When Miranda’s former fiance suddenly appears on the scene again, she doubts her life could get more complicated. Juggling three guys, an on-the-rocks television show, and the potential exposure of her deception is way more than she bargained for. Can the woman who makes things look so good onscreen admit it’s time to tell the truth about who she is? And if she does, will the life Miranda’s built come crashing down just as she’s finally found a love to last?

What I Thought

This book has a lot of great characters. Liz and Izzy are delights, the fake husband is incredible (he almost stole the book for me), and the relationship between Matthew and his niece was beautiful. The main characters were realistic messes which made them easy to relate to in many ways. I loved that some family relationships were solid while others were difficult and remained unresolved.

At times this book seemed to drag just a little. I did enjoy the book as a whole, but I wonder if the story would be improved if it was seventy-five pages shorter. I know some of you love your long books with every detail written out, but for those of us who like less, you might want to skip this one.

I liked how the author worked in behind-the-scene details without overwhelming the story with the inner workings of journalism or home improvement television shows. She gave just enough details to show she knew what she was talking about without losing the story to the finer details of saws and DIY projects.

The Bottom Line – 4-1/2 stars

This is a fun book with lots of great scenes that make it an enjoyable read. If you like contemporary romantic comedies that are on the slightly longer side, I think you’ll enjoy this one quite a lot.

Melissa Tagg

About the Author

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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