Married ’til Monday – Denise Hunter – Chapel Springs #4 – Thomas Nelson – Published 9 June 2015
With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby’s husband for just one last weekend.
Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.
Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.
Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Seabrook, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?
What a great story. Denise Hunter consistently writes fantastic contemporary romance with engaging plot lines. Married ’til Monday particularly caught my interest. Ryan is still in love with his ex-wife. His family are sure he needs to let it go, but when the opportunity presents itself to pretend to be Abby’s husband for one last weekend he can’t help but leap at the chance. Let the wooing begin. But of course, nothing goes as planned. Will a road trip and a series of missteps, hard truths, car break downs, longing looks and fleeting touches give Ryan and Abby the second chance Ryan so desperately wants? Well, you’ll just have to read it, won’t you.
And it’s well worth the read. Try swoon-worthy romance (Ryan is very charming) and that feeling where you kick your legs in glee and can’t stop smiling. Abby has been hurt in life, first by her family and then through her and Ryan’s divorce. As the story progresses the reader is gradually given insights into Abby’s childhood. We also get to see fragments of Abby and Ryan’s past, which is expertly interwoven with them reuniting.
I’ve loved the Chapel Springs series, the now familiar and welcoming town setting, the loveable mix of characters and of course the McKinley family. Each story, this one included, can be read as a standalone, but you still get the continuation of each of the characters from the subsequent book. Readers of the previous book will especially enjoy the continuation of PJ and Cole’s story. Now out of single McKinley siblings I’m guessing we have reached the end of the Chapel Springs series, but no matter what Denise Hunter writes next, more of Chapel Springs (no complaints here) or something else, it will go straight on my to-read list.
Fiction. Contemporary. Romance. Christian.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Romance. Contemporary. Divorce. Family. Marriage.
Series: Chapel Springs #4
Published: 9 June 2015 by Thomas Nelson.
Format: Paperback, ebook. 320 pages.
Author’s website: Denise Hunter.