Man of the Month

Put it on your calendar to visit Amazon tomorrow (Feb. 12). Check out Man of the Month, the latest offering from author Patricia M. Robertson. You won’t be disappointed.

This Christian-based romantic comedy is part of Robertson’s Dancing on a High Wire series — her ninth installment. It’s a bit different, lighter and easy to read.

The story follows Gwen who is making final seminary discernment with an internship in her home town of Cascade Falls. It was the last place Gwen wanted to do her internship, but her father’s heart attack and recuperation influenced her return back home interning at St. Luke’s.

Gwen had a strained relationship with her mother, who was pushy and a big reason Gwen had left the comforts of home. So it was not all that unexpected her mother asked her friends to join her in the “Man of the Month Club.” Their goal? To find an eligible young man each month for Gwen to date until she finds “Mr. Right” and settles down in Cascade Falls. The winner gets mom’s prized Thunderbird.

What could go wrong?

It led to some entertaining entanglements … some downright sad but most bringing a smile as each “man of the month” tried to woo little Miss Gwen.

The biggest problem I had was reconciling a character with a “calling” and the trials and tribulations of a 20-something woman … specifically with the drinking and partying and obsession to flirt, willingly or not. I have nothing against either — and they were tastefully done, sometimes hilariously done — but I had a hard time accepting she was a seminarian and doing a church internship, especially in a small town where people know what you did before you did.

That being said, the story did hold my interest and it was easy to see whose story this was. I admit I figured out who was going to ultimately win the “Man of the Month” title at just his second appearance and well before it was revealed he was even a Man of the Month (I watch a lot of Hallmark movies). It bothered me the other suitors were buffoons and questioned why she would put up with them, even going on a date with them. I sensed Gwen was suffering from self-esteem issues which affected her social and professional life.

I liked the balance of Pastor Joe and especially Adelle, her spiritual advisor. I thought her mother was overbearing in a loving way (although I understand that is often the mother-daughter relationship).

I definitely would recommend the read and give it five stars. It was fun trying to guess who got the T-Bird.

Robertson is an author, speaker and spiritual director committed to helping individuals find God in their everyday experience. She has a Doctor of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, MI, where she focused on Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling. Her dissertation, In God’s Image and Likeness, explores how early childhood relationships affect adult images of God.

In addition to her novels — this is the ninth in the series — her published works include: Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Moms, ACTA Publications; The Rosary: Worry Beads for Anxious Parents, Franciscan Media; and They Do Grow Up: Parents and Teens Talk, Liguori Publications. She also published a series of meditations on the church liturgical calendar and has had articles published in Chicago Studies, St. Anthony Messenger Press, U.S. Catholic, and America. She published a monthly column in the Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot for eight years.

Man of the Month, Series: Dancing on a High Wire (Book 9), $14.95 (Prime); Paperback: 221 pages; Publisher: Dreamweaver Press (Feb. 8, 2020); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1733193413; ISBN-13: 978-1733193412

Kindle, $2.99; File Size: 1964 KB; Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited; Publication Date: Feb. 12, 2020; Sold by: Services; Language: English; ASIN: B0845VFMDK; Text-to-Speech: Enabled; Word Wise: Enabled; Lending: Enabled; Screen Reader: Supported; Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Whoever is happy will make others happy too. — Anne Frank

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