Friday, September 5, 2014

Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him? By Beth Moran

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:  

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?
Including a large cast of memorable, colorful characters, Making Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.

My Thoughts:  

Making Marion is Beth Moran's debut book and it is fantastic. I was immediately drawn to this book from the covers, front and back. I loved the front cover illustrations and when I go to the book description I was hooked.As my readers know, I love debut authors and their books. I am so drawn to the stories and finding new authors so Making Marion was right up my alley.  Marion Miller leaves her abusive home in Ireland and finds herself in Nottinghamshire looking for answers to her father's life, hoping to find something she is looking for. She finds herself at the Peace and Pigs Campground to find a place to stay, and a case of mistaken identity lands her a job. Even after clearing up the mistake her "boss" Scarlett, Marion finds herself with a job, a place to live, and an interesting cast of character that are her co workers and neighbors. Marion has a picture of her father from his teen years dressed as Robin Hood in the Nottinghamshire Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest. As Marion starts asking questions about her father, she is met with a lot of resistance and threats to leave well alone. With the help of her coworkers, now her family they try to find out all they can. As Marion comes out of her shell of shyness and embraces this new life she finds out what it is to be happy.

Beth Moran has written a fantastic debut book. I loved this book from cover to cover, and everything in between. I enjoyed the setting of this book, Nottinghamshire, Sherwood Forest, England. I learned many new words from England and I loved that! I have also always been taken by the story of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest since seeing Robin Hood (Disney Version) as a child, so this story really spoke to me.  Beth Moran wrote with authority about Nottinghamshire,England, history and lore of Robin Hood, Ireland, and living and working at a campground. Beth Moran has written a wonderful cast of characters that really made this story so much fun. I really enjoyed all of the characters especially Scarlett, Marion's "boss", mother figure for a few of the characters,. Her look at life and her lessons on life are fantastic. I found myself laughing in parts of this book and crying in others. As funny as this book can be, there are some deep issues dealt with throughout this story that really bring it together! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will enjoy it. I cannot wait to read more from Beth Moran, I now have another must read author on my list. I give this book 5 STARS.

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