Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Book Review: "Happily Even After" by Marilynn Griffith and BOOK GIVEAWAY!

I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Wednesday, January 16. Good luck!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Happily Even After (#3 - Sassy Sistahood Series)

(Steeple Hill January 1, 2008)


Marilynn Griffith


Marilynn Griffith is mom to a tribe, wife to a deacon and proof that God gives second chances. While best known for her colorful novels about friendship, family and faith, Marilynn is also a speaker and nonfiction writer.

Her nonfiction has been included in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN'S SOUL and several other devotionals and magazines. Currently, Marilynn is editor of the SISTAHFAITH:BELIEVING BEYOND SHAME anthology. She is also the founder of, a blog for faith fiction readers.

Marilynn is the author of six novels dealing with issues such as teen pregnancy, AIDS, abstinence, stress relief, single parenting and marriage. Her recent fiction titles include TANGERINE and IF THE SHOE FITS.

Marilynn has served as Vice President and Publicity Officer of American Christian Fiction Writers. She speaks to youth, women and writers about believing beyond boundaries and daring to reach dreams.

Marilynn lives in Florida with her husband and seven children whom she taught at home for seven years. When not chasing toddlers, helping with homework or trying to find her husband a clean shirt, she can be found scribbling furiously on her next novel.

To book Marilynn for media interviews, speaking engagements, Serious Fun fiction parties or book club call-ins, please contact her thru her WEBSITE.

Superwoman doesn't live here!

I marry a gorgeous executive, have a baby, lose all the weight (most of it), and move to a fine house in the suburbs with a welcoming new church. Wait...did I say welcoming?

One teeny waaah! and new mothers and their crying babies are exiled to a separate room. At least there's some enlightening conversation. Like about my husband and issues I didn't even know about!

And then there's my aptly named mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, who can't stand me.

I'm about to lose my mind! So it's high time for a visit to the Sassy Sistahood for some much-needed advice about men, marriage and motherhood!

The Sassy Sistahood: They get by with a little help from their friends.

Will the real Queen please stand up?

I had said before that I thought If the Shoe Fits was my favorite Marilynn Griffith book. Well I have now changed my mind. This was her best book yet. The story is great, the characters multi-dimensional, and a plot that will make you mull over about for days later. I really liked Tracey's character. She's a great mom and she keeps trying to be a good wife and daughter in law but no matter what she does it's not good enough. I would have been totally frustrated if I was her. I loved her scenes in her bathroom. It's nice to read there are others who like to escape reality every now and then to help themselves relax.

Ok I will not lie. I hated Queen Elizabeth's character at first. I know that there are some mother in laws that have difficulties with their only son marrying, but seriously she was way out of whack. It hurt every time she criticized Tracey especially about her weight. I wanted to applaud the doctor who told her to get out of the room because she was hurting the baby with her words.
And I hated that Ryan would not stand up for Tracey. It really bugs me about guys who let their mothers control them and will not protect their wives. Why get married in the first place if you want your mom to keep taking care of you? But when you find out why everyone acts that way, it brings a whole new light to the story. I'm glad though that while Tracey does forgive, it doesn't end with her being the one that apologizes. I hate books that end where the character that gets abused is the one that has to "learn to love and forgive." This was way more realistic. I also enjoyed the tidbit about church politics. It's always interesting to see how people sometimes forget the real reason why they go to church. It shouldn't be about who's better than everyone and where everyone sits. I'm really sad the series is ending. I would have loved to read more about the Sassy Sisterhood. I wish there had been a bit more interaction with the other women, and in this book Austin barely got mentioned at all. I think it would have been fun to read her story as well. However, this is just a really great book to read. It's mom-lit that you can relate to. And even if you're not a mom, a wife or daughter in law you'll find something about this book to enjoy. HIGHLY recommended.

Happily Even After by Marilynn Griffith is published by Steeple Hill (2008)


  1. I always like giving authors I haven't read a chance and this book sounds cool. Please enter me in your drawing.


  2. Please enter me!


  3. awesome interview! please enter me into the contest! i love her books and would love to win her newest book! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com thanks!

  4. I love reading about Marilyn! Thanks for the interview and an opportunity to win her new book! Cindi

  5. Please enter me. I have read several reviews on this novel and they all have said how wonderful it is. I chair the bookclub at our church and this looks like something we would pick.

  6. Anonymous3:29 PM

    please eneter me

  7. mary jo5:11 PM

    Please enter me in your drawing.

    mjkeltch at hotmail dot com

  8. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Looks very interesting. Please enter my name for the book.


  9. Please enter me to win!
    Found you through the PBS site

  10. Pisces Queen6:21 PM

    Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to read this book. Thanks Phyllis

  11. Anonymous8:50 PM

    I'm just checking in and testing my luck. I saw your PBS post.

    Shannon AKA Sweetnessandsass

  12. This sounds like a really good book, and one I am definitely interested in reading.
    Please enter me.
    itsmyemail (at)

  13. This book sounds like it would be really good. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks.


  14. Charlotte12:01 PM

    I'd like to get to know this author! :)

  15. Sounds like a great book! count me in!

  16. Anonymous3:19 PM

    I read her book "Pink" quite awhile ago. Thanks for your review on her book. I must get to reading her other books. Please enter me for a chance to win.


  17. I really like Melanie's books! Count me in :0)

  18. This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love it when I can identify with characters in a book I am reading. This book sounds like it would be right up my alley since I am a mom, wife and a daughter in law. Please enter me.
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  22. I've read so many great reviews of this book! I'd love to do my own review!!!
    dansan826 at

  23. yes please!


  24. Don't enter me - I just wanted to 2nd the motion that this is a really great book and a fun read! Whoever wins it will enjoy it!


  25. Would love to read this book. Blessings! Melody msproule1225@gmaildotcom

  26. please enter me in book contest - I'd sure like to read this!

  27. Sounds like a fun read!

    jessica.lynn.weaver at gmail dot com


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