10 March 2014

Quickie Book Review: "A Mile in My Flip-Flops"

Author: Melody Carlson
Published: 2008 by Waterbrook Press
Synopsis: After being jilted by her fiancée Collin, Gretchen Hanover spends a while in a funk.  When she isn't working or sleeping, she sits around and watches HGTV while consuming gobs of ice cream.  After a while of seeing people renovate houses on TV, she thinks, "Hey, maybe I could do that!" So, she gets off of her easy chair and buys a dilapidated old home that she hopes to flip.  Unfortunately, though, she seems to have bitten off more than she can chew; the house is a tremendous mess, and her father falls ill and is unable to help her.  Thankfully, Noah, a contractor and friend of Gretchen's father, steps in to help her out.  It seems that Noah's life isn't all that easy, either; his marriage fell apart, and he hasn't been the same since.  Will they make something more than just a new house?

My Review: I've read lots of Melody Carlson books, including the entire True Colors series.  This one feels slightly different, though it was still good.  It was an enjoyable romantic drama that felt like a Hallmark Channel movie.  Fans of Mrs. Carlson's other works, or Christian fiction in general, will definitely enjoy this one.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: Kissing. 4.5/5
  • Nudity: Gretchen gets into a hot tub nude, not knowing that it's co-ed and that nudity isn't allowed; the entire scene is non-graphic. 4.5/5
  • Language: None. 5/5
  • Violence: None. 5/5
  • Drugs: None. 5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: (Spoiler Warning) Gretchen's father has a heart attack, though he recovers. (End Spoilers) 4.5/5
  • Other: A bit of crude humor relating to the dog. 4.5/5
Score: 3.75/5

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