Juliette and the Monday ManDates by Becky Doughty is the first in a series about the four Gustafson sisters, Juliette being the oldest. As the story begins, Juliette has recently broken up with a long term boyfriend who she expected to marry. Her sisters insist she start dating again and set her up with a different guy each Monday night.
Juliette goes along with it to appease her sisters. The story goes from there with mistaken assumptions, expected and unexpected scenes, and more that kept this story interesting.
In a few places it felt like information was being dumped and that slowed down the pace of my reading. Also, one of the sisters was stereotyped in the beginning but as the story developed she grew out of that stereotype.
The dialogue of each sister was distinctive, and it was easy to keep them apart as I was reading. I like that when there are several characters in play in a scene.
The story is about more than Juliette and her ManDates. It’s also about what happens to a family when tragedy strikes and how different people react. It is about being supportive in the present and still honoring those who passed before us. Each sister carries her own baggage, and I expect the other books will deal with each one separately.
The setting is contemporary, and it is a Christian romance. And there is plenty of romance, too! I enjoyed Juliette and the Monday ManDates, and I intend to read the next in the series, Renata and the Fall from Grace.
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