Made to Last

Title:  Made to Last
Author:  Melissa Tagg
Pages:  368
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
Miranda is a character in the story who loves working with her hands building with wood, painting, anything that makes a home pretty.  In the novel she is the star of her show From the Ground Up which teaches the viewers how to fix or build anything in a home.  Yet, for all her hard work and knowledge Miranda felt trapped along with fear when anyone got too close to her.
Matthew would do anything for a headline story since his fall from stardom five years prior.  His past haunts him in many ways, and when he is assigned to write about Miranda’s show, her life and dig up anything the public doesn’t know about her.  Matthew is able to do that and more until someone touched his heart which made future decisions all the harder to make.
Blaze was working for a catering company when Miranda sees him from a distance then when he turns toward her she realizes he isn’t who she thought he was.  Now he is hired to play an unusual part in her life, which causes both parties to become uncomfortable as time builds passes, along with a nosy reporter asking lots of questions.
The tale told here reveals how our pasts can make our present choices ridiculously entangled.  Now each of the main players have to decide if the past is going to come out, how it is going to come and how to find the peace their hearts are crying out for.  Sometimes in the story I was laughing at the way the action scene was going, it was just funny to picture the playfulness that is usually attributed to children being done by adults.  Along with being caught playing when work was calling for their attention, but hearts were crying for the freedom to just be!
What develops between some of the characters is true friendship, forgiveness along with walking the hard road of letting the truth be exposed to others.  The true friendship these players develop, though not all of them is a reminder of how we all need people in our lives we can trust with good and the bad.  I enjoyed how in one part of the book the legacy of one man in a local church influences people for years to come.
There is romance, adventure, time for laughter and time to just think about what we would do if we were a particular situation the character was facing.  What would we do when tempted in the various ways or situations as portrayed on the pages?  I enjoyed the novel very much and hope there is a sequel coming from Melissa Tagg or maybe another story totally unrelated, as she is a good story teller!
My rating is 4 stars.
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