Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Review: "Marrying Mallory" by Diane Craver

Ok, first I must admit that I am way behind on writing this review. I want to apologize first to Diane, and then to my readers. Why my readers you might ask?? Because if you haven’t already read this wonderful, modern-day inspirational romance, maybe you would have if I’d posted this review earlier. This was definitely a one night read for me….and depending on how fast you read….it will be for you as well. Once you meet Mallory, you simply can’t stop reading until the end….and then you know, you are sort of sad that the story doesn’t go on.

Ok, so here it is….

“Marrying Mallory”
By Diane Craver

Mallory has just went through a divorce, and isn’t exactly over it yet!! Luckily, she has a wonderful relationship with a group of great girls and a relationship with her mother that every woman wishes for. Between all of them, they can discuss anything. Mallory decides she is going to go through with a surgery that she has wanted for a long time. Even though it isn’t completely necessary at that time, everyone around her supports her decision and stands behind her the whole way.

When she meets the surgeon, the story really gets exciting. It is so obvious that they both have feelings for each other, but I guess you would say that Mallory is sort of in denial over them. The romance is so slight and subtle, and is pretty much obvious to everyone except Mallory.

As we watch this romance develop and strengthen, we start to not feel so bad about Mallory being “done wrong” by her ex-husband and we start rooting for her to move on with her life and realize that it is sometimes Ok with God to get remarried (under certain circumstances.)

I have to mention that Diane's opening to "Marrying Mallory" quotes Ecclesiastes 3:11

"He has made everything beautiful in its own time."

I think it was the perfect choice for this book. Malloy's wait, although not always easy, certainly proves to be in her and her sons best interest.

So all in all….A FANTASTIC READ!!!

Now hurry over to Desert Breeze and get your copy while they are on sale!!!

That’s right….

Desert Breeze Publishing is offering “Marrying Mallory” at the great low “sale” price of $1.99.

But hurry, I’m sure this price won’t last long.

Also, Diane’s upcoming Christmas book, "A Christmas Gift" will release in e-book and print form on November 15th.

And now….some of my personal thoughts on issues that were presented in “Marrying Mallory“.

I love the way Diane has so many different, yet strong relationships going on in the background throughout the whole story. I think this is what helps to make this such a delightful read.

Pretty much all of the characters (well, maybe with the exception of the ex-husband) help to build each other up in this book. It is really very inspiring and I hope it helps to encourage everyone to act this way in their personal relationships. Many of the characters, other than just Mallory, experience some sort of dilemma of their own, and you can see God working in everyone’s lives throughout the whole book.

Mallory is one of the most unselfish characters I have read about in quite some time. When it comes to making a big decision, she makes sure to look at the situation from everyone’s point of view first. Even thought her divorce wasn’t the easiest for her to get over, she always keeps her son’s and ex-husband’s relationship in the front of her mind.

This is so important. After so many divorces, the parents forget to keep the kids oblivious to the bitterness the parents might hold for each other. They forget how important it is to help the children to readjust to their new life or living arrangements. I think it is so important not to speak badly of the other parent in front of the children, and especially not to them. Some parents don’t stop to realize how bad this hurts the child. And I think it is important to remember that no matter how bad the relationship ended up, or how bitter the divorce got….the other parent can’t be all bad…I mean, think about one point you married them. How does the saying go. “Never regret anything, because at some point it was exactly what you wanted."

Have a great day everyone!!



  1. Those books sound great!
    I just found your blog from one of the Wednesday blog hops. Have a great night!

  2. Steph,
    You wrote a beautiful review for my book. I love the wonderful insight you express for my characters in Marrying Mallory. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and write an incredible review. I'm glad you enjoyed my inspirational romance.

  3. As busy as I am, this review sounded SO good that I'm dying to read this!!! And I'm excited to have found a new author too!!! Thanks Steph!