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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

TANGERINE BY MARILYNN GRIFFITH

Todays book on the tour is Tangerine by Marilynn Griffith. Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of Pink and Jade, and has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul, Proverbs for the People, and For Better or for Worse. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and seven children.

Strangely enough, I’d never read anything by Marilynn Griffith when I received my advanced reader copy of Tangerine, her newest release. Tangerine is book 3 in the Shades of Style series. I was eager to see what kind of writer Marilynn was.

What will happen when outspoken designer Jean Guerra is assigned to work with her long estranged husband?

The story opens with Jean Guerra finding herself at an impasse. Her husband is in prison, she’s spent nearly every dime she has trying to help him win an appeal, and her teenage daughter is in desperate need of a strong parental role model. It doesn’t even matter that her husband swears he’s innocent. What matters is he’s okay with sitting in jail until God would see fit for him to be released. Jean makes a decision to move on with her life as a single mother. The story progresses into Jean’s forties or maybe fifties. A much neglected premise in today’s Christian fiction.

There’s also a definite ethnic spice to this book that is lacking from the majority of today’s most popular CBA books. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who had a strong vibrant heritage that she was proud to be a part of. While Jean struggles to raise her daughter on her own she does the very best she can and has a successful career in the fashion industry and friends who love her. The one thing her life is missing is a relationship with her husband.

This book takes a romantic turn when her husband ends up being her new partner on a line of clothing she must create for a major sports organization.

I enjoyed Marilyn’s simple forthright manner in which she told this story. It was a clean, well-written story of love lost and found. And dealing with the pain and aftermath from poorly made decisions. Overall, a great book! The first two books, Pink and Jade are now on my tbr list.

5 comments:

Malia Spencer said...

Great review, Sabrina! Marilyn just moved a few spots on my to buy author list. Hopefully I'll actually get around to her this year. :)

upwords said...

Sabrina,
Thanks again for the great review!

Malia,
Just glad to be on your list. :)

Blessings,
Marilynn

Sabrina L. Fox said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Marilynn! Can't wait to see what you write next. ;)

Macromoments said...
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Macromoments said...

Sabrina, I enjoyed your review. Marilynn is a passionate writer and it comes across in her books. I had the privilege of reviewing Made of Honor a couple of years ago--a good read! Here's the review if anyone is interested:
http://tinyurl.com/y35bxw