Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Missing Marion by Beth Moran

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this bookt, free of charge, from Kregel Book Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?


She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.

Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood.  

Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.

Marion>'s would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancĂ©e Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs?

Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.


From the cover you expect a typical chick lit fun light read, but what Moran gives us is a tale of a woman overcoming her traumatic past and numbing emotional problems, to put it all behind her and move on. Moran does an excellent job in setting place and characters, but the book is slower to develop than I thought it would be. In fact, I had to put it down and pick it back up at least 3 times, before I got to where it really moved and kept me reading. That's not to say it's bad, it just didn't grab me like I expected it to. The story goes back and forth in time, to explain the present, and to allow Marion to overcome obstacles by facing the past, which she does. It was an interesting take on the Robin Hod theme into a modern context as well. Sometimes a book is good, just not for you, and that was what I felt like with this book, but I do look forward to more books from Moran.

About the Author:

Beth Moran has a background as a research scientist and adult educator. She now concentrates on church work and is part of the national leadership team of the UK women's network Free Range Chicks. She is married with three children and lives in Nottingham, England.


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