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Juliette and the Monday ManDates

#1, The Gustafson Girls

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One brokenhearted girl, three meddling sisters, and an intervention plan called The Monday ManDates....

Juliette is heart-broken after waiting in vain almost ten years for a proposal from her boyfriend. Determined she isn’t “getting over Mike” quickly enough, her three sisters devise The Monday ManDates; an intervention plan requiring Juliette to endure what turns out to be a series of remarkably disastrous blind dates: TheraPaul, Frisky Frank, TAZ the rock star, and the stoic Tim Larsen, among others. Then there’s Victor Jarrett, the police officer with an affinity for pulling Juliette over when she’s at her very worst. But no one is more surprised than Juliette when she meets the one man who can right the wrongs in her past and change her future, if she will only let herself fall in love with him.

When Paul and Simone Gustafson are killed by a drunk driver, the lives of their daughters change irrevocably. Although raised by loving grandparents, it’s the G-FOURce—the Gustafson Four Sisters Club—that binds them together when their differences would tear them apart. All grown up now, Juliette has become the quintessential doormat, Renata, the self-appointed matriarchal figure. Phoebe is, at least according to Renata, borderline narcissistic, and Gia is on the verge of a major identity crisis.

Then there’s Angela Clinton, the senior class darling who drove her cherry black 1970 el Camino into the side of their parents’ car on the night of Juliette’s high school graduation. Angela’s prison sentence is winding down; soon she’ll be eligible for parole and moving back to town. Will the G-FOURce be strong enough to hold them together as they step into the eye of the storm that’s been brewing for the last fifteen years? Will they finally be able to let go of the past and embrace the future, no matter what it holds?

Note: The Gustafson Girls series is Christian Women's Fiction with strong elements of Romance.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 12, 2015 – This first in the Gustafson Girls Series introduces four grown sisters whose lives were changed when they lost their parents to a drunk driver. Fifteen years later, as the story opens, Juliette is dragging through life, unwilling to move on months after breaking up with her longtime noncommittal boyfriend. Her sisters pressure her into a series of weekly blind dates, a ploy that begets humorous run-ins with local law enforcement, a Christian rock singer, and a nosy neighbor. When her faith and love life are reignited, Juliette suddenly goes from bland to colorful. How will these changes play out, especially within the sister quartet? While mostly light and humorous with a sweet romance story, the plot also touches on more serious topics such as forgiveness, family dynamics, and depression. A clear Christian message of salvation permeates the second half of the book, but genuinely funny and moving moments are scattered throughout. Doughty (Elderberry Croft Collection) has created likable, memorable characters that women will easily relate to, and fans should anticipate follow-up stories for the three remaining sisters. (BookLife)

Customer Reviews

Great book!

This is an awesome story with many lessons about self worth and forgiveness.

Very much enjoyed!

It had a bit of a slow start, with some elements snagging my consciousness such as a disparity with lingo and thinking that was dated more to a late-40-something rather than a 30-something and a few character names that just seem awkward, but once the story began unfolding I found myself laughing out loud and excited to read more about these relationships. Sure, it's not all believable, but I enjoy reading for an escape from reality, and this book provided a great one! I'll be looking forward to future installments about the other sisters, but will hope she revisits Juliette's story further as well!

Juliette and the Monday Man-Dates

Delightful and entertaining. I thinly I'll recommend it to my book club.

Juliette and the Monday ManDates
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  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Sep 01, 2014
  • Publisher: Becky Doughty
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 431 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: #1, The Gustafson Girls
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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