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Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge



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Never the Bride
by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge

Reviewed by Lori Fox

"...totally fresh... hilariously funny chick-lit-with-a-twist..."

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? Well, Jessie Stone can tell you, right down to the size shoes He wears.

Not that she's always happy about it, mind you. I mean, God is rather jealous, He always wants her attention, nobody else seems to be able to see Him, and, worst of all, He wants her to give control of her life over to Him. Seriously, just how much can He expect?

Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge teamed up to write the hilariously funny chick-lit-with-a-twist, Never The Bride. It'll make you wonder, what if God appeared to you as a man? A rather good looking man, actually. A fairly romantic man, but one that really likes to push your buttons. Someone who'll talk a stroll with you on the beach and then push you into the sand to make you chase Him (talk about seeking His face!).

All in all, despite the temper tantrums, psycho-analyzing, and bizarre behavior, I think that Jessie Stone handles it pretty well! A lot better than she handles her love life, anyway. After all, she's been writing her own love story for over 30 years, and where has it gotten her? A dull job, and a best friend who doesn't love her that way. So, why not hand it over to God? Even if his methods do seem a little unorthodox.

I tell you, this book made me laugh so hard I think I woke my husband up from a dead sleep several times. The cover and title really didn't intrigue me much, because it seemed like the typical chick-lit. While I do love good chick-lit, I don't like some of the bland romance-with-a-twist books that have been coming out recently. That is not this book at all.

Never The Bride is totally fresh, with a unique story that may just bend your mind a little. It gave me a whole new perspective on the Jesus as the Bridegroom part of our romance with God (don't worry, it's not sacrilegious), despite the fact that Jesus wasn't actually mentioned at all in the book. For days I wandered around talking to Him as though He was standing right next to me (OK, He is, actually) because of how well Never The Bride put it into perspective for me.

Never The Bride is like a box of liquor filled chocolates---sweet, yummy, a little naughty, and if you don't watch it, the whole box'll be gone in one sitting.


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Lori Fox is a freelance writer who is working on her first novel as well as writing reviews for TitleTrakk.com. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, making jewelry, and taking as many trips to Walt Disney World as possible with her wonderful husband Kyle. Visit her online at her website.