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Review: Reality Check

Reality Check by Karen Tufts is a bit a of light reading, something fun after the heaviness of some of the classics I’ve been reading. It tells the story of Lucy, who returned home from college and found herself entered to be a contestant on the show “Soulmates” by her best friends. She wrestled with the decision, being from a devout Mormon family, but ultimately decides to be a contestant. What she doesn’t expect, however, is that she will fall for the handsome Ethan Glass, or what will stop them from being together.

Although maybe not the most realistic story, it was actually a pretty good read. Tufts does a good job of presenting a realistic look behind the scenes of a reality show that is familiar to many, and for the most part, she creates incredibly believable characters.

That being said, I had a few reservations about the book. The first is how the storyline played out. Would Lucy really have been able to forgive her friends for betrayal like that? I am not so sure. I feel like she too easily moved past her feelings toward Grace and Allie without really processing them. Her best friends, people she had known her entire life, sold her out. They judged her for her faith, they revealed their own feelings about decision she had made to the public instead of to her, and really, Allie didn’t even apologize. It doesn’t seem fully believable that she would be able to forgive them.

The second aspect that I had some reservations about is the faith aspect of the book. Lucy is a Mormon, and her faith plays a big role in her life, and she hopes it will play a big role in her future spouses life. In addition to describing LDS services, there is also a more detailed discussion of conversion to the LDS faith. While I understand how Lucy’s faith makes an impact on her decisions, and made her a rather unwelcome target for treachery, I was surprised at how much the Mormon faith and conversion experience became central in the plot.  Was it completely necessary element to the story? Maybe, but not quite to the extent it was included.

Overall, I give Reality Check two stars. I loved the concept, I just wasn’t fully satisfied with the way it played out.



Mailbox Madness: July 22-28

These past two weeks I haven’t been posting my usual Library Loot because, I haven’t actually been to the local library. <Insert looks of shock and horror here> But my mailbox has been surprisingly full of new reads. Here’s the madness:

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay”. fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d’Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél’ d’Hiv’ roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself. ” from

This one has been recommended to me several times, and I have picked it up, looked at in the bookstore, and put it back down at least half a dozen times. When it was recommended again more recently, I decided to take a chance and order a copy on

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk. 2) by Alexander McCall Smith. This series came out while I was in grad school, and was wildly popular…but I was just too knee deep in required reading to take a look. My roommate saw the television series developed, and loved it, and wondered what the books were like. Enter the nerdy roommate who will always read the book before watching the movie (me, just in case that’s not obvious), who then decided to read her way through the series. Fortunately, their is

Reality Check by Karen Tuft is a book I received from a book blog giveaway. It was fun receiving a signed copy shipped directly from the author. The book, a fictional spin on the Bachelor, is about Lucy Kendrick, who finds herself signed up to be a contestant on the reality television show Soulmates, the result of some friends matchmaking mischief. What she doesn’t anticipate is being pursued by millionaire bachelor Ethan Glass. Thanks for the copy Karen, I can’t wait to read it!

The End by Mark Hitchcock was sent to me by the Tyndale Media Network for review. Addressing the Biblical prophecies and the end of days, The End intends to be a comprehensive look at the topic. I will admit, I tend to be rather put off by end times literature. To often, it has been a make or break topic in the theological discussions, and to me, that seems slightly over the top. There are a variety of views on the matter, but its not a make or break issue for the Christian faith.

So why am I reading this? Because I think it will be challenging for me, and possibly for those that read this blog. As its a topic I generally avoid, I don’t actually read much about the subject, nor do I really consider my own theological view on the matter. Hopefully, I’ll learn some things and have a chance for reflection.

My final book is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. I love Mark Twain. His writing is witty and insightful, and I’ve had just a taste of this book. Just enough of a taste that I can’t wait to finish it. I was thrilled when I was able to get a copy off of, as I am pretty convinced this is one I want to own.

Wow. That’s alot of books. No guarantees on the timetable for completion, but know that I will be posting reviews as I finish them.

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