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Made to Last (#01 in Where Love Begins Series)

Melissa Tagg
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Made to Last (#01 in Where Love Begins Series)
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Made to Last (#01 in Where Love Begins Series)

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Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

"Sweet, fun, and faith-filled, Melissa Tagg's Made To Last is a story made to delight lovers of romance and behind-the-scenes reality TV. Pull up an armchair and enjoy!"
-Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Blue Moon Bay, one of Booklist's Top 10 of 2012

"Clever plot. Engaging, funny, fresh writing. A winning voice with deeper layers that touch the heart. Melissa Tagg is the whole package. A delight for CBA readers."
-Rachel Hauck, award-winning and bestselling author of Once Upon a Prince

"If there is such thing as a perfect story, Melissa Tagg has written it with this first novel. Laugh-out-loud funny, a delightful premise, hunky heroes, surprising plot twists and poignant, heart-tugging moments, all wound together with beautiful writing. Made to Last is a keeper that will charm its way onto your shelf, and into your heart."
-Susan May Warren, RITA Award winner and bestselling author of Take a Chance on Me

"Made to Last is a fun romantic comedy that will have you turning the pages. Melissa Tagg is a fresh voice to watch."
-Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and There You'll Find Me

"Melissa Tagg has written a fun, fast-paced romance. Her first novel will certainly not be her last."
-Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Scent of Rain

"A must for fans of romantic comedy! Melissa Tagg's endearing characters charmed me and their story line captured my imagination. Reading Made To Last was like eating a hot fudge brownie sundae with girlfriends. Fun. Delicious. Completely entertaining."
-Becky Wade, author of My Stubborn Heart and Undeniably Yours

"With witty dialogue, lovable characters, and an entertaining plot, Melissa Tagg is sure to become a new favorite among fans of Christian romance. Made to Last reminds us all that we are more than the roles we play. At our core, beneath our failures and hang-ups, we are loved and cherished by a faithful God."
-Katie Ganshert, author of Wildflowers From Winter and Wishing on Willows

"Readers are going to fall in love with Melissa Tagg's novels! She writes vivid stories filled with true-to-life characters who wrestle with questions about life, faith and romance. Melissa's writing is equal parts laugh out loud humor and moments that touch your heart. I can't wait for others to discover this talented new author!"
-Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star

"What happens when a harmless lie you didn't intend to tell takes on a life of its own? When you're Miranda Woodruff, star of a home improvement show, you learn how to let go and become who God called you to be because nothing else is left. A great story with life-impacting truth surrounded by romance to make you swoon."
-Cara Putman,
award-winning author of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

"Reading Made to Last, Melissa Tagg's debut novel, was like meeting new friends whom I wanted to continue hanging out with long after the book ended. Melissa's fresh voice and ability to craft a well-written story hooked me with the opening line and held my attention to the very end. Her flawed characters, LOL moments and spiritual truth provided a foundation for a stellar debut novel. I even had to dab my teary eyes a couple of times. Melissa Tagg is an author to watch and one whose books I want to fill my shelves."
-Lisa Jordan, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family

- Publisher
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About "Made to Last (#01 in Where Love Begins Series)"

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she's starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show--even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda's every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth--and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she's built come crashing down just as she's found a love to last?

"Sweet, fun, and faith-filled, Melissa Tagg's Made To Last is a story made to delight lovers of romance and behind-the-scenes reality TV. Pull up an armchair and enjoy!"
-Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Blue Moon Bay, one of Booklist's Top 10 of 2012

"Clever plot. Engaging, funny, fresh writing. A winning voice with deeper layers that touch the heart. Melissa Tagg is the whole package. A delight for CBA readers."
-Rachel Hauck, award-winning and bestselling author of Once Upon a Prince

"If there is such thing as a perfect story, Melissa Tagg has written it with this first novel. Laugh-out-loud funny, a delightful premise, hunky heroes, surprising plot twists and poignant, heart-tugging moments, all wound together with beautiful writing. Made to Last is a keeper that will charm its way onto your shelf, and into your heart."
-Susan May Warren, RITA Award winner and bestselling author of Take a Chance on Me

"Made to Last is a fun romantic comedy that will have you turning the pages. Melissa Tagg is a fresh voice to watch."
-Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and There You'll Find Me

"Melissa Tagg has written a fun, fast-paced romance. Her first novel will certainly not be her last."
-Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Scent of Rain

"A must for fans of romantic comedy! Melissa Tagg's endearing characters charmed me and their story line captured my imagination. Reading Made To Last was like eating a hot fudge brownie sundae with girlfriends. Fun. Delicious. Completely entertaining."
-Becky Wade, author of My Stubborn Heart and Undeniably Yours

"With witty dialogue, lovable characters, and an entertaining plot, Melissa Tagg is sure to become a new favorite among fans of Christian romance. Made to Last reminds us all that we are more than the roles we play. At our core, beneath our failures and hang-ups, we are loved and cherished by a faithful God."
-Katie Ganshert, author of Wildflowers From Winter and Wishing on Willows

"Readers are going to fall in love with Melissa Tagg's novels! She writes vivid stories filled with true-to-life characters who wrestle with questions about life, faith and romance. Melissa's writing is equal parts laugh out loud humor and moments that touch your heart. I can't wait for others to discover this talented new author!"
-Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star

"What happens when a harmless lie you didn't intend to tell takes on a life of its own? When you're Miranda Woodruff, star of a home improvement show, you learn how to let go and become who God called you to be because nothing else is left. A great story with life-impacting truth surrounded by romance to make you swoon."
-Cara Putman,
award-winning author of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

"Reading Made to Last, Melissa Tagg's debut novel, was like meeting new friends whom I wanted to continue hanging out with long after the book ended. Melissa's fresh voice and ability to craft a well-written story hooked me with the opening line and held my attention to the very end. Her flawed characters, LOL moments and spiritual truth provided a foundation for a stellar debut novel. I even had to dab my teary eyes a couple of times. Melissa Tagg is an author to watch and one whose books I want to fill my shelves."
-Lisa Jordan, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Melissa Tagg

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft-and-coaching community for writers. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com. A

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fun and sweet
4 stars By Marija, Aug 23 2017
Made to Last is a fun, sweet novel that is perfect for a lazy afternoon's read. Miranda Woodruff is a fun, engaging character who is stuck in a web of deception, and riddled with guilt and insecurities. But with her good friends, and some rather hilarious scenarios, she is able make things right and hand over her fears to God. 
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disappointing
2 stars By Ibu Guru, Sep 12 2015
Reading the gushing reviews about this book ..."fun, a must for fans of romantic comedy, laugh out loud humour" etc made it sound perfect for me.  Perhaps there is something wrong with my sense of humor, but I don't find professing Christians who constantly lie, and toss their intimate partners aside etc terribly funny. The Biblical principal to avoid even the appearance of evil does not seem to be in the author's Bible or don't modern people think that 2 single people of the opposite sex sharing a 1 bedroom house  appears as if there may be something illicit going on?  In my world, being chaste is the exception rather than the rule for young people.  I guess this book was written for fans of sit-coms like Friends or Seinfeld so that a bit of spiritual truth could be expressed in the story.
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Engaging reading
5 stars By Jacqui, Apr 01 2015
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I became so absorbed with all the characters and the story line that my emotions were still living the book a couple of days after I finished it.  Every character in this story is engaging and believable. I love the realistic emotions that are portrayed as Miranda works out whom she is and deals with past pain and rejection.  Although a fiction book it is a beautiful depiction of how friends can support, believe in and encourage one another through the difficulties of life.  I want to read more by this author, especially the continuing stories of some of the characters
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Sweet Romance
5 stars By Hannah, Jan 19 2015
Absolutely loved this book! Usually in romances, I fall in love with the guy (doesn't every girl? That's the point... right?). Don't get me wrong, the guy (or rather, guys!) in this one were great fun but my favourite character by far was definitely the heroine, Miranda. To say she's in a sticky situation is a bit of an understatement - her job and the jobs of a whole crew of others, depend on her agreeing to a fake marriage and somehow pulling it off to the scores of people following her every move in celebrity magazines and blogs. Only the lies keep compounding and she's slowly falling in love with a man who isn't her (fake) husband... I loved the growth she went through throughout the book, how the author didn't gloss over the weight of the decisions to be made but really dealt with them in a way that felt real. Great book from a great new author!
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Found a great new author.
5 stars By Rochelle, NSW, Jun 03 2014
Made to Last is #1 in the Where Love Begins series by new Author Melissa Tagg. I was quickly captured by the fun, comedic, there's more here Characters that have been thoughtfully and lovingly written.
Miranda Woodruff is not yet ready to move on from a love lost but her Manager and producer need her to insure the 'show must go on'. She doesn't fake what she can build but she's about to reveal a fake .... You'll have to read it!
Matthew Knox just keeps adding to his messed up life with one stuff up topping it off with a 'blew it' moment that keeps him tangling the bed sheets instead of sleeping ... He's handed a last chance story to prove to himself he can be successful in journalism and to help his brothers family out financially.
What he finds is a heart tangling Miranda. Can he untangle with story but, can he live with what his job requires or make the right decision for Miranda .... Can they both find who God created them to be ....
This story grabbed my heart and filled a couple of afternoons with entertainment the way I like it .... With my nose in a good book! Don't forget the chocolate though. I know you'll love it.
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  • Catalogue Code 387922
  • Product Code 9781441262806
  • ISBN 1441262806
  • EAN 9781441262806
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2013
  • Sales Rank #72684
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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