Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong (review)

She’s feeling desperate to be married, he’s looking for the path of least effort to attain his dream job. So temporary roommates Meri and Kai, with the occasional assistance of a third roommate, take a 1950’s magazine list of 101 ways to catch a man and start a YouTube channel. They both have some growing up to do.

Such a fun premise for a story! The adventures Meri and Kai have with the list and each other are not to be missed – while there are deeper elements, as Meri learns that marriage isn’t the fairy tale she has long imagined, and Kai begins to work on his fear of rejection and becoming the man he wants to be.

Angela Ruth Strong has created engaging characters and an equally gratifying story, full of humor and charm. I loved that Meri and Kai are both 31, the story threads of the secondary characters, the Portland setting (including one of my favorite restaurants), the character arcs for Meri and Kai, the 1950’s list and viral videos as plot devices, the lack of a cookie cutter ending, and that a pivotal point is a sermon on marriage.

While many contemporary romantic comedies leave me cringing from the situations the characters find themselves in, with Husband Auditions the situations felt plausible and humorous at the same time. And beyond the making of their videos, and the comments from viewers who see their potential as a couple before they do, the personal growth they experience make this an entertaining as well as a thoughtful read. Highly recommended.

Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong | Kregel Publications, August 17, 2021 | ebook, 272 pages

This review refers to a temporary digital galley that I voluntarily read via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding—a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”—she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

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