“Thirty Days Hath” is a very creative, original contemporary Christian romance offering from author Chautona Havig. She injects her unique writing style which lends humor, emotion, and twists into this unique novel just like she has her other ones. It’s a delightful tale unlike any I have ever read.
This is the story of bachelor Adric Garrison. His sister and her minister husband have come up with a plan to help Adric find Mrs. Right. Their scheme is a cross between the television show The Bachelor and an online dating service. Two ministers take applications for potential girlfriends for Adric. Each approved applicant along with her chaperone will come and live with Adric for a month. How’s that for discovering compatibility?
The Christian element could be stronger, but it is definitely there. I’m not sure how likely it is that a minister would be involved in an idea of this type, but this is not real life. It is a fun book. For me it was a page turner. I was invested in Adric’s life and had a hard time putting the book down.
There was a wide variety of characters in this book and I do mean characters. The women were all so different in very many ways. Secondary characters, Adric’s sister’s children, his friends, the chaperones, and his workers were all well done. Dialogue throughout this novel is plentiful and realistic.
The premise of someone actually doing this, going into a stranger’s home and living there with him for a month, sounds ridiculous. However, I’m sure if pitched as a television series it would get serious consideration. The idea of “calendar” girls competing for a man did not seem realistic to me, but then neither do a lot of the dating shows on tv.
It was a fun read and had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I loved the Christian element, the sweet romance, the lighthearted humor, and even the emotional side of it. Author Havig has written a quirky, delightfully transparent look into the world of mature dating. This is well written, well planned, researched, and organized great.
Definitely I would recommend. Anyone that likes Contemporary romance will love this. I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided but I was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. These are my own, honest thoughts.
About the Book
Book: Thirty Days Hath
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance
Release Date: Revised edition, Feb 26, 2019
Blind Dates Are for Wimps!
At least, that’s what Adric Garrison thinks.
Can you blame him? Thanks to his sister and brother-in-law, Adric is about to embark on a year of month-long, chaperoned, blind dates. Awkward.
He didn’t ask for it. But Adric still finds himself living what seems more like a bad TV reality show than a new life in Fairbury.
Once an ordinary (if prematurely gray and vertically challenged) guy, Adric is now Fairbury’s newest “most eligible bachelor,” and dreams of permanent bachelorhood loom on the horizon. Will he call it quits before the year is out, or will one of his “girls of the month” change his mind?
One man, twelve women, one happily ever after.
About the Author
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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A SILENT TRUTH NO ONE ADMITS: BLIND DATES ARE FOR WIMPS
Maybe I’m not the one to talk. After all, I never dated. Not really. My best friend in high school was a guy. We went to the movies. We did things. Still, we were just great friends.
I had what might be considered one date in Lubbock, Texas in 1987. Maybe. I didn’t consider it one, but I suppose the guy might have. Maybe.
Then I went from best friends with the guy I’ve been married to for 30 years to engaged in the span of a few seconds after what might have been a rhetorical question. He’s under orders not to tell me if it was. After all, he’s the fool who went on to say, “I do.” Just sayin’.
Still, in the first decade of the 21st century, I discovered a new “thing” in reality TV. The Bachelor. Though I tried watching it, I couldn’t after a while. It started out reasonably clean, but then it devolved into cat fights, spit-swapping sessions, and drama. Oh, the drama.
But one aspect intrigued me. The focused attention to finding the girl. What if Christians did that? What if we stopped playing the silly game of “pretend we’re not in this to see if you’re someone I could put up with for the next fifty or sixty years…”? Oh, man. What if the church rallied around its members and helped without pushing.
Trust me, you don’t want to push too much. You may discover that the people you’re pushing just get together and talk about it. Laugh at your antics. Mock the ridiculousness of it. Not that Kevin and I ever did that back in the day or anything. (Check out that story HERE.)
That “what if?” spurred an idea.
Sister churches. Chaperones. Not a couple of weeks in a giant house somewhere, but a whole month of real living with someone, day in. Day out. And again, with that chaperone to avoid that “appearance of evil” thing. If you could spend that much time with someone, seeing warts, virtues, best and worst sides… well, maybe you might just be right for each other.
At the least, you’d have a good idea if you even wanted to find out. That’s a healthier and quicker start than two or three months of a date here or there and hoping you’re seeing the real person. Right?
I created a character and ran with it. From giving him less than Hollywood good looks, to an anger problem and a blue-collar job, Adric had lots going for him… and not so much!
Then I tested it out. Acid test. I signed him up for eHarmony.
No, really. I did.
For the record, apparently short, prematurely graying mechanics with anger issues are a hot commodity. It took hours to get it set up, but man there were many women out there for him… supposedly.
And to this day, my Gmail email (that I never use) still says email@example.com. No joke.
For what it’s worth, Adric learned one very difficult lesson that year.
As I’ve already confessed. I’ve never been on a blind date. I doubt anyone would even consider that I’ve been on a date. Still, after writing this book, I know for one thing.Blind Dates Are for Wimps.
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