I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of books that take me places I might never get to go in real life. As much as I love to travel (and my hubby and I try to get out and about as much as possible), there’s only so much money in the bank and time in a year. And, well, sadly there are things that have to get done right here where we live (pesky little things like jobs, that sort of thing ;) )
So I was pretty thrilled to stumble across Pelican Book Group’s Passport to Romance line. Christian Romance? Check. Travel to places far and wide? Check. Novella length (so you can read it in one lovely sitting if you want)? Check. Even better? My critique partner is who introduced me to the concept because she was working on a submission.
That submission turned into this month’s Passport release, Manila Marriage App. The book is a delightful take on the mail order bride idea – but our would-be groom gets so much more than what he bargained for! Timothy Flynn is a shy professor at a Christian college in Manila (The Philippines). He has a heart of gold, but approaches his quest for a mate like the academic he is. His interview for prospective brides includes things like current weight and a picture of your mother. Shay Callahan is a feisty gal who bristles when her sister suggest she apply but then figures hey, why not? When she makes the cut and Timothy invites her to come meet him, she accepts, thinking a trip to the Philippines might be the perfect shake up for her life. And if she gets to take Timothy down a few pegs in the process, well that’ll be a bonus.
I have loved reading and re-reading this book (since it was written by my critique partner, I’ve been in on it since the get-go) and if you’re a fan of sweet romance in far off places, I think you’ll definitely enjoy your time in the Philippines with Shay and Timothy.
You can read the first chapter on Jan’s website (and keep up with her there as well!)
And, just for grins, tell me what the #1 location on your bucket list is and why and I’ll choose a winner to get a copy of Manila Marriage App. For me? I’m desperate to get to Scotland – it was our plan to go this fall for our 20th wedding anniversary. Alas, the house needed a new roof so we’ve had to postpone. I’ll get there yet!
What about you?