So, true confessions. Even though I write love stories myself, I’m not a huge fan of books that fall under the Christian Romance label. I think it’s because I’ve read too many of them. So, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the latest release from my publisher. The book, Many Strange Women, by Parker J. Cole just didn’t seem like something I would normally read. Here’s the description:
Solomon Greene made a deal with God.
If He’d send him an unattractive woman, he’d marry her on sight and do what was spiritually right. After all, he needed that kind of wife to help him escape from his sordid past.
Celeste Martin made a deal with Solomon. She’d be his ugly wife. All she wanted in return was his name. She was in love with her sister’s fiance and he would be the only man she’d ever love.
Solomon had no idea that he’d find his wife fascinating. Celeste didn’t know that one taste from her husband’s lips would have her wanting more. Yet many strange women were between them.
Could Solomon ever escape from his past?
Could Celeste ever love her husband?
So I started reading this book. And once I started, I could not stop. I loved Solomon and Celeste. It was interesting for me, because even though I took to Solomon right away (I guess I can blame that on my love of bad boy characters ::coughcoughJaredSorensencoughcough::), Celeste took awhile to grow on me–much like she did with Solomon. As I was growing to love her as a character, so too was Solomon growing to love her as his wife. She is a great character: complicated, carrying about fifty pounds of baggage, and she indulges in the delightful habit of dressing up in costumes from various centuries.
I’m not going to spoil the book for you, because if I go too far into it, I will ruin all the delicious twists and turns. But I will say this: Ms. Cole has a gift for storytelling, and she will quickly suck you into Solomon and Celeste’s world and you won’t be able to get away. Plus she’s funny–I found myself laughing out loud more than once at her crazy (but lovable and relatable) characters.
So where can you pick up this fabulous novel?
Direct from eLectio Publishing
Barnes and Noble