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With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her mor With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap. Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party. Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?


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With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her mor With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap. Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party. Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

30 review for Married 'til Monday

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cee (The Mistress Case)

    ARC provided by publisher through Netgally in exchange for a honest review. I didn't realize this was a Christian Fiction when I requested it. How do I put this without receiving backlash from the Christian community? I’ve read my share of Christian Literature and found them mediocre when it came to the romance genre. Why? Truth is they lack the romance part. The Christian references and mention of God tend to overpower the-butterflies-in-stomach sensation I love getting from romance books. I am a ARC provided by publisher through Netgally in exchange for a honest review. I didn't realize this was a Christian Fiction when I requested it. How do I put this without receiving backlash from the Christian community? I’ve read my share of Christian Literature and found them mediocre when it came to the romance genre. Why? Truth is they lack the romance part. The Christian references and mention of God tend to overpower the-butterflies-in-stomach sensation I love getting from romance books. I am a hopeless romantic, so can you blame me? Maybe I just “don’t get it.” Maybe I’m not “devoted.” Maybe I don’t have “enough faith.” Maybe I don’t “appreciate” that God is essential to life and that He guides us through a lifetime, through every emotional and spiritual journey, through every hardship. Or maybe I’m “skeptical.” Or maybe the book is “too clean” and not a trashy romance. A lot of maybes. Whatever. People will believe what they want and presume to know me. It doesn’t change the fact that these books make me feel like I’m attending another Sunday of church. Too many God references every two paragraphs ruining my enjoyment. Married Til Monday is a tolerable exception. It made me feel. It made me angry. It made me miserable. It made me believe in the couple. It made me believe in their love. The emotional depth really surprised me because I’m used to seeing it shoved into the trunk while the religious know-how takes shotgun. I appreciate the reality of this story. When tragedy strikes, we often take out our anger and fear on the people we love and we even put the blame on God. What did we do to deserve this fate? If God loved us, why would he do this? “Without suffering, there is no compassion.” Yeah, sure, if sweet words can easily cheer you up. The fact that Abby questioned God is what I find realistic and understandable. Another thing I like about this story: God does not simply exist for moral support and Abby and Ryan must have faith in themselves and act on their own free will. There is no meant to be. If you want something, you fight for it. We see that Ryan continues to fight for Abby, even though she convinces herself they aren’t good for each other. She has a paper heart that can easily be ripped into shreds and she doesn’t want him anywhere near it. The voices of these two characters touched me on a personal level and their relationship is heart-warming as well as heart-wrenching. Married Til Monday is a lovely story and I rate it three stars! I can't find it in me to love this book and there are a few things left unresolved.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kamaliah

    I absolutely love this story.... Ryan is awesome! For him to wait for Abby, his ex for three n a half years is something that I applaud. Not many guys are able to do so. He loves her unconditionally but he was young then n was clueless... But he made up for all the mistakes he did then.... For him to suffer thru the years n then went thru what he went to win her back is..... *sighhhhh* [Have no words to express how much I love him for that] I hated Abby at first.. Just like the siblings... How c I absolutely love this story.... Ryan is awesome! For him to wait for Abby, his ex for three n a half years is something that I applaud. Not many guys are able to do so. He loves her unconditionally but he was young then n was clueless... But he made up for all the mistakes he did then.... For him to suffer thru the years n then went thru what he went to win her back is..... *sighhhhh* [Have no words to express how much I love him for that] I hated Abby at first.. Just like the siblings... How could I not. She left my Ryan.... :) Well... at first, I didn't know her. I didn't know how she grew up. I didn't know the hardship she's been thru. How she was emotionally and physically abused. As her tale unravelled, I got to know her the way Ryan did and for her to come back to him when she realize what a b**** she had been.... to me... ALL IS FORGIVEN. This is a very simple story... Very very simple in fact because basically the story only revolves both of them but it really captured my heart. I was captivated and finished the reading within 2 sittings despite my hectic schedule. To me... their love is pure because it stood the test of time. They never gave up and that's why the ending really touched my heart. I thought I was in love with Cole but Ryan won hands down! This will always be my favourite book of the Chapel Springs series. And owh... when PJ n Cole got married... I think that is a perfect fairy tale came thru for me because I love both of them and to have them in this story is definitely a bonus for me.... It was a wonderful reading of a beautiful love story and 2nd chance always works.... How I wish the story doesn't end.... *sighhhh*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I just have to say, I love the cover! I always enjoy Ms. Hunter's books and I've been looking forward to reading this one. I've enjoyed this whole series and was curious to finally get some answers about Ryan and Abby. Ryan and Abby were college sweethearts, but their happily ever after came to an end only a year (or so) into their marriage when Abby leaves Ryan. The story picks up three years later when Ryan finds would Abby never told her parents about their divorce. When he's invited to his in I just have to say, I love the cover! I always enjoy Ms. Hunter's books and I've been looking forward to reading this one. I've enjoyed this whole series and was curious to finally get some answers about Ryan and Abby. Ryan and Abby were college sweethearts, but their happily ever after came to an end only a year (or so) into their marriage when Abby leaves Ryan. The story picks up three years later when Ryan finds would Abby never told her parents about their divorce. When he's invited to his in-laws anniversary party he sees it as a second chance with Abby. While I did enjoy this story, it deals with some sad childhood trauma and it did give the book a heavy feel, at least for me. Abby has a lot of issues to work through, I was kind of hoping it would have been something she dealt with the three years they were separated, it seemed a little late in the book when she finally realizes how her upbringing has effected her relationship with Ryan. I liked Abby okay, but I definitely wanted to jump in there and shake some sense into her a few times. Ryan was great, he was patient and so in love with Abby. Again, I would have liked to see them together when Abby was in a more healthy place and I would have loved for her to confront her dad. Overall, I did enjoy this one. It was well written and sucked me in. I read it in one sitting. Content Romance: Clean Language: None Violence: Mild (view spoiler)[Mild talk of child physical abuse, no details Religious: Mild-Moderate Source: Review copy (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Somehow I missed the fact that this was the last in the series when I first picked it up, but that didn't deter me from me enjoying the story one bit (it worked as a stand-alone). I really loved it! Abby and Ryan have been divorced for three years when they end up going on a road trip together to attend a 35th wedding anniversary party for Abby’s parents. Ryan wants to go because it means a chance to win Abby back, and Abby resignedly agrees because, well- she hasn't told her parents about the di Somehow I missed the fact that this was the last in the series when I first picked it up, but that didn't deter me from me enjoying the story one bit (it worked as a stand-alone). I really loved it! Abby and Ryan have been divorced for three years when they end up going on a road trip together to attend a 35th wedding anniversary party for Abby’s parents. Ryan wants to go because it means a chance to win Abby back, and Abby resignedly agrees because, well- she hasn't told her parents about the divorce. Old hurts and heartbreaks are brought to the surface as Ryan and Abby try to discover what went wrong in their marriage and what their week together means for their future. This book focused on some heavy topics, but also on hope and healing. Ryan and Abby had a lot of problems to overcome, and their journey from the start to the end of the book was heartbreaking and inspiring. Ryan was so patient and unwavering in his pursuit of Abby! He's a new favourite book character. This was my second book by Denise Hunter, the first being The Convenient Groom. I loved that book and had high hopes that my next read by her would be a worthy successor. It definitely was!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    3.5 stars. There were points that the characters were heartbreaking, and their messy past was very fitting for what needed to take place in their lives now... but the pace and plot of the book was very fast for what all needed to happen for them to HEAL properly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    So...I've been wanting to read this since the first moment I read the synopsis. I'd never read any of the series before, but I honestly tried to read them first. This book taunted me from the shelf for a solid month while I read the first, got the second, and made it halfway through that one...and then I caved. And read the whole story in two sittings on a single day. I knew I'd love it. I had extremely high expectations, and I still loved it. I connect really well with characters that are workin So...I've been wanting to read this since the first moment I read the synopsis. I'd never read any of the series before, but I honestly tried to read them first. This book taunted me from the shelf for a solid month while I read the first, got the second, and made it halfway through that one...and then I caved. And read the whole story in two sittings on a single day. I knew I'd love it. I had extremely high expectations, and I still loved it. I connect really well with characters that are working through difficult relationships because they love each other enough to do the hard work. The minute Ryan told his mom he meant to win her back, I liked him. And seeing Abby's emotional scars and seeing him realize how he'd only made it worse was priceless...it doesn't seem like there's any hope for these two, but the journey is great. I loved it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rissi

    When ranking Denise Hunter’s novels, like any reader, I certainly have my favorites. But each time I learn of a new novel from this seasoned author, excitement is more than a little off the charts and I am guaranteed a lovely read at the very least. As her latest four-book series draws to a close with this release, I saw my review copy patiently awaiting its turn to be read and after reading it, am left wondering how I delayed cracking open its pages this long. Those who’ve read all three of the When ranking Denise Hunter’s novels, like any reader, I certainly have my favorites. But each time I learn of a new novel from this seasoned author, excitement is more than a little off the charts and I am guaranteed a lovely read at the very least. As her latest four-book series draws to a close with this release, I saw my review copy patiently awaiting its turn to be read and after reading it, am left wondering how I delayed cracking open its pages this long. Those who’ve read all three of these familial novels will know that book four is about Ryan McKinley, the eldest sibling in the quartet of siblings. Ryan is one hero with a darkened past because of the marriage and divorce he proceeded through, now gone three years. When he learns that his ex-wife, Abby, has never confessed their divorce to her parents, Ryan invites himself to tag along on her return home for her parents anniversary party. Feeling led by God to pursue a fresh, mature and healthy relationship with Abby, Ryan sees this as his one opportunity to win back the trust of his ex, but Abby isn’t receptive to the same feelings as Ryan... Ryan’s story didn’t set out to be a reconciliation story (publicized in the author’s note), however I have to admit even back in book one, I had a sneaking suspicion Abby would work her way back into these books and the life – and heart, of Ryan McKinley. How happy I am to have had that inkling proven right. What’s unique about this story of second chances is that we had no opportunity to form an opinion of Abby. Or not much of one anyway. She was an established character in and to Ryan’s past however to us, the reader, it was as if we were being introduced to a new heroine and had to base our first impression off of that. All we had was the second hand opinions of the McKinley family. Mine would certainly be a favorable one. I adored Abby, and the interaction between she and Ryan is on-point. True she isn’t the most outgoing heroine, but there’s good reason for that. Through loving Ryan and eventually, recognizing the serious flaws she played in their marriage, she learns to live without the dark cloud hovering over her. Potential readers should know that when this story draws to a close, there are still fractured relationships in place. Don’t misunderstand, there is the happy ending we root for and need, but Denise doesn’t give one specific relationship a dab of super glue for a “quick fix.” No, she leaves this relationship where she found it and I respect that. The rest of the book really needs no more explanation or praise because it speaks for itself. Married ‘til Monday is a remarkably well crafted redemption story that speaks for itself. From the gorgeous image of intimate love on its cover to the final pages, the book shines with the purest kind of emotion. It’s bittersweet that with Ryan’s story, we’re closing out a chapter in the lives of a family we’ve come to love as friends. But fortunately, Denise also sets up her next (presumed) trilogy and with it, the anticipation that the three brothers’ we’re going to meet in Summer Harbor will quickly take up residence in our hearts. Until then, be sure to add Married ‘til Monday to your summer reading lists. Forgiveness, flirty banter and hilarity, emotional tumult and family all co-mingle to make this one of my favorite reads of 2015. Sincere thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this novel for the purpose of reviewing it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    *I reread this story as an audiobook and it was really good! I had to stop listening a bit before the end of the story, as my Audible Escape membership ran out, but since I had already read the book, I knew how things worked out. I enjoyed both reading and listening to the story.* I have been wanting to know Ryan’s full story since book one of this Chapel Springs Romance series, and the author certainly did not disappoint me! In fact, I have really enjoyed this entire series. Dancing with Firefli *I reread this story as an audiobook and it was really good! I had to stop listening a bit before the end of the story, as my Audible Escape membership ran out, but since I had already read the book, I knew how things worked out. I enjoyed both reading and listening to the story.* I have been wanting to know Ryan’s full story since book one of this Chapel Springs Romance series, and the author certainly did not disappoint me! In fact, I have really enjoyed this entire series. Dancing with Fireflies, book two, was previously my favorite of the books…but now I can wholeheartedly say that Married ’til Monday has taken its place in my heart as my favorite of the four stories. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you can still enjoy Married ’til Monday as a stand alone. I would definitely recommend the entire series, though, because it is just such a good one. This book is, to me, so much more than just a romance. There is such hurt and heartbreak living inside these two characters. I absolutely LOVED the way the author did the flashbacks in this story. The reader gets multiple peeks back in time. Glimpses from Abby’s childhood, Ryan and Abby’s first time to meet, the beginning of their romance, the beginning of their marriage, and even the difficult dissolution of that same marriage. So many of the memories are wonderful, but just as many are completely crushing to read about. This book delves into some very serious issues and does so in a way that is tactful, yet truthful. The current thread of the story is just as enjoyable as the flashbacks. Denise Hunter simply writes awesome tension into her books. The attraction, the anger, the frustration…it is palpable throughout the story and makes it seem so real. She also controls the story at the same time. As you can imagine, these two characters were once madly in love. As they begin to experience feelings toward each other again, and struggle with their attraction to each other, the author never lets things go to far. Married ’til Monday is not only my favorite book in the series…it has definitely made it onto my list of all-time favorite books. I highly recommend it to fans of contemporary romance. My thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for my honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When I read a book, in three days, that says a lot for the book. It was definitely my favorite in the Chapel Springs series. Denise hunter’s books always carry a strong, emotional romance but this one was different for me; it was a romance between two people who were once married. It was a great reminder on how we should and shouldn't treat our loved ones. It was a story of learning to admit when you are wrong, and saying that you are sorry. And, as always, Denise Hunters always writes wonderful When I read a book, in three days, that says a lot for the book. It was definitely my favorite in the Chapel Springs series. Denise hunter’s books always carry a strong, emotional romance but this one was different for me; it was a romance between two people who were once married. It was a great reminder on how we should and shouldn't treat our loved ones. It was a story of learning to admit when you are wrong, and saying that you are sorry. And, as always, Denise Hunters always writes wonderfully, fully fledged characters that make you feel like they truly exist.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Married 'til Monday was such a fantastic read! I have loved this series, Chapel Springs, so much and hope we get more books with these characters some day. Ryan's story was so sweet and I loved the reconciliation story -- a great showing of second chances. The characters were great and I felt like we really got to know them through this story. Abby had a difficult life and I definitely felt for her and all she went through. Ryan was a great MC and I loved how he tried to woo Abby back to him and Married 'til Monday was such a fantastic read! I have loved this series, Chapel Springs, so much and hope we get more books with these characters some day. Ryan's story was so sweet and I loved the reconciliation story -- a great showing of second chances. The characters were great and I felt like we really got to know them through this story. Abby had a difficult life and I definitely felt for her and all she went through. Ryan was a great MC and I loved how he tried to woo Abby back to him and yet also gave her space. Something else I loved -- the moments when we got to see the rest of Ryan's family and know what was happening in their lives. All in all, I loved Married 'til Monday and definitely recommend it if you enjoy contemporary romance. So good! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    A lovely and captivating novel from the pen of Denise Hunter, “Married ‘til Monday” is more than a lighthearted romance. The author explores the psychological aspects of the effects of child abuse during the adult life. Having read the previous books in this series, I looked forward to Ryan’s story. I knew he was divorced and couldn’t get over Abby – but what had happened exactly? In “Married ‘til Monday”, the reader will discover what went wrong during their marriage, but also that real love is A lovely and captivating novel from the pen of Denise Hunter, “Married ‘til Monday” is more than a lighthearted romance. The author explores the psychological aspects of the effects of child abuse during the adult life. Having read the previous books in this series, I looked forward to Ryan’s story. I knew he was divorced and couldn’t get over Abby – but what had happened exactly? In “Married ‘til Monday”, the reader will discover what went wrong during their marriage, but also that real love is not something you can put “off” just because you are divorced. This is a story about a broken marriage and ex-spouses who both need healing and forgiveness. It is a tale of a restoring romance, longing for times gone by, dreading to plough through a hurtful past, fearing the future and making the same mistakes all over again. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The author easily draws the reader in with humor and loveable characters. The last book in the “Chapel Springs” series, this might be one of Hunter’s best. Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloé W.

    Hmmm-mixed feelings about this one. Book #4 didn't exactly live up to what I remembered of the Chapel Springs series. I'll never pass up an opportunity to read about the McKinley family, but I was uncomfortable with some of the content.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Ryan McKinley is still in love with his ex-wife Abby. He bought the house Abby daydreamed about. When Abby's mother calls to persuade Ryan to attend their anniversary celebration, Ryan sees it as an opportunity to at a second chance to win back Abby's heart. It turns out Abby has not told her parents she and Ryan are divorced due to her strained relationship with her father. Can the road trip from Indiana to Maine bring Ryan and Abby back together? Abby carried a lot of hurt and pain from her ch Ryan McKinley is still in love with his ex-wife Abby. He bought the house Abby daydreamed about. When Abby's mother calls to persuade Ryan to attend their anniversary celebration, Ryan sees it as an opportunity to at a second chance to win back Abby's heart. It turns out Abby has not told her parents she and Ryan are divorced due to her strained relationship with her father. Can the road trip from Indiana to Maine bring Ryan and Abby back together? Abby carried a lot of hurt and pain from her childhood, causing her to guard her heart carefully. Ryan desperately wants to break down the barriers between them, but knows he must tread carefully. A sweet story filled with wit, charm, hope and redemption.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox The lead female annoyed me to pieces. I never did like her. She kept flip-flopping on whether or not she wanted to get back together with her ex and ended up playing with his emotions more than anything. I ended up rooting for him to forget her and move on to a more settled woman who wouldn't change her mind about loving him over and over again. My mom found this book a light and fun read, so I know other readers will enjoy it a lot more than I did. This is my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emilee

    If you enjoy Christian romance Denise Hunter is a MUST READ! Seriously, I'm never disappointed when I read one of her stories!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Very good! I'd been looking forward to Ryan's story almost from the beginning of the series and this book did not disappoint. It was quite interesting to read his and Abby's story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Should I review this book?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Over the past few years, Ryan McKinley has watched each of his younger sisters find love and happiness. He had that once too. But three years after his divorce, Ryan can't get Abby out of his heart. He's even bought her dream home and is living there. Then he gets a call from her parents out of the blue. Ryan soon learns that Abby has not told her parents about their divorce as he's been invited to celebrate their anniversary in Summer Harbor, Maine. Ryan sees the trip as a second chance to win Over the past few years, Ryan McKinley has watched each of his younger sisters find love and happiness. He had that once too. But three years after his divorce, Ryan can't get Abby out of his heart. He's even bought her dream home and is living there. Then he gets a call from her parents out of the blue. Ryan soon learns that Abby has not told her parents about their divorce as he's been invited to celebrate their anniversary in Summer Harbor, Maine. Ryan sees the trip as a second chance to win his wife back. Abby doesn't want to go to her parents' anniversary party, especially with her handsome ex-husband along for the ride. But her parents don't know of divorce and she'd rather keep it that way. She doesn't want Ryan getting close to her. Or does she? Because each day is bringing them closer together. Can Ryan prove that he still loves her after all this time? And will Abby let her guard down enough to reclaim what she thought she'd lost forever? I LOVED this book! Seriously loved it. Yes this is book 4. Yes it stands alone. While it is helpful to have read the others in the series before this one, it doesn't distract from this story if you haven't. Because I have only read book 3 prior to my picking up this one. I've since read book 2 and still need to read the first. But Ryan's story is not dependent on the events in the other three books. First there's Ryan. He loves Abby. He will do all that he can to show Abby the depth of his love. I love the way that he pursues her. And their story as to what happened in their marriage was rather heartbreaking. But I loved the way that Ryan recognizes the fault he had in their marriage and how he is willing to not make the same mistakes again. I also love how he defends Abby. For Abby's part, I loved her struggle. She has a lot of emotional issues and she's afraid to trust Ryan again. But she slowly begins to trust him. I loved how the author shows Abby's problems and how she points out that Abby needs help and not to hide them. I loved how Abby was able to recognize that the things that happened to her were not in her control. I love fluffy romance novels. And this one fit that bill. From the delightful cover to the rich story, I was utterly captivated. Fans of contemporary romance will surely enjoy this one. I received a copy for free from the Book Look Blogger Program for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of contemporary romance, Denise Hunter, Kristen Billerbeck, Melissa Tagg Rating - 5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dora Hiers

    Yeah. What could go wrong? lol. "There's no if. I'll be back next Monday, and everything will be exactly like it is now. You'll see." I was soooo looking forward to Ryan's story after reading all the other books in the Chapel Springs series. The poor guy has been pining for his ex-wife, Abby, and I couldn't wait to hear their story. This restoration romance didn't disappoint! Full of angst, the remnants of a emotionally and physically abusive childhood: It's not true. Nothing he said is true. I'm n Yeah. What could go wrong? lol. "There's no if. I'll be back next Monday, and everything will be exactly like it is now. You'll see." I was soooo looking forward to Ryan's story after reading all the other books in the Chapel Springs series. The poor guy has been pining for his ex-wife, Abby, and I couldn't wait to hear their story. This restoration romance didn't disappoint! Full of angst, the remnants of a emotionally and physically abusive childhood: It's not true. Nothing he said is true. I'm not stupid. I'm not worthless. I'm not unlovable. A faith thread that asks some tough questions: Thank You, God, he'd said. Where was God now? And how come He only got credit for the good stuff? Sprinkled with light, playful moments like this: She suddenly realized it had been quiet a moment. Her eyes shot up to find him watching her, gun lowered. She wiped the appreciation from her face. "Not bad," she said, stepping up to take her turn. He smirked. "My aim or...?" "Your aim, smart aleck." She reloaded the gun, her face heating. "If I didn't know any better, Abby McKinley, I'd think you were checking out my form." Sigh... Married 'til Monday has all the components that a romance lover craves, including a hero that digs deeper than the exterior to reveal a soft, hurting woman underneath the tough, you-don't-want-to-love-me, I've-got-too-much-baggage facade. Save a chunk of time because you won't want to put this gem down! Disclaimer: Sending a big thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Denise Hunter for the privilege of reviewing Married 'til Monday. I was provided a free copy of the book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dana Kamstra

    Characters: With a story that looks into the heart like this one does, it needs characters that truly come alive off the page. Ryan and Abby do that. Both characters are quite complex and developed making them and their situation quite believable. They also have the reader rooting for both of them to work things out, because it is obvious that they are better together than seperate. The other characters who grace the pages are not many, but they create an impact and further develop the story bet Characters: With a story that looks into the heart like this one does, it needs characters that truly come alive off the page. Ryan and Abby do that. Both characters are quite complex and developed making them and their situation quite believable. They also have the reader rooting for both of them to work things out, because it is obvious that they are better together than seperate. The other characters who grace the pages are not many, but they create an impact and further develop the story between Ryan and Abby. Storyline: I wasn't sure how I would like the story that this book was telling, but I was intrigued. I quickly found myself absorbed. Even better, I had no idea how things would end (despite being a love story... and we all know how they typically end!). My Thoughts: This was a surprising book. The story crept right into my heart and I found myself really feeling for Ryan and Abby in this story. It was beautifully told and the novel just had a lot of heart to it. The subjects dealt with in the story certainly were not easy, but Denise Hunter handled them with care and created a story with some great lessons on love, healing, and forgiveness. This novel is part of a Denise Hunter's Chapel Spring Romance series. I have not read any of the previous books and other than brief mentions/catching up with characters in a coulpe of scenes in the book, I don't feel like I missed out on anything. However, I enjoyed this book enough that I'll probably seek out those other books. **I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I love the McKinley family, and this book was no exception. In this book, we get to see more about Ryan and his story. Throughout the entire Chapel Springs series, we have seen bits and pieces of Ryan and the broken heart that was left behind by his divorce. I was excited to finally get his full story, and see how this played out. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was such a good book and I enjoyed every moment of it. The second chance story line was written so well and I was rooting for them to get back together. Learning about Abby's childhood was tough and I felt so badly for her. (view spoiler)[You could almost blame her mom, because she tricked her husband into becoming a father when she knew he didn't want children. (hide spoiler)] If the rest of the series is as good as this one I'll definitely have to read them soon. This was such a good book and I enjoyed every moment of it. The second chance story line was written so well and I was rooting for them to get back together. Learning about Abby's childhood was tough and I felt so badly for her. (view spoiler)[You could almost blame her mom, because she tricked her husband into becoming a father when she knew he didn't want children. (hide spoiler)] If the rest of the series is as good as this one I'll definitely have to read them soon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I have loved reading the stories of the McKinley siblings. And although he's never been front and center in any of the stories, Ryan has always been a favorite McKinley of mine. I can't remember which book is when I figured out that his story would be a second-chance love story, but once I did, I couldn't wait to read it. And it did not disappoint! Ms. Hunter is such an engaging storyteller. I always feel like I have a front-row seat to the story...as though I'm a fly on the wall experiencing th I have loved reading the stories of the McKinley siblings. And although he's never been front and center in any of the stories, Ryan has always been a favorite McKinley of mine. I can't remember which book is when I figured out that his story would be a second-chance love story, but once I did, I couldn't wait to read it. And it did not disappoint! Ms. Hunter is such an engaging storyteller. I always feel like I have a front-row seat to the story...as though I'm a fly on the wall experiencing the story firsthand. Ryan and Abby were married young and following difficult circumstances, allowed their marriage to crumble over time. The flashbacks broke my heart as you watched them both hurt and ultimately walk away (or let her walk away, in Ryan's case). But the redemptive love story was so sweet. Ryan was a strong character. He loved Abby fiercely when they were married, and even after their marriage ended. He wanted her back and when the opportunity arose to try to win her back, he snatched it. And while he wanted her back more than anything, he was so patient, waiting for her to be ready for love again. Abby was also a strong character, but her strength was more out of her stubbornness and self-preservation. And at the same time, she was extremely fragile and vulnerable, due to her past. And Ryan was the perfect match for her-- protecting her (loved when he stood up to her dad), cherishing her, loving her, waiting for her. And the end was worth the waiting. This was a great conclusion to the McKinley family's stories...I noticed her next series is in Summer Harbor, Abby's hometown. I hope Beau and his brothers will be the focus of those stories! And hopefully we'll get a peek into Ryan & Abby's life with the kids they wanted to fill up the house with. :) I'm sad to see the Chapel Springs series come to an end, but I enjoyed each and every happily ever after moment I spent there. Well done, Ms. Hunter!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    This review is also posted on Book by Book. As I write this, I keep remembering just how thoroughly I loved and enjoyed Denise Hunter’s Married ‘til Monday - I cannot think of a single thing that disappointed me. Since falling in love with the McKinley family in the previous three Chapel Springs novels, I have eagerly been waiting for the novel that tells heartbroken and divorced Ryan McKinley’s story. In Married ‘til Monday, circumstances allow him the chance to spend time with his ex-wife, Abby This review is also posted on Book by Book. As I write this, I keep remembering just how thoroughly I loved and enjoyed Denise Hunter’s Married ‘til Monday - I cannot think of a single thing that disappointed me. Since falling in love with the McKinley family in the previous three Chapel Springs novels, I have eagerly been waiting for the novel that tells heartbroken and divorced Ryan McKinley’s story. In Married ‘til Monday, circumstances allow him the chance to spend time with his ex-wife, Abby, on a cross-country road trip. This opportunity to reconnect naturally brings painful emotions and heart-wrenching secrets - with a solid dose of enduring love and continued attraction - to the surface, in the midst of humorous misadventures. Throughout the storyline, Ryan and Abby transition between sweet moments of tenderness and passion and frustrating moments of hurt and stubbornness, but this second-chance journey of theirs, filled with healing, forgiveness and learning to trust God with both the past and the future, is wholly beautiful and encouraging and impossible to put down. An excellent novel by Denise Hunter, Married ‘til Monday is one read fans of contemporary romance will not want to miss. I certainly recommend it - especially to those who love the Chapel Springs series. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of Married ‘til Monday and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    "Married 'til Monday" is the fourth book in the "Chapel Springs Romance" series written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson. I have really loved this series! Each sibling has their own quirks, but each is so loveable. Ryan McKinley married the love of his life after college, and after the loss of their baby and tensions in their relationships, his wife Abbey left him. This book starts three years after their divorce, and Ryan is still struggling to recover from it. His family, usuall "Married 'til Monday" is the fourth book in the "Chapel Springs Romance" series written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson. I have really loved this series! Each sibling has their own quirks, but each is so loveable. Ryan McKinley married the love of his life after college, and after the loss of their baby and tensions in their relationships, his wife Abbey left him. This book starts three years after their divorce, and Ryan is still struggling to recover from it. His family, usually quite welcoming and accepting, never really liked Abbey. Ryan knows he still loves her, but because Abbey has moved, does not know of anything he can do about it. Then his ex-mother-in-law calls, inviting the couple to come to Maine for the weekend to celebrate her 35th anniversary. Ryan realizes that she thinks he is still married to her daughter, and that Abbey never told her parents about her divorce. Abbey McKinley never told her parents about her divorce because of the verbal abuse she suffered from her dad as a child, and the "you'll never be good enough" messages she gets from him as an adult. When Ryan shows up, telling her that he's driving with her, she doesn't see another possibility that would keep their secret hidden. She just has to pretend to still be happily married to Ryan for the weekend. I really enjoyed this end to the stories of the McKinley children. Ryan's character was an open book, which contrasted with Abbey's layers of motives and emotions. I loved them both, and am sad that the series is over! This was a sweet story to wrap it up. Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Lynn

    Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap. Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap. Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party. Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong? I was not sure how I would feel about this book. At first I laughed and thought the idea was silly. As I read it i found it was a really relatable story and getting to know the characters and the story made sense and it was well thought out. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it I recieved the book free for review purposes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Abby and Ryan have been divorced for 3 years in this last book in the Chapel Springs series. Ryan has never stopped loving Abby and wonders what happened in their marriage. Abby, too, wonders why things went south the way they did. Abby's parents call Ryan, inviting him and Abby to their 35th anniversary celebrations. Seems Abby hasn't informed them about the divorce. Ryan has never stopped thinking about Abby, even going so far as to buy their dream house for himself. He views this trip as an o Abby and Ryan have been divorced for 3 years in this last book in the Chapel Springs series. Ryan has never stopped loving Abby and wonders what happened in their marriage. Abby, too, wonders why things went south the way they did. Abby's parents call Ryan, inviting him and Abby to their 35th anniversary celebrations. Seems Abby hasn't informed them about the divorce. Ryan has never stopped thinking about Abby, even going so far as to buy their dream house for himself. He views this trip as an opportunity from God to maybe win Abby back. It's a very long drive and they'll have time to discuss things. Abby wants nothing to do with this and reluctantly agrees to let Ryan hitch a ride with her. Things go south from there and Abby once again experiences great hurt at her parents' house. There was a reason she hasn't been home in years. Just when things begin to look up, Abby shuts down and goes back to her own home, accepting a promotion that will take her clear to Minnesota, 9 hours away from Ryan. But God isn't through with Abby, even though she's walked away from Him. God always is working for our own good and Abby needs to realize this. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Denise Hunter is great at family series books. I look forward to the next one she begins later this year. Set in Maine.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    First off, cute cover, right? I love the title font! I always enjoy reading books by Denise Hunter. I know exactly the kind of story I'm going to get and I know how I will feel in the end. This is a Christian Fiction book and the fourth in the Chapel Springs Series. I don't think you need to read them in order as each book stands on it's own. Obviously Ryan and Abby have a history and not an all together good one. Their history unfolds slowly as we get to know them better. I think Ryan might dese First off, cute cover, right? I love the title font! I always enjoy reading books by Denise Hunter. I know exactly the kind of story I'm going to get and I know how I will feel in the end. This is a Christian Fiction book and the fourth in the Chapel Springs Series. I don't think you need to read them in order as each book stands on it's own. Obviously Ryan and Abby have a history and not an all together good one. Their history unfolds slowly as we get to know them better. I think Ryan might deserve a medal and sainthood. Honestly. Ryan's patience knows no bounds. Which is a good thing because Abby is a girl with a truck load of issues. Wowza. She never makes it easy for Ryan. Ever. I really felt badly for Abby. She had my compassion for the really hard things in her life, but I never really liked Abby. Most of the time she wasn't very nice. Ryan, on the other hand, was easy to like. That is a man who knows how to persevere. He is a kind man and I really liked that. This was an enjoyable read and a good distraction. It's squeaky clean and left me feeling good! My thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for allowing me to read and review this title for them. 3.5 stars rounding up

  29. 5 out of 5

    `Candle

    Fourth of the Chapel Springs Romance Series, Married Til Monday, is an unusual romance of second chances with an ex-husband and ex-wife. Ryan McKinley knows what he wants and he wants his wife back. He never stopped loving her. He thinks he knows where he made mistakes and is willing to fight for her if he can only get another chance. Then, suddenly, a chance is dropped in his lap through an unexpected call from his ex-wife's parents inviting him to an anniversary celebration; and obviously, they Fourth of the Chapel Springs Romance Series, Married Til Monday, is an unusual romance of second chances with an ex-husband and ex-wife. Ryan McKinley knows what he wants and he wants his wife back. He never stopped loving her. He thinks he knows where he made mistakes and is willing to fight for her if he can only get another chance. Then, suddenly, a chance is dropped in his lap through an unexpected call from his ex-wife's parents inviting him to an anniversary celebration; and obviously, they are unaware of Ryan and Abby's divorce. Ryan decides to drop by Abby's and suggest they ride together as a couple to her parents. Abby, of course, remains bitter about the breakup and can't fathom a long drive trapped in tight quarters with her ex-husband much less a whole weekend pretending they are still married. Abby has secrets and those dark secrets affect her relationships and caused the demise of her marriage. She knows she has feelings for her ex-husband but she just wants to move on with her life. Can love, faith, and Ryan's perseverance overcome Abby's stubborn bitterness? I really enjoyed this book as I have all in this series by Denise Hunter. It definitely rates a high recommendation. I received this from Netgalley for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Another winner from Denise Hunter. A story about second chances and new beginnings. Abby wants absolutely nothing to do with her ex-husband Ryan but like it or not, she never told her parents that she had gotten divorced. And now they have invited the two of them to celebrate her parents wedding anniversary. Now she has no choice but to play his wife for a few short days. Ryan never understood why his marriage failed but now he's determined to win back his wife and now that they have to be togeth Another winner from Denise Hunter. A story about second chances and new beginnings. Abby wants absolutely nothing to do with her ex-husband Ryan but like it or not, she never told her parents that she had gotten divorced. And now they have invited the two of them to celebrate her parents wedding anniversary. Now she has no choice but to play his wife for a few short days. Ryan never understood why his marriage failed but now he's determined to win back his wife and now that they have to be together, it seems he has the perfect opportunity. But nothing is as easy as it seems as new light shines between the two of them. Will they have a second chance at a happily ever after??? This book was so gripping and a fun read. I recommend it for ages 13 and up for mature (non-sexual) content.

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