Thursday, September 5, 2013

The List

You know when a book grabs you on the first page and sucks you in so you never want to put it down and find random moments to read it all through the day (like when you brush your teeth) because you are just dying to know what happens next with the characters you are totally in love with and when you finally finish it are part happy (because the book was awesome) and sad (because now it's over)?

That's totally how I felt about The List by Melanie Jacobson!

I became an instant fan!

It took me a year to finally wrestle this book away from my teenage niece so I could have a chance to read it. She promised me when she bought it at LDStorymakers that I could take a crack at it when she was done. She made a brilliant purchase! Wish I was smart like her.

I'm gushing. I know. But, maybe it's just because I'm such a sucker for well written clean romance and there's so much that isn't either much less both out there that I get jump-up-and-down-on-the-bed excited when I find a new book and author to champion and of course buy.

Verdict: Read this! There's a few smooches but nothing to make you blush.

I may even encourage my own kids to make a list of their own on their 18th birthdays with the reminder that they can find that eternal companion and complete the list even after their married. Probably before kids though, especially the skydiving. I wanted to do that before getting married. Now with kids, I'm right there with Ryder.

What's on your 'list'?

Here's the back cover and link to Amazon below.

Ashley Barrett doesn’t want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn’t care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college—the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that’s why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals—from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi—she’ll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.
This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the "leaving" part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down—or might set her free?


  1. I love Melanie's books. I read them to my hubby. :D

  2. Bought it. Just hope I can find some time to read it!

    Thanks for the great review and great recommendation, Lisa!