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How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s? In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's not How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s? In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can't get any more single, can she? Her brother's roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love--Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made. When Meri Me debuts, it's an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she's looking for . . . With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.


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How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s? In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's not How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s? In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can't get any more single, can she? Her brother's roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love--Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made. When Meri Me debuts, it's an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she's looking for . . . With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

30 review for Husband Auditions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Do you love a sweet romcom? One that keeps you chuckling and lightens your days just by reading it? Also love characters that are special and unique? Add in a bit of faith and you have Husband Auditions. The basic premise is that a 31 year old is the last in her friend group to get married and is handed a list of recommendations from the 1950s on how to catch a man. Her brother's roommate decides to turn her attempts with those suggestions as the basis for a reality online show. The results are Do you love a sweet romcom? One that keeps you chuckling and lightens your days just by reading it? Also love characters that are special and unique? Add in a bit of faith and you have Husband Auditions. The basic premise is that a 31 year old is the last in her friend group to get married and is handed a list of recommendations from the 1950s on how to catch a man. Her brother's roommate decides to turn her attempts with those suggestions as the basis for a reality online show. The results are hilarious and sweet. This book will satisfy all those who like a light romantic comedy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angie Thompson

    So...I have a bad habit of skimming random sections of a book when I'm looking forward to it but don't have time to actually sit down and read. I know, I know, but just for context... I'm not going to rate this book at this time because I never even really sat down to start it. But when every random place I glanced at just set off more alarm bells that said this one wasn't for me...I'm thinking I need to trust that instinct. For one thing, the roommate situation. The blurb says that Kai is her br So...I have a bad habit of skimming random sections of a book when I'm looking forward to it but don't have time to actually sit down and read. I know, I know, but just for context... I'm not going to rate this book at this time because I never even really sat down to start it. But when every random place I glanced at just set off more alarm bells that said this one wasn't for me...I'm thinking I need to trust that instinct. For one thing, the roommate situation. The blurb says that Kai is her brother's roommate, which is technically true. I had read in another review somewhere that Meri was staying at her brother's house, which...okay, I was willing to give it a pass since her brother was there. But--it turns out her brother isn't there; the whole point is that she's taking his spot while he's away on a trip somewhere. And there's another girl who already lives in the house with two unrelated guys. And all the precautions about having the bedrooms on separate floors just doesn't stop the alarm bells for me. Even if (as I assume) nothing wrong happens, I just don't feel right about it. And then, the scattered "accidental" innuendos--yeah, maybe an awkward comment was accidental on Meri's part, but it wasn't accidental from the author, and that bugged me. Then there was a very important sermon that was literally a word-by-word exposition of a paraphrase of a verse. I mean, I'm not a huge fan of paraphrases in general, but I can let it slide if it's being used alongside the actual verse to give context or something. But when your whole message is based on the individual words in the paraphrased version, as though those were the words God inspired? That really bothered me. And finally, I hit a scene where a couple of the characters had to wrestle with the issue of if they would participate in/help to make a show where there would be sex scenes and where a girl was being pressured to have sex with a costar off screen. I mean, I'm sure some people have to deal with these issues when they're in that kind of business, but not being in those situations, it's more than I want or need to read about in most instances, and it's something I really don't want to put in my head. I'm assuming they make the right decisions, but...I'm just pretty convinced that it's not the kind of book for me. I might still try something else by the author in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Oh my goodness, y’all! Husband Auditions has it all – hilarity, heart, faith, friendship, and super swooniliciousness. There were moments I laughed out loud. Moments I wiped a few tears away. And moments when I had to remind myself to breathe from the crazy-romantic tension combusting through the pages. Mostly, though, I just grinned the whole adorable way through this story. Meri is instantly lovable, and many women will relate to her dreams and dismays. Even if you can’t relate, you’ll want to Oh my goodness, y’all! Husband Auditions has it all – hilarity, heart, faith, friendship, and super swooniliciousness. There were moments I laughed out loud. Moments I wiped a few tears away. And moments when I had to remind myself to breathe from the crazy-romantic tension combusting through the pages. Mostly, though, I just grinned the whole adorable way through this story. Meri is instantly lovable, and many women will relate to her dreams and dismays. Even if you can’t relate, you’ll want to just reach in the book and hug her because she’s just so darn fun. The ‘ways to get a husband’ list she’s given from the 50s is romantic comedy gold, and it definitely leads to a lot of laughs and cute scenes, especially the more natural Meri becomes with the popular YouTube show it generates. Kai takes a bit longer to embrace, but readers will soon be swooning over him as much as I did. Having every other chapter in his perspective (versus Meri’s) gives us faster insight into his motivations and his growing feelings for his roommate’s sister, the one he’s roped into helping him land his dream job – roping being a key word here. Strong achieves the perfect balance between zany hilarity, breathless romantic tension, and heart-touching depth, and there is a lot to be gleaned here on how to make sure you’re entering into a marriage with the right priorities and the right expectations. I was touched by the deeper discussions, though Strong keeps the romcom tone in mind and doesn’t ever let it get too heavy or preachy, and I’m so glad the author addressed the topics that she did. Meri & Kai’s respective character growth throughout Husband Auditions is realistic and honest, and I liked the candid way we are able to watch it unfold. Bottom Line: My grin feels permanently in place after this delightful read! Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong is a completely entertaining blend of hilarious fun and superb romantic tension (that builds into some toe-curling kisses), as well as spiritual depth and sincerity. Watching Meri & Kai’s reluctant friendship morph into authentic affection & respect and, eventually, love is an experience I’m going to have to repeat more than once, earning it a spot on my comfort re-reads list. Adding to the pure joy of this story is an eclectic mix of supporting characters, including Meri’s family & friends in various relationship stages and her other roommate Gemma (who is a quirky screenwriter with her head in her stories). This is everything I want in a romantic comedy, and I wasn’t ready for it to end! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Zany, quirky fun. Told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Kai and Meri, this has snappy banter and a slow realization that what Meri is looking for is right in front of her. Both Meri and Kai are works in progress. They try to honor God but even though they are both single and just over 30, they are a bit immature. Mom advice for Meri: Nobody can avoid pain in life. My job as your mom is to point you to your Heavenly Father who can heal your pain. His love is the only kind that neve Zany, quirky fun. Told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Kai and Meri, this has snappy banter and a slow realization that what Meri is looking for is right in front of her. Both Meri and Kai are works in progress. They try to honor God but even though they are both single and just over 30, they are a bit immature. Mom advice for Meri: Nobody can avoid pain in life. My job as your mom is to point you to your Heavenly Father who can heal your pain. His love is the only kind that never fails.” Meri is the last of her besties to get married so she inherits an odd list of HOW TO CATCH A HUSBAND, from a magazine of the 50s. Kai convinces her it would be fun to turn the list into a YouTube show, while doubtful that it will really work. Meri goes along with it to hilarious results. Kai observes Meri: “She narrows her eyes. I think she’s trying to look menacing, but with all those freckles, she’s as scary as a toddler in time-out.” One item had me reaching into my memory: *#40 Never outshine your man in any athletic activity. Men have sensitive egos and usurping their sportsmanlike prowess will lead to the demise of your relationship.” This proved to successfully deter a boy when I beat him at bowling and I am terrible at bowling! Do not miss this madcap story when everything seemingly goes wrong. A mix of silliness, romance and spiritual lessons. Kai: “My eyebrows dance in confusion.Up. Down. Together. Apart. If I was a cartoon character, I’m sure they would have lifted all the way off my face.” Thoroughly entertaining. * A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Husband Auditions is fun and quirky and full of today’s vernacular. From the very first chapter to the last, this book made me laugh. Younger audiences will get a kick out of the 1950s ideas of how to catch a husband. And “watching” Meri act them out in a contemporary style will bring so many belly laughs that anyone around you will want to know immediately what is so funny. Rom-com between the pages is a great way to describe the story and it would definitely make for a hilarious movie. With de Husband Auditions is fun and quirky and full of today’s vernacular. From the very first chapter to the last, this book made me laugh. Younger audiences will get a kick out of the 1950s ideas of how to catch a husband. And “watching” Meri act them out in a contemporary style will bring so many belly laughs that anyone around you will want to know immediately what is so funny. Rom-com between the pages is a great way to describe the story and it would definitely make for a hilarious movie. With delectable tension between Meri and Kai, you know when they finally “discover” each other it is going to be an absolutely ambrosial moment. Strong writes with precision and spunk, never allowing a moment of boredom. I highly recommend Husband Auditions to fans of contemporary romance. It’s laced with wit, charm, love, and an all-around feel good vibe. I received a copy of the book from the author and publisher. This opinion is my own. No compensation received.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    The Husband Audition is a delightfully humorous bookish escape. Filled with outdated advice on how to snag a husband—and the quirky heroine willing to follow such suggestions as carrying around a hatbox—readers will snicker their way to an ending that may be even more satisfying than a simple happily-ever-after.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'God has a funny sense of humor. I'm not laughing, though. I'm disappointed.' When Meri Newberg is given a silly list from the 1950s of how to catch a husband at her last single friend's wedding, she feels so incredibly bummed. Everyone in her Christian friend circle is now married but her. Her brother's roommate, aspiring filmmaker, Kai Kamaka, encourages her to allow him to film her trying to fulfill this silly list and says they'll be a You Tube sensation. Meri reluctantly agrees, figuring wha 'God has a funny sense of humor. I'm not laughing, though. I'm disappointed.' When Meri Newberg is given a silly list from the 1950s of how to catch a husband at her last single friend's wedding, she feels so incredibly bummed. Everyone in her Christian friend circle is now married but her. Her brother's roommate, aspiring filmmaker, Kai Kamaka, encourages her to allow him to film her trying to fulfill this silly list and says they'll be a You Tube sensation. Meri reluctantly agrees, figuring what else can be worse than being single in her thirties. And after all, she just may find her true and life enduring soul mate. From then on, hilarity ensues. I have long been a fan of Angela Ruth Strong, but she has well and truly done it with this one! This is Rom Com pure gold, folks! Strong has totally nailed this genre with the strokes of her talented pen. I laughed my way through the book, along with being totally entertained and the romance was terrific! I can truly and without reservation highly recommend this book. It is going to go right smack dab on my keeper shelf. Well done! My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. I was not expected to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Turner

    An irresistible hook, an unlikely (but perfect for each other) duo, and the winsome voice of author Angela Ruth Strong come together in Husband Auditions to form a sweet and funny love story readers will adore. Simultaneously an homage to and a lampoon of old-fashioned pursuits of matrimony, inspirational romance fans will gobble up this thoroughly modern tale. I was completely charmed from aloha to aloha.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    HUSBAND AUDITIONS is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster of romantic comedy. The story mixes meaningful messages about happiness, faith and the struggles of marriage and finding the right one, with humor and friendship as these characters take on the challenge of filming a YouTube show based on a 1950s' list on how to catch a guy. Christian contemporary romance fans will find much to love in this story. From the start this story was a lot of fun! Meri and Kai both use lots of sarcasm in their hu HUSBAND AUDITIONS is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster of romantic comedy. The story mixes meaningful messages about happiness, faith and the struggles of marriage and finding the right one, with humor and friendship as these characters take on the challenge of filming a YouTube show based on a 1950s' list on how to catch a guy. Christian contemporary romance fans will find much to love in this story. From the start this story was a lot of fun! Meri and Kai both use lots of sarcasm in their humor and the whole YouTube show was basically mocking the practice of women trying to get men, so there was a constant humorous feel to the story. Meri and Kai had an instant connection and chemistry which definitely made the story quite entertaining. I liked both of them, although I liked Kai more. There was also an overprotective brother from a distance as he's out of the country, a quirky roommate, a best-friend and co-worker, and some other family members who each had their own bits of story to play. The religious aspect is light through the story except in a few places and towards the end. Some may have issues theologically, but otherwise I thought it was well done. I also thought the author did a really good job of mixing the lighter, more entertaining moments (including the romance) with some heavier topics. The story definitely pulled on all my emotions between laughing at the characters' antics, feeling a bit like swooning during a few scenes, and feeling heartbroken for some of the situations. I only had a few complaints with the story. My biggest was the way Meri treated Kai and how judgmental she was in places. There was one point in the story where she actually made me a bit mad and I didn't really like her. She's even hurtful in a few places directly to Kai, but there's no consequences. It's like Kai and the author just gloss right over it all except for Kai once saying to himself that it hurt. She also was rather unlikable when she was being a poor friend when her best friend got married and later on. My other complaint is that I would have liked an epilogue to see how things go and how these two grew in the end, although I also understand why the story ended as it did. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an enjoyable read. It was heartfelt, with relatable characters and a story that most readers can relate to and will leave them with a smile in the end. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy through Audra Jennings Book PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janine Rosche

    Husband Auditions is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy seventy years in the making. Perfect for fans of Becky Wade and Bethany Turner, this hilariously irreverent look at the lengths women throughout history have gone to for love will also leave your heart toasty and full. Readers will adore the oh-so-relatable Meri. And Kai? His lovable and leisurely sloth-with-a-heart-of-gold personality is a refreshing and delectable addition to the dreamy hero hall of fame.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Meri is devastated to inherit The List—an advice column from the 1950s with ideas for how to catch a husband. As if being the last single girl in her social circle wasn't enough, there's the pressure of these ridiculous suggestions to live up to. In order to prove the advice isn't worth the old flimsy paper it's printed on, she begins a YouTube channel showing how silly it is to follow this antiquated advice. But will filming the show and following the tips actually bring her what she's looking Meri is devastated to inherit The List—an advice column from the 1950s with ideas for how to catch a husband. As if being the last single girl in her social circle wasn't enough, there's the pressure of these ridiculous suggestions to live up to. In order to prove the advice isn't worth the old flimsy paper it's printed on, she begins a YouTube channel showing how silly it is to follow this antiquated advice. But will filming the show and following the tips actually bring her what she's looking for? I have a lot of thoughts about this novel! You don't have to hang around my blog very long to know one of my very favorite books is Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston, and Husband Auditions reminded me of Flabbergasted in many ways. They're both laugh-out-loud funny, and both seem to have come into my life at moments when I could relate strongly to the characters. You see, next month I plan to attend the wedding of a dear friend, and then I will be the last single girl in one more social circle. I do know other single women, but in this particular group, I'm the last one standing. It's not my choice to be single, and it's hard enough already without being the last one. Husband Auditions is very funny. I was thoroughly entertained and laughed frequently. Like Flabbergasted, it uses its colorful premise and characters to sneakily weave in truth in a way that makes you go, "Ouch." Husband Auditions also made me cry. The growth arc. The longing. The sweetness. The wondering if Meri and I will both ever see our hopes fulfilled. The story left me looking for more, though. I feel the growth arc was incomplete—and it's totally written to be incomplete, as doesn't try to tie up everything in a nice little bow. I understand the point is that we keep growing. However, I can't help wishing it covered a little more territory to show us Meri and the other characters further along their journeys. The ending is just right for the book as it is written, but for me, the story came up a little short. So take my thoughts with a grain of "last single woman" salt. I really did enjoy this book, and it's a front runner to make my Best Of 2021 list. But it just left me a little unsatisfied, not unlike the feeling of still sleeping alone in a twin-sized bed. I received my copy of the book from Read With Audra. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Ideas that might have worked in the '50s to catch a husband are nothing compared to what might work in our day and age. Meri is disenchanted when her friend Anne gets married and she realizes that she is the last single girl in her group of friends. Anne gives her something called "The List". As a dedicated Christian, Meri would have been happy to have been glancing at a translation of Proverbs Thirty One. Instead she is looking at a list from the 1950s magazine with ideas on how to catch a husb Ideas that might have worked in the '50s to catch a husband are nothing compared to what might work in our day and age. Meri is disenchanted when her friend Anne gets married and she realizes that she is the last single girl in her group of friends. Anne gives her something called "The List". As a dedicated Christian, Meri would have been happy to have been glancing at a translation of Proverbs Thirty One. Instead she is looking at a list from the 1950s magazine with ideas on how to catch a husband. The ideas are outlandish and have the most peculiar suggestions - volunteer with shelter dogs, fake a flat tire, move to a state with more men than women. The list goes on. While Meri is discussing the merits of the list - or lack thereof - with her brother Charlie, his roommate Kai is listening. He thinks it is hilarious. This gives Kai a fabulous idea. Since Charlie happens to be going away on business, Meri is moving in with Kai and their other roommate for a while. Kai begins to develop an idea for his YouTube channel - with Meri and list as the perfect subjects. Kai has even thought of the perfect name - Meri Me. Although Meri is not too happy with Kai about this, she agrees, and lets Kai film her in her unrelenting search for a husband. This becomes an instant hit. He knows he is not husband material, but hopefully someone out there is the perfect one for Meri. The more time Kai and Meri spend together, the more they realize the share the same faith. The same values. But it is enough for the two of them to soon realize that they are actually rather attracted to each other? Would it be enough for them to take a chance at love? What a delightful read. This slow-burn romance was a nice mix of faith, friendship and humor. Husband Auditions was a nice, enjoyable story with a wonderful story that kept me smiling throughout. I most definitely recommend this story that will prove to provide a nice escape. Many thanks to Audra Jennings PR and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong coaxed some chuckles from me while I was reading the book. However, it was not as heavy on the com of the romcom genre as I like. Meri has a strong disdain for Kai to start, but once they start working together, I saw the potential for this team (as did many of their followers). Those follower comments that Kai read faithfully made me scratch my head at why it took so long for any romantic connection to form between these two. Yes, I got that they were figh Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong coaxed some chuckles from me while I was reading the book. However, it was not as heavy on the com of the romcom genre as I like. Meri has a strong disdain for Kai to start, but once they start working together, I saw the potential for this team (as did many of their followers). Those follower comments that Kai read faithfully made me scratch my head at why it took so long for any romantic connection to form between these two. Yes, I got that they were fighting their attraction but at least show us some of that attraction. Some of the items on the list were fun, some were silly, and others were just cringeworthy. But it all made for good entertainment and fantastic banter between Meri & Kai. Strong also incorporates some strong faith elements, including a sermon on marriage that serves as a turning point for these two (and y’all, as a single gal in the church I can confirm that these sermons often don’t seem to be for those of us without significant others on the surface but always carry some nuggets for us anyway). All that to say this was a fun read that is lighthearted with moments of deepness. If you’re looking for something that won’t wring you out emotionally (other than the laughter), Husband Auditions is a good choice. And I’m already in line for Gemma’s book. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    What a fun read! I knew this book and I would get along when I read the first line: "I hated My Best Friend's Wedding." Why? Because I also hated that movie! As I kept reading, I just kept falling deeper and deeper for this novel. It's laugh-out-loud funny (and it takes a lot to make me laugh when reading). It has pop culture references galore. Kai's "ah-ha" moment comes during a sermon about the toilet paper verse (James 4:17 - "So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him What a fun read! I knew this book and I would get along when I read the first line: "I hated My Best Friend's Wedding." Why? Because I also hated that movie! As I kept reading, I just kept falling deeper and deeper for this novel. It's laugh-out-loud funny (and it takes a lot to make me laugh when reading). It has pop culture references galore. Kai's "ah-ha" moment comes during a sermon about the toilet paper verse (James 4:17 - "So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." This verse has basically haunted me my entire life and is the reason I always replace the toilet paper roll 🤣). Plus, it's actually not entirely predictable. I really enjoyed watching Meri and Kai fall for each other while they worked through the ridiculous list, and I felt like their actions and reactions through the process were completely realistic. (Did I audibly yell at Kai a couple times near the end of the book? Yes, yes I did.) Husband Auditions is definitely more than a silly romcom -- it also contains poignant messages about marriage, honesty, and growth. This is a book that will make you laugh while making you think, and I highly recommend it to contemporary romance lovers! Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A thoroughly modern, old fashioned romance. The last single woman standing in her friend group, Meri has always dreamed of marriage and a family of her own. An outdated list of ways to get a husband provides the perfect opportunity for Kai to get material for a demo reel and for Meri to truly say that she has tried it all. An engaging and highly entertaining read, with spot on humor that shows that the author knows her audience well. I loved the fun-filled original premise, with a hero and heroine A thoroughly modern, old fashioned romance. The last single woman standing in her friend group, Meri has always dreamed of marriage and a family of her own. An outdated list of ways to get a husband provides the perfect opportunity for Kai to get material for a demo reel and for Meri to truly say that she has tried it all. An engaging and highly entertaining read, with spot on humor that shows that the author knows her audience well. I loved the fun-filled original premise, with a hero and heroine that we can cheer for, I loved the dialogue an easy-going friendship between Kai and Meri. I especially loved Meri as a relatable heroine as she struggles to not give up on her dream. Overall, a endearingly humorous read with great interaction between the characters, filled with heart. Meri is a quirky everywoman, and I admired her strong values as well as her honesty with herself. Kai is fun loving and mysterious, struggling to take that next big leap in his career. I loved uncovering layer after layer of his character as the story progressed. You will not want to miss this highly entertaining, heartwarmingly hilarious Christian romantic comedy. Definitely recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    “Poor ideas in real life often make the best entertainment.” And so is born the premise of this hilarious rom-com novel from Angela Ruth Strong. Meri and Kai, reluctant roommates (actually housemates)act and film respectively in a reality-made-for-YouTube channel serial movie about 100 ways to catch a husband. The catch of Husband Auditions is, that the rules are taken from a 1950s women's magazine and applied in today’s world. As filming progresses, Meri and Kai begin to wonder how wise it is t “Poor ideas in real life often make the best entertainment.” And so is born the premise of this hilarious rom-com novel from Angela Ruth Strong. Meri and Kai, reluctant roommates (actually housemates)act and film respectively in a reality-made-for-YouTube channel serial movie about 100 ways to catch a husband. The catch of Husband Auditions is, that the rules are taken from a 1950s women's magazine and applied in today’s world. As filming progresses, Meri and Kai begin to wonder how wise it is to complete this unusual project. Will there be a winner, or just losers? With a sense of humor that will have you laughing out loud, Ms. Strong also presents very real moral situations for her characters to work through. Staid Sunday School answers need not apply. How does the very real love of Jesus work itself out in (gasp)Hollywood? In personal boundaries? In how we judge and treat others? Conservatives may have a hard time with the emphasis of the fact the Meri and Kai and another beauty are roommates(housemates). Strong WANTS you to be uncomfortable. Are we as readers assuming relationships that are not present? Do people answer to God or us? One of many dilemmas couched in Strong’s trademark humor to challenge your reactions to others and make you question if you are fully living out your faith.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    Words fail me to adequately describe this book. I loved it. The characters, the humor, wit, plot was just so amazing and hilarious. Meri and Kai were a delight. I loved how they grew on each other. It was sweet to see how they liked each other and were the last to know. Husband Auditions were just sooo funny and exciting to read about. What endeared me most to this book was the lessons on faith amid the wonderful humor. The author really did a wonderful job here. I received a copy of this book an Words fail me to adequately describe this book. I loved it. The characters, the humor, wit, plot was just so amazing and hilarious. Meri and Kai were a delight. I loved how they grew on each other. It was sweet to see how they liked each other and were the last to know. Husband Auditions were just sooo funny and exciting to read about. What endeared me most to this book was the lessons on faith amid the wonderful humor. The author really did a wonderful job here. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Walsh

    As an avid reader, I can honestly say that Husband Auditions has earned a pedestal in my mind for being incomparable to other Christian romances. It gives an accurate picture of the reality that millennials face in the dating realm, especially those trying to retain their Christian identity while balancing their quest for romantic love and their other life goals. While being a humorous book, some scenes will make the reader teary because the main characters' growth comes with emotional pain. The As an avid reader, I can honestly say that Husband Auditions has earned a pedestal in my mind for being incomparable to other Christian romances. It gives an accurate picture of the reality that millennials face in the dating realm, especially those trying to retain their Christian identity while balancing their quest for romantic love and their other life goals. While being a humorous book, some scenes will make the reader teary because the main characters' growth comes with emotional pain. There are also so many lessons subtly woven throughout the novel that single women and men of all ages need to hear. Minor characters also bring angst to the story as they deal with broken relationships and painful memories. There is a realism to both the laughter the characters share and the challenges the characters face. Husband Auditions has lovely pacing, beautiful phrasing, nuggets of wisdom, and authentic characterization. It will make you laugh, cry, and root for the characters until the very last page. (I received an advanced reader copy but was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions expressed are my own.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    What a sense of humor this author has, and she has shared her enjoyment through her words with us. We have Meri Newberg, a 31 year old unmarried woman, whom feels that life has passed her by because she is unmarried. Enter her brother's roommate Kai, and now Meri's housemate, and now a 1950's list! The list gives 101 different ways to attract a husband, yeah, some of them we've thought of, but with Kai's help and the new youtube channel, your in for a delightful treat! Can you picture using a rop What a sense of humor this author has, and she has shared her enjoyment through her words with us. We have Meri Newberg, a 31 year old unmarried woman, whom feels that life has passed her by because she is unmarried. Enter her brother's roommate Kai, and now Meri's housemate, and now a 1950's list! The list gives 101 different ways to attract a husband, yeah, some of them we've thought of, but with Kai's help and the new youtube channel, your in for a delightful treat! Can you picture using a rope and lassoing a man? Well, now there is a video! You won't be disappointed as you page turn for the next quest in this journey, but I found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations that are presented! Will Meri and Kai see what is in front of their eyes? Well we are along for the ride, or should I say tries and videos, and laughs. Enjoy Gemma and her breaking duck tape! I will definitely be looking for books by this author! I received this book through Reading With Audra, and was not required to give a positive review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    Are you looking for a fun, light-hearted summer time read? Look no further --READ THIS BOOK!! :) This is a new-to-me author, although I have seen her name here and there, but just hadn't read any of her books yet. I was captivated. Surprised. Delighted. And more. This book is one of those that would make an excellent rom-com. Fun, hilarious, and yet some seriousness thrown in here and there. Meri is the last in her group to be single. So...after her best friend gets married, she's feeling a bit de Are you looking for a fun, light-hearted summer time read? Look no further --READ THIS BOOK!! :) This is a new-to-me author, although I have seen her name here and there, but just hadn't read any of her books yet. I was captivated. Surprised. Delighted. And more. This book is one of those that would make an excellent rom-com. Fun, hilarious, and yet some seriousness thrown in here and there. Meri is the last in her group to be single. So...after her best friend gets married, she's feeling a bit desperate. It doesn't help matters any that said friend gifts her "The List"...one dating back to the 1950s, offering all kinds of tips on how to catch a husband. Meri decides to go along with Kai's suggestion of making it a fun YouTube channel. he journey, folks...it's all about the journey. And yes, it is humorous. There were times I caught myself laughing out loud. I found this just the perfect read for my afternoon road trip I took recently. If you like contemporary Christian romance novels, then I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy this one! Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    100 ways to catch a husband...or maybe not? For a romantic comedy with such a silly premise, trying to snag a husband using a 60 year old list of highly questionable tips and hints, there is a lot more to Husband Auditions than you might initially suspect. Oh, sure, it was funny and romantic and quite entertaining but it was also so much more. Angela Ruth Strong has successfully and skillfully used the power of story to impart some wisdom, whether you are a single girl in your thirties or a marrie 100 ways to catch a husband...or maybe not? For a romantic comedy with such a silly premise, trying to snag a husband using a 60 year old list of highly questionable tips and hints, there is a lot more to Husband Auditions than you might initially suspect. Oh, sure, it was funny and romantic and quite entertaining but it was also so much more. Angela Ruth Strong has successfully and skillfully used the power of story to impart some wisdom, whether you are a single girl in your thirties or a married woman of many years. There is just so much to unpack in this story that it's hard to know where to even start. As a single girl myself I found a lot to think about, particularly when considering marriage making sure that you yourself are ready to take on all that a real marriage means and that you are not just following fleeting emotions. Sometimes finding the right person is the same as being the right person. I've only read one of Angela Ruth Strong's previous books but I have to say that Husband Auditions is the one I was most impressed with. The skill with which the author spun a tale that was as equally thought provoking as it was entertaining is quite something and not to be missed. Take my advice and check out Angela Ruth Strong's fun new rom-com Husband Auditions! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is a good romance for young career age people. It will be especially enjoyed by people who pay attention to social media, such as reality channels on YouTube. But there is a warning. Are those reality shots authentically real or are they staged to get hits, to be trending? Can it really be true romance when thousands of people are watching? This novel is lots of fun. There is clever dialogue and a good dose of humor. But it is realistic too. There are some points from a good sermon on marria This is a good romance for young career age people. It will be especially enjoyed by people who pay attention to social media, such as reality channels on YouTube. But there is a warning. Are those reality shots authentically real or are they staged to get hits, to be trending? Can it really be true romance when thousands of people are watching? This novel is lots of fun. There is clever dialogue and a good dose of humor. But it is realistic too. There are some points from a good sermon on marriage included. And there are some painful examples of the reality that marriage is work and many marriages fall apart. Strong's writing style is fun. The idea of trying decades old tips on finding a man within the modern social media mix makes for an entertaining plot. The narrative does change points of view, generally alternating between Meri and Kai. It made for some confusion on occasion, my wondering which “I” was sharing experiences this time. Readers who have been praying for a husband since middle school, like Meri, will enjoy this entertaining romance. Just make sure the fellow you fall for wants you more than he does hits on his videos. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This book was a mixed bag for me for sure. On the one hand, it was super cute, funny and it made me smile. On the other hand, I found it hitting a little too close to home with it's thoughts and emotions on singleness. The storyline was really fun and it had a whole host of really lovable characters! But I found Meri scary relatable! Some of the things she was thinking and feeling were the exact same things that have gone through my head at times. Angela Ruth Strong so accurately portrays the pl This book was a mixed bag for me for sure. On the one hand, it was super cute, funny and it made me smile. On the other hand, I found it hitting a little too close to home with it's thoughts and emotions on singleness. The storyline was really fun and it had a whole host of really lovable characters! But I found Meri scary relatable! Some of the things she was thinking and feeling were the exact same things that have gone through my head at times. Angela Ruth Strong so accurately portrays the plight of Christian women who have been single for a long time. I also really appreciated her thoughts on marriage, how it's not enough to simply not be a cheater or not be abusive. That you both have to put in the work to make a marriage work. Though Meri was scarily relatable, I found her absolutely adorable! And her zest for life is so contagious! I honestly don't know if I like Kai, he's exactly what I don't like in a guy but he's also so charming and funny. The kissing scenes though! So so swoony! I felt like I needed a fan or something! I enjoyed joining Meri on her journey of self-discovery, via Youtube, where she learnt that marriage doesn't mean happiness and single doesn't mean alone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Johnson

    When author friends I trust book-gush and swoon about a story, my ears perk up and my fingers click 'purchase.' While I'm not necessarily the biggest rom com fan, this story was all that and more, as promised. Laugh out loud fun and full of heart, Husband Auditions grabbed me immediately. Meri and Kai are an adorable and hilarious pair, and their budding frenemy/friends-into-more is handled in a tender and true way by author Angela Ruth Strong. The word authentic is overused but in this case, it When author friends I trust book-gush and swoon about a story, my ears perk up and my fingers click 'purchase.' While I'm not necessarily the biggest rom com fan, this story was all that and more, as promised. Laugh out loud fun and full of heart, Husband Auditions grabbed me immediately. Meri and Kai are an adorable and hilarious pair, and their budding frenemy/friends-into-more is handled in a tender and true way by author Angela Ruth Strong. The word authentic is overused but in this case, it fits Meri and Kai's relationship and it fits this sweet, sassy, satisfying story. There's laughter and a few tears; the spiritual arcs are realistically portrayed so that the author's words settle in your heart. I appreciate a story that teaches via characters (but absolutely not in a preachy, talking-at-you way), and Husband Auditions pulls this off beautifully. The author created such memorable, loveable characters (especially Kai--sigh), and secondary characters were hilarious and wonderful too (please will there be a book 2??). Even if you're like me, and not necessarily a fan of rom-com, give Husband Auditions a go. It's a stellar romance and a tender treatise about singlehood and the Christian faith.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marylin

    Who would have thought a “List” to catch a husband, would really work. When I read through the list I about died. There are some real doozies on this list and the way Angela Ruth Strong writes them into this book is priceless! This story is so delightful, charming, quirky, and fun! It helped that the story was set in my hometown so I could picture all the places they went to. I fell in love with the characters and the whole storyline. Of course, there were a few times I wanted to scream at the ch Who would have thought a “List” to catch a husband, would really work. When I read through the list I about died. There are some real doozies on this list and the way Angela Ruth Strong writes them into this book is priceless! This story is so delightful, charming, quirky, and fun! It helped that the story was set in my hometown so I could picture all the places they went to. I fell in love with the characters and the whole storyline. Of course, there were a few times I wanted to scream at the characters, but overall, it was so fun, and I laughed many times. I even read a couple of parts to my husband, who then just rolled his eyes at me. I don’t know if I’d tell anyone to use this list, but who knows, some of the ways might just work. Hehe! The book had many fun humorous parts and some deep parts. There were times I cried and times I laughed out loud. I loved all the banter between Kai and Meri. I also LOVED the whole duck-tape scene with Gemma. I was rolling on the floor with that one. Angela Ruth Strong is a wonderful author and has written many fascinating books. Check out her other books. You just might start to read all her books! Now I’m just wanting to read more about Meri and Kai. I’m hoping and praying they’ll pop up in another story soon. I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andi Tubbs

    With the title I envisioned guys on a stage literally auditioning for Meri's hand . . . doing some outrageous things like you'd see on the Bachelor/Bachelorette show. This book was so far from that. It had crazy, outrageous, fun and embarrassing things within the list that Meri and her cameraman Kai did throughout the book but the book was deep and made you think about not only the importance of marriage but seriousness of choosing the right person and allowing God to be the one to not only dire With the title I envisioned guys on a stage literally auditioning for Meri's hand . . . doing some outrageous things like you'd see on the Bachelor/Bachelorette show. This book was so far from that. It had crazy, outrageous, fun and embarrassing things within the list that Meri and her cameraman Kai did throughout the book but the book was deep and made you think about not only the importance of marriage but seriousness of choosing the right person and allowing God to be the one to not only direct you but place His hand directly upon you both. Even with all the fun inside these pages there was the need for healing among the characters and Ms. Strong wasn't afraid to write about those hard things that have affected us all. The healing from brokenness that only God can provide. This is one of my favorite books of the summer and I hope there will be at least one sequel! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    great message in the book and though it's hilarious, it will make you think, and that's not a bad thing. Meri wants marriage, but is marriage right for Meri? It's quite the conundrum and I laughed myself silly through each of Meri and Kai's interactions. What really drew me in, aside from the humor, was the lessons both Meri and Kai learned as they worked together. What we want isn't always what we need and sometimes we have to learn to adapt in order to reach for the dreams God has planned for great message in the book and though it's hilarious, it will make you think, and that's not a bad thing. Meri wants marriage, but is marriage right for Meri? It's quite the conundrum and I laughed myself silly through each of Meri and Kai's interactions. What really drew me in, aside from the humor, was the lessons both Meri and Kai learned as they worked together. What we want isn't always what we need and sometimes we have to learn to adapt in order to reach for the dreams God has planned for us. I can't wait to read this book again and see what insights I take away on the second round. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Read with Audra. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cover Lover Book Review

    Every now or then I come across a book that plays out like a movie in my head. Husband Auditions is a fun, clean treat with plenty of flavor. With a great plot, stimulating narration, and fun characters, it has the perfect recipe for an entertaining film. Fun. That’s what this story is. It’s also a bit goofy (without crossing the line with an annoyed eye-roll) and meaningful (in a romantic and spiritual way.) The elements of faith intermingled with the zaniness and romance is the perfect blend. Every now or then I come across a book that plays out like a movie in my head. Husband Auditions is a fun, clean treat with plenty of flavor. With a great plot, stimulating narration, and fun characters, it has the perfect recipe for an entertaining film. Fun. That’s what this story is. It’s also a bit goofy (without crossing the line with an annoyed eye-roll) and meaningful (in a romantic and spiritual way.) The elements of faith intermingled with the zaniness and romance is the perfect blend. Meri and Kai took me on a journey through their less-than-desirable pasts…dreams of the future…tears and laughter…and ultimately delivered me to a charming and satisfying end. Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    3.5 stars Angela Ruth Strong has written a sweet romcom in her book Husband Auditions. This story is based on 1950’s advice on how to get a husband. The advice is way out of date, causing the scenarios in this book to be absolutely hilarious. The story was a little hard to get into and readers may see themselves from the outside looking in on the story rather than being sucked in, but this light hearted and quirky story is still an enjoyable read. Genre: contemporary, romance, Christian, romcom Pub 3.5 stars Angela Ruth Strong has written a sweet romcom in her book Husband Auditions. This story is based on 1950’s advice on how to get a husband. The advice is way out of date, causing the scenarios in this book to be absolutely hilarious. The story was a little hard to get into and readers may see themselves from the outside looking in on the story rather than being sucked in, but this light hearted and quirky story is still an enjoyable read. Genre: contemporary, romance, Christian, romcom Publisher: Kregel Publications Publication date: August 17, 2021 Number of pages: 272 Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    This was such a fun book! I loved Meri and Kai! I even liked Gemma. The items on the list were pretty amusing and it was very entertaining to read about their adventures while completing the list. This was my first book by Angela Ruth Strong, but I don't think it will be my last. Her writing had me hooked right away. She even had me laughing out loud a couple of times. This is one that I wouldn't mind reading again. I definitely recommend it! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I This was such a fun book! I loved Meri and Kai! I even liked Gemma. The items on the list were pretty amusing and it was very entertaining to read about their adventures while completing the list. This was my first book by Angela Ruth Strong, but I don't think it will be my last. Her writing had me hooked right away. She even had me laughing out loud a couple of times. This is one that I wouldn't mind reading again. I definitely recommend it! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone

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