Title: The Reluctant Blogger
Author: Ryan Rapier
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release Date: 08/13/2013
Dr. Schenk, I don’t know if what I’ve written amounts to a breakthrough or not, but I hope you know how difficult this was for me. I also hope this proves how serious I am.
Todd Landry knows he’s in a bad place. That’s why he began seeing a therapist to begin with. And that alone took a lot of doing. So when Dr. Schenk threatens to stop their sessions due to Todd’s lack of effort, Todd grasps at the last available straw: a personal blog that will force him to confront his demons.
Ever since the death of his wife, Marci, Todd has not been the same. To make matters worse, he’s being forced to Single Adult activities at church, and everyone close to him seems to think he should be able to just forget Marci and get married again—especially when he meets Emily. But dating again is hard, especially when throw in three kids still at home, an overbearing father, and friends who need help with problems all their own.
This beautifully woven and emotional tale is both heartbreaking and humorous. Championing friendship, love, and family, Ryan Rapier deals adeptly with the everyday struggles we face as well as the strongest ties that keep us together. You’re sure to fall in love with this magnificent story of redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
First off, I know people have mixed feelings about LDS fiction. Some are offended if its not ‘Mormon’ enough, and others are too preachy. Its a hard balance. I liked a book that is a clean read, no innappropriate scenes, and low on the language radar. This was what made me LOVE the book Tanned, Toned, and Totally Faking It. The perfect balance was found.
I loved The Reluctant Blogger. First off, its about blogging. Second, it made my requirements of the perfect balance as mentioned above. The true conflict in the story was realistic as it was heartbreaking. It felt very refreshing to have a modern and real story line. I don’t want to ruin too much of the book itself, but I think it should definitley be on everyone’s to read list. Love lost, love found, parenting, friendship, and acceptance are all topics I found myself pondering during and after reading The Reluctant Blogger. I give it 5/5 stars.
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