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.
I didn't really know what to expect from the Reluctant Blogger, but whatever expectations I had were totally exceeded! This book made me laugh out loud one minute and cry the next. I loved the characters, and couldn't help but become emotionally connected to Todd.
I really loved how debut novelist Ryan Rapier approached this story. It could have been a really depressing book, but the humor he included was wonderful! Who knew reading about a trip to Walmart could be so entertaining?
The cover isn't my favorite, but it actually is pretty fitting for the story. If you don't care for the cover, ignore it and give this story a chance. I think you'll be glad you did!
There is one swear word, but the story is otherwise clean and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it, and look forward to reading more by Ryan Rapier.
I was surprised at how emotional this book was. I wasn't expecting that at all. I think I was expecting LDS fluff. Don't get me wrong, I like LDS fluff, it's typically pretty funny, but the topics covered in The Reluctant Blogger were serious and...real. I wasn't expecting things to be "real". I loved it. I loved how Todd struggled with his struggles. I love how things didn't happen typically for Todd and Emily. And even though the ending was slightly unbelievable, I liked how it came to pass. This book made me think a lot about my relationships and the people I love, and how I treat them especially if they aren't behaving how I think they should.
The Reluctant Blogger was well written, thought provoking, and enjoyable. Grab a box of tissues, and start reading.
About the Author:
Title: The Reluctant Blogger
Author: Ryan Rapier
Publisher: Bonneville Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: August 2013
FTC FYI: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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