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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (409 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780739384800
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This refreshing romantic comedy with a spiritual twist will appeal to fans of Kristen Billerbeck and Tracey Bateman.

Jessie is a big believer in love, but although she's spent her whole life fantasizing about what her marriage proposal would be like, reality has yet to match her dreams - until one day God shows up and offers to write Jessie's love story for her. There's just one catch: she must surrender all control. When she does, Jessie discovers that divine things can happen when we let go.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 2/9/2014

    " I'm giving it two stars for having some funny moments. The beginning started off okay, I had settled myself for typical Chick Lit. But then a few chapters into it, I'm wondering if it's taking a Drop Dead Fred turn. I finished it, but didn't care for it at all. Note to self: Stop reading chick lit! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathleen | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting (though controversial) premise, and I have no doubt there will be those who welcome the approach. I, however, cannot suspend disbelief to this degree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/5/2014

    " Even for a guy, I have to say I was really entertained by this novel. Could relate in my own "guy" way. :) And found many spiritual truths that were good reminders for my journey in life, as well as in relationships. In a nutshell, very funny, surprising, and full of wisdom. Great job Cheryl & Rene! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 1/27/2014

    " At first, I did not realize that this was a Christian novel. I really appreciate the honesty and relatability of the main character. I definitely could place myself in her shoes as someone who stubbornly wants to "write her own story". It was an amazing journey through a woman's desire to trust more in God and build a better relationship with Him. This was a very inspirational story, that I would even read again, knowing exactly what will happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/15/2014

    " This book was laugh out loud funny. I loved it. It is pretty corny but was so light that I did not mind the corniness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandra | 1/14/2014

    " It's a bit strange but very charming. I can't say I wholeheartedly recommend it, but I enjoyed reading it, and it was not a waste of time. Now you are curious, aren't you? You'll have to see for yourself. It's truly an unusual book and difficult to pigeonhole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/9/2014

    " I love love loved this book. I couldnt put it dont my only problem was it that I wanted to yell at jessie and tell her that god was taking the face of he future husband. And that everytime that someone could see him was because it was him. But she finaly got it. Again I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews | 12/30/2013

    " I'm not sure what I think about this book. it was good but not as good as others I have read and I can't put my finger on what it is or why "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory Hunz | 12/11/2013

    " Not a big fan of this story. I listened to it on CD and the narrator wasn't that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 12/8/2013

    " I love this book, I bought it last year when alot of my friends were getting engaged and married, but never had time to read it. When I finally set down to read the book; I finished it in a few hours. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Curtis | 12/7/2013

    " I did not like this book at all and I found the reference to God quite dis respectful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 11/29/2013

    " Listened to this one while driving through Nebraska and Wyoming. Was glad to have something to pass the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/23/2013

    " I was expecting your typical chick lit read but it had a fun twist to it. Still cheesy but I enjoyed the new take on the single girl's pursuit for a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 8/9/2013

    " Another favorite. Reminds me to let go and let God write my story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/1/2013

    " I liked this story. I believe it was originally written as a screen play and I think it would be a great movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 4/14/2012

    " i really could have used this book before i got married! if i ever have a daughger, she Will read this! amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Way | 4/1/2012

    " Loved this book. Thought it was funny, charming, and touching. Had me laughing out loud from the first page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 10/11/2011

    " Fun and quick read. Am enjoying it but would be best appreciated by single women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ml Herman | 7/18/2011

    " This book reminded me of Emily Giffn's books, only with a Christian spin. I laughed out loud throughout the book, but have your tissues handy for the many touching moments. This book is an easy read with a uniquue story and great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/24/2011

    " I enjoyed the idea of God showing up as a hottie and they ways that He got Jessie to trust Him to find her a husband. Funny & lighthearted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/10/2011

    " I liked it. An inspirational book and I try not to choose them. Fun- cute, upbeat. Especially if one has, in fact, never been the bride! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summisse | 5/1/2011

    " Funny!! Great medicine! can't wait for the movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/6/2011

    " It was a good read. Enjoyed it and who can't relate to a woman in search of Prince Charming. You learn though that you shouldn't be searching for him but that he will find you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/1/2011

    " I was expecting your typical chick lit read but it had a fun twist to it. Still cheesy but I enjoyed the new take on the single girl's pursuit for a man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thais | 2/26/2011

    " Kind of weird. Thought I'd like it a lot more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/16/2010

    " I really loved where my thoughts went while reading this book. I especially loved the point that God wanted to spend time with Jessie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 7/30/2010

    " Listened to this one while driving through Nebraska and Wyoming. Was glad to have something to pass the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 6/28/2010

    " This could have been a good book, but it was just too unrealistic and inconsistent for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 6/15/2010

    " I think the book started out with an interesting premise, but took a really bad turn somewhere along the way. I think it somewhat recovered at the end, but it was too late to save the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth (MrsGinTN) | 4/18/2010

    " This book was cute and sweet. I enjoyed Jessie's character with all its funny quirks. It's definitely a different way to think of things. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2010

    " When God appears in the form of a hot guy it is time to run away. "

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About the Author
Author Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge is the author of over fifteen novels, including Listen, Possession, Misery Loves Company, the Storm series, the Boo series, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the movie The Ultimate Gift. She has a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing, and publishing comedy sketches. Gutteridge writes in both comedy and suspense genres. She and her husband have two children and live in Oklahoma.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.