Avoiding Marriage by Karin Beery ~ Book Review + Giveaway

May 15, 2021


About the Book

Book:  Avoiding Marriage
Series: Practically Married
Author: Karin Beery
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: April 13, 2021

Two years ago, Jessica Miller made a mess of her already confusing life. Now, she’s back in Boyne Heights, and she’s determined to fix her reputation. She can’t seem to avoid the past that haunts her, but that’s the joy of small-town life—word spreads and people remember. Intent on her mission, however, she faces her past head-on, taking a job with her ex-boyfriend while avoiding her grandmother’s attempts to find her a new one.


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My Thoughts

I was so excited to see there was another book following Practically Married. If you haven't read that one I suggest you do just so you can get a little bit more background story on the characters in this story. I think if I would of read this one first I would've been a bit lost. This is a very short story and it follows Jessica as she starts working for her ex at the request of his new wife... intrigued yet? You should be! This was a great story of second chances. The characters were great and some were quirky, like grandma! I enjoyed how you see Jessica grow through this story. She definitely goes through some changes that are for the good. 

Overall this is a great sweet short story. That's my only complaint that it is short! I want to know more of what happens with Jessica's brother and her mom who just came back into town. So I really hope the author has plans for another on this series. I know I would love to read more. This is definitely a clean and wholesome read so I definitely recommend it but seriously grab the first book first!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.


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I am so excited to go back to Boyne Heights!


**SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read Practically Married, skip the following paragraph and go to the next!


When we Boyne Heights, Russ was in a hospital bed after a car accident with Ashley by his side, and they’d agreed to get really married, not just practically married. That was around Thanksgiving. Now it’s spring time. Russ and Ashley are enjoying the newly wed life, but they need help. Enter Jessica Miller.



Jess is exactly what Russ and Ashely need at the Russell farm, but nothing is ever as easy as it sounds. I mean, Jess thought she was going to marry Russ—now she’s working for him and his new wife? As if that’s not enough, Gran’s adjusting a little too well to life in the care home, meeting every single guy there to introduce to her favorite granddaughter, but Jess doesn’t have time. On top of the new job, it looks like her brother might be relapsing, and her wayward mother’s name keeps popping up in conversations.


I hadn’t planned on writing Jess’s story, I kept asking myself: what kind of woman did Russ date before he met Ashley? I knew the ex-girlfriend had to be smart, kind, motivated, yet hurting. It was so much fun to explore her story!


I hadn’t planned to go back to Boyne Heights, but I definitely enjoyed the trip. I hope you will too!

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To celebrate her tour, Karin is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. I liked the review, thank you.

  2. Adding to my tbr right now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds like a wonderful novel, really enjoyed your post as well. Blessings!

  4. Thank you so much for the review -- I'm so glad you liked it!