Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong ~ Book Review + Giveaway

August 27, 2021


About the Book

Book: Husband Auditions
Author: Angela Ruth Strong
Genre: Christian Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Kregel
Release Date: August 17, 2021

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.

My Thoughts

This was a fun story to read and had be chuckling at times. It immediately starts out with Meri coming home to her brother's house after being part of her best friends wedding. She arrives in her bridesmaid gown and groaning about the fact that she is now the only single friend left and she has been given this list that her friends have passed down from single lady to single lady. We also meet Kai who I must admit I did not like him at the beginning. He seems so childish. I mean he has no car, still has roommates and just doesn't seem to have any drive at all to be a grown up. 

But alas he comes up with this crazy idea to feature Meri on a YouTube channel and go through some of the items in this 1950's list. This is where these characters truly shine as their sarcasm and chemistry really shine. I really enjoyed how they related to each other and by being friends it helped them see each other and especially themselves in a new light. They found out things about themselves and who they wanted to be but were too afraid of accomplishing. 

This is a new to me author but I thought she did a great job at capturing my attention and keeping me entertained the whole way through. I also thought she did a great job at weaving in a faith element in a very subtle but needed way. The ending definitely was not what I was expecting but was very realistic which I appreciated. I will say that I would love to see these characters again and see where they end up. I would also love to know more about Meri's brother and Kai's other roommate and possibly see where her storyline goes. SO I am hoping the author continues more stories with these characters. 

If you enjoy romantic comedies with realistic endings then this may be the one for you!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really liked it. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through I Read with Audra. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


Angela Ruth Strong is doing a big giveaway for a free roundtrip airline ticket on Allegiant Air. The link to share is 

(will be live 8/17 at 12:01 AM CST)

About the Author

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there's nothing else she'd rather write about.

She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Finding Love in Big Sky was recently filmed on location in Montana and will air soon. Her latest release is Husband Auditions.

Strong also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and teaches as an expert online at Write That Book.

Learn more at, and follow her on Facebook (Angela Ruth Strong Fan Page)Twitter (@AngelaRStrong), and Instagram (@ang_strong)

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