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Juliette and the Monday ManDates (The Gustafson Girls #1)

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When Paul and Simone Gustafson are killed by a drunk driver, the lives of their four daughters change irrevocably. Although raised by loving grandparents, it’s the G-FOURce—the Gustafson Four Sisters Club—that binds them together when their differences would tear them apart. All grown up now, Juliette has become the quintessential doormat, Renata,
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by BraveHearts Press
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Juliette’s sisters are determined to help her get over her last relationship. They set up the Monday ManDates, a blind date every Monday. After Thera-Paul and Frisky Frank, Juliette’s not sure how much more she can stand. The only man that seems to catch her interest these days is the police officer she keeps having run-ins with, and humiliating herself in front of.

I really liked this story. I enjoyed the family dynamics between the sisters. They were a true family, full of love, and very differ
Aly Abell
Sep 01, 2014 Aly Abell rated it it was amazing
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Juliette and the Monday ManDates is the first book in The Gustafson Girls, a new four-book series by Becky Doughty. The main character Juliette is the oldest of four sisters, and she has recently undergone a particularly painful break-up of a relationship. In an effort to get her out of the doldrums, her sisters arrange a series of blind dates.

None of the blind dates goes anything like Juliette or her sisters could have expected. Will Juliette find love with any of the Monday ManDates? Will she
Heather Gilbert
Sep 06, 2014 Heather Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Lighthearted read about the sisterly bonds that run deep. Getting into one tricky situation after another, Juliette Gustafson is endearing as she tries to get past her ex, Mike. I love how her sisters and friend rally around her, prodding her to move forward again. The backstory on this adds extra depth to our understanding of Juliette's emotional state, and her spiritual journey is one many can relate to. I loved following along with Juliette on her dates and felt I could "see" this book ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Elsbeth rated it really liked it
The author warned me that this book is a bit more Christian than the others she wrote. Now I'm not really a fan of Christian fiction, but I still thought it a wonderful book! I really liked all the colorful characters and really enjoyed the story!
Thank you, Becky Doughty, for giving me a chance to read it!
Sep 25, 2014 Lately25 rated it it was amazing
1st Time Reader.....

of a Christian romance, and I must say that I actually enjoyed it. I will most likely purchase the next book in the series, since I liked this one, and would like to see how the G-FOURce lives go. As well as how things end up regarding Angela.
Staciy Wilson Wilson
May 09, 2016 Staciy Wilson Wilson rated it it was amazing
Book Budget Burned!

I am usually a historical romance kind of lady, but this book pulled me in! I am pretty sure I have found a new authoress to follow. Juliette and her sisters are a force to be reckoned with. A G-Four-ce, that is!
Jun 30, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I love Becky Doughty's books! This book was lots of fun but intense at the same time. I really enjoyed this story and the start of this series about 4 sisters. I look forward to reading the next three! :)
Margaret Williams
May 27, 2015 Margaret Williams rated it it was amazing
Great material for a chick flick

Loved the story, the people, and a really touching message of the love of Christ for his people. The characters are so well defined it makes one feel you might run into them on the street.
DonnaJo Jo Pallini
Aug 12, 2015 DonnaJo Jo Pallini rated it really liked it
Very good book. I really liked how each of the four sister's personality evolved and how they related to each other. This is a book of hope and love and forgiveness!
Oct 26, 2016 Janice rated it it was amazing
This book is simply delightful! It delivered even more than I expected, in several different ways! Juliette is "forced" to have Monday Night blind dates, set up by her 3 sisters. Her world is opened all the way to heaven and helps her come to terms with the death of her parents from a drunk driver. Now I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Lynette Alshanski
Oct 30, 2016 Lynette Alshanski rated it it was amazing
This is the book I've read of Beck Doughty. I look forward to many more of her books. This story shows our Lord's grace. We are to follow His example and how damaging to us it can be if we choose not to. Redemption is glorious. I can't wait to read the next book about the second sister in this series
Nov 01, 2016 Bill rated it liked it
Romance novel about how your relationship with your siblings affects romantic relationships. Book one of 4 with the other 3 featuring each of Julliette's sisters. Don't think I could take reading 3 more in the series.
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Jun 15, 2015 Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz rated it really liked it
When I first found this book it was labeled as women's fiction or chick lit but I think I would label it more as Christian fiction, which is fine with me! I enjoyed it and will recommend it to others, including my daughter. It was a nice read; entertaining, funny, yet serious at times, leaving you with a message of love and forgiveness. While reading this book there were times when I laughed, times when I got a little teary eyed, and times when I just had to sit and soak up the words. There were ...more
Lisa Crane
Sep 16, 2014 Lisa Crane rated it it was ok

It's just me, personally, but a heroine who plans out every single detail of her life, including binders for wedding dresses, bridal invitations, honeymoon plans (and future vacations!), and even baby things before her boyfriend even proposes? Sorry, that makes me crazy. I had a hard time connecting with Juliette because of this, and even found myself thinking, "Ugh, no wonder he didn't propose."

I'm assuming, since this is Book 1, we'll get more of the other sisters' stories in the
Sep 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I am not the best person to review Juliette and the Monday ManDates since it is a really preachy Christian romance. I didn't realize this before I started it and for the first couple chapter it was fine. Then suddenly you have page after page after page of God/Jesus talk that was too much for me. As a non-religious person I don't mind religious characters but I can't really get behind preachy books. When it feels like it is aimed at the reader and not just the that is the way the characters are ...more
Nadine Keels
Sep 22, 2014 Nadine Keels rated it liked it
I had my share of giggles while reading Juliette and the Monday ManDates. Juliette is a quirky character, and her G-FOURce meetings with her sisters have familial elements that I, considering myself and my own siblings, fully understand. I mean, a group of four grown women, all saying "Oogy-boogy" to one another to confirm their agreement on a motion? What? I love it!

Along with the protagonist's quirkiness and the humor of her blind ManDates on Mondays comes Becky Doughty's knack for dealing wit
Nancy H Vest
Jul 30, 2015 Nancy H Vest rated it really liked it
Juliette and the Monday ManDates is the first in a series about the four Gustafson sisters, Juliette being the oldest. As the story begins, Juliette has recently broken up with a long term boyfriend who she expected to marry. Her sisters insist she start dating again and set her up with a different guy each Monday night.
Juliette goes along with it to appease her sisters. The story goes from there with mistaken assumptions, expected and unexpected scenes, and more that kept this story interestin
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This was a fabulous read. I enjoyed every page that I devoured. This author has a real knack at writing stories that reaches out and touches your heart and soul. The characters were phenomenal and felt so real. It felt as if I was a part of their daily lives, helping them through their tough decisions. The love of the sisters was just breathtakingly beautiful and the story between Juliette and Victor was just.......magical. I even lo
Oct 23, 2015 ReaderGirl rated it really liked it
I would give this one 4.5 stars.
I was a little thrown off at the beginning of the book, when it became clear that Juliette did not have an active relationship with God, but I was pleasantly surprised to find Juliette slowly working her way toward a relationship with Christ. The start of the book was not leading toward anything inappropriate, but giving us a feel for the emptiness of Juliette's life before she lets God into it. This is unusual in a Christian novel (where most heroines are already
Mar 18, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
My first, but definitely not my last book by Becky Doughty. This book has it all. In some places, I found myself laughing out loud, in others, I was crying along with Juliette. I loved the wholesome romance portion of the story. I look for this type of book, one that I can recommend to my daughter and grand-daughter. I know it got some mixed reviews on the authenticity to characters like Taz and for the "Preachiness" of the story. I did not find it to be "Preachy" at all. I found the Bible ...more
Rebecca Bates
Aug 24, 2015 Rebecca Bates rated it really liked it
I wanted to love this book, and I did love parts of it. I loved the relationship with her sisters (for the most part), her conversion, and when she realized how self centered she'd been and worked on changing. I missed her best friend in the ending of the book, I really love books that have a strong best friend. I was a little disappointed with the "champion" of this book. I can see how he might believe the worst about her a time or two, given his family past, but the time at the end had me ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I started this book three times and gave up twice. I skipped the character sketches (a personal pet peeve), but even so the beginning felt like endless backstory to me. Yet once it gets going, this book is charming, funny, and unusual.

Doughty is a wonderful writer, and she has a talent for adding clever details at the just right moment. It made for a vivid reading experience! There are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. The unexpected romance is full of tension, and inextric
Ashley D
Jul 15, 2016 Ashley D rated it it was ok
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Based on the title, I thought that the whole book would be about her adventures on the ManDates. So not what it is. That is actually just a small part of what the book is about. I'm all about religion and putting God first in your life and living a good, clean life, but this book felt a little preachy to me. I appreciated that she found solace in religion and was happier for it. There were a couple of parts that had me questioning what was ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
This is a fun quick read, quite different from my usual style, but I really enjoyed it. Juliette Gustafson is the oldest of four sisters who lost both parents in a car accident the day she graduated from high school and was hit by a classmate. Juliette is in her early 30's and is feeling lost and worthless after her boyfriend of 10 years decides he is done with the relationship. The sisters have been very close and the three younger ones decide that they are going to make Juliette go on a blind ...more
Deb Beaulieu
May 03, 2015 Deb Beaulieu rated it really liked it
Good story that makes me want to read the next

Juliette is a women in her early 30's and feeling worthless. The book is about how she finds her voice and able to see that she matters. This is a Christian book and it is through the book, sometimes subtle and other times rather strong. Juliette's story is about discovering who you are, how the past shapes you, and how you can overcome those obstacles so you can be whole. I would recommend this book and I will be reading about the other 3 sisters.
Patricia Young
May 31, 2015 Patricia Young rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are quirky, rememberable, fallible and have stayed with me after finishing the book. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that the "romance" was not perfect and the male love interest was not a perfect, yet unrealistic depiction. The characters are authentic and transparent. Major kudos to the author for modelling how to live imperfectly, and still have intimacy and be loved. I'm downloading another book now because I want mo
Dec 07, 2015 Cayla rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read!!! I am already wanting to find the sequel. While the book shows a family of four sisters, the book really zeros in on Juliette. The three sisters have decided to create an intervention of sorts to get Juliette out of her slump and back in the dating game. I won't go beyond this, but I will say that I love the humor, the sense of love and loyalty among the sisters, and the fact that this is a good clean romance based on faith and the knowledge that God knows best.

I hope
This was a fun, quirky, little tale with interesting characters, a plethora of movie/book quotes cleverly wound through. It was 100% predictable but I still found myself chuckling and enjoying the storyline and one-liners. My only criticism comes by way of the lack of consistency with, mostly insignificant, details and a few characters needed a little more development and/or a conclusion to their own string. All in all, a cute read.
Overall I enjoyed this story & I definitely want to read Renata, Phoebe & Gia's stories. There was a couple places I literally laughed out loud. I loved Bob, crusty old Mrs. Cork & her Mr. Bobo. I liked Victor fairly well also. I wasn't to fond though of the back & forth nature of the relationship he & Juliette had. Sharon, Tom & Michelle were also great supporting characters. This was really a 3 1/2 star read for me.
Sep 21, 2014 Ashan rated it liked it
I don't know where it says 'This is more about finding God than about finding love', and to be honest, I almost stopped reading this because of it being suddenly sprung in my face randomly in what was otherwise a pretty normal 'midlife romance' novel.

I didn't mind the writing and the story was okay, but I don't think I'll be reading any others that might be released in this series, because it's not what I was looking for when I read the blurb.
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Becky Doughty is the author of the award-winning Elderberry Croft series and the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. "I write fiction, mainly because nonfiction is hard! Yes, I've tried. Let's just say I like to color outside the lines when it comes to sticking to facts...or anything else, for that matter. I write Women's Fiction with strong elements of romance and Young Adult/New Adult Fiction. ...more
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