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Love Ain't No Soap Opera

(Shadybrook #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A Christian Contemporary Romance seasoned with humor and Southern charm.

It's Mayberry meets Daytime Drama...

Selah Morgan, Southern screw-up, is having a hard time facing the plus-sized woman in the mirror or believing that God cares about her or her life. The thirty-something computer consultant longs for the passion and excitement enjoyed by the young, rich, and skinny on
Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 21st 2016 by Funny Farm Press
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Joanie Bruce
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun, light story that I enjoyed.

What I liked: I loved the way Ms. Kuykendall portrays the main female character. She is overweight and conscious of the fact, but she overcomes her looks, accepts her appearance, and gains happiness by the end of the book in spite of her insecurities. Most women today struggle with something they’re not happy with in their appearance, whether it is a weight problem, thinning hair, or a homely countenance. Reading about a character who overcomes the
Dena Reynolds
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel about a woman who is easy to identify with. Selah is the main character and she struggles with everyday issues with her job, her family and her confidence. She dreams of finding love and her soul mate. She grew up watching Soap Operas, like many of us, and still enjoys watching them so she can escape from her life for a few minutes each day. Stuck in a small town far away from any movie or TV production sets, she lands an amazing opportunity to work with the celebrities she ad ...more
Kathryn Green
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I joined Goodreads to get acquainted with some new authors, I was lucky enough to win this book. I just finished this book and, I am still smiling! A wonderfully written story about Selah Morgan, Soap Opera fanatic. When Selah's best friend, Frankie, wins a trip to NY to meet a bunch of characters from their favorite soap operas, she takes her best friend, Selah with her. This is just the beginning of a major life change for Selah. This book is about family, family dysfunction, and, just what it ...more
C.D. Gill
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the whole thing in only a couple sittings. The book had me grinning the whole time even when I wanted to wring a soap opera star's (or two's) neck. The characters are complex and so lifelike. They struggled like we do with family, friends, self-doubt, insecurities, lies we've told ourselves over the years, addictions we've embraced as comfort, and most of all the desire to throw the towel in when everything falls apart in front of us. It was great to see the Hollywood notion of beautiful be ...more
Becky Smith
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know how I overlooked this book, because it was delightfully funny and inspiring! The book has encouraging themes of self-worth, forgiving others as well as yourself, and realizing that God does care about you, even when it seems like He’s not answering. It counteracts the soap operas’ lessons that “life was a whole lot easier if you were young, rich, and skinny.” I’m sad to say this book was misplaced after winning it at an ACFW FaceBook party over a year ago. This is a fun book to read ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love romance so when I got offered a copy of a new to me genre, from a local author, I was stoked.
I was so ready for a change from the thin supermodel characters... Selah is so relatable and funny. when Selah's best friend Frankie takes her on a trip to the city they meet their soap opera icons...on this trip events are set into motion that get Selah right on scene with the hottest stars.
cane is a swoon worthy Soap actor. whose past is haunted. will he be able to over come
Christine Jahn
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say BRAVO to Connie Kuykendall for writing a character to which many of our young girls today can relate. It is sad that most books describe their leading ladies as thin, sexy, beauty beyond compare, without physical flaws, etc. And while that is the author's individual privilege to write their heroines as they wish, it is a bit disconcerting to the thousands upon thousands of girls and women who read romance novels looking for some kind of relativity or connection.

"Love Ain't No
Allison Garcia
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I couldn't put it down. It was engaging, hilarious, touching, and beautiful. The characters were flawed and deep and complicated and wonderful, all rolled into one big ball of awesomeness! I love how each character is struggling with their own demons and all the different layers to them. The descriptions were beautiful. I could picture all the scenes and the people, and it just drew me into the world. It was one of the best books I've read in a while, and I can't wait for the n ...more
Toni Shiloh
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this novel. The characters are real people with real problems...what's not to love.
But seriously, Selah Morgan aka SoaperFan, is quirky, sweet, and insecure. Reading about her weight struggles and insecurities was like taking a glimpse into my life. I easily identified with her but more than that, she's the type of friend I would want. Loyal, praying keep you from being depressed type of person. Ms. Kuykendall did an awesome job with the story line, writing, everything really
Jennifer Robb
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Most young girls have a crush on an entertainment star at some point in their lives. In this book, one fan gets lost at a fan event and ends up talking to the head writer and producer of her favorite soap opera--this leads to her becoming the SuperFan (or SoaperFan as the producer decides to call it) with inside access to the soap opera that she passes along to other fans in a blog. During her time as a SoaperFan, she also gets to meet her long-time crush who stars on the soap opera--and of cour ...more
Jj Sommerville
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I grew up watching soaps thanks to my grandmother, mostly, and still watch them. I know how Selah feels, I could identify completely with her, I am still heavy and also grew up in a small Southern town where everyone knew your business and you grew up with them. (I must admit I grew up with Connie). Loved catching the little things that were from the soaps. I also really enjoy the Christian aspect and that there isn't clothes tearing sex stuff. I am waiting eagerly for the nex ...more
MaryBeth Long
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming and engaging , a frothy fun read. Pick it up and take it to the beach this summer.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hillarious! I loved it and laughed through the chapters. Glad to see something different and fun.
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Connie Kuykendall is a big-haired attorney from Virginia with an even bigger smile and Southern accent.

She writes to empower and uplift women struggling with their body image and faith. Her dream is that one person who reads her work will look in the mirror and, instead of repeating her daily “I’m so ugly, I’m so fat” mantra, says, “I am so loved.”

God can turn broken pieces and broken people—lik

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