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Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the "bright and shiny . When her younger sister's approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships even if it means appeasing them and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Bling! Romance
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Susan L. Tuttle I'm so sorry! This question only just appeared though it shows you left it some time ago. I'm so glad you enjoyed AFG, and yes! I do have plans to wri…moreI'm so sorry! This question only just appeared though it shows you left it some time ago. I'm so glad you enjoyed AFG, and yes! I do have plans to write its sequel. I have another title that releases this year that contains completely different characters, so it may be 2020 before you see Belle, but she definitely has a story to tell:)(less)
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Abby Breuklander
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love this story!! Some things aren't always what they seem, it takes getting down into the nitty gritty that we can truly see the real story. Whether it's problems with a parent, sibling, or even something that we didn't even know was buried deep down inside us, it's always worth the time and effort to really get to know the person and their stories. We may just be surprised at what we find and the relationships that we didn't think could be possible.
Suzie Waltner
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

From the first chapter of this book, Susan L. Tuttle drew me into Penny’s world. In fact, I finished this book in one day (well, technically two since it was 2:30 AM when I finished).

Penny and Jonah are such real characters—mistakes, flaws, and all—that connecting with them as a reader came naturally. Despite Penny’s own issues with how her family sees her, she does the same thing to Jonah. Multiple times. And Jonah! Sigh, Jonah! This man has the biggest heart. It’s evident from the beg
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Emilee
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty predictable love story. I love Jonah, East too, even though he's a creep. Penny and Belle were not really "my cup of tea". Not sure what is was about Penny but I didn't love her. I did enjoy the gym scenes and the great dates with Jonah. Over all this was an enjoyable read with a strong plot.
Sarah
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Giving this chance to read this debut book for this author is super exciting, because it it always wonderful to find a new author. In this book you have a handful of broken people looking for love and healing. Finding forgiveness is not all about forgiving someone, and the author did an amazing job with that in this book. While this is a perfect clean read if I was rating it as a movie I would say PG-13 it discuss' some situations that most young people face every day. I loved how the author kep ...more
Paula Shreckhise
I really enjoyed this contemporary novel. It was packed with so many meaningful messages in a tale of two sisters who are each struggling with self worth.
Penny has moved to Chicago to be an Estate Sales Coordinator ( a job I would love) to distance herself from her dysfunctional family. Younger sister Belle’s wedding is the center of attention. Penny wants to reconnect with Belle so badly that she agrees to a diet and exercise plan in order to fit into a gaudy purple dress for the wedding. Penn
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Phyllis
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not all that glitters is gold

Penny had felt overlooked from the time she was very little. Her mother and her younger sister were constantly nagging her about her appearance and the fact that she could afford to shed some weight. How in the world could she ever find someone to love her the way she was?

Oh, how my heart went out to her! I’m hard enough on myself without having those who are “supposed” to love me tell me how insufficient I am. I loved the message of the story and the way the author
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Evonne Hutton
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding!!!
A great story line with excellent characterization!
Values and character happens to be personal beliefs and should never be compromised.
This lovely romance shows God's grace in sustaining those beliefs
If you are a Christian read it today!
Shona
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Penny, a girl who doesn’t know her own self worth.
Jonah, a guy who wants to prove to her she’s beautiful, inside and out.
A novel which explores how we can view ourselves and each other ‘at first glance’. Then sets out to prove our worth is found in inner beauty and Jesus.
I loved this book so much. Penny’s struggle with her self esteem was so real. The desire to be accepted and loved, not for who she is but instead for what she looks like was so moving. The lies we hear from others who tell us
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Nicki
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First let me say I am also an estate person tho I don't hold the sale at the house. I buy up the estate and haul it away. So I really related to Penny. I also have a deformity that was a cause of ugly comments all through my school years. So this story really hit home. I thought the story was touching and pointed out how society is so wrapped up in the superficial, how cruel people can be and how we are slow to see the good in others.

Totally loved this book!
Denise Hershberger
I've had this book on my TBR pile for quite a while, but when it showed up free for Kindle I decided it was high time I actually read it!

Tuttle is a new author for me so I had no idea what to expect. Now that I've finished her book I cannot wait to read more of her work. This book is NOT marketed as Christian Fiction but does have an inspirational side to it. I really love how Tuttle included very real life situations that Christian Fiction can't usually include. She handled all of the situation
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Nicole
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am shocked that this is Susan's first novel. It is very polished and intelligently written. It's a beautiful love story. Her writing is humorous and descriptive but what truly struck me was the heart. From literally the first words of the book she was pulling my heart strings. I found myself in tears several times.
Coco.V
Jan 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the "bright and shiny . When her younger sister's approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they've hounded her about for years. But she doesn'
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Penny Leidecker
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, that for this to be her first published book, Susan L. Tuttle did an unbelievable job. This book will have you hooked from the beginning. Penny and Jonah meet when they’re both in the wedding party of Penny’s sister, Belle, and Jonah’s cousin, Micah. This emotional read will have you on a roller coaster ride and the way things unfold is truly spectacular. I can not recommend this book enough. I would honestly give this book more than five stars, if I could. I was surprised by quie ...more
Jennifer Fluegge
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I've read by this author and it won't be the last! The story was captivating from first page to last.
Ahnah
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book!

This was such a great story! Sweet Penelope is a beautiful lady struggling with self-confidence issues stemming from her extremely complicated childhood. While in the midst of running a business, preparing for her sister's wedding and trying to lose a few pounds to fit into a bridesmaid dress (we all know how most of those end up looking!) she is also thrown into finding a new boyfriend as well as an unexpected friendship.

This story swept me away into a beautiful
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Inspirationalfictionreader
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have heard so many good things about this story that I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it. At First Glance is a wonderful deeply layered story that will make you feel so invested in the characters. There are ones you will completely love - Hello, Jonah! - ones you might struggle with a bit - I’m looking at you, Penny! - and ones you will totally dislike - a lot!

Jonah is my favorite character from this story. What he does for his sister and nephew - amazing. And what he does for Penny?
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Carole Jarvis
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2yQe5s8

What a great debut for Susan L. Tuttle! At First Glance is a gem, which is why readers can have so much fun trying new authors. Relationship-type stories are my favorite, and At First Glance captured my heart and emotions from the first page. It’s a story of self-esteem, self-confidence, finding acceptance and contentment in our own skin. Tuttle is an excellent author and has created a story that is so very relevant.

The characters feel so rea
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Cathy Morgan
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Penny's younger adopted sister, Belle, is everything that their mother wants in a daughter and Penny herself isn't. As part of the bridal party for Belle's forthcoming wedding, Penny ends up under pressure from her sister to lose weight. In an attempt to get closer to what her sister things she should be, she joins a gym and takes sessions with a personal trainer, East Fisher - but there she also reconnects with Jonah, the cousin of Belle's soon-to-be-husband, Micah. East is everything she has b ...more
Becky
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book was so good! I read it all in an afternoon and evening. From the very beginning, I was swept into Penny's story as she dealt with her mom and sister (I was not a fan of them) and suddenly had two interesting men interested in her.

About halfway through the novel, I was ready to throw my Kindle across the room because Penny's actions were so incredibly frustrating to me. But then I put myself in her shoes ... and it is absolutely plausible that I would react in the same way. It's so easy
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Toni Shiloh
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan L. Tuttle’s debut novel is a hit! First of all, I love the cover, the colors, the mood it sets. I skipped the blurb because I don’t read them.Instead, I opened the book with no expectations.

And I couldn’t stop reading. I took a break about 40% in to message a friend to add this book to your TBR pile. And then I dived right back in because I didn’t want to miss a thing.
This book was so refreshing. Two imperfect people with imperfect bodies and “imperfect jobs.” I threw that last one in ther
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Wendy Sparkes
I liked the overall message of not judging others but accepting them for who they are. The focus on self-worth was good too.

I disliked Belle, but later understood why she was like she was.

Oh the mother!!! Ughhh!!! (And the father too, but at least he recognised the fault and repented. The mother didn't.)

I was disappointed with the constant references of our characters noticing and appreciating the other's body. It cheapened the story for me.

I also didn't connect to Penny as Penelope. If that is
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Kara
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: preordered
Did not finish, got to Chapter 26 and decided it was enough for me.
Although well written and LOVE that the main character is tall and curvy for once, she is easy to like, stronger and more beautiful than she realizes. That was truly refreshing.
However, really disliked how jealous her sister was of her and the tension between them.
Loved Jonah's family and it was interesting how he was the true hero of the story even though he wasn't as "attractive" At First Glance as East was, yet East didn't hav
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Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
This was a wonderful story of a girl who always thought she was second best. Only she needed to learn some valuable lessons before she could truly live life to the fullest.  I liked most of the characters. Some I wanted to punch. There were several different storylines going but it all tied in well.  I think the reader can learn valuable truths about self worth, kindness and truth along with Penny.

I recommend this book to family and friends.

I received this book from the publisher to read and giv
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Bernadette Cinkoske
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed At First Glance. It was hard to believe this was a first novel for the author. I was pulled into the story from page one. What a nightmare of a family Penelope has. This is a very well written story of Penelope who is running her own business while being forced to diet and to deal with her less than loving mother and sister. During this journey, Penelope discovers she can have a backbone and finds not one, but two, suitors. Come along for some fun moments and lots of family ...more
Nicole
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-new-to-me
This. Book!
This book had depth and a message that made me think of how we judge people too often by their outward appearance, even when we don't want to be judged that way! The story was really well written, filled with humor and wit, I fully enjoyed the story. I usually grow tired of books with triangles in them, but this one was well done.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun contemporary romance with depth, and growth!

Suzy Baba (readaholicmom)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I loved and hated this book. I hated that Penelope let her mother and sister keep on bashing her self esteem all throughout the book because of her weight (as if a size twelve is huge). I hated that she never saw her self worth and beauty. I loved the way Jonah loved her secretly and kept on loving her all through her insecurities. I loved the way this book ended, on the note of.....,.You don’t have to be perfect in every aspect in order to have a happy ending. Sometimes it’s the people we e ...more
Courtney
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Excellent, truly breathtaking!
Patty Rude
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story! Penny and Jonah are totally relatable characters (although at times Jonah seemed a little to good to be true=) Hoping that there are more books with some of the secondary characters!
Abigail
Catch me over here crying about how amazing Jonah is
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Susan L. Tuttle was born and raised in the Mitten State where she met and married her best friend. A homeschooling mom of three, somewhere along the way she blinked and those three littles aren’t so little anymore. Now she balances their teenage years with directing the women’s ministry at her church and writing new stories. She fully believes that God is the biggest romancer in the world and that ...more

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