Book Review (and a Giveaway!): For Better or For Granted by Amy R. Anguish

Posted March 30, 2024 by meezcarrie in Amy Anguish, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, women's fiction / 30 Comments


For Better or For Granted book review

For Better or For Granted by Amy R. AnguishFOR BETTER OR FOR GRANTED by Amy R. Anguish
GENRE: Romantic Women’s Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2024
PAGES: 297


Genevieve and Scott were so in love when they got married four years ago, but ever since Scott became the youngest high school principal in Arkansas a myriad of frustrations have caused them to drift apart. Before poor Scott even realizes anything is wrong, Genevieve is fed up and threatening divorce … and throwing him for a loop. One of the first things that struck me about Genevieve’s frustrations was how normal they were for a marriage. There wasn’t a big explosive failure that sounded the beginnings of a death knell for their relationship – it was a lot of little everyday things that seemed very familiar to me, as an ‘old’ married woman, even the toenails haha. I appreciated the approach the author took with this because it makes Genevieve and Scott’s struggles so relatable to all of us who have been married for any length of time, and it serves as a gentle reminder that letting it build up until the minor things seem major is a recipe for disaster.

True confession here: I don’t normally like to read romance novels where the couple is already married (unless it’s a marriage-of-convenience thing and then sign me up!). I prefer the breathlessness and sparks of new love when I’m reading a romance. I know a lot of my blog followers are the same way – there’s a reason the KissingBooks and Book Boyfriends posts I do are the most popular – but take it from me, you’ll definitely want to read For Better or For Granted. Because even though it IS about a married couple, I was drawn to it for two reasons – One, I really enjoy this author’s writing and two, as I’ll be celebrating my own 24th wedding anniversary later this year the title felt personally applicable. It’s easy to take each other for granted, to take each other’s needs for granted, to take for granted that your spouse still knows you love him or her every day. Amy R. Anguish’s approach to Genevieve and Scott’s marital struggles is insightful and wise, pointing them (and readers) to truth and counseling and Jesus. But it’s also a sweet and even at times witty story with a warmth of tone that immediately engages you in the narrative and the characters – and keeps you turning the pages until the end. Oh – and there ARE some delicious sparks that find these two again as they do the work to restore what’s broken 😉

Bottom Line: For Better or For Granted by Amy R. Anguish is a refreshing and relatable novel that focuses on a marriage that has lost its way, not through any major betrayal or incident but through all the normal, everyday, ‘there but for the grace of God’ things that every couple deals with. I loved Genevieve and Scott as characters, their personalities enjoyable on the page, the kind of people I’d want to be ‘couple friends’ with in real life. Their relatable emotions gave me much to think about, and I appreciated that the author gave validation to their frustrations without excusing either of them from doing the work to fix their marriage. A story of hope and restoration, and a valuable reminder this Easter that Jesus is still in the business of resurrection.

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Amy R. Anguish

Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good. Follow her at abitofanguish.weebly.com or on Facebook.

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30 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): For Better or For Granted by Amy R. Anguish

  1. Marti

    I also don’t typically like romance where the characters are already married. But this looks SO good!

  2. susan atkins

    I would like to read this book to see if and how they work it out to stay married and learn how to take care of problems before they become insurmountable.

  3. Roxanne C.

    This sounds very realistic, and I’d like to see how the couple works out the issues that have brought them to this point, especially from a faith-based POV.

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