Monday, May 16, 2016

REVIEW: Juliette and the Monday Mandates by Becky Doughty

Juliette and the Monday Mandates
The Gustafson Girls #1
Becky Doughty


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, two years younger, the self-appointed matriarchal figure. Phoebe is borderline narcissistic, according to Renata at least, and Gia is on the verge of a major identity crisis.

But they’re still a force with which to be reckoned as they continue the time-honored tradition of meeting together to love and support one another, and if necessary, to intervene in each others lives.

What none of the sisters has been willing to address is the hovering presence of Angela Clinton, the senior class darling who drove her cherry black 1970 el Camino into the side of their parents’ car on the night of Juliette’s high school graduation. But Angela’s prison sentence is winding down; soon she’ll be eligible for parole, so face her, they must. Will the G-FOURce be strong enough to hold them together as they step into the eye of the storm that’s been brewing for the last fifteen years? Will they finally be able to let go of the past and embrace the future, no matter what it holds?


Juliette Gustafson is heart-broken after waiting nearly ten years for a proposal from her boyfriend that never came. Determining she isn’t “getting over Mike” quickly enough, her three younger sisters come up with The Monday ManDates; an intervention plan requiring Juliette to endure what turns out to be a series of remarkably disastrous blind dates. Between TheraPaul, Frisky Frank, TAZ the rock star, and the stoic Tim Larsen, the Monday ManDates are doomed from the start. Then there’s Victor Jarrett, the police officer with an affinity for pulling Juliette over when she’s at her very worst. But no one is more surprised than Juliette when she meets the one man who can right the wrongs in her past and change her future, if she will only let herself fall in love with him.

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 loved Juliette's nosy neighbor too. I loved how the story turned out at the end. Forgiveness is the hardest thing to do and I struggle everyday with it just as Juliette and her sisters did. Juliette's courage to forgive and overcome her insecurities has given me a new sense of hope and I know by reading this story that it can be done. I give this author a standing ovation for the heart wrenching scenes in this story and I highly recommend it for all to read, whether they be Christians or non-Christians. Plus, this book is free on amazon too.


  1. Jenny - So glad you enjoy my books! Thank you for your lovely review! Your words encourage me greatly.

    Becky Doughty


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