Becky Monson, Four Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Violence, Moderate Romance

By Any Other Name

Names are kind of a big deal to me…

I grew up when Nicole was a popular name and many Nicole’s went by Nicky. But my name was unique, it was actually just Nikki, not Nicole. Which I know is no longer that unique, but as an adolescent I spent a lot of time saying, “It’s not Nicole, just Nikki.” And it made me feel unique and special. Especially since I got my middle name from my maternal grandmother, whom I absolutely adored. We always had a special bond she and I, and I miss her something fierce. These things all contributed to the thoughts my husband and I put into when picking our children’s names, because for me it was always more than just a name, it was an identity.

Identity seems to be the motif of Becky Monson‘s book Just A Name.

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Holly Murphy’s perfectly planned life is not going so well. Her fiancé recently dumped her, the team she supervises at work secretly hates her, and now the promotion she’s worked so hard for is in jeopardy.

Thinking that maybe Holly is too tightly wound and needs a break from everything, Holly’s boss demands she take a vacation. Holly’s best friend Quinn comes up with a wild idea for Holly to do a nationwide search for a man with the same name as her ex-fiancé to go with her on her honeymoon trip. That idea is a no-go for play-it-safe Holly, until her boss finds out and loves the idea.

Resigned, Holly gives in and starts the nationwide search, and when handsome Nate Jones from Newport Beach gets picked to go with her, she wonders if this whole thing won’t be so bad after all.

Will Holly learn that sometimes even the best laid plans need to be thrown out the window once in a while? Or will it send her running and screaming back to her safety net?

Becky Monson has an honesty in her writing that comes through as delightfully unconventional. Quirky personalities are her specialty and they make her novels come alive. It’s not just her main characters, but every character has personality and life, so that you come away feeling ingratiated into the community she’s created and want to linger for just a little awhile to see what happens next. Which, we will be getting in Quinn’s book “Just A Girl” in the Spring!

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