A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, May 20, 2019

MANGA MONDAY- Practically Married by Christine Rimmer and Eve Takigawa- Feature and Review


When Zach and Tess got married, everyone was overjoyed and thought they were the perfect couple. Quiet, strong and reliable Zach was looking for a wife, while hardworking single mother Tess needed a new husband to support her family. But Tess secretly pines for another man. Too bad Zach has caught on.


Practically MarriedPractically Married by Eve Takigawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Practically Married by Eve Takigawa- Illustrator and Christine Rimmer is a 2017 Harlequin Books and SB Creations publication.

Oh, my goodness! I love Christine Rimmer!!

I've read many of her books over the years, so when I saw this Harlequin Manga book based on one of her old novels I had to have it. It took me a few tries to find one of these Harlequin comics that had a great story to go with the awesome artwork, However, part of the problem was that I didn't realize most of these Harlequin Manga Comics are based on stories written ages and ages ago.

I don't know why that is, but if there are newer Harlequin novels being formatted to the Manga format, I've yet to discover one.

So, now that I understand how it works, and know what to expect going in, I'm finding these books can be a whole lot fun, even if the story is occasionally cringe worthy.

This book, does feature a few old fashioned qualities that might cause the modern reader to scoff, just a little, but overall, this is a pretty solid 'friends to lovers' romance.

But, of course, this is a Manga, so the real main feature is the artwork. As always, the artwork is terrific, and really does make the story feel unique and even refreshes a book written way back in 1998.

I do enjoy reading older books once in a while and reading them in this format puts a fresh spin on reading retro-romance novels, making it seem like an all new experience.

This one was especially fun because I'm such a big fan of this author. 😊

                                                 ORIGINAL PAPERBACK COVER:







New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer has written more than one hundred contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. She has won Romantic Times BOOKreview’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition. She has been nominated seven times for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and five times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year. 

A California native who first longed to be an actress, Christine earned her theater degree from California State, Sacramento and then went to New York to study acting. Later, she moved to Southern California, where she began her writing career with short stories, plays, and poems. Her poems and short stories were published in a number of small literary journals. Her plays were produced at The Back Alley and Group Theaters in Southern California and have been published by Dramatists Play Service and West Coast Plays.

She now lives in Oregon with her family and two very contented cats named Tom and Ed. 

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