Marrying Mallory – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘In the past, Mallory Harrington felt cursed at times. Too many things had gone wrong in her thirty-two years of life. Her father had left when she was five and never even said good-bye. As a seventh grader, Mallory climbed a tree, slipped before reaching the ground and ripped her cheek on a barbed wire fence creating a cut that required thirty stitches. She was robbed of being valedictorian a few weeks before graduation due to another students grades being just a little higher. When she married Toby Harrington, she finally felt blessed. Doubly blessed when she gave birth to their son, Joshua. But her happiness ended the night Toby asked for a divorce. On top of everything else, she had inherited her father’s big nose. She was jinxed. The name Mallory meant luckless’
Mallory can see no future of happiness in her life. When she married Toby, her vows were given in the presence of God and could never be taken back. Even though Toby was the one to commit adultery while married to Mallory, she still felt that in the eyes of God she was still married to him. She feels that if she had been prettier, Toby’s eyes wouldn’t have strayed and they would still be married. So to make herself more beautiful Mallory decides to have something done about her big nose. But what she didn’t know was that when she meets Dr. Seth Whitman, her whole life is about to change.
In today’s world, divorce is so common that it’s actually hard to find a man or woman over 50 that hasn’t been divorced at least once. To most of us, it’s more surprising to find a couple that has not been divorced. Marriage is made up of sacred vows that are usually committed to in the name and eyes of God but, as Mallory learns, ‘what we assume God wants for us isn’t necessarily correct.’ After reading Marrying Mallory, I was reminded that by believing in Him and accepting His guidance, we will find what he wants for us without assuming.