Author(s): Erynn MangumDownload
Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she’s lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can’t even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God’s Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?
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Paige Torn is a busy girl, working full-time for an adoption agency, teaching Sunday school, working with the girls in youth group, and volunteering for various other church activities when asked. Her best friend recently became engaged, and wants Paige involved in all of the planning for her fall wedding. Paige is already helping plan a wedding anniversary party for her friend’s parents, and making all the arrangements for the adoption agency’s annual fund raiser. There’s a new guy working with the boys in youth group at her church, and he’d like to get to know Paige, but Paige has no time for him. She’s lucky to grab a string cheese for dinner! Her inability to say “no” to anyone is taking its toll.
This is a sweet story of young people growing up and finding their places in life. Paige has not learned to say “no” to anyone yet, and the stress is getting to her. She has even missed out on her bible reading and devotion time. It’s a trap that many of us get caught up in, and being a people pleaser comes very easily to many of us. We want to help others, sometimes at our own expense, but as Paige is about to learn, she has to draw the line somewhere. I enjoyed this easy read. It was light and enjoyable with a great Christian influence and self examination and prioritization are valuable lessons.
Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media for the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and I was given no monetary compensation for this review.
I could relate a lot to Paige Adler in Paige Torn. Saying no to people, especially when it’s church related, is hard! You want to do everything you can to serve and sometimes it’s hard to find the balance of what you should say yes and should say no to.
At just twenty two Paige is enjoying her single life. She has her own apartment, a job she loves and serves in youth ministry at her church. Somehow this serving continues to increase in volume. Her planning is bursting at the seams and she can’t seem to find a moment alone to enjoy her hobbies. Sound familiar?
As a mom I can completely relate to having a long to-do list and no time for myself. But as often happens, Paige begins to experience burn out. She seems to be confused about what serving really means and how much God would want her to do. He wants us to love and serve but not at the cost of our own happiness and health.
When Tyler comes into her life as a fellow youth worker, he immediately sees that Paige is spreading herself too thin. He is happy to wide on the side for when she can make time for him but how long will his patience last? Can he help Paige get back on track or will it cost her everything?
I loved Mangum’s easy style of writing and her characters that cover the spectrum in personality. Paige’s best friend Layla had my laughing out loud on more then one occasion with her quirky personality and outlandish statements.
Paige Torn is a great reminder of how we need to remember to take care of our own spirits or we will not be good to serve anyone else.
While this newest book by Mangum didn’t make me laugh as hard as her previous series, the main character still had a great sense of humor and the book rolled along pretty quickly. This new series follows Paige, a 22 year old college graduate who is trying to find her place, impact people’s lives and make a difference. Unfortunately, Paige has a hard time saying no and ends up running herself ragged, not doing herself or anyone else any favours. She starts to learn that serving isn’t a substitute for a relationship with God and that the need doesn’t constitute the call. Paige learns to prioritize in life and stops caring so much about pleasing others. Throughout this book, Paige helps her best friend throw her parents an anniversary party and plan her wedding. She gives a ton of her time to the youth ministry at her church and also gives her all to her job at an adoption agency, hoping to one day become a counselor there. She also crosses paths with Tyler…a boy who may become more than a friend, if only Paige could find the time to have a relationship.
If y’all know me at all, you know that Erynn Mangum is one of my two all time favorite authors. I always feel like I should be best friends with the main characters in her books. I love the way she writes, and how real it feels as you are reading. This book was a little slow to start, but I quickly got into it and loved every minute.
I love all of Erynn’s characters. They all have such great personalities. They are all funny too! I laugh out loud at least twice in all of Eynn’s books. I don’t know how she does it. I also love that the characters who fall in love in the end always start out as friends. I think that is so important. Relationships need to be built on a strong friendship.
I think I know what will happen in the next book, but I’m not sure. There was quite the cliffhanger for the next book. I am already dying to read it!!
Loved this book, if you haven’t read this author before start with her Missmatch series, that will draw you in! This is the first of three books and I read it in about 3 days… Love her writing and how she adds Bible verses once in a while that relate to the characters life’s and what they are going through. Everything seems very realistic and it’s very fun…. This author also has lots of Novellas that are always fun reads as well…. Basically check out all her books! 🙂
* appropriate for all ages, she always writes about early to mid 20s girls, but being a Christian author there is never anything inappropriate