Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Review: In Spite of Ourselves: A Murphy Brothers Story by Jennifer Rodewald

About the Book
Who could build a life on such a monumental mistake?

Jackson Murphy: family prankster, class clown… and now, smack in the middle of a Vegas-sized mess. All he’d wanted was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After failing that goal, he slipped into a deep, sulking valley, only to emerge from it with a much bigger problem. He’s married. To a complete stranger! Forget making a world-class marathon so that his family will believe that (1) he’s capable of being grown up and serious on occasion and (2) he doesn’t need the ongoing pity about his brother and a certain ex-girlfriend.

Now? Now he has no idea what to do.

Mackenzie Murphy: independent woman and excellent student—but not a med student. Because those pesky MCATs were H-A-R-D. She doesn’t particularly mind that much, seeing as she’s never really wanted to be a doctor, but her mother will be…uh, displeased. Exceptionally. That’s nothing, however, compared to how Mother will respond if she finds out what else happened in Vegas.

Mackenzie wants out. Jackson wants a chance. Neither of them is prepared for what’s coming. Caught in the middle of a disaster that keeps getting bigger, they hardly dare ask: Can God take their monumental mistake and turn it into a beautiful life?

In Spite of Ourselves, Book 13 in The Potter's House Books Series Two, is an uplifting and inspiring story of hope, redemption and second chances. It is also book Two in Jennifer Rodewald's Murphy Brother Stories (book One is Always You). Grab your copy and be encouraged today.

My Thoughts

In Spite of Ourselves was another faith-filled masterpiece from an author I can always count on. Jennifer Rodewald never disappoints. I look forward to new books from her with great anticipation and I absolutely loved this one.

There were quite a few distractions that kept pulling me away from this book, but it was constantly on my mind. When I was able to actually sit down and read, it had my undivided attention. I really loved how it showed God's hand in everything. How He can make good from the bad and turn a mess into a masterpiece.

Jackson was such a lovable leading man. So fun, sweet, and swoonworthy. He's good at getting laughs, but wasn't taken as seriously as he wished he was. Sometimes I just wanted to reach through the pages and give him a hug.

I didn't know what to think of Mackenzie at first but once she started opening up and I got to know her, I could understand where she was coming from and I ended up really liking her. She had a different kind of upbringing from the norm, so that really affected the way she viewed certain things. It was nice watching her experience, and enjoy, new things. It wasn't an easy process for her, but it was well worth it in the end.

If you're a fan of contemporary romance, I highly recommend this book. Even if you haven't read the first one in the series, this one stands alone just fine. But if you do get a chance, check out Always You. It's a hilariously good time!

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

Five Stars


  1. Glad this one didn't disappoint! :D

    1. It's always nice finding an author who never disappoints. :D