Advance reader reviews of Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley.

Mating for Life

By Marissa Stapley

Mating for Life
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2014,
    336 pages.

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  • Daryl B. (Poolesville, MD)


    Mating For Life?
    I am a bit confused as to why the author picked the title "Mating For Life" as most of the characters had had several mates. I suppose because of the blurbs regarding different animals and their mating habits at the start of each chapter? I am not really sure how that all tied into the story. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book and the authentic, quirky characters. I loved the way the sisters and their mom all came together when times were hard. I would recommend it for my book club and other women readers.
  • Susan B. (Rutledge, MO)


    great beginning, disappointing by the end
    This was not at all a bad read, but it didn't live up to the promise of the first part. I found it touching and realistic until somewhere around the last third, at which point many new, less believable characters entered the picture, the action felt far more rushed, and the ending especially felt somewhat forced and trite. It was worth reading for me as I related to one of the characters in a way that is rare for
  • Linda W. (Summit, NJ)


    Great Expectations
    All of the women in this book have great expectations for the men in their lives and all are at first disappointed and even devastated by the reality of relationships. Marissa Stapley artfully weaves their lives together then rips them apart only to be darned together again. I loved following the lives of these women and how each one had to discover their own inner strength and beauty before they could have meaningful relationships with the men in their lives.
  • Molinda C. (Suffolk, VA)


    Great chick lit read
    Marisa Stapely has an engaging writing style. Every chapter is headed by a description of an animals mating habits and she does a nice job tying these in with each of the characters through the story. Each character is well written and their stories are compelling and highly readable. A great book for the summer beach!
  • Peggy H. (North East, PA)


    Cool Drink of Water
    It's easy to get swept up in the world of this family of women, and there were times that I wished that I was part of it. A quick read, but not terribly deep...
  • Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)


    Mating for Life
    I really enjoyed this story - a bit slow at the start but after the first chapter it held my attention. The introduction for each chapter with a paragraph about an animal and their mating habits was a fun lead in to the woman in the chapter. Might be an interesting book club read.
  • Sandra C. (Rensselaer, NY)


    Mating for life
    The mating style of different animals at the beginning of each chapter was an interesting way to tie the book to the title.

    I am not sure how why everyone on the family had to have marital problems, even if the author tried to relate it to their upbringing.

    Book clubs would have a lively discussion as their is usually someone who could relate to one of the characters. The book did not speak to me however.
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