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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fiction Review: Better Than Fiction

Better Than Fiction, by April W. Gardner and Michelle Massaro is the story of a fiction writer named Meghan. Her romance novel, titled Racing Hearts, is set in the car racing world of 1916. A female mechanic, Winifred Fisher, and a rich racer, Russell Keegan, pair up for chills and spills as they discover their love.

While writing, Meghan is going through her own love story, but it’s a marriage on the rocks. She doubts her husband, is attracted by someone else, and finally gives up on trying. 

Witness both stories—the fictional romance and the true story of Meghan’s marriage—as you follow them through ups and downs, trust issues, and happily ever afters.

It’s a fascinating book. I thought the fictional romance was page-turning and entertaining, while I honestly wondered where the authors were going with the real-life marriage. They had me scared, which is exactly what they connived together in their writers’ pow-wows. I can imagine these two women rubbing their hands with glee.

Meghan and her husband finally come to terms with the truth—two different truths—and I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you for anything. You must read this book! The themes of romance and transparency in marriage, being honorable as well as honest, and so much more come through loud and clear. 

I would caution you, as there is some mild sensuality and a few clear descriptions of seduction in marriage. This is for adults. There are no explicit sex scenes and no profanity. This is a Christian book, and it has wonderful, practical themes for anyone’s marriage. I enjoyed reading it, and I really appreciated all the thoughtful plotting that went into Better Than Fiction. It’s refreshingly different.

Five stars.


  1. Lou Ann, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book! You wrote that the theme was "transparency in marriage, being honorable as well as honest." You nailed it! This review shows you really caught your passion and purpose. And you better believe we were conspiring for maximum reader torture! Hehe. Thank you for having us today. So honored to be here!

    1. Thank you, April, for your visit to In the Way. Loved your book, as you can tell. God bless you and Michelle.

  2. Thank you so much, Lou Ann! What a wonderful review. :) I'm so glad you liked our book! :)

  3. Thanks so much for visiting In the Way and for co-writing such an amazing book! God bless you!


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