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Book review: 'The Perfect Fit' a fun romantic drama

By Melissa DeMoux

For Mormon Times

Published: Tuesday, June 14 2011 7:00 a.m. MDT

"THE PERFECT FIT," by Michele Ashman Bell, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 314 pages (f)

After enduring a full decade of rejection letters, Michele Bell finally had a work accepted. Now, several years later and with a growing list of published titles to her name, Bell has released the third book in her “Butterfly Box” series.

“The Perfect Fit” is a romantic drama that follows the life of Andi, one of the Butterfly Girls. This group of friends formed in high school has been through struggles and triumphs before. Through the years they have found they can always count on each other.

Andi, an exercise-video star, maneuvered herself into the cast of a reality dating show. Because of her solid LDS beliefs, she doesn’t hold much hope for the experience. However, once she arrives in Hawaii and meets the eligible bachelor, Michael Makura, things begin to get complicated.

The pair’s budding romance is stifled by unusual events that land Andi in New York while Michael finishes the show in Hawaii. But things are not right. Odd happenings have the Butterfly Girls on edge, and events take a dangerous turn when Michael unexpectedly turns up in the Big Apple.

The story is unique and entertaining, although it feels cluttered at times. A lot goes on, and many elements have to come together at the end.

However, the characters are sweet, and readers will really be rooting for them. Those who enjoy LDS romance will likely enjoy this cute story. Readers who have come to love the Butterfly Girls will relish the chance to peek into the life of another of the characters.

Bell will be at a book signing June 18 at the Harrisville, Utah, Seagull Book store. Besides promoting her book, she is also hoping to raise money for Mothers Without Borders, a nonprofit group seeking to build schools for African children.

“Not everyone can travel to Africa to help these children,” Bell said. “But there is much they can do here at home. One person and a couple of dollars can make a huge difference.”

Bell is selling bookmarks and will donate the proceeds to this charity. She also will host a community event during the summer called “Block Party for Africa.” A $2 entry fee will allow people to enjoy food and local entertainment, all to benefit Mothers Without Borders.

Learn more about Bell’s books and events at her website www.micheleashmanbell.com.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.

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