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From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship. With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school grFrom the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship. With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is....

Title : The {Re}Model Marriage
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ISBN : 9781530257690
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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The {Re}Model Marriage Reviews

  • Lisa Swinton
    2018-12-21 10:08

    I’m a fan of Ms. Hoagland and this book didn’t disappoint. Very few writers tackle the romance between husbands and wives. Ms. H. does it well and with finesse. As Kirk and Jamie renovate their home, they rekindle the love and romance which has died between them. There are no sordid reasons for them to part ways, they’ve simply drifted apart as they focused on other things or relationships they deemed more important than one another. As they peel back the layers of age and neglect in their home, they reveal the innerworkings of their relationship. Some truths are hard to swallow while other revelations bring joy. It’s a wonderful emotionally deep read that will have you turning pages and sighing. The characters are relatable and real. You’ll notice something of yourself or someone you know in each of them, and may even find yourself elbowing your spouse to indicate, “That is so us.” One can only hope that this story will encourage you to fall in love with your spouse again.

  • Anna Dye
    2019-01-18 12:30

    What an interesting theme for a book. I enjoyed the experiences of the characters, although sometimes frustrating, and the discoveries they make in their lives and home. Married to a do it yourself kind of guy, I understand how working together as couple or even a family can bring people together. My husband and I have done many projects for our kids or ourselves and enjoyed every minute of it. So, in that sense, this book resonated quite loudly with me. To add to the fun, we just moved to a 116 year old home that is amazing and I can imagine Kirk and Jamie's feelings at their discovery of treasures in their little house.In this book I also found the reality of many marriages like Kirk and Jamie's, where they nurture their children and forget to keep themselves close to each other. Many people seek divorce when their children leave home because they discover that they no longer have anything in common with their partners. Sad but true.I can see this book helping marriages survive the bumps and also help couples realize what they are doing to their marriages and correct it before it is too late. What a great story, clean in every way.

  • Susan K
    2019-01-06 12:20

    Romance, CleanThis was such a lovely read. Not the traditional 'fall' of a young couple, but a fall again. The heartaches, the miscommunication, and the hurts of a marriage, examined, healed and love regrown as Jamie and Kirk decide to ready their home for sale and their pending divorce when their daughter graduates from High School.Beautifully poignant, the hurts are healed as they work on fixing up their house and discover some of the secrets of the house. As they learn how to talk and care for each other again through the course of the renovation, their hearts are softened and their marriage is renewed. It was a lovely lush story with beautifully detailed feeling, emotions, and of course the beautifully crafted renovation. The tips were cute at the beginning of each chapter. Jamie and Kirk are real characters, with honest hurting hearts, their healing and seeing their daughter's side relationship was a lovely heartfelt read.

  • Holly
    2019-01-05 13:27

    3.5 Stars. It was a good story with good characters and conveyed emotion. I would have rated it higher but a lot of time was spent on too much detail about the remodel. Yes, in this story we needed to know detailed description of the house but there was too much detail about the actual remodel work which I skimmed over. Overall it was a good story and I enjoyed it.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-16 07:13

    3.5 starsThis was a bit different than most in the romance genre in that the couple had been married for a very long time and life had weakened their relationship. Instead of a new relationship the focus was on rebuilding one. It had a good message about working together to keep your relationship strong. I don't see myself reading this one again, but it's worth the read if you have time.

  • Mylissa's Reviews and Book Thoughts
    2019-01-07 11:08

    As stated in the synopsis, Jamie and Kirk have been married for about 24 years. They seem to have an adequate marriage, but if you look closely, it isn’t even adequate at all. They both have lost their drive in the marriage, and have slowly given up on each other.They have been in this state for a while, but have always decided to stay together for their wonderful daughter Kerrigan. She is the light in both of their lives, and they don’t want to disrupt her senior year with a divorce.Their house, which was a gift from Kirk’s mother, is slowly falling apart from the inside. Jamie has also never liked the home, and when there is yet another leak in the bathroom, they end up in another fight over the disaster of their home. In a heated moment Jamie gives Kirk the dreaded ultimatum. They need to fix up the house so it can be sold for a decent price when they get divorced. And Jamie wants to get that divorce the day after Kerrigan graduates.So the remodelling starts. And as they start fixing the house, they discover that 24 years of neglect have made it a much bigger task then they both might have initially thought it to be. That counts for both their home and their marriage.This book reads very fast, and had me turning page after page to continue the story. I was literally taken into their world, and connected to both Jamie and Kirk. As the book is written in the third person, and gives a look into both their perspectives, you get both a pretty complete idea of the full story. As they encounter problems now, they recount important moments in their past helping you form a picture of who these characters really are.Also the extra aspects in the story, the mysteries of the home, the scandel at the clinic, add an extra depth to this read, and make for a very enjoyable surprise.This book also was very thought provoking. Just like a remodelling of that scale is hard work, so is a marriage, and definitely if you let things slip for so long. I remember once having a conversation with someone. She seemed to think that marriage should not be hard work. If so, she didn’t want part of it. I just thought to myself, you will see. I have been married for almost 15 years, and I adore my husband. But it is work to make 15 years work, and I know we will always have to work at it. If you don’t fix a leaky pipe, or repaint a room when it needs to be done, you might find you are left with a disaster after years have passed. And then you need to decide if you are willing to strip all the bad parts out, and get it fixed, or sell and move on.This book had me think about where I’m at. Although I am very happy, I realise that I need to continue putting the effort in. I need to continue to help my marriage grow and expand. That comes through doing things together, searching out new and exciting experiences, and keeping the passion alive.I think this book is a great read for anyone at any point in life. Whether you are just beginning your adult life and haven’t a clue about marriage, or you have been together for years, this can help you gain a better perspective about what it is you want in life. This books focusses on being together as a couple and also not losing your own identity in a relationship. So many people make the mistake of focussing on the kids and neglect their partner, or spend too much or not enough time on a hobby or pastime. It is so important to find the right balance, and also learn to prioritize the important stuff in life. And that is something that needs the right attention and re-evaluation often.I cannot stress enough the greatness of this book, the fun way they found their way back to each other, and how Jamie and Kirk’s story teach all who read this book a great many life lessons.Note: Each chapter starts with a DIY tip, and they add a nice touch to the book. Yet certain decorating tips just sounds wrong for the European public. I guess styles differ over the continents.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-06 12:14

    This was such a wonderful and fulfilling read. It made you think, laugh, cry and feel very happy. There were so many times as I read about main characters Jamie and Kirk I wondered if they would really be able to save their marriage. Through the years their old house has been falling apart, and to their dismay their marriage had been decaying too. With their only child getting ready to graduate from high school, Jamie felt like she had no life and had given her all the past eighteen years to her child. She didn't know who she was supposed to be now. Kirk felt that Jamie didn't love him anymore and wanted out of the marriage. The lacking communication and mixed signals they gave one another only managed to widen the divide between the couple. They would start working on their house to get it ready to sell, and they'd divorce when their daughter Kerrigan graduated and left home. The heart of the story was in the house and how Jamie and Kirk found each other again as they worked on rebuilding their home. Through this process they also found the love that had been lost the past twenty or so years. There were hidden secrets within the house that worked as magic to help this process move along. It was fun to read about all of the changes they made in the renovation of their home, but it was equally satisfying to see the changes that the couple made within themselves. There is a subplot about a fertility clinic that I won't get into, but it is one that brought some stress to the couple. I wish that this plot device had fully been resolved so they had known the truth. I know that Jamie, Kirk and Kerrigan decided against investigating the truth, but personally I wouldn't be able to rest unless I knew. My favorite part of the story had to do with love letters and I won't say anymore so as not to spoil the wonder and surprise when they appear in the story.This novel was a fast read and has characters that your heart will ache and cheer for from the beginning. It's well written and will make you think about your own life, marriage, and family. The author doesn't shy away from real life happenings, but this adds to the authenticity of the plot. This women's fiction/romance is one you will want to put on your reading list for your Spring reading

  • Donna Weaver
    2018-12-24 05:28

    WHAT IT'S ABOUTFrom the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship. With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is. MY TAKEThis is such a sweet story. Kirk and Jamie aren't young lovers starting out but a couple who's been married 24 years. And they've let their relationship fall apart. A little bit like the house they've been living in. I could totally sympathize with and be completely irritated by their pigheadedness. They were totally believable in their shortcomings. I've been married 33 years, and I know my hubby and I have struggled at times.Having the remodel be the catalyst for them spending time together was brilliant. If you don't know anything about rehabbing a house, this is a fun way to learn the basics. It's interesting but not too much. And seeing how Jamie and Kirk remember why they got together in the first--and more than that--was touching. I loved they way they found joy in each other again, paid attention to each other's interests. It's like they found out that the person they'd been living with all these years was so much more than they'd originally thought.

  • Katie W
    2018-12-31 09:28

    What a touching story! Kirk and Jamie have been married for 24 years and on the outside, they seem to have it all, but on the inside, they're falling apart, just like their aging home. In an effort to find the source of their on again/off again bathroom leak, Jamie discovers a much bigger problem that leads to this couple remodeling their house, as well as inadvertently, their marriage.The story immediately captured my attention, as each chapter is headed with a bit of advice from Romance Renovations, which is a real blog! The very first one talked about caulking and it took me back to years ago, when I had asked my husband to re-caulk the bathtub and he didn't. Finally, I took matters into my own hands and made such a HUGE mess of it all. He came home from work and asked why in the world I let our four-year-old son caulk. We got a good laugh of out that.I love that Ms. Hoagland doesn't skim over the tough parts of marriage. Unfortunately, the "happily ever after" that all couples crave comes after a lot of hard work. I love the way there are subliminal comparisons to the house and to the marriage, which caused me to stop and reevaluate my own marriage. I think it's common for a lot of couples to get so wrapped up in parenting and the day-to-day of life and to lose touch with one another. Rediscovering one another and realizing what matters are so important. I love the characters and their lessons. I love the reactions to the secrets and the way things ended up. This is a great story, full of emotion and I'm hoping this will be a series!Content: Mild romance; Clean!*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-01-13 12:33

    I don't read many romance books with a troubled marriage as the focus, but this one did it right. It was sad and disheartening to see how insecure and defensive Jamie and Kirk were, and how they let pride prevent them from being honest with each other. That was balanced out by the author skillfully weaving in pieces of their falling-in-love story to illustrate not only why their relationship was worth saving, but also the root of some of their issues. Communication, or the lack thereof, is the biggest hurdle they need to overcome. It's too easy as a reader to want to yell at them, "just say something!!!" but also recognizing that the difficult emotions they are feeling are all too realistic. I kept on reading quickly, trying to hurry to the point where they turn things around, but also found myself fascinated by the home renovations they undertake originating with demolishing a leaky bathroom. I found it to be a good metaphor for how they needed to fix their marriage- strip down the "quick fixes" until the true problem under the surface is revealed, and start over from there, building things carefully and correctly. Each chapter has a helpful tip about various aspects of home renovation, several of which I want to remember for the future!(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Cathy
    2019-01-05 10:12

    This book is cute and creative! I really enjoyed reading it. Jamie and Kirk were great characters. I loved the way that their relationship was kind of like their house...old, tired, and not everything worked anymore. They were staying together at this point, partly from habit and party for their teenage daughter Kerrigan. I really liked Jamie, she had kept trying to hold things together for their marriage and also for their house, but eventually, things got to be too much for her and she told Kirk that she wanted a divorce and she wanted to sell the only home they had ever lived in.Kirk was great too! I loved the way that he never gave up hope that they could find a way to fix both their marriage and their home. Pretty much everything he did, whether it was going to the job he hated or any of the fixing up around the house was really for Jamie and to keep their family together. I loved the way that as the story goes along, the house becomes almost a character as well. I loved the way it had secrets that Jamie and Kirk were able to find and add to as well.The plot of this one is cute, and it moves along pretty quickly. It's cute, clean and fun! Make sure to grab a copy to read!I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-01-19 08:09

    3.5 starsRemodeling a home can be so stressful. Imagine remodeling a home AND a marriage! Stressful? Yes. They say building a home is one of the most stressful things on a marriage but I love how instead of that, this book shows how a couple moves closer together by working together.Every marriage has bumps. It takes work and compromise. At the beginning of this book we find Kirk and Jamie in as much disrepair as their house. They are both insecure and neglected. There is no communication between them. As the book progresses, we get glimpses of their meeting and courtship through flashbacks. This is where we come to know both Kirk and Jamie and see why their relationship is worth fighting for.I enjoyed this book for the most part. I felt it got a bit wordy and repetitious in places that had me skimming but overall I enjoyed the book and felt satisfaction in seeing two people find their way back together. Families are worth fighting for and this book portrayed that.Content: Clean- all the way around!I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Charissa
    2019-01-17 08:23

    This was a unique love story in that it was between a couple who have been married for 24 years. Their marriage has become dull, lifeless, blah. The wife issues an ultimatum: fix the house so they can divorce when their only child graduates high school. Awakened to what he is about to lose, the husband falls into despair and hopelessness. He still loves his wife, but doesn’t know how to repair their broken marriage. As they begin to work together to remodel their house, they gradually discover ways to remodel their marriage. This was a pretty interesting, emotional read. The characters ran me through a gamut of feelings while painting a beautiful message that the greatest things worth having are those that require the most work. Marriage shouldn’t be taken for granted, for just like a house neglected, relationships can fall into disrepair as well. Spouses must choose each other every day, and work to build a solid foundation and beautiful framework together. Well written book that I highly recommend.

  • Laura Walker
    2019-01-11 08:07

    3.5 stars: This book, while very well researched in the remodeling aspects of the story, was difficult for me to like at first because of the constant biting remarks made to each other by a married couple who had grown apart. The author portrayed the husband and wife's intentions to treat each other better but then failing to do so in the midst of their arguments very convincingly, which, sadly, is sometimes what happens. During these moments in the story, I had to lay it aside for a little while before coming back to it. Only when each partner finally realized how destructive their behavior was to their marriage did they start listening and working together--a good lesson for us all. However, I felt that the renovation descriptions were too much for a novice like me. I also felt that some parts were repetitive while others were never totally resolved. I liked the idea of the love letters Jamie found in the old house and that she had to restructure her ideals of the way her husband should be, though. Overall, a good read.

  • Alisa
    2018-12-28 08:23

    What I liked about this book: I really liked Kirk and Jamie and I was really rooting for them to work out their marriage and realize what they had! I enjoyed being on that journey with them! I had never heard of Arts & Crafts homes or kit homes, and I found a lot of that interesting.What I didn't like as much about this book: I skimmed parts of it because the details of the remodeling got a little tedious for me. The mother-in-law was awful, and I think the way it all played out was realistic, but I still would have liked a little more comeuppance for her!Overall, I really enjoyed this book - and I loved that it made me introspective about my own marriage. We've been married for almost 23 years, and I found myself thinking about writing a love note for my husband and thinking of what I may be taking for granted in my own marriage! I found myself wanting to be a little braver and a little better because of Jamie.Content: Very cleanSource: Kindle Unlimited

  • Teresa Hirst
    2019-01-01 08:17

    I just finished reading The (Re)Model Marriage and could really relate to the characters who are not only working on their house together but also their marriage. Jamie is sick of her broken house and her husband's inattentiveness to their broken marriage. We follow both characters point of view through the remodel of their Craftsman kit home. Step-by-step they air their grievance with the failings of both the house and the relationship, but some surprises shake them to a point of giving up. I appreciated their honest battle between old wounds and new desire that played out in a dance between them as they faced a point of decision. Would they stay together for their daughter or fall in love all over again? I enjoyed the unique way the author found for them to share their true feelings even though their trust had eroded. A quick and enjoyable read.

  • Pattisue
    2019-01-06 08:31

    I enjoyed how Hoagland utilized symbolism to write her story, comparing the craftsman style home to the marriage. Often when we meet people, or just take for granted friends or loved ones, we don’t bother to spend time with them or really listen. Everyone has a story to tell, things they keep hidden, tucked safely away and protected. The house was the same way. Years of neglect and complaisancy had led to hidden damage and undiscovered secrets. While a familiar topic, this story was anything but predictable or boring. The plot moved along quickly with many twists, a crisis or two, a path of discovery, and a sweet, romantic reconciliation. The story is carefully developed and not rushed. Just as a remodeling job takes time, it takes time and patience to rebuild trust and restore a marriage.*I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Shanae Branham
    2018-12-23 09:16

    I loved how this author used the idea of remodeling a home with remodeling a marriage. It was fun to see the growth of the characters as the home changed. I like the way she wrote the story from both the husband and the wife's perspectives. Using this technique added to the suspense, because the reader could see when one of the partners was totally off about what the other partner thought about the marriage. I have been married for 27 years and have had 4 kids grow up and leave home. Hoagland did an incredible job with writing the main couple's relationship. I could easily relate to the struggles they were facing.

  • Julia Lance
    2018-12-27 08:05

    I loved this book. I could relate to it on so many levels. So many people say that remodeling or building a house will cause you to divorce because it is so stressful, but just like Jamie and Kirk in the book, it was like therapy for us. We loved being able to work together and play off either others strengths and to build our dream house together. I love when an author tackles real life stuff that others don't want to approach. Life is hard, marriage is even harder it is refreshing to read a not so fairy like tale once in a while. Maria really hit it out of the park with this one. I absolutely loved it! It is a must read for sure!

  • Julia Lance
    2019-01-09 12:13

    I loved this book. I could relate to it on so many levels. So many people say that remodeling or building a house will cause you to divorce because it is so stressful, but just like Jamie and Kirk in the book, it was like therapy for us. We loved being able to work together and play off either others strengths and to build our dream house together. I love when an author tackles real life stuff that others don't want to approach. Life is hard, marriage is even harder it is refreshing to read a not so fairy like tale once in a while. Maria really hit it out of the park with this one. I absolutely loved it! It is a must read for sure!

  • SheilaSummerhays
    2019-01-03 11:22

    Flipped! Great book! I loved the tips at the beginning of each chapter. I read Still Time several months ago and really liked Maria Hoagland's writing. However, after reading The (Re) Model Marriage, I now love Maria Hoagland! I am fond of books where the couple solves the problem together. (And why I love Liz Adair) I have done many remodels and enjoyed the backdating process. And now I will read everything Maria has written. (Okay, I kept it down to two exclamation points.)

  • Tamera Westhoff
    2018-12-27 08:11

    Fall back in love with remodelingI wanted to love this book with repairing a relationship and remodeling their house, but it was just uncomfortable for me. It was hard reading Jamie's harsh words for her husband and his friendship with a scheming woman. I loved the remodeling and the repairs done. I especially love how things were patched up! I just wanted it to happen much sooner!

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-01-19 07:25

    4.5/5.0This is not just an entertaining novel: it also has tips on how to do things around the house, such as creating a neat bead of caulk.Read full review in the 2016 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Jennifer Autry
    2019-01-19 08:31

    I really enjoyed the little helpful remodeling tips at the beginning of each chapter. I also enjoyed the remodeling of the house and the opportunity of being able to see from both the husband and the wife's perspective in this struggling relationship. I found myself so often wishing that the couple would actually open up and be vulnerable with each other. I wanted them to share with each other, what the reader was able to see and found it frustrating that they did not. It was nice to see something so realistic. I found the resolution very romantic and sweet. It was not a typical romance, but very enjoyable read.