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Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?

Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?

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by Beth Moran

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Setting up camp in Sherwood Forest to discover the truth about her father's mysterious past, Marion Miller soon finds herself working the campsite's reception desk. Can she uncover the answers — and even love — in this strange new environment? "Marvelous" (Publishers Weekly).


Setting up camp in Sherwood Forest to discover the truth about her father's mysterious past, Marion Miller soon finds herself working the campsite's reception desk. Can she uncover the answers — and even love — in this strange new environment? "Marvelous" (Publishers Weekly).

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Publishers Weekly
★ 06/09/2014
Marion Miller just wants directions to the Sherwood Forest visitor center, but ends up working behind the counter at the Peace and Pigs Holiday Park in Nottingham, England. On the run from an engagement she doesn’t want and in search of secrets her long-dead father kept buried, Marion ends up staying at the Peace and Pigs and discovering more than she had bargained for. There’s Scarlett, campground owner and purveyor of love and acceptance; her troubled daughter, Grace, whose rebellious attitude masks a stunning gift; Scarlett’s foster daughter Valerie, who is “a little different”; Jake, whose pleasant demeanor may be a ruse; and Reuben, heir to Hatherstone Hall and Marion’s cooking teacher. A host of other quirky characters also populate this delightful novel, which will have readers giggling, sobbing, and rooting for Marion as she faces down her wretched past and moves forward in fits, starts, and belly laughs. This is one of the best inspirational novels of the season, a marvelous debut by a British author to watch. (July)
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
Marion Miller journeys from her home in northern Ireland to Nottinghamshire, dwelling of the famous Sherwood Forest and the legendary Robin Hood, to uncover her father's secret past. What she finds is a job in a campground named Peace and Pigs, a boyfriend (sort of), and a band of quirky friends who will change her life forever. Roaming pigs, food fights, and conspiring chickens add flavor to this delightful debut, which also touches on mother-daughter relationships, family secrets, and finding love—and yourself. VERDICT This humorous and tender story about a girl who discovers who she is in the wrong place at the right time will charm fans of women's fiction and readers seeking a fresh, funny, and heartfelt tale in the tradition of Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella. [Lion Fiction is the new Christian imprint of UK publisher Lion Hudson, profiled by Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert in "Spotlight on Lion Fiction" at ow.ly/x4ohf.—Ed.]

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Beth Moran has a background as a research scientist and adult educator. She now concentrates on church work and is part of the national leadership team of the UK women's network Free Range Chicks. She is married with three children and lives in Nottingham, England.

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Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him? 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Making Marion is a quirky , entertaining book with deep messages throughout. Marion is trying to find her dad based on a picture she has from the past. She end up at a campsite in Sherwood Forest. She lives and works among the various personalities present at the campsite.  I received a copy of the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Beth Moran in her new book, “Making Marion” published by Lion Fiction introduces us to Marion Miller. From the back cover: Where’s Robin Hood When You Need Him? Marion Miller comes to Sherwood Forest to discover her father’s mysterious past. She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job working for the big-hearted and irrepressible Scarlet.. Life on a busy campground challenges Marion’s formerly controlled life–the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben. Can Marion discover her father’s secret> and will she find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs? This is really a nice romance. Marion is a shy person that circumstances keeps putting in the forefront which gives us some funny moments. Ms. Moran has given us a story about coming out of your shell, of becoming the person that God designed you to be, of being at peace with yourself. It is also a really lovely romance. And, of course, if you are any kind of fan of Robin Hood then you are just going to enjoy this story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ShanfromCan More than 1 year ago
Ever show up at the wrong place at the right time? Well Marion did. And the result was obviously right where God needed her to be. Her arrival at the Peace and Pigs leads to the road of healing in so many areas. Scarlett, the owner and manager is not only good at her job, but has lots of love to go around to help those in need , although her own daughter, Grace and her struggle with their own issues. Scarlett opens her home, her heart and her pocket book to Marion, whom blossoms, never having received this positive attention and affirmation before. What a great story for any one whom thinks things can't change because they have always been this way! The story starts off as a nice, cozy read but don't be fooled as there are dark issues to be explored, relationships to be mended and hurdles to face, and is filled with interesting, well developed characters. I believe you will enjoy how wonderfully Beth Moran pulls it all together. And just for the fun of it, she throws in an older couple who can't keep their hands off each other, literally, which just reminds us that love is not only for the young. I was given this book by The Bookclub Network in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
At first glance of this whimsical cover, Making Marion looked like it would be a lighthearted romantic comedy. Well, I thought it did, anyway. What I got between the covers of this book was a poignant story of a woman searching for answers and wanting and needing to be loved and finding her own worth. This is a good read, just not really a lighthearted one. There are moments of laughter, but there are more difficult subjects as well. Death, cancer, abuse (emotional and physical), are some of these subjects. Marion is a woman searching to find answers about her beloved father. What she finds is so much more. This is a book about learning how to forgive, friendship, love, and ultimately finding out you are worthy. I very much enjoyed Marion growing in her character and even the physical changes that took place as she stepped up to be the woman she was meant to be. I would consider this an inspirational read, however there is a little bit of language. I would say around 5 words or less. I very much enjoyed this story and read it very quickly. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Making Marion is a story of a young woman who after choosing selective mutism, is trying to find herself and her own voice. Marion is running away from her life, or more specifically, her fiancé and a future she’s not sure she wants. She has endured a horrible childhood filled with emotional and physical abuse and done all that she could to just survive without speaking as much as possible. Upon accidentally arriving at the Peace and Pigs campsite, Marion is hired on by an eccentric and fun loving woman, Scarlett. Marion soon finds a place to blend in and just escape her life for awhile. Along the way she finds friendship, harsh truths and love. Making Marion is written in a very British style so the reader should be aware of the terminology used. In addition, there is some foul language which makes the book inappropriate for some audiences. As a reader, I felt the story would not have lost anything without the use of the foul language. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Making Marion by Beth Moran ISBN 9781782640998 Fiction, humor Marion Miller settles in Sherwood Forest hoping to find answers to her beloved fathers past. She is armed with a picture of him dressed as Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. As a child she always felt love from him and faced anger and indifference for her mother. She takes a job at Peace and Pigs Campsite. And lives and works among the quirky residents and visitors. This is a Robin Hood type story and at times laugh out loud funny. I got this book thinking it was Christian fiction but don’t feel it fits in that category because of some of the edgier content. I give Making Marion 3 stars. I want to thank the author Beth Moran, publisher Lion Fiction and The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Marion has come from a horrific childhood and is now on a quest to find answers about her father. She stumbles into a campground and meets Scarlett. Scarlett seems to take in lost and hurting souls. Marion soon finds herself working for Scarlett, living in an rv, and searching the small town for someone who might know her father. This book is written by a British author. So the humor, language, and presentation of religion are not what the typical American Christian fiction reader will expect. There is some language, bedroom scenes, and references to nudity. The references to God are subtle and almost appear to be an after thought. But there is humor, and a strong message of forgiveness. The author has provided interesting and deep characters. The visual imagery is great. The story flowed slowly, but didn't lose my attention. Where there were some pretty serious subjects, the story didn't feel dark and depressive. It reminded me in some ways of the Mitford series with its multiple characters and feeling of family. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An interesting, heartfelt story filled with colorful characters, many who are trying to overcome difficulties, and with grace, courage, and the support of friends, are able to do just that. This is not your typical chick-lit, nor squeaky clean, but many of the main characters demonstrate the love of Christ in their lives, reaching out and helping each other. I really loved Scarlett and her wonderful life lessons taught through everything from how to maintain a garden, to how to buy clothes. I could identify with Marion as she fought to let go of her abusive past, and forgive the ones who hurt her, cheering for her as she battled her shy, damaged self, refusing to give up. The story flows pretty well, told from Marion's viewpoint, although it felt a bit disjointed in the beginning as she jumps back and forth from childhood memories. There are a few occasional curse words, fitting the situation, not pervasive though. It does have a few comical *ahem* flashes of a married couple caught in intimate moments, but nothing graphic. I liked the descriptions of the hushed Christmas scenes, sparking a renewed faith in Marion, and her sincere prayers. If you're looking for a story with perfect people, neatly tied up storylines, happily ever after, this probably won't appeal to you. But if you, like Marion and the others in this story, have had some childhood trauma, battle social awkwardness and family dysfunction, and seek to move on with grace, faith and some humor thrown in, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It grows on you. Besides, who can resist a story with a maid Marion and Robin Hood mi
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
Making Marion by Beth Moran is set in present day Sherwood Forest, mainly in a campground.  There is a lot of humor, especially in the beginning of the story.  As the story unfolds, flashbacks take the reader into the childhood of the main character, Marion.  Because of trauma and abuse Marion spent years in the grips of selective mutism.  The actual “making” of Marion involves her poignant journey through that stress and into becoming a strong and productive woman.  This book is not just a lighthearted romance but it is also about strength and forgiveness.  There is depth in dealing with real issues.  The author does a great job with character development and with descriptive language.  For about the last 10 chapters, I could not put the book down and stayed up way too late in order to finish the story.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of MAKING MARION: WHERE’S ROBIN HOOD WHEN YOU NEED HIM? by Beth Moran from Lion Fiction via Kregel. Marion goes to Sherwood Forest hoping to find her father, where he used to play Robin Hood. I must warn you that Robin Hood isn’t the main focus of the story, but it does play a role. I am a huge Robin Hood enthusiast, so I was thrilled to see that it was a theme. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was fun, full of frolic and mayhem, some love and laughter. There were also some moments that sent my stomach clenching. She isn’t just living on a campground. She’s also learning about herself and her family. Of course, there is also some romance, and those moments were incredibly sweet. The writing was a bit awkward at times. Fragments would pull me out of the story. They were few and far between, though, so I can’t base a solid complaint on them. On the topic of the writing, the author does a great job of giving Marion a distinctive voice. This was a secular book, but it wasn’t overly religious, so even those who don’t normally read Christian Fiction should enjoy it. I definitely recommend it to fans of fun, fast literature.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. But honestly, this book is much more than just fun. There are some deep emotional layers as well. First, what I have found with the publisher of this book is I think they are secular but the authors are Christian. I say this to warn you that there is some language in this book. The “b” word is drop quiet a few times. There are references to living together and some other things you wouldn’t find in Christian fiction. There is a bit of a faith element but not very deep. So, this book would be for someone who doesn’t mind reading a secular book as long as it is pretty clean. If you get past that, which I did, this is a great book. This book takes place in England so you have to know some of the spelling and words are different from what we use. I loved watching Marion find her identity and grab hold of the truth. It was fun to read about life on a campground, since my family loves to camp. The romance is a slow build but so good. Tons of funny scenes. But like I said earlier, some deep emotional layers. Marion has been deeply wounded in many ways and must learn to overcome the lies she has believed all of her life. If you are looking for something a bit different this might be a book you want to pick up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely read more books by this author. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
’m having a hard time writing this review for Making Marion because I had mixed feelings while reading it… On the positive side, the story was much deeper than I thought it would be. In between the cartoon-like cover art and the subtitle “Where’s Robin Hood when you need him?”, I expected it to be warm and fuzzy, filled with lighthearted moments! (Everyone needs a fun, “summer” now and then, right!?) While Making Marion had some of those, but it also was hard, emotional, awkward, and real. (Thank you, Beth Moran!!) It was a little slow getting into, but I ended up really enjoying the story and getting to know the characters. :) On the negative side, I was disappointed about the language. As a woman and mom of 3 girls, I really don’t want to recommend books that throw around the “b-word” (yes, I’m talking about the Old English word with the original meaning of “female dog”). It wasn’t overbearing, but it also wasn’t necessary to an otherwise very good story. I wouldn’t mind checking out more books from Beth Moran, but I would be very hesitant if she can’t choose better words! :( Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I love it when you find a great novel that is written from an English author, because there are terms that are used that are quite different from the same words we would use here in the US. I've been delighted to partake of Beth Moran's latest novel, Making Marion: Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him? While it does utilize the elements from the story of Robin Hood, it is simply a whole lot more. There is simply something tucked away beneath the covers of this novel for everyone. While I would classify this one as a contemporary romance, it adds some comedy to keep things a bit lively. Our main character, Marion Miller is searching for more information about her father, who has recently passed away. But more than that, it's about discovering who Marion really is in the process since dealing with some horrible things as a child, the first of which is losing her father, which she adored. Her mother, unable to deal with such a heavy loss, places all the blame on a young Marion at the time, for disturbing her father, instead of letting him rest. Her words are so harsh to Marion, telling her that she literally talked her father to death, that Marion refuses to speak another word in fear of killing her mother as well. It makes the reader really think about the things we may say to our own children and family members while caught up in deep emotion, and how that may impact them for the rest of their lives. Marion's mother abandons her in a sense spending her days, locked away in her room, leaving a young child to essentially raise herself. Something that Marion will have to work out by the conclusion of the novel. Meanwhile now that Marion is grown, she sets out to discover more about her father, since her mother refuses to speak with her. So she heads to the location of the annual Sherwood Festival, which takes place at the Peace and Pigs campsite. All Marion has to go off of is a picture of her father,dressed like Robin Hood and believes this is just the place to learn more about him. But like all family secrets, it will take a miracle to uncover the back story on her father. Along the way, she will be befriended by the owner of the Peaces and Pigs, Scarlett who immediately becomes a bit of a mentor and mother figure to Marion. She is one you truly LOVE by the end. I received Making Marion by Beth Moran compliments of Kregel Publications and Lion Hudon Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions are strictly my own. This is a wonderful story of how something tragic like Marion's childhood is able to be restored by the love of others who simply let her mature under their watchful eyes and help her to heal all those scars from their past. It is a reminder as well that the things that have devastated us from the past, don't have to hold us back from the futures that lie in front of us and the harm that can come from the unwillingness to let go of the bitterness and anger taking root inside. I absolutely LOVED how it all turned out in the end, not all tied up with a pretty bow, but with some great reflection, a love for those mentors and angels who come along when we need them the most, and for restoration of our hearts. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.