At First Glance

At First Glance

by Susan L. Tuttle


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ISBN-13: 9781946016645
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 10/31/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 705,160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she's a homeschooling mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between raising her teens and leading the women's ministry at church, she finds time to write. She's firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order. Connect with Susan at

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At First Glance 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Cynthia181 5 days ago
Loved It Penny was the older sister but was never perfect in her mother's eyes. It made things hard between her and her sister Bella. Now Bella was getting married and t h st made her feel worse about her weight. Noah was the groom's cousin and he was being set up with Penny. But this is a story of how words and people can hurt.
PianoLady831 5 months ago
What a great debut for Susan L. Tuttle! At First Glance is a gem, which is why readers can have so much fun trying new authors. Relationship-type stories are my favorite, and At First Glance captured my heart and emotions from the first page. It’s a story of self-esteem, self-confidence, finding acceptance and contentment in our own skin. Tuttle is an excellent author and has created a story that is so very relevant. The characters feel so real as they struggle with lifestyle situations and decisions that are common to all of us. I instantly connected with Penny and felt for her as she tried to deal with the demanding expectations of her sister and mother, when those who are supposed to love us unconditionally find us lacking. Jonah is an endearing character and I loved the scenes where he interacts with his sister and nephew. The narrative has two points of view, those of both Penny and Jonah. Being brought into Jonah’s mind gave more of a feel for the story’s direction than I would have had otherwise, but it allowed me to know his heart and quickly connect with him. It was so realistic that even while railing against her family’s outward appearance judgments, Penny treated Jonah the same way in the beginning. At First Glance deals capably and realistically with serious social issues, such as living together before marriage and the drive to meet the world’s standard of beauty. The story reflects the essence of real beauty, to be seen and loved for the person we are, not the “at first glance” outward appearance. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of a series, for several memorable characters pull at the heartstrings and beg for their own story – such as Rachael and even Belle. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Just Read Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
CherryPie0420 6 months ago
At First Glance is Susan Tuttle's debut novel and all I can say is WOW! From the first chapter I was invested in the story and found myself rooting for poor, sweet Penny from the start. I saw so much of myself in her and, in my mind, became very protective of her, going so far as to literally growling out loud while reading parts where people were mistreating her, while getting some strange looks from my family. The girl that doesn't seem to measure up on the outside has a heart of gold, her beauty lying on the inside, and luckily there is an amazing man that saw that beauty from the very beginning. I loved the progression of the narrative and how the focus was on the theme of beauty being on the inside and not on the outside. The sister dynamic and the mother/daughter relationship, though frustrating, is realistic and incredibly well-written, and I loved the happy ending. I closed this book thinking about my own self-acceptance and how hard I am on myself. Though it is a fiction, it does make you think about your own ideas of beauty and how you see yourself. For a debut novel, I am a little more than impressed and cannot wait to see what Susan Tuttle in store!
AMHeath 7 months ago
What I Loved: Wow-wee! At First Sight will certainly be a highlight of my reading year. The characters were easy to relate to and their chemistry was spot-on. The overall writing style was smooth and enjoyable. I’m under the impression that Tuttle spend years studying the craft and her debut novel shows it. But for me, the real highlight was the theme of the story and it’s summed up nicely in this quote from the novel: “My potential has nothing to do with my waistline.” Tuttle shows the realistic struggle of trying to fit into society’s, or sometimes our family’s, perfect image. Our worth in Christ and showing love, kindness, and offering forgiveness to others were themes woven in from start to finish. Rating and Recommendations: I highly recommend At First Glance to Christian Contemporary romance fans or to anyone who has ever focused on their outward appearance. I’m giving it 5 stars. ~ I received a copy from the publisher. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Penny42058 8 months ago
have to say, that for this to be her first published book, Susan L. Tuttle did an unbelievable job. This book will have you hooked from the beginning. Penny and Jonah meet when they’re both in the wedding party of Penny’s sister, Belle, and Jonah’s cousin, Micah. This emotional read will have you on a roller coaster ride and the way things unfold is truly spectacular. I can not recommend this book enough. I would honestly give this book more than five stars, if I could. I was surprised by quiet a bit of this story. I absolutely love Jonah’s character and what an all around good man he is. I’m not going to leave any spoilers, so please grab your copy and fall in love with this book like I did.
WarrriorPrincess 9 months ago
Any woman who has struggled with fitting into society’s ideal of beauty, or struggled with her self-worth, will easily connect with Susan L. Tuttle’s main character, Penny Thornton. Penny is smart, determined, kind, and thoughtful but cannot see past her scars, extra pounds, and the false knowledge that somehow she will never measure up to anyone’s idea of beauty. At First Glance delicately tackles the emotional baggage many of us carry regarding our appearance. Jonah Black’s character encourages us to push past the surface and really see the person. Readers may be tempted to pair Penny with her sexy personal trainer, East Fischer, but it’s really bald, soft in the middle, Jonah who exhibits unconditional love, even while being relegated to the friend zone. Will Penny choose the package with all the pretty trimmings, or will she select what lies behind door number two? Will she reconcile with her judgmental mother and self-centered little sister? The ending may surprise you. ***The publisher provided a free book. However, all opinions included in this review are entirely my own.
Abby1219 9 months ago
Love love and love this story!! Some things aren't always what they seem, it takes getting down into the nitty gritty that we truly can see the real story. Whether it's problems with a parent, sibling, or even things that we didn't even know were buried deep inside us, it's always worth the time and effort to really get to know someone and their story. We may just be surprised at what we find and the relationships that we didn't think could be possible.
Bernadette_Cinkoske 9 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed At First Glance. It was hard to believe this was a first novel for the author. I was pulled into the story from page one. What a nightmare of a family Penelope has. This is a very well written story of Penelope who is running her own business while being forced to diet and to deal with her less than loving mother and sister. During this journey, Penelope discovers she can have a backbone and finds not one, but two, suitors. Come along for some fun moments and lots of family drama.