18 Sept 2015


Happiness, Next Exit 
Anthony Mathenia

Genre: contemporary-romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: August 24, 2015
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson
Is staying with one guy worth being separated from family and friends forever?  That’s the decision Rose Gluck has to make.
Raised in a strict Jehovah’s Witness congregation in rural Missouri where romance is a four-letter word and life is charted from childhood, Rose’s prospects as the future wife of Clinton Greer, the boorish son of the authoritarian congregation overseer, do not seem especially bright.
However, when Wyatt True joins their congregation, a possibility of a new relationship emerges, along with new trials. Through their growing friendship, Rose begins to understand the deeper truths of love. Meanwhile, Rose’s grandmother worries that she is being led down the same road that caused Rose’s mother to be lost.
But are true love and happiness worth exiting what she always considered true religion? After all, her choice has eternal consequences—in the most final sense of the word.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book in one word is: honest. I'm not typically a fan of heavily religious novels, but I really enjoyed this one. I think it was really more about Rose finding herself than about the romance, which is something I always enjoy seeing. 

The best part to me was that while Wyatt was there to sort of "guide" Rose's questioning of her faith, it all stemmed back to her and her beliefs. I really liked that even though she was naive to the world, she was still eager to do the best she could under the circumstances. 

I thought that the story itself had good pacing and flow: the plot went easily from one point to another without the reader getting lost or confused. And the writing was excellent. It was easy to follow but still gave the reader a good sense of where the story was headed.

Overall: 4/5 stars for this one for me. I do recommend this one if you're looking for a cute romance but with a protagonist that also learns to love herself.

About The Author:
Anthony Mathenia is a novelist, blogger, and freelance writer. Having spent the majority of his life trapped in a religious cult he now writes on the liberation of the human spirit.
His debut novel Paradise Earth, about the survival of faith and love after the apocalypse, was published by Curiosity Quills Press in 2012.
Anthony lives in Illinois with his wife and daughter. He sincerely apologizes for waking you up on Saturday mornings in order to recruit you.

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