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Juliette and the Monday ManDates by Becky Doughty is the first in a series of books about the four Gustafson Girls: Juliette, the oldest and this book's main character, Renata, Phoebe, and Gia, known to one another as the G-FOURce. The background set up is that fifteen years earlier, their parents were killed in an auto accident caused by one of Juliette's classmates who was drinking and driving. Angela has served the past fifteen years in prison, and she is being released soon.
Juliette has just broken up with a ten-year boyfriend, and is floundering with what to do next with her life. Her sisters set her up on a series of Monday evening dates in the hopes of finding her a new love interest. But instead of one of these potential suitors, Juliette meets an attractive police officer, and the sparks ignite.
More interesting to me were the relationships between all four sisters, the adoption of a stray dog, and the nosy old bat next door who becomes a good friend. Even more interesting than these was Juliette's discovery of Christian faith, her interest in Bible study, and her pleasure in going to church. This last theme was pure, shared with her best friends, her sister Gia, and her two Angelas, one being the former "old bat next door" and the Angela who will be getting out of jail shortly. This book ultimately doesn't stand alone. It ends suddenly, with many threads still hanging. Would I read the next book in the series, though? I would.