Book Review: At First Glance

Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had an awesome reading weekend. I know I did! In fact, one of the books I read was so good, I knew I had to share my thoughts on it. Today’s post is a book review for At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle. Have you read it? If not, add it to your TBR pile!

About the Book

Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny.” When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years.

But she doesn’t expect to meet two very different men in the process: East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and each seems interested in her romantically.

As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn about estimating value.

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My Thoughts

Susan L. Tuttle’s debut novel is a hit! Seriously, y’all, I can’t say enough about this book. I’ve seen Ms. Tuttle around on Facebook and have always enjoyed her posts. So of course when I saw she had released a book, I wanted to read it.

First of all, I love the cover, the colors, the mood it sets. I skipped the blurb because I don’t read them. Instead, I opened the book with no expectations.

And I couldn’t stop reading. I took a break about 40% in to message a friend to add this book to your TBR pile. And then I dived right back in because I didn’t want to miss a thing. (Am I the only one who heard Aerosmith?!)

This book was so refreshing. Two imperfect people with imperfect bodies and “imperfect jobs.” I threw that last one in there because the hero and the heroine had jobs I’ve never seen before in romance and I loved that! I got to learn more and connect with them on a regular people level.

But the theme of the story, the message hit me in the core. And for that reason alone I would recommend the book. Thankfully, the writing is engaging, entertaining, and hits you all in the feels.

*I’d rate this a 5 star read. Maybe 6 if that scale existed because I’m pretty sure I’d want to reread it for my favorite parts.

About the Author

Susan L. Tuttle was born and raised in the Mitten State where she met and married her best friend. A homeschooling mom of three, somewhere along the way she blinked and those three littles aren’t so little anymore. Now she balances their teenage years with directing the women’s ministry at her church and writing. She fully believes that God is the biggest romancer in the world and that He loves each one of us lavishly even in all our imperfections—a belief tried and tested by her own misses at perfection. Never having met a cookie she didn’t like, most days you’ll find her enjoying one for a treat between chauffeuring her kiddos around, attempting housework, contemplating exercise, or coaxing her current characters to talk. Connect with Susan at

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: At First Glance”

  1. Sounds like a great read! I like the fact that the protagonist starts out feeling overlooked and tossed aside but then finds a second chance on love and life. Adding this to my TBR 🙂


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