When we first learned that Josiah Duggar was courting Marjorie Jackson, it was widely assumed that the arrangement would end in marriage.
After all, these are the Duggars we're talking about.
Every time a family member reaches the point where they're announcing their romantic relationships to the world, that's usually it.
The potential spouse has been thoroughly vetted, and a wedding is already in the works. It's all she wrote ... except for this time.
After weeks of hype and engagement ring shopping, something strange happened that we're not accustomed to seeing in Tontitown.
Marjorie disappeared from Josiah's Instagram page.
Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Josiah and Marjorie ended their courtship, an almost unheard-of move in the Duggars' world.
A few months later, word got out that Marjorie was writing a book ... and that news was met with a decidedly mixed response.
The Duggar faithful feared a damaging tell-all, while on the flip side of the coin, critics of the family eagerly awaited the very same.
Well, on Monday, Marjorie's book - Devoted: A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living With a Great God - finally hit stores (and Kindles).
At least from early indications, it seems she managed to pull off the difficult task of satisfying those on both sides of the Duggar debate.
To be fair, she doesn't throw direct shade at the Counting On clan.
(For better or worse, the Duggars are her #1 claim to fame.)
However, some excerpts are being interpreted by fans as Jackson's subtle commentary on the Josh Duggar sex scandals and more.
This is significant not only as a behind-the-scenes perspective, but in that many feel Josh's depravity indirectly torpedoed Josiah's courtship.
Not surprisingly, without calling anyone else out, Marjorie spends much of the book emphasizing the importance of sexual chastity.
Jackson writes at one point that "promiscuousness once would have been the hush-hush elephant in the room." No longer.
Nowadays, she adds, "seems that purity sticks out loudly more than ever in a world where anything and everything goes."
Deep stuff. Marjorie muses: “How do we handle relationships? What kinds of movies, music, websites, jokes, and conversations do we allow and engage in?"
"Is our dress suggestive and provocative, or modest and proper for a girl professing to have Jesus in her heart?”
Sans the context of a young woman who cut ties with a family famous for covering up a series of sex scandals, perhaps those quotes wouldn't seem so damning.
But that context, of course, is the only reason you're here now.
Marjorie goes on to warn readers about the pitfalls of entering a courtship blindly, without foreknowledge of the family one might be entering into:
"Be sure to screen each potential suitor through your dad or anything trusted Christian spiritual leader first!” Jackson writes in the book.
“That will help weed out the creepers and determine character.”
Yes, she said creepers. And just what makes one a creeper?
Well, in Marjorie Jackson's book (literally ... see what we did there?!) creepers are those who perv out on the Internet.
Not unlike, oh, say, for one example, Josh Duggar when he used the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife.
"Those words we text, e-mail, write and post on social media ... God sees it all,” Marjorie warns her fans in the text.
"Jesus never excluded any of our methods of communication," she goes on, and that means "on or out of cyberspace.”
Watch for Josh's confessional memoir about the pain of being roasted to a crisp by a teenage girl, which will probably be released this fall.
We kid, but seriously ... that's some pretty nice passive-aggressive shade on Marjorie's part. Kailyn Lowry would be proud.