Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Seeing the chance to read a little something by three authors I’d never read before, I took it. I’m a fan of novellas, and Chance of Loving You includes three of them.
I found the first story, For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, to be pretty cute and humorous overall, from the minute Julie sits down from waitressing and dips into Blake’s soup, since he isn’t eating it anyway. Imagine being left half of a sweepstakes ticket for a tip. Julie’s replaying of her doubts about Blake’s motives do become repetitive after a while, and sometimes sudden, “180 degree turn” downturns in romances come off as rushed/forced conflict that therefore isn’t altogether convincing, but the way to the resolution here is worthwhile.
Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren, the last story, was somewhat difficult for me to get into, the storyline and character development seeming more disjointed than gradual to me, almost like starting a new book from the middle and feeling like you’re missing the basis or weren’t officially introduced to the characters. However, there are some sweet moments along Abigail and Ross’s journey through several years’-worth of past grief and misunderstandings.
My favorite story is the second, The Recipe by Candace Calvert, where Aimee and Lucas learn a lot about true love in action, and not only true romantic love. (I figure the inclusion of actual recipes after each story is in conjunction with Aimee’s culinary aspirations.) The flow and pacing of the story is natural, and the lessons Aimee and Lucas learn come in powerfully, making for some beautiful turns of events.
And, to this reader personally, the way God answers Aimee’s prayer about her Bake-Off dilemma is so like Him. The Recipe is the strongest reason I have for recommending this novella collection to other readers of Christian romance.