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. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Connie keeps her life sorted and scheduled with a meticulous agenda, including her plans to expand her coffee and ice cream shop into a catering business. But when a stranger comes to town to open a competing business, it could spell professional disaster for Connie in A Plan for Everything by author Beverly Varnado.
The vibrant blue and blend of the businesslike and small-town feel of the book cover drew me to this ChristFic novel I found categorized as a romance, but I wouldn’t call it that. In a romance novel, the romantic relationship is the story, while everything else is secondary. If the story could still be strong without the romantic element, or the major conflict/challenge of the plot could still work out if the main characters were just friends, it’s not really a romance.
Because Connie’s career and her fixated dependency on planning everything are the crux of the plot, I’d call this women’s fiction.
While the read didn’t give me the best sense of romantic chemistry, the small-town vibe, the friendships, and the power of “doing unto others” make quite an impact. The emotional development is a little thin and rushed at times, and the story could have used more subtlety—”showing” instead of “telling” as much—but the serious turns in the plot are compelling.
Other fans of contemporary stories of faith in practical life should enjoy this novel.