The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck

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. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck

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Maggie, a scientist, has written a popular book on the science of being happy, but her recent romantic breakup has done a miserable number on her. When her friends drag her along to be the guest speaker on a singles’ cruise, maybe it’ll help bring Maggie out of the dumps in The Theory of Happily Ever After by author Kristin Billerbeck.

I found the premise of this novel interesting, and I don’t come across many contemporary romances and chick-lit-ish tales with heroines who are doctors or scientists. The first quarter of this book is light reading with a lot of humor but also some serious life issues sprinkled in.

However, a couple jokes are rehashed far too many times, with repeated references to gelato and Hallmark movies, along with Maggie’s bunch of disparaging inner barbs about her ex’s new woman. Plus, I usually can only take so much of a heroine who seems as down on herself as Maggie does, besides how down she is on her ex, as her constant thoughts and mentions of him indicate.

And, in all honesty, as much as I love romantic stories, I think I’m finding I can only take the romance genre in smaller, more concise doses these days, for the most part. Some of the scenes here dragged for me as I waited for the story to move on, and I eventually decided not to continue.

Still, from what I’ve read, I can see how this novel might be right down another ChristFic romance fan’s alley.

 

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

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. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

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Frankly, Sarah’s become rich and famous (well, at least, she’s rich, her nom de plume is famous) for writing hot and heavy romance novels. But once she becomes a Christian, her career doesn’t really mesh with the person she wants to be. So what’s next?

I appreciate author Bethany Turner’s smart and humorous style in The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. Turner picks up on some of the little human complexities that not everyone can catch or put into words. Now, I’d never heard of maybe half the actors, movies, or what all else Sarah jokes about, so some of the humor was lost on me. But I can confirm that her references to The Sound of Music and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman are on point!

Still, it turns out that this novel’s plot isn’t what I thought I’d signed up for. Judging by the book blurb (yes, I did actually read the blurb this time!), I thought this novel would be a women’s fiction or chick lit read mostly focused on a new believer and her career, with a little romance on the side.

Almost sixty pages into it, there was no romantic hero in the picture at all, and romance novels tend not to take that long to introduce the romantic characters. So I was kind of disappointed when the focus did eventually switch to romance, with Sarah’s career slipping more to the side.

Besides, when a relationship keeps cycling back to sex (in cases like this, cycling back to “trying really hard not to have sex”), it bugs me. I think Sarah herself hits the nail on the head in her reference to Michaela and Sully on Dr. Quinn: “The waiting wasn’t preached to us.” That’s what made it all the more appealing.  I could explain everything I think about that, but then this wouldn’t be a book review anymore.

While I only got halfway through this novel before deciding not to continue, I enjoyed this author’s style enough to read her again sometime.

 

Who Needs Reality? by Lia London

Who Needs Reality?
A Sweet Romance by Lia London

I was a beta! That is, I had the honor of being a beta reader (thanks, Lia!) for this new release.
Who Needs Reality? is Book One in the coming Team Northwest Sweet Romance series, so there will be more where this came from. 🙂

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About the Novel

How do you woo the girl next door when she becomes a reality star?

Auditioning for WHO WANTS TO BE A SOAP STAR was just a whim, an adventure to fill the summer before the last year of college. When best friends Jill and Milo make the cut, their lives are thrown into the circus of prime-time television. As they count the cost of winning or losing, they discover dreams that mean even more. But how can they gain the best prize–true love–if reality and the entertainment industry seem determined to stop them?

This romantic comedy pokes fun at reality shows and soap operas, and explores the ups and downs of falling for the girl next door. Clean read! No swearing. No explicit sex scenes.

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Inspiring Love: Three Romantic Reads by Nadine C. Keels

Inspiring Love
Three Romantic Reads

“Likable characters” “Intriguing” ~Readers’ Favorite

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Hope and inspiration in a trio of sweet romances

Come to Yourself, Mr. Jones
A contemporary romance novelette

InTýntz, a favored celebrity, meets a gorgeous and mysterious woman (Crystal?) at a club in his hometown. But he doesn’t know he’s in for a night nothing like he planned, and a morning after he’ll more than remember.

The “She” Stands Alone
A romantic comedy novelette
Is Sheridan’s dateless problem unfixable? Not in the least. This young woman has got a new plan: she’s going to date herself.

Eminence
A novella, from another time and place

After their country’s three-year revolution, Ahnna, a village schoolmistress, serves as nurse for Ikenna, an esteemed soldier and tradesman. But in their newfound independence, the fight for worthy governance, both of the nation and of the heart, is not over.

This collection also includes a bonus: an excerpt from World of the Innocent, a contemporary love story.

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