Buying Love by Toni Shiloh

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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 Celebrate Lit for an honest review.

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Four Silver Stars

Buying LoveBuying Love by Toni Shiloh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Nina wants a family, but with no prospects for a marriage and children in sight, she advertises in the newspaper for a husband, including a dowry in the deal. Dwight answers the ad in honest need of cash to save his family’s restaurant and his father’s legacy. But when Dwight begins falling for Nina, their financial tie-up may get in the way in Buying Love by author Toni Shiloh.

Well, gee. What an interesting fix Nina and Dwight get themselves into. There are good points of tension in the story–two people prayerfully heading into a risky venture even though they don’t have all the answers, and a man wrestling with how he can ever be a provider for a woman who has more money than he does.

The last burst of conflict for the climax felt a little contrived to me, not quite a natural fit for this particular hero and heroine. But the romance is out-and-out sweet without being too syrupy (yes, even considering all the maple around.) The book also concludes with a good amount of key, wonderful things and has left me in anticipation of the coming continuation of the series.

Many other fans of ChristFic romance should enjoy this story of love, friends, family, and belonging.

A Life to Live by Toni Shiloh

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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.
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a-life-to-liveA Life to Live by Toni Shiloh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Mia is a world away from her hometown in Texas when she settles in for a month-long trip in Nottingham. Running into Caleb, the former boyfriend who once broke her heart, is the last thing she would’ve imagined happening. Their chance encounter in England could lead to either more heartbreak or healing in A Life to Live by author Toni Shiloh.

This is a lovely, romantic novella about forgiveness, working through grief, and giving and taking second chances.

The story feels a little simplistic, repetitive, and not quite believable at times. There are some minor, technical errors throughout the book, along with a good deal of head hopping, switching back and forth between Mia’s and Caleb’s points of view rather abruptly.

But I smiled along the way at key moments, especially on account of Mia’s wise and clever mother. Lots of fans of uncomplicated, faith-filled romance can enjoy this quick read.