Three of my favorite Christian romance authors have come together to contribute to Chance of Loving You, a collection of romance novellas. In each of the novellas, the main character has a chance for love and one opportunity to take it.
From the book's description:
For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.
The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.
Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.
One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?
I love the writing of all three of the authors involved- Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren. This collection contained some of the trademarks of their typical writing. But all were tied into the theme of taking a chance on a relationship.
Terri Blackstock often writes romantic suspense. But she also writes good dramatic fiction. For Love of Money doesn't have any suspense. But it does have a male and female character who often find themselves at odds and needing to reach a middle ground- another feature in many of Blackstock's books.
The Recipe from Candace Calvert features characters who work in a hospital, as her other books do. I like the hospital/rescue workers theme found in Calvert's books. She always creates characters that are well-developed and likable.
Susan May Warren is probably my favorite Christian romance author ever. I love her characters who are always developed so well that I leave the books feeling as if I made a new friend. Hook, Line, and Sinker is set in Deep Haven, the town that holds many of Susan May Warren's characters, including those from the Christiansen family that I've been devouring lately.
All of these writers produce books that are, while interesting and sweet romance reads, also often inspiring and thought-provoking without being preachy. As novellas, these are short reads that can be read and enjoyed quickly.
I give this collection 5 stars and a PG for content. You can find it on Amazon below. This book is also part of a Tyndale blog tour, so you'll be seeing other reviews around the web this week.
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