I had time to kill. So I got a 3 in 1 romance from the library. These are all the so-called “Christian” romance genre. I thought I’d review them for you.
The first story is called “Fine Print,” by Liz Curtis Higgs.
Speech coach Meghan DeWitt heads to Michigan on business, only to find her agenda turned upside down by tall, handsome printing executive Hugh Osborne. Meghan’s mission is clear: tohelp Hugh overcome his stage fright. But Hugh’s father is on a mission, too: He wants the company’s next printing job to include wedding invitations for his widowed son and the talented Miss DeWitt!
The first thing that struck me about Higgs’ writing style was the quality of it. She is very witty and uses lots of humor. It’s a very sparkling way of writing, and very enjoyable to read. You won’t go “that was an extremely improbable story.” You’ll go, “Oh wow, wasn’t that fun…”
Meghan’s been unlucky in love. She dated a man named Gregory, but he jilted her a month before the wedding. She’s very burnt. Especially since the reason he gave for jilting her was that he was attracted to some other woman. But then Meghan takes a job in speech therapy to help some guy overcome his stage fright. Yes, he’s a hunk.
Meg and Hugh are attracted to each other at first sight. Usually this kind of scenario makes me go, “uhh… what just happened?” but for some reason it doesn’t seem as stupid as it sounds.
The story is told from the perspective of both characters, as well as Hugh’s daughter. That means that it frequently switches from all three characters. Luckily, Higgs manages to do this without making me confused.
One thing I didn’t understand. How did Hugh’s daughter Savannah “know” that Meghan was a “keeper” on their very first meeting?
I was, however, relieved to see that the relationship wasn’t all warmth and happiness. Meghan has to get over her fear of betrayal. Hugh has to not compare her to his late wife.
All in all, a good and satisfying story.
The second story is called “Sweet Chariot.”
Lexie’s grandmother, Opal, and Opal’s best friend, Eunice, two octogenarian daredevils, have outdone themselves! They’ve bought a monstrous motor home, sight unseen. What’s more, they plan to drive the beast from Montana to their Seattle home. So Lexie and Eunice’s obnoxious grandson, Jake, go along. Soon they’re all on the wildest ride of their lives–a ride God uses to teach Jake and Lexie what’s really important in life.
This story felt a little flat. Lexie and Hunky Jake hate each other’s guts. After 24 hours in an awful motor home, they start getting attracted to each other. Twu wuv! All of a sudden, he’s making her heart go thumpity thump. He can’t believe how appealing she is.
The book was ok written aside from the storyline that still felt awfully awkward. Grammar was good. Descriptions were ok. There’s a lesson on faith that goes throughout the whole story.
I just don’t like the romance.
And I can’t figure out how her hair still smells great after days in the wilderness. Minus showers, of course. Is there something she uses? Or does Jake like the smell of unwashed? Unless unwashed smells like flowers. Because then I want whatever it is she uses.
Good ending, though.
The third story was called “Bride on the Run.”
Heiress Alexandria Wingate is determined to wait on God where marriage is concerned. Her father, however, waits on no one. Before Alex can say “I don’t!” she’s engaged. Finally she puts her foot down–an hour before her wedding. So it’s out a window and down the rose trellis, wedding dress and all. Alex’s bid for freedom takes her to Oregon, to a place where people get second chances… and to a man who may be the one she’s waited for all her life.
All she has to do is convince him.
The style of writing is certainly very animated. I haven’t read any of Karen Ball’s novels, but it might be worth a try.
Alex is a very well-drawn character. She’s strong, feisty, and spirited. To the point that she’d run away rather than marry someone she doesn’t love. Good going, girl! I think it’s supposed to be set in modern times but the “arranged” marriage made me pause a bit.
There’s an important message about waiting on the Lord as well.
I got a healthy dose of twu wuv at first sight.
She’d never seen such eyes. Eyes the color of rich,velvety chocolate… the kind you let melt on your tongue as you close your eyes in ecstasy. Eyes that held a wealth of emotion and depth. Eyes that seemed to speak of laughter and wisdom, resolve and determination… and something more. Something indefinably, irrefutably male.
Oh good, so he’s not a eunuch.
How did she get all that from looking into his eyes?
As it turns out, he’s something of an idiot.
There has to be a reason why we’re drawn to tales with love at first sight. Where we look at someone and explicably know that they’re the ONE.
The telling of Alex’s mishaps when she started helping Evan out were rather humorous. Turns out they were taken from the writer’s own experiences as a young bride who didn’t know how to cook.
It sort of makes me nervous about me when I get married.
In conclusion, I recommend this collection of novellas. I liked the first and the third. However, don’t read the second, unless you like that sort of thing.