Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she's finally figured out God's plan for her life – she even made a list to keep her on track.
Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What's not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?
Trying to figure out God's plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie's continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.
You can read the first chapter here.
This novel was a fun read. There is plenty of humor and frustrated romance contained within. Much of it is at the expense of Callie, however. She is a klutz, having one mishap after another. She is looking for love and has it all planned out. The only thing is that it seems God has other plans.
Callie was a character I had difficulty liking. She is uncoordinated and accident prone yet is an accomplished pianist. The concentration and fine motor skills needed for concert quality piano playing seemed at odds with her non-coordination.
I like a novel that addresses an issue and this one does, in the form of planning. Callie has her summer planned out. But plans don't go as she desires and she has to learn the hard way to submit to what God is doing. There is a good lesson there for all of us.
I do recommend this romance to readers who would like one with some humor mixed in.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the author:
Karin Beery wrote her first novel in 2007 to cope with her husband's cancer diagnosis (no worries – he's cancer free now). While that manuscript has not been published yet, Summer Plans and Other Disasters, her first published book, released September 2018.
She writes contemporary and speculative fiction stories with a healthy dose of romance. She's also expanded to writing feature stories for her local paper, copy materials for business, and blog posts for herself and others. She edits and critiques through Write Now Editing Services. She is the Substantive Fiction Editing Instructor for the PEN Institute and teaches editing and writing at conferences and at her local college.
She plays the piano and sings, kayaks with her husband in summer and watches football in the fall. You can find out more at http://karinbeery.com/. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Elk Lake Publishing Inc., 246 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through I Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by I Read With Audra.