About the Book
Author: JL Crosswhite
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release date: June 21, 2021
She’s working on a new start…
…He’s trying a new work venture.
Can they build a relationship that fits their new life?
Fresh out of cosmetology school Jessica and whiz software engineer Austin have been thrown together by mutual friends. They even escaped a wildfire together.
But do they have something more than friendship?
Maybe a singles’ camping trip will make their future clear.
But when they encounter someone who needs their help, the relaxing weekend away becomes anything but. As the danger mounts and the challenges reveal who they truly are, will it pull them together or push them apart… for good?
You will get lost in Over Her Head because the biggest adventure is falling in love.
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This is a fun romance for career age readers. Both the main characters, Jessica and Austin, are in times of career stress. Jessica just started working at a hair salon and has to do her best to have a chance at getting hired permanently. Austin is challenged by the possibility of an advancement but has trouble giving suitable reports of his progress. Readers in the midst of career stress will be able to identify with Jessica and Austin.
There are a couple of brief periods of suspense but the narrative by far is on romance. Crosswhite has added the troubling issue of human trafficking to give the novel some depth. We see from Jessica's experience how quickly we could be presented with the opportunity to help a young woman in trouble.
Crosswhite's writing style is straightforward and easy to read. The plot is also very clear and a bit predictable. This would be a good novel for readers who are put off by a complex plot.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Jennifer
MacGyver might have come from my family tree. I grew up hearing stories of how my grandpa turned a horse trailer into a travel trailer for camping and how he finagled something out of what he had if he didn’t have the actual thing he needed. I grew up seeing my dad do this. And I’ve been known to do it a time or two myself.
My grandpa grew up during the Great Depression, so I could see how making do with what he had came to him naturally. The rest of us saw the usefulness of it and continued the tradition. Even though there are times I’ve stopped and said, “I should just go by the thing I need instead of trying to make do.” Maybe it would have saved me some time and frustration.
But there is something satisfying about seeing a problem and creating the solution yourself. It’s like solving a puzzle. And for me, writing a book is a lot like that. I start out with various pieces and no idea how they are going to fit together.
When I began Over Her Head, it was the third book of my In the Shadow series. This series explores the idea of what it’s like to grow up in the shadow of a hero. Jessica’s brother, Scott, is a Navy pilot. Their oldest brother died before Jessica was born, so she’s always felt like she’s been in the shadow of her older brothers. How would she become her own person and find the purpose that God has for her?
That was one piece. A big one. But I still needed to find a love interest, a plot, and a supporting cast. I started sorting through what I had, looking for pieces that could fit, could be molded into something new and different. A trip to the hair salon provided a fun conversation with my hair stylist about what a newly graduated cosmetology student might be doing and the politics of working in a salon.
The pieces were coming together. Finally, I decided to set the story around one of my favorite activities: camping. Okay, maybe it’s more like glamping. I like a real bed. But it is a great way to force a group of people to be close together for a period of time. There’s an element of stress, and even danger, since nature isn’t predictable.
Hopefully the end product looks smoothly finished and not MacGyvered together. But I don’t ever let the rough beginning or different looking pieces discourage me from pressing on with the story. And I think that’s a good lesson for life. What rough spots need a little creativity to bring them to life and smooth them out? Spend some time letting your inner MacGyver play.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
I liked the review, sounds good.
This is going on my tbr right now! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing!
This sounds really interesting!
Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to it.
Thank you for sharing.
This sounds like a great page-turner.
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