Wonderful World of Writing

3 Tips for Writing a Believable Romance

In the literary world, the romance genre is often treated as a joke due to its overuse of certain tropes, unrealistically portrayed relationship growth, and focus on physical aspects rather than the romantic connection between the protagonist and their love interest. Today, I’d like to share three tips on how to craft a believable romance that will leave readers swooning rather than rolling their eyes.

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1) The Dos and Don’ts of Insta-Love

One of the most common complaints I’ve read in reviews for romance books involve the characters instantly falling in love upon their first meeting with little to no reason as to why. The best example I can provide of this trope is Anna and Hans from Frozen. Did anyone else cringe upon their engagement?

Luckily for Anna, she escapes the mortifying consequences of that case of Insta-Love, as the film transitions on to her introduction to Kristoff. Disney was able to twist the Insta-Love trope and make it end up as endearing for the audience. How can we as authors do the same?

Suggestions for Writing Insta-Love:

  • Give the characters one strong common goal or interest. They don’t have to have everything in common, but give them enough similarities to develop a foundation for their connection.
  • Make the initial first-sight moment develop by having the characters notice an intriguing personality trait about one another rather than a physical trait. Make the romance about the characters, not about how they look.
  • Be subtle about their initial attraction. Even if the chemistry is there on Day 1, the relationship should still have room to develop and mature throughout the remainder of the book. Don’t have them spouting out that they love each other, should get married, and have kids the day they meet, unless they have gone through a lifetime’s worth of relationship-building circumstances with each other over that period of time (Ex: Katniss and Peeta’s close proximity in The Hunger Games resulted in a Insta-Love of sorts for the viewers in Panem).

2) Don’t Base the Romance on Looks or Physical Aspects

This bit goes hand-in-hand with what I mentioned about Insta-Love, but the overfocus on how “hot” or “sexy” the love interest may be is a huge problem throughout the romance genre.

For me, as a reader that favors cleaner romance, whenever the protagonist continually describes how good the love interest looks, I cringe. For the most part, this is a tip off that the relationship will be one where lust is mistaken for love. Romance, to me, should be based on a love story involving each person’s emotions, and how, working together, the couple learns from one another in a way that results in amazing character arcs.

“Romance” books that are purely lust-based often lack the depth for promising character arcs. In fact, lust-based have their own separate genre, and I’m disappointed that its genre is often thought to be intertwined with the romance genre, as romance books then get a bad reputation for having books that confuse lust with love. Please determine which genre your story will best fit in. If it’s purely a lovestory-based book, then it’s a romance. If it’s incredibly steaming and physical… that’s not romance in the true sense of the word, and it belongs in a different genre.

Crafting Chemistry

Lastly, in order for readers to ship your fictional couples like there’s no tomorrow, a palpable chemistry between the two should be crafted. In other words, the characters, like I hinted at in the Insta-Love section, should have a common bond and/or goal that can set the course for the rest of the relationship.

There’s nothing worse than reading a “romance” where two people meet and you can’t for the life of you comprehend why they’re a good match. In order for a couple to be portrayed believably, the readers need something to latch onto, whether that be how Person A compliments Person B’s personality, how they both have been through similar traumatic experiences and help each other mend, etc.

Let’s Recap!

So, if you want to craft a believable romance that will lead to your fans shipping your couple, remember to try the following:

1) Remember the Dos and Don’ts of Insta-Love

2) Love Story = Romance | Lust Story = Not Romance

3) Couples Thrive On Chemistry


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

Do you have any tips for crafting a believable romance that I didn’t address in today’s post? Please add to the conversation in the comments!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts

During Black Friday last year, I purchased a Christian YA romance novella I had my eye on for awhile, along with a slew of other indie books. Because the novella is set during the summer, I forced myself to wait until the weather in NC finally warmed up. I’m happy to say that Dandelion Dust was totally worth the wait… so worth it, in fact, that I read it all in one day! 🙂

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Highlights:

Charity and Ryder

GAH, could these two be any more adorable?! ❤ Their heart melting love story tore. me. to. pieces. Their chemistry together was impeccable. They were also super relatable, as they realistically portrayed the turbulence of emotions loving someone can put us through. Very well done, and I can’t wait to read more contemporary romance by this author!

The Traven Family

Ryder’s family was well-written and each family member has a unique personality that makes you feel like you know each one of them by the end of the story. My heart ached for them throughout the conflict of the book, and I cried tears of joy with them when God makes a way for them. And y’all, books rarely make me cry.

The Writing

For there not to be a whole lot going on with the plot other than the focus on Ryder, this book had me invested from the Prologue. Faith Potts has an excellent talent for the written word at such a young age, and she has a brilliant future ahead of her as an author. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back here on Fridays for regularly scheduled book reviews!

Later, Arrowheads!

-Allyson 😀

My Books

WIP Update: I’m Almost Done with The Crush!

In August 2011, I first started writing my contemporary YA romance novel, The Crush.

Three drafts and what is now an entirely different plotline later, I’m (at the time of writing this post on May 25, 2019) 2.5 chapters away from completing my third novel.

*Cue Happy Screaming*

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Right now, I’m on the verge of completing Chapter 18, leaving the climatic Chapter 19 and the ending in Chapter 20.

But also right now, writing Chapter 18 has been testing my patience. XD

After flying through writing the last couple chapters in April (writing 11.5k words), I’m slowly trudging through this chapter and desperately wanting to finally. finish. this. dang. book.

It’s been the longest haul ever. I can’t count the number of times I’ve contemplated giving up on this book in its earliest drafts. It’s nowhere near the story I first started writing back at the beginning of my senior year in high school.

Now I’ve been out of college for two years, and while I love the new version of this story to death, I’m ready to start working on another WIP.

But, first, these last few chapters….

So… when will I be releasing The Crush?

In my first post mentioning The Crush, I estimated that I may publish it later this year, or in early 2020; however, my schedule has changed a lot since then. At the time this post goes live, my boyfriend will have recently switched from a third-shift job to a first-shift job, so I’m now adjusting to our hang-out schedule and will have to see how it affects my current work schedule as an author and blogger. I work a full-time job, so I have to work on author/blogger responsibilities during my freetime.

I’ve also had some thoughts about taking an extended hiatus from publishing more books until I’ve completed more of my WIPs and have a backlog of sorts. I feel like I’ve rushed through writing The Crush during this draft and don’t want to rush to publish it. Like the old man from Toy Story 2 said, “you can’t rush art.” I want it to be as perfect as possible before releasing it to the world. I’ve been extremely nervous about this novel finding the audience it needs, as I’ve had a difficult time performing that task for my first two releases.

But God’s got this.


Are y’all excited for The Crush? What’s your favorite contemporary YA romance novel?

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Book Reviews

Book Review: Finding Fireflies by A.C. Williams

I scored a Kindle copy of this novel during a discount book haul on Black Friday last year. Though I had never previously read any of A.C. Williams’ works, this book easily enticed me to want to read more of her books.

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What I Loved:

Use of Humor

Finding Fireflies is a Christian romantic comedy with thriller elements, and the author’s use of humor had me laughing throughout the book. Our narrator–Trisha–offers comic relief at just the right moments while navigating through the serious issues in the novel. If you’re a fan of Jenny B. Jones’ style of clean humor, you will surely love A.C. Williams as well.

Trisha

Trisha, the main character, is beyond relatable for single, adult Christians. Though I am currently dating someone, like Trisha I am an unmarried adult who still lives with her parents and struggles with adapting to adulthood. We don’t see a lot of characters like Trisha in books, so it was a pleasant contrast to the Perfect Hallmark Single Girl main character.

The Plot

I have never read a book about the topic of human-trafficking before, and after reading this, I applaud the author for writing about this topic from a Christlike viewpoint. The information mentioned in the novel is insightful, and teaches readers how to spot signs of trafficking occuring. As human-trafficking is becoming a more prominent danger in the United States, I feel this is a timely novel.

The Christlike Messages

Two prominent messages were featured in this book that we need LOADS more of in Christian fiction:

1. That no matter what you’ve done in the past, if you accept God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and those sinful stains are washed clean.

2. Christians should embrace, love and show kindness and respect to new/old Christians alike who have dark pasts. Judging someone based on their sinful pasts or something deemed sinful merely by church tradition does not lead people to Christ, and this book illustrates the negative impact this type of behavior can have.

Overall, I believe this is an important novel for today’s Christians, and I am eager to read more by Williams. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

What is your favorite Christian romcom novel? Share your top picks in the comments!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

My Books

Current WIP: The Crush

Since fall of 2011, I’ve been writing (and rewriting, and rewriting, and developing a love/hate relationship with) my second contemporary YA romance novel, entitled The Crush. The Crush, will be the first book of *drumroll* my first trilogy, and I’m super excited to share the premise for The Crush with y’all today!

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Premise

The Crush follows Emery Brooks: an old-fashioned hopeless romantic, thanks to the legacy her grandparents’ fifty-year marriage left on her heart. After the passing of her Grandma Adeline, aka her biggest role model, Emery vows to abide by the advice Grandma Adeline reminded her of in Proverbs 4:23:

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

By adhering to that advice, Emery promises herself that she will never settle when it comes to love; that she will allow God to write her love story and will not allow her heart to be trampled by the wrong guys. Not like her older brother, Rider’s, future was trampled due to a relationship that drove him off the rails.

But, that may also be why she can’t, for the life of her, write a love song.

Enter Sawyer Alston, a misfit love cynic who moves to Grahamwood after his parents’ divorce. Due to their mommas being best friends in high school, Emery and Sawyer are forced to spend time together the summer before Emery starts high school. Emery swears she can’t stand being around Sawyer and his anti-love spewing propaganda. That is, until an experiment with her best friend reveals a possibility she never before imagined.

Will she fall for someone who doesn’t believe in falling at all, or will the advice Grandma Adeline gave her prevent her from such heartbreak?

History and Goals for Publishing

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working on The Crush since late 2011. The story I began writing back then has been redesigned into a completely different story than the first unfinished draft. Currently, I’m working on the third draft, and after reaching the 50k word count point as of the end of March, I am aiming to have it finished by the end of June. If all goes well, I am aiming to release it sometime between November 2019 and February 2020. I will then start writing the sequel, which is tentatively being titled The Waiting.

Writing Style

If you are a fan of YA contemporary published by Blink YA (Stephanie Morrill, McCall Hoyle, Nicole Quigley) or Jenny B. Jones, my writing style is similar in nature to those authors: no explicit language, but not afraid to tackle tough issues.

The Crush does not currently have a Goodreads page set up, but I will post one after the book is complete.


I really hope this didn’t sound lame. XD There’s actually a lot more to this book than what I let on, as I tried my best not to spoil anything.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for The Crush? What is your favorite contemporary YA romance book?

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Wonderful World of Writing

Why I Write YA Romance

Romance, especially YA romance, is a bit of a taboo genre in Christian fiction. Many Christians seem to shy away from writing YA romance because readers have different preferences for how emotionally or physically involved teenage characters should be. I, myself, am comfortable with reading about characters kissing, but under no circumstances find it appropriate for teen romance to go further than that physically. Others think that teens should maintain stricter boundaries when dating/courting, and leave kissing until marriage. While it’s difficult to please everyone, I write YA romance with Christian elements for a very specific reason.

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Mainstream YA Romance is Misleading for Christian Girls

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I first started exploring YA romance titles from authors like Sarah Dessen and John Green. While I liked their books, the contained a lot of vulgarity as far as language and physicality goes, and I found it difficult to find something clean enough for my taste until I stumbled across titles by Stephanie Morrill, Jenny B. Jones, and some others. These books accurately portray what it’s like to be a Christian girl raised in the public school setting who hasn’t been brought up with the courting or stricter boundaries I mentioned earlier.

This is how I was raised, and though I have dated without the strict physical boundaries (i.e. no kissing before marriage), I have maintained my purity for marriage. It is 100% possible for Christian teens to kiss their significant other without being tempted or going all the way if they keep their promise to God to remain pure at the forefront of their minds. My younger sister and I are living proof of that.

My goal while writing YA romance with Christian elements is to show teens that they can display affection for their significant other without giving in to lust and without living in constant fear of accidentally breaking their stricter boundaries like hand holding, hugging, or kissing. Through writing clean, yet accurately portrayed romance for the general teen audience, I want to provide a middle ground for Christian teens, and fans of clean reads alike, who do not want to read vulgar content and do not relate to the stricter courting style of dating that I’ve seen portrayed in Christian Fiction.

What Kind of Content Do My Romances Feature?

I’ll go ahead and say off the bat that my YA romances (or any romances for that matter) will never have scenes that portray (or cut away from) the characters going all the way. That’s something I do not feel comfortable writing about nor feel the need to read about; however, if necessary to the plot, I will vaguely hint but not outright say that characters (not the main character, but minor characters) have done something.

My YA romances do, however, include kissing, hugging, hand holding, and cuddling (ex: Carter putting his arm around Riley while sitting on the couch). If physical touch ever escalates further than that, it will be portrayed in a negative light and will be done by an antagonist. But even then, I intend to keep descriptions as clean as possible.

Again, my goal is to write romance as accurately as possible without crossing over into vulgarity. I know what it’s like to be a young reader with a limited amount of clean, relatable, and quality YA romances available, and I aim to be a source of those for fans of clean and Christian YA alike.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Do you enjoy YA romance, or are you more into other genres? Let me know in the comments!

-Allyson 😀

Blog Tours, Book Reviews

Live Without You Blog Tour: Book Review for Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

Hey there, Arrowheads! I’m back with another blog tour stop, this time for Sarah Grace Grzy’s debut release, Live Without You! This adorable novella is an adult contemporary Christian romance that I have the honor of reviewing today. So, let’s get started!

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Synopsis

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

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Purchase or Add to Your To-Read List:

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Book Review: Live Without You

Told through third person narration, Live Without You is Sarah Grace’s debut novella that features an abundance of faith content and sweet moments.

Highlights

The Writing

Sarah Grace has top-notch writing skills and excels at descriptive writing. I can tell she put a lot of thought and thorough research into writing the paramedic and hospital scenes.

Cecile and Piper

My two favorite characters in the book are Miss Cecile and our female lead, Piper. Their personalities shined through the most throughout the story, and I found Piper to be relatable. An honorary mention goes to Finley as well, for being an adorable addition! ❤

Faith Content

As mentioned above, this novella features heavy faith content, perfect for readers who have experienced loss and struggle with wondering why God allows such things to happen.

Lowlights

Repetitive Information/Thoughts

There were a few times when the plot began to slow down in favor of repeating information or thoughts from a character that had already been revealed. I would have loved to see more forward motion in the story rather than further reflection.

The Pacing of the Romance

Although I felt the pacing for the beginning of the relationship was well-timed, and the pacing for the characters was fitting as it showed that time had passed, for the reader two big romantic plot twists occurred in back-to-back scenes, making it feel a bit rushed as the readers don’t get to see the relationship grow and mature to that level. Otherwise, the relationship in itself was adorable.

Overall, fans of contemporary Christian romance who crave Biblical messages will adore this novel. My rating is: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.


About the Author

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Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

Connect with Sarah Grace:

Newsletter | Goodreads |Twitter |Instagram

 

I’d also like to wish Sarah Grace a very Happy Birthday on February 22nd! I just realized we’re birthday twins, girlie! 😀


Giveaway!

Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug.

Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You
3 Third Prize Winners ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You

Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 – 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants!

Enter to win here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a44877ea13/

Follow the rest of the Blog Tour:

Jan. 22

Hosanna // Spotlight

Tricia Mingerink // Spotlight

Abby // Spotlight @the_book_worms_bookshelf

Allison Tebo // Interview

 

Jan. 23

Libby May // Review and @libbymay117

Brooklynne // Interview

 

Jan. 24

Mikayla // Review

 

Jan. 25

Victoria Goodbrand // Review

 

Jan. 26

Gracelyn Buckner // Spotlight

Jordan Elizabeth Smelser // Review

 

Jan. 28

Hannah Gridley // Review

 

Jan. 29

Abigail Harder // Review

 

Jan. 30

Liv K. Fisher // Spotlight

 

Jan. 31

Michaela Bush // Review  @mj_writer98 on Instagram

 

Feb. 1

Grace Morris // Review

 

Feb. 2

Lilian // Interview

Ellie Marie // Review

 

Feb. 4

Abigail Mckenna // Review

 

Feb. 5

Rebekah Morris // Review

 

Feb. 6

Medomfo // Interview

Wade Martin // Review

 

Feb. 7

Maddy // Review

 

Feb. 8

Joanna Bayford // Spotlight

 

Feb. 9

Ashley // Review Spotlight?

 

Feb. 10

Maddie R. // Review

 

Feb. 11

Andrea Cox // Review

 

Feb. 12

Rose K. // Review  https://www.instagram.com/adventurous.bookworm/

 

Feb 13

Abby Guenot // Review

 

Feb. 14 ~ Valentine’s Day

Tammy Lash // Spotlight  http://instagram.com/tamlash5  

 

Feb. 15

Raechel // Review

The Bookworm Banquet // Review

 

Feb. 16

Lila Kims // Review

Riley // Review

Laura G. // Review

 

Feb. 18

Kate Willis // Interview

Liz // Review

 

Feb. 19

Kaylee // Review and Interview

 

Feb. 20

Kellyn Roth // Review

Allyson Kennedy // Review

 

Feb. 21

Faith Potts // Spotlight

 

Feb. 22 ~ Sarah Grace’s Birthday

Nicki Chapelway // Review

Kaitlyn S. // Interview

Jaye L. Knight // Spotlight

Victoria Lynn // Book Bash and Birthday Extravaganza


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to visit back on Friday for a very special post, as I celebrate my 25th birthday and discuss my 2nd Year as a Published Author! 😀

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! I’m super excited to be reviewing Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle today, as it’s a clean YA novel set in eastern North Carolina, aka my homeland. XD I’m still fangirling over this book, and hopefully once you read this review, you’ll get secondhand fangirling from it and read it for yourself! Join me as we Meet the Sky! (Was that cheesy? Sorry, I had to. XD)

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As a resident of eastern North Carolina, my town and surrounding areas were recently impacted by Hurricane Florence. During the hurricane, I wondered if there were any YA books about surviving this type of natural disaster. A few weeks later, I came across Meet the Sky on Amazon, and realized it was already on my to-read list on Goodreads. I was able to get the Kindle version during a sale one weekend, and I’m SUPER excited to say that Meet the Sky totally lived up to–and surpassed–my expectations.

What I Loved: 
Gorgeous Cover: The beautiful cover and the Blink YA logo were all it took to get this sweet story on my to-read list. But, as much as I adore these aspects, there’s so much more to love about the novel.

Spot-On Hurricane Descriptions: It’s one thing to read about hurricanes, but a completely different thing to witness one in action and see the aftermath in person. I’m happy to say that the author knew exactly what she was talking about and flawlessly described what it’s like to experience a hurricane. I do wish we had received more descriptions on the aftermath (specifically how Sophie and Finn’s houses held up) but other than that, it was exceptional.

The Characters: Sophie was a bit of your typical Sarah Dessen-esque, no-nonsense, studious, protector-of-the-family type girl, but her character arc through the storm helped to bring out her unique qualities. Finn stressed me out to no end, but I ended up loving that goober! The two together have amazing chemistry and I highly enjoyed seeing them learn how to survive the hurricane together.

The Wild Horse Element: Highlighting Sophie’s connection to the wild horses in the Outer Banks brought forth even more uniqueness to the novel. Not only do Sophie and Finn have to survive the storm, but they feel obligated to help a horse out as well. This aspect was interesting to read about, because I’ve always wondered what happens to the horses when a “storm of the century” like Hurricane Harry in the book, or our recent Hurricane Florence, strikes the area.

Meet the Sky was the exact book I was craving to satisfy my want of a life-like hurricane read. There was nothing major about the novel that I disliked, and the continually changing storm added numerous high-risk plot twists that kept me invested throughout. I can’t wait to read more by this author! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! If you’re looking for more North Carolina reads, be sure to check out my own novels, Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl and Speak Your Mind, both set in the fictional town of Grahamwood, NC!

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Book Reviews

Book Review: Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Today I’m back with another book review by one of my favorite contemporary Christian authors, Jenny B. Jones, for her adult romance, Just Between You and Me.

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After reading and falling in love with the first two installments of Jenny B. Jones’s Katie Parker series earlier this year, I was super excited to score one of her other books during an ebook sale. Although I didn’t quite like this book as much as In Between and On the Loose, it’s still full of Jones’s southern sass and charm.

The book centers around Maggie Montgomery, who works on a film crew for a travel show. When Maggie receives a call from her estranged father requesting her to return to her hometown ASAP, she’s faced with the dilemma to choose between putting her family or her career first. But, is this the career she really wants? What will God show her once she returns home?

Highlights: 
The Humor: When I picked up this book, I totally hoped for the same kind of humor Jones delivered in the Katie Parker series, and I’m happy to say this novel kept me laughing throughout.

Discussing Mental Illness: I admire that this book touched on mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and depression, and what can happen when those conditions are not properly dealt with. Maggie’s sister, Allison, takes narcotic drugs to numb her pain, wreaking havoc on her ten-year-old daughter’s life. In this day and time, with issues such as these becoming more prominent in society, I applaud the author for addressing overcoming these struggles (or dealing with family members struggling this way) from a Christian standpoint.

The Biblical Messages: I enjoyed the sermon Maggie’s pastor gave on Jonah where he emphasized how we as Christians run from our fear of where God’s trying to take us. At this time in my life, it greatly resonates with me.

Lowlights: 
Predictability: Unlike the Katie Parker series, this novel reminded me more of a Hallmark-type story, where the girl with a big-time job comes back to her small hometown, meets her dream guy, and saves the day. After being forced to watch dozens of Hallmark movies by my momma (one is playing in the background as I type this XD), this plot structure is all too predictable for me now, and I felt more could have been done to make it more compelling.

The Characters: Probably in part to the predictable plot, I didn’t like the characters very much. At times, they were entertaining, but for the most part, they gave off a two-dimensional vibe.

Editing: In my Kindle copy, I noticed several typos and formatting errors. In most cases, I don’t point this out in reviews, but this was published by a major publishing house, which has the resources to prevent this.

Overall, while I didn’t like Just Between You and Me as much as the Katie Parker series, it was still an enjoyable read. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to stop by on Wednesdays and Fridays for regularly scheduled posts.

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀