Jessica Kate’s heartfelt and romantic debut proves that love always comes in God’s own time.
Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast.
An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and that love will turn out to be the best decision—or the biggest mistake—of all.
This inspirational contemporary read is a standalone novel, though it also features characters from Jessica Kate’s forthcoming novel, A Girl’s Guide to the Outback (coming January 2020).
Book length: approximately 90,000 words. Includes a reading group guide.
“A stunning debut . . . This tale of love and redemption will stay with you long after you've closed the book. A must-read.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
“Witty. Charming. Heartfelt. I could go on and on about Jessica Kate’s debut novel. From its highly relatable characters to its pitch-perfect dialogue, Love and Other Mistakes is a delightful, romantic read filled with just the right amount of sass. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud as I watched Natalie and Jem navigate their relationships, careers, and faith. Definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read lately, and I can't wait to see what’s next from Jessica Kate!” —Melissa Tagg, Carol Award–winning author of Now and Then and Always and the Walker Family series
“Love and Other Mistakes wraps a poignant and warm look at relationships within a smart, sly, and knowing comedic voice. Readers of Sally Thorne and Bethany Turner will be immediately at home with Natalie: an all-too-real heroine who balances whip-smart agency with an endearing vulnerability and whose intersection with long-lost Jeremy helps her forge a path to confidence and discover the woman she was always meant to be. Kate’s unputdownable debut recognizes that all human relationships—familial, friendship, romantic—are worth the keen eye and clever insight of her talented pen.” —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries
“If you’re looking for a story with sass on top of style, or a fresh voice pumped full of fun, you need to read Love and Other Mistakes. Then after you’ve enjoyed this—and I’m confident you will—make a date with whatever this exciting new author writes next!” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler
This captivating tale from Kate explores a woman's pain and hardship as she questions her faith. Natalie Groves has just lost her job at a plant wholesaler in Charlottesville, Va. The job was the only means of support for her evangelist father, who has been battling cancer for years. On top of supporting her father, 26-year-old Natalie also hasn't gotten over her broken engagement to Jeremy Walters, who left her weeks before their marriage seven years earlier, causing her to lose confidence in God's plan. When Jeremy moves back to his hometown as a single parent after his relationship falls apart, Natalie doesn't know how to deal with her emotions particularly about his nine-month old baby. After Jeremy's sister-in-law offers Natalie a minimum-wage internship as an aide to a youth minister, Natalie takes it, but also has to work part-time as Jeremy's nanny to pay her father's bills. Kate mines a lively cast of secondary characters from Jeremy's understanding and helpful family, including his minister brother, police captain father, and teenage niece. Kate also addresses infidelity and fractured families, exploring how wounds can be healed within a relationship and a community. With believably flawed characters, this affecting tale of deceit and redemption, which questions what it means to forgive, will elicit strong reactions from Christian inspirational readers interested in stories with strong moral themes.
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STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS!
LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is a great study of relationships! It covers several strong friend relationships, parent/child relationships, several marriage relationships, several dating relationships, several hopeful dating relationships AND one old, romantic, formally engaged to be married relationship that ended very badly. (Is there any way to break off an engagement that doesn’t end badly?) Natalie Groves had a calling and a plan. Then she met Jeremy who also seemed to be a part of the call & the plan - until he ditched her after they were engaged! Natalie finds herself scrambling to find her purpose again. An opportunity arises & as she considers taking an internship on the way to her “Dream Job,” her life takes a drastic turn. Guess who’s home & with an infant son in his arms?
New author Jessica Kate does a great job of taking readers on a walk through the mine fields in this plot! Her characters are believable because they are imperfect like the rest of us. They are experiencing many of our struggles and challenges and some we have not faced & hope we will never have to face! She makes you feel as though you’re a fly on the wall, and privy to extra information. The plot is complex as there is a great deal of action going on - health of aging parents, workplace woes, who can you believe or trust, love interests & the list goes on! You won’t be bored while reading! In the end, readers will be blessed to have learned that it it is always important to be surrounded by a strong family group, friend group and work group. Life is too short to not be spent with people who love you and that you love dearly. Working together for a common goal will seem much less like work. It’s interesting to see how the characters grow from their past mistakes. Very enjoyable book! I was provided an ARC of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.