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Love and Other Mistakes: A Book Review + Prism Book Tour #LOMPrismTour.

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Love and Other Mistakes
By Jessica Kate
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
July 30th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that some mistakes—including love—are begging to be made again and again.

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.

Praise for the Book

“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

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As a debut author, can you tell us your reaction when you learned that your book was going to be published, or upon seeing it in print for the first time?

When I saw the email I was literally cracking my eyes open for the first time that morning. I bolted upright and gasped, and then got teary!

Australian author Jessica Kate is obsessed with sassy romances. 

She packs her novels with love, hate, and everything in between—and then nerds out over her favorite books, movies and TV in the StoryNerds podcast. When she’s not writing or discussing fiction, she’s hunting the world for the greatest pasta in existence.

Her debut novel Love and Other Mistakes releases July 2019, while A Girl’s Guide to the Outback hits shelves in January 2020.

Receive her sassy short The Kiss Dare FREE when you sign up for her newsletter at jessicakatewriting.com. StoryNerds podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and at www.storynerds.podbean.com.

I love a good inspirational romance! You get the joys of seeing the leading characters fall in love... without anything inappropriate that we don't want! What's not to love? Still, not everyone sees it quite that way. They hear inspirational romance and picture sugar coated romances that are too sweet and too perfect to be relate-able, or over the top preachy. In reality though, while there may be some titles like that, the styles found within the genre are as varied as those outside of it. Love and Other Mistakes is a prime example of that.

To be honest, this book read very much like your typical romantic comedy or women's fiction. It did talk about God and faith, and many of the characters were Christians and worked in a church atmosphere in one way or another. Still, they were FAR from perfect. Cheating spouses, struggles of forgiveness, talk of various addictions, etc. These aren't topics one might typically expect to find in a Christian fiction book, but the reality is, these are all very real issues that so many people deal with in their lives. This is true for both Christians and non-Christians alike. As much as we'd like to believe that we are above such things, we ALL fall short at some point or another. To me, this made these characters all the more real, and had me rooting for not just the romance--- but for their journey of faith as well.

In the midst of all the drama and heavy issues was just the right amount of humor to keep it a lighter and more entertaining read. While I could certainly see that some more conservative readers might not like some of the topics mentioned throughout, I personally really enjoyed it. It was still clean, just more real. As such, I could see that it could appeal also to a wider audience who might not generally prefer Christian fiction as well. This is a great, quick read that I would certainly recommend, and I cannot wait to see what Jessica Kate has in store for us next!

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  1. Thanks so much for your review! So glad you had fun with Nat, Jem and Lili!


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