Love and Other Mistakes
Author: Jessica Kate
Publication Date: 30 July 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Christian Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Books
There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.
When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?
Natalie Groves life isn’t shaping up to what she imagined for herself. As the daughter of a prominent pastor, she intended to follow in her dad’s footsteps and also be a leader in ministry. Her dreams crashed around her when her fiancé dumped her seven years prior as well as her dad getting diagnosed with cancer. Now all Natalie can do is work whatever jobs necessary to help her financially burdened parents.
When Natalie thinks that life couldn’t possibly get any worse (that’s how it always goes right), she discovers that her fiancé Jeremy (Jem) has moved back to town. He’s now a single dad to 9 month old Ollie, and he’s in desperate need of a nanny. While this is not the ideal arrangement, Natalie learns that she’s a front runner for a ministry internship that she’s dying to have, and she needs flexible hours, which the nannying position would provide.
When I initially picked up this book, I assumed that it would be a light hearted romantic comedy that revolved around Natalie and Jem. However, that is not the case at all. When the story isn’t alternating between Natalie’s and Jem’s POV, we see the story of Lili, Jem’s 16-year-old niece who discovered that her pastor father is having an affair with her art teacher. Lili’s arc was the most heartbreaking throughout the story because she’s forced to keep this information secret, which creates so much internal struggle and animosity.
This book heavily focuses on the mistakes that each of the characters have made throughout their lives and the consequences that follow. However, we do see how each of the characters go through their own paths to redemption, which I really appreciated seeing.
Overall, if you love a good family drama as well as contemporary romance then you’ll definitely enjoy this book.
Thank you to JustRead Tours and Thomas Nelson Books for providing an ARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Australian Jessica Kate is a sassy romance author and addict.
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