Nothing Less than Fabulous by Allie Pleiter

Nothing Less than Fabulous

by Allie Pleiter

Available everywhere March 14

 

About the Book

If Gretchen wants to keep her great job at Seattle’s largest coffeehouse chain, she’s got to come up with the best marketing idea of her life. When she discovers charming, charismatic barista Nate—otherwise known as “Señor Fabulous”—she knows God’s led her to exactly what she needs. Can Gretchen woo Nate away from his current spot at Higher Grounds Cafe? What if landing the barista her company needs might cost her the man who’s already stolen her heart?

 

 

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Historical Romance with Twists that will Make You Smile

What’s better than reading an entertaining story? How about four stories? In With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry, four beloved authors of historical fiction come together and share stories of unusual, often humorous, circumstances leading couples to find love.

With This Ring

In “The Husband Manuever,” readers of Karen Witemeyer’s newest full-length release (A Worthy Pursuit) will recognize Daniel Barrett and Marietta Hawkins. Daniel is about to leave his position as foreman on Marietta’s father’s ranch, and Marietta is desperate. If he leaves, he’ll never ask her to marry him. So, she decides to take matters into her own hands. But will it destroy their friendship in the process?

When the bridge leading to her property washes out and leaves Katie Ellen Hawkins alone with the one man she is determined to avoid, she’s disheartened when a menacing stranger refuses to leave her home. And appalled when Josiah Huckabee suggests they pretend to be husband and wife. Can she spent time with him and keep a hold on her heart? “The Husband Maneuver” by Regina Jennings is a fun and wild ride.

Mary Connealy’s “The Runaway Bride” finds Carrie Halsey feeling from an arranged marriage she will not enter into. Her older sister has hired a Texas Ranger named Big John Conroy to see her and her younger brother to safety but they don’t get far before people are hunting her down. Is the only way to escape the man she doesn’t want to marry to attach herself to another one?

And my personal favorite of the four…”Engaging the Competition” by Melissa Jaegers. Tomboy Charlotte “Charlie” Andrews is forced to help Harrison Gray when his glasses break, leaving him almost blind until a new pair can be ordered and delivered. Harrison has managed to avoid Charlie for years as if he wants nothing to do with her. Besides that little fact, how is her fiancé going to react to her spending time with another man—a very handsome man at that.

Each one of these novellas is approximately 100 pages. Dive right into the story and see how awkward and uncomfortable situations lead these characters to their future happily ever afters.

***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Little Bit of Persuasion and a Lot of Love

Over the past several years, my favorite book written by Jane Austen has shifted from the more beloved Pride and Prejudice to Persuasion. There’s just something about love that not only lasts through years apart but becomes stronger even though both people change.

And Becky Wade’s Love in the Details (the final Novella in this year’s Year of Weddings novella series from Zondervan) hits on all the same notes.

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Eight years ago, Holly broke up with her first love during their first year of college because she believed it was what was best. Josh needed to focus on his school, on his career. He needed to make the most of himself and not throw it all away to be with her.

Now, she must prepare herself to see him again at his best friend’s wedding in Martinsburg, Texas. When they actually run into each other on the street, every feeling she had for him rushes in but she knows she can’t fall in love with him again. It’s been eight years of longing and loss, and she won’t put herself through that again.

Josh had seven months to prepare himself for seeing Holly again. It wasn’t enough. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, his tight control on his life begins to shift and he finds excuses to spend time with her.

I loved the fact that Holly is an author. Her detailed descriptions of the people around her bespoke to that fact. And despite Josh’s success in business, he remains loyal to his friends and family, taking time out of his busy schedule to help out when needed.

A story of love that endures through time and the maturing of two people, one that proves God’s timing is perfect, my only complaint was I wanted to spend more time with Josh and Holly. And I want more details about Holly’s fun best friend.

I haven’t heard or seen whether Zondervan plans to do another go around of the wedding novella’s next year but maybe they could catch readers up on the lives of the people they’ve been introduced to over the past two years instead!

***Zondervan Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

One to Watch: Debut Novella

As I’ve learned over the past couple of years. New authors have a steep learning curve. When I first started writing, I didn’t know about everything available out there to help make my writing better. There are writer organizations which provide learning, mentors, critiques, and contests. Only last year did I put a book through a critique group and find out how helpful input from other authors can be. It was through this critique group I first read something written by Jessica Alyse. I even commented on one of her submissions how blown away I was by her vivid descriptions. And now, with her debut novella, you’ll see what I mean.

the trust charm

Avery Sanders has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to live out a dream—move to Italy and study the art of coffee. When she meets a man she once ran into in a store for a second time, she’s stunned…and excited. The man seems like everything she’s dreamed about and she’s drawn to him.

Police officer Liam Reed can’t believe the pretty girl from the store has crossed his path again, and he plans to make good on his promise. If they saw each other again, he’d ask her out. As the two spend time together, he realizes this woman is the one God planned for him, but when she explains her aversion to dating anyone with a dangerous job—firemen, soldiers, policemen—their future becomes more blurry.

While on the outside, Avery seems confident and cool under pressure, her past hurts have been buried deep causing her to shut herself off from certain parts of the world. And the deeper past pain is buried, the more painful it is to unearth. Alyse does an excellent job of delving into Avery’s past and giving the reader a peek at the reasons behind the character’s decisions.

Sometimes with humor, others with gut-wrenching decisions, this novella is about family, love, and letting go and trusting God. And it will leave you wanting more.

Now now available on Amazon

The Perfect Fall Read

As I write this review, I’m in Dallas, Texas for the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. This is my first one and I’m excited to learn from many of the authors I’ve reviewed here on my blog. For the next three days, I’ll be meeting other authors, listening in on panels, and attending classes to help improve my own craft. Many of the writers here have contributed to the Year of Weddings novella series over the past two years. And I was so excited to see October’s author on the list this year. I’ve only learned of and read Katie Ganshert last year when I read A Broken Kind of Beautiful but have not been disappointed in anything I’ve read of hers thus far. Including…

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On the day of her ex’s wedding, Amelia Woods can’t help but take a peak. Her best friend accuses her of sitting on the sidelines in her small Wisconsin town as the owner of a flower shop her mother once owned, unwilling to experience life.

When she runs into someone else’s car while surveying the group of people in front of the church, she’s horrified and hurriedly flees the scene before her stepsisters see her. Her stepsisters who, by the way, are in the wedding.

She and the owner of the car strike up an email correspondence because of an email address fail and are soon conversing about more than the fender bender. Amelia’s confused about her brother’s engagement and believes she saw something that will break her brother’s heart. She’s always looked after him and doesn’t want to see him hurt.

As Amelia and Nick grow to know each other via the computer, they also learn that maybe love can blossom even with distance.

This story has a little bit of a You’ve Got Mail feel to it. A fun communication between the main characters, some quirky and embarrassing (for Amelia) incidents, and the beginnings of love. While reading this novella, I felt like I was in the flower shop right alongside Amelia as she made the bouquets. And her regular Monday customer, George, is a throwback to days when gentlemen were the rule, not the exception. His story within the main story was an added bonus.

The Perfect Arrangement really is a great way to spend an evening. If you’re a rom com fan, definitely pick this one up (Available Sept. 29).

***BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan fiction provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.