About the Book
Book: Love and Other Mistakes
Author: Jessica Kate
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date: July 31, 2019
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?
About the Author
Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.
Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full of wit, sass, and grit.
More From Jessica
A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in a chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it.
I was shocked to learn that Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate is a debut novel. How is that possible? Kate’s writing is that of a pro with several celebrated novels under her belt. I found the characters in this story to be original, complex, and authentic. The way each character works through (or doesn’t) their true-to-life issues felt very relatable. I found myself laughing hysterically one minute and then sobbing the next as my heart was sucker-punched by an event I didn’t see coming. The thematic discussions that permeate the text are timely and often made me stop to either think about my past or consider how I would deal with whatever dysfunction the character was currently experiencing. For me, Love and Other Mistakes was quite the interactive read and I loved every second!
Natalie, the story’s heroine, has dreamed of one day following in the footsteps of her beloved minister-father and becoming a major leader in a church ministry. She has convinced herself that the only way to make her earthly, and Heavenly, father proud is by throwing herself into ministry at the expense of everything and everyone. Natalie often puts her job first above family and friends because she craves approval. What’s funny is that Natalie hates most of what the job entails — public speaking and being in front of large crowds. Natalie’s myopic drive to be a top member of a church ministry ends up burning her out to the point of near exhaustion, and it virtually destroys her significant relationships. Natalie’s real issue, of course, is that she isn’t listening to God and following His path for her. Instead, she is forcing her own path based on what she thinks God and her dad want her to do. When we force our own path instead of following God’s we lose out on so much, and we often end up hurting our loved ones in the process. Being sacrificial to God does not mean we sacrifice others to get to the path we think we need to walk. I literally cheered out loud in my living room when Natalie realizes this very important Truth. And, I really appreciated the reminder to check in with God and make sure I’m following His path, not my own.
Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate is an outstanding read that I highly recommend. If you are in the mood for a hilarious, heartbreaking, romantic read with timely themes then I recommend you run to your local bookstore today to purchase a copy of this novel. You will not be disappointed that you did.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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