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- Print Length: 203 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005MHHAFY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Fine Mess: A Love Inspired Christian Romance Kindle Edition
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From the Author
My father had recently passed away after a thirteen-month battle with cancer. At that point I was still missing him terribly, and struggling with so many questions. What if it hadn't taken so long to get a diagnosis? What if his oncologist had considered complementary treatments in addition to radiation and high doses of chemotherapy? Would the outcome have been anydifferent?
The questions continued to plague me and I realized I needed to write about it. A Fine Mess was the result. Much of what I included were things I wish my father had been open to ... the things my sister and I spent countless hours researching, as well as trying to capture the emotions my siblings and I experienced during that difficult time in our lives. In the end though, the outcome was always in God's hands - for both my father and Annie's mother.
This story helped me work through my grief, and for that I'll always be grateful.
About the Author
Kristy is the author of sweet romance novels: the Coach's Boys series (The Daddy Pact, A Hero for Holly, A Harry Situation, Her Best Friend Jon, Code Red Christmas, Darby's Dilemma, and The Detective's Second Chance), Enza, Reluctant Guardian, Laying Low in Paradise, Gluten-Free Sucks, and more.
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Although the salvation message was mentioned several times throughout the book, I did not feel it was too "preachy."
At the end, I felt the book just ended. I thought there would at least be some type of epilogue. What happened to mom? Dad? Ian's business?
There were a few noticeable typos as well, and in some cases word placement was switched.
However, I would read another book by this author.
What I liked:
No graphic sex, violence, cursing, witchcraft, etc. It was a clean read that I'd hand to my preteen daughter interested in romantic novels. The plot was very predictable, so I didn't mind setting it aside to take care of meal prep or the laundry, nor did it keep me awake at night.
What I didn't like:
It was so very predictable. I felt there were several twists and turns that were missed that would have made it better.
Lack of a good editor. There were grammatical and structure errors that should have been caught. It's a pet peeve of mine, and makes me very skeptical of trying indie authors.
As another reviewer mentioned, the ending felt rushed, as if the author was in a rush to finish it.
Best bits: Well-paced, with lots of sweet and/or funny moments to keep it enjoyable. Annie is clearly devoted to her parents and willing to sacrifice for them. She loves to cook, enjoys teasing Ian, balks when Ian is overly bossy, and tries to be a good Christian witness for him. Ian is totally ignorant about pretty much all aspects of home and family life and Christianity, but ends up taking to it all with a childlike wonder and enthusiasm. This was actually a pretty stellar example of presenting the gospel without seeming forced or super preachy. Ian's seeking and questions seemed genuine and a natural result of spending time with Annie, her mom, and the Bible.
Issues: Lots of typos, both spelling/incorrect words and punctuation. And "Bible" needs to be capitalized! A good proofreader would help a lot. I'm a little leery of the whole covering up a crime bit, and the implied possible cure for cancer through the fasting regimen. I’m also skeptical that someone could really make it 33 years without ever seeing anyone cook anything. And it truly seems unlikely for someone raised by a man as harsh, unloving, and impersonal as Ian’s dad to be so nice and so innocent.
In this case, Kristy has overcome that, and has created a very believable story about real individuals.
Annie Blake, a Christian, marries Ian, who is not a believer, in a marriage of convenience to save her father from jail. But, she finds herself in a quandary, since Ian wants to end the marriage after 5 years, and as a Christian, she does not believe in divorce.
Against this scenario, her mother has cancer, which brings many emotional moments to the story. Contrasting that, there are many funny moments as the backgrounds of Annie and Ian come together ... Including his first opportunity to help out with babysitting, which ends in a hilarious disaster.
Since my sister is a cancer survivor, I know much about the heartbreak of treatments, hopes, and fears, and I found myself touched deeply by the story. While it is intended as a romance, it is much deeper than that. In fact, at the end of the book, I found myself wanting more.
As a top reviewer, Kristy provided me with a copy of the book, so that I could read it and decide if I was comfortable reviewing it. I receive many offers from authors, and am happy to have accepted this one, and can recommend the book to friends as well as here on Amazon.
Now that I finished complaining, I will tell you what I did like. It was a fast read. I read it in one sitting. It was what I would call fluff.
Fluff can be good if you are at a low point in your own life or if you have just finished a a book that was a downer.
It was funny here and there. And even if the characters were too good to be true, you will like them.
She is a believer and he is not, follow their journey towards love and finding God's have and forgiveness to a possible happily ever after.
This is my first experience with Kristy James but it defiantly won't be my last!
Top international reviews
It appeals to me as the author points out what the Bible teaches about re-marrying after divorce-something close to my heart as my husband left me.
I love the way the characters interact with each other and would love another story about what happens after this.....
Thanks for a great read!