- File Size: 2229 KB
- Print Length: 849 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 6, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X181XTM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love at First Laugh: Eight Romantic Novellas Filled with Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After Kindle Edition
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There are so MANY things to love about this novella, especially for my “Austen-loving heart!” It is so well written & funny! I still laugh at all the names Nora came up with for Ethan, like “Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Cranky, Mr. Grumpy-and-Gorgeous, Mr. Rude, Mr. Jumps-to-Conclusions, Sir Broods-A-Lot Keller, the suit …” This story will definitely whet yourappetite for going to Bath, England, to attend The Jane Austen Festival, and yet it will also make you feel like you’ve already been there! So. Good!!! -sigh-
3. An Informal Affair by Heather Gray
This author’s stories are so delightful and always make me laugh! Lines like: “Short of going around & kissing random frogs, she never would have found anyone to date.” But like her other stories, the author also deals with some deep questions like: “Why, when we know Jesus is enough, do we continue to seek more?” and “Does our desire for something more push us closer to Him or further away?” But my favorite line is:
“She was loved by the One who mattered.”
4. A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey
Another great story by a great author about not only restoring an old house, but also restoring both Deidre’s & Jeremiah’s hearts. My favorite lines are: “It’s not as if God owes us the fulfillment of our dreams, even if they’re dreams He gives us…sometimes God gives us dreams to see if we’re willing to trust HIM with them.”
5. Unleashing Love by Jessica Patch
This is a heart-warming and enjoyable story by a new-to-me author. I look forward to
reading more of Jessica Patch’s books.
6. A (Nearly) Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips
This is the second story of Krista’s that I have read. She writes fun stories, and I will read more of hers. My favorite quote from hers is: “Giving your heart to someone always comes with risk...” And “God’s plans are rarely the same as our own.”
7. That’s When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson
This is the first story I have read by Laurie Tomlinson, and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of hers.
8. A Time to Laugh by Marion Ueckermann
A Time to Laugh is an absolutely ADORABLE story that kept me laughing!! Marion Ueckermann does such a wonderful job of capturing the humor and surprises of Elizabeth's unplanned pregnancy, along with the concerns and fears that older women and high-risk pregnancies have to face. But it is also a story of learning to trust a faithful & loving God, and willingly bowing to His sovereignty. LOVED this story!!
The first book in this collection, “Second Impressions” by Pepper Basham really hits a home run and sets the tone for the entire set. You’ll fall in love with the dynamic characters Nora (a Jane Austen fan) and Ethan Keller. This fun story will have you laughing out loud.
The second story, “Mowed Over” by Christina Coryell begins with heart-stopping action. The unique characters bring humor and fun to the pages of this story.
I’m sure most have a friend like Lia in the third story “An Informal Affair” by Heather Gray. Her characters are realistic and fun. I could almost imagine sitting down to coffee with Lia and swapping stories.
In “Hearts Restored” by Elizabeth Maddrey you will meet Deidre a feisty, independent woman who isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. Why ask for help, when I am perfectly capable of doing it on my own?! Past heartbreak as brought her here. Will meeting the dashing, local handyman change her heart?
Enjoy snuggling with your furry friend for “Unleashing Love” by Jessica R. Patch. Emma Kate, professional dog walker gets more than she planned for when she agrees to dog sit for a near stranger. More than dog leashes will tangle in this fun story full of heart.
Right from the start Meri, our new Nanny runs into a surprise in “A (nearly) Normal Nanny” by Krista Phillips. Meri likes to plan, but plans go astray when chaos walks thru the door. Meri quickly discovers that somethings you just can’t plan for, and “normal” isn’t all that common.
A second chance to reconnect in “That’s when I knew” by Laurie Tomlinson. This tender story of childhood sweethearts Chelsea & Nick will keep you smiling. With characters so real that you’ll feel like you are in the story and part of the action.
The last story in the collection, “A Time to Laugh” by Marion Ueckermann is a gentle reminder that you are never too old for the unexpected surprises. Life-long dreams can be met, and nothing is impossible.
This collection is the perfect set to have when looking for a light-hearted, fun collection of Christian romance stories filled with laughter and excitement.
Top international reviews
I spent a very pleasant few hours reading about a nanny who lives by the book and a drummer who doesn't; an uncle looking after his orphaned niece and the dog walker (yes you read that right) he hires to look after her; a couple who meet again 12 years after she ran when he told her he loved her; an artist who creates a tiny fairy land and the man who nearly mows them down; an Austen fanatic who meets her match in a business man who owns the hotel she's staying in and two best friends who try multiple online dating before realising that they're really meant for each other.
Well worth the time spent and I'm looking forward to reading more from the authors.
They are filled with love and laughter and touches of poignancy - in my opinion they are worth reading again and will be many times in the future .
The sort of story that can make you forget a bad day at work.
Thank you to all the authors.