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Premeditated Serendipity Kindle Edition
A meddlesome florist, a man determined to obey the Word, and a nurse who needs gentle nurturing.
Take a few Bible verses, stir in a little godly interference, give a pinch of meddling, and mix well. Bake in the oven of misunderstanding until true feelings rise and come out clean.
All Reid wanted to do is serve the Lord for a year before concerning himself with anything else. Yeah, the idea came from an odd “prophecy” one of the watchmen of Fairbury’s new Prayer Room spoke over him. Since the words she spoke were pure Scripture, he thought, “Why not?”
Was it always easy? No. People made judgments about him that weren’t accurate. Shy? Nope. Stuck up? Not hardly. Committed to a celibate life?
Good news, girls–just for the year.
But when the local florist hears Reid’s story and sees a few things that give him a glimpse into the man’s heart, he decides on a little premeditated serendipity to move things along, unaware of the serious havoc he’s about to wreak.
Grab your copy and enjoy a little floral fiasco today.
- ASIN : B07P13TL8B
- Publisher : Havilah Press Publications (February 20, 2019)
- Publication date : February 20, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5681 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 133 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1790569486
- Best Sellers Rank: #781,747 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reid is a great character mainly because of his flaws. To me they aren't really flaws, but for others they see a damaged person and one who some can't forgive. He made a huge mistake and now he is trying to get his life back together. Having Wayne as a friend is a plus for Reid. Wayne wants to help his friend get back on the right path and kinda help a romance between Reid and Kelsey. I really enjoyed the reference to daisies which happen to be my favorite flower. I now look at the little saying of "He loves me, he loves me not" in a different way. What a beautiful way to show us how God always loves us and there is no "loves me not" when it comes to God.
Kelsey is a sweet person who finds Reid interesting and their relationship slowly develops with a little help from someone who will be nameless. What I really liked about the story was how hungry Reid was to have a relationship with God. I found that the person who gave him a prophecy was sincere and the words came directly from God. Reid is so determined to never go back to a lifestyle that cost his freedom for awhile, that he is careful at who he is friends with and how his actions show he is a changed person.
I love how the author put Reid in a situation that some people started doubting if he had changed. Have you ever noticed that when someone has been in serious trouble with the law, they seem to be the first others point a finger at when a crime has been committed. Our past can still cause people to doubt us, but Reid is strong now in his faith and I think that helps him to believe that God will protect him from false accusations. The stigma of once a criminal, always a criminal is not of God. Reid bares his soul to Kelsey and shares something that will put a wall between them? For Kelsey she must decide if she can forgive and trust Reid? Will she believe in his innocence and help him?
I have to thank the author for talking about a tough subject and using it in a story to show how a person can change and with God turn their life around. The story is a wonderful example of God's love and mercy. It shows that we all have a second chance to make things right, to ask for forgiveness and to pray for one another. Prayer is a central part of this story and I loved how the author used examples of people praying for each other. I have learned over the years that my past does not define me. It has made me stronger and I know that everything I went through was for a reason. Just like Reid, we can use our past to testify to others how God changed us and forgave us.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Then there’s Havig writing style. It is spunky, fun, and witty at times. But something she is not afraid to do? Loudly share how the Lord can help you. Maybe loudly isn’t totally the correct word – perhaps boldly would better portray what I’m trying to say. She doesn’t shy away from a faith element in her books, and she does it in a variety of ways. Here we have Reid, someone who is really hungering for God’s Word and leading. Does he have a past? Yes. Don’t we all? Then Havig has to plan out exactly how Kelsey is going to react to every situation and conversation with Reid. Many authors would go the straight Christian route, but almost that fake Christian response. Like the response that almost none of us would have in real life. Not Havig. I think she kept Kelsey realistic and human. To be honest, I appreciate her more for that.
Listen, this may be a short story, but it’s got a lot going on. Not the confusing, don’t understand what I’m reading stuff. I’m talking emotion, though provoking conversations, and lessons that will stay with you for years down the road. Do I recommend this novella to others? You bet. Just one suggestion – read it more then once (it’s short so this shouldn’t be a problem for most). The first time read it for fun. Get to know the characters a bit, and just learn about their story. The second time, read for content. See what Havig is trying to show you between the lines. Trust me when I say it will be well worth it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Premeditated Serendipity is a story of discovering how God can still use one so tainted by life’s choices. A story of being slow to judge and quick to be transparent. This second chance story will leave you taking a second glance at your own ideas about faith and how even though God has forgiven our sins, society has a more difficult time doing so. It is also has a couple of sweet romances that would give a reader all the feels.
That all said, knowing how Chautona Havig entwines her characters from one book to the next, there where bits of this one that I felt like I missed something. I enjoyed the base of the story, but some parts lost me. I still love her writing though and encouraging every reader to pick up this or any of her stories.
Thank you CelebrateLit for making it possible to read this story available. This review is strictly my own.