Summer Plans and Other Disasters by Karin Beery.
About the book:
Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.
Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?
Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.
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It’s not very often that you read a book with a character so much like you that you instantly relate. Karin, I would swear you’ve been spying on me and using my klutziness for Callie’s character. I nearly cut my thumb off with a ceramic spoon earlier this year…a ceramic spoon! It’s not my fault that it broke and tried to take my thumb off. So, I completely understand why big brother Jack works so hard to keep Callie away from anything that could injure her. Somehow though, Callie will always find a way.
Summer Plans and Other Disasters had everything I enjoy in a good book. It was filled with relatable characters, the story progressed at a steady pace, and the characters grew in their faith.
We start the book from Callie’s perspective and learn that she has come back home to rekindle a relationship with a former boyfriend. Callie has her plans all laid out, and she sets out to check off the boxes on her list. Her plans are waylaid when she discovers that Ryan, her brother’s best friend, is also living in the lighthouse where she will be staying.
Callie does everything she can to follow her list but is continuously thrown off track by Ryan. She was sure God wanted her to come home and pick up her relationship with Kyle. But what if she was wrong? What if she wasn’t supposed to come home at all?
Callie fears that if she read God’s plan wrong about Kyle, then perhaps she was wrong about everything. Sometimes it’s hard to know what God’s plans are, and Callie struggles to find that balance of doing what she is supposed to be doing without putting her own plans in place of God’s.
Summer Plans and Other Disasters does not center just around Callie and her plans. We get to read from Ryan’s, Jack’s, and even Stacey’s perspectives. The budding relationship between Jack and Stacey was a nice surprise that I wasn’t expecting. Karin’s way of writing is smooth and descriptive. The scenes between Jack and Ryan were sometimes intense and completely in character for a big brother. He forced Ryan to face his flaws and Jack was always protecting his little sister.
In order to solve what Callie considers her failed summer plans, she will have to realize that her plans and God’s plans are not always the same. It is much the same with all of us at some point. There have been plenty of times when I thought that what I wanted was what was right for me. God had other ideas, and it took some time for me to trust that He knew best and that I should trust Him. Callie goes through this same ordeal before learning that not every detail of your life can be outlined on a sheet of paper. Sometimes you have to let go and have faith that He will catch you…or send someone to do it for Him.
Summer Plans and Other Disasters kept the tone light with Callie’s neverending escapades while still teaching a lesson. That is not an easy feat to accomplish, and I feel that Karin did a wonderful job. I will eagerly anticipate any future novels by Karin. I was grateful to be gifted with a copy of this book and given the opportunity to join the book tour. This in no way changed what I would have written about the book, regardless of how I received it. I hope you will pick up your own copy, and I pray it blesses you as much as it did me. If you would like to read the first chapter of Summer Plans and Other Disasters, you can find it here: Summer Plans and Other Disasters Ch 1
About the author:
Karin wrote her first novel in 2007 to cope with her husband’s cancer diagnosis (no worries – he’s cancer free now!). With the support and encouragement of her family, she submitted that manuscript. That particular manuscript has not been published yet, but Summer Plans and Other Disasters, her first published book, releases in September 2018.
Karin writes contemporary and speculative fiction stories with a healthy dose of romance, but she’s also expanded her repertoire: she writes feature stories for the local paper, copy material for businesses, and blog posts for herself and others. She even edits (offering copy editing, fiction editing, and critiques through Write Now Editing Services) and teaches (she’s the Substantive Fiction Editing instructor for the PEN Institute and can be found around the country teaching writing and editing courses at conferences and at her local college).
When Karin’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys cooking and baking. She plays the piano and sings (the key of E, please). She kayaks with her husband in the summer, watches football in the fall (Go Blue!), and enjoys Christmas lights all winter long. Shy but extroverted, Karin adores her nieces and nephew and loves spending time with her family. Learn more about Karin at: karinbeery.com.
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