About the Book
Book: Blessing Bentley
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Romantic Women’s Fiction
Release date: June 13, 2019
Bentley Girard’s about to propose… to a guy she doesn’t even love.Not THAT way anyway.After studying everything the Bible has to say about marriage, she’s decided she wants in. Now. So who’s going to take her up on that offer?And just why did no one reminded her that those vows include that little word, “love.”Oops!With her Bible in her hip pocket, and a shiny new ring on her finger, Bentley navigates this new world of marriage with grace and… oh, who is she kidding? She flounders until she gets a sure footing and hangs on tight.
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For a good while now, I’ve been thinking over the phrase, “Love is a choice.” Blessing Bentley reminds me of this while going well beyond the initial reaction of choice. We are called to serve God in all things, and marriage is no different.
Bentley is adamant that divorce is not an option. Those words are easy to say, especially in the beginning when a couple is so wrapped up in love they can’t see beyond the stars in their eyes. But Bentley doesn’t have that love to blind her since she’s taken a different route by marrying to glorify God instead of for professed love. Marriage first, love later. Perhaps a confusing concept, but you’ll hopefully see the bright side of things after reading Blessing Bentley.
Chautona’s characters always surprise me with their strength, quirks, and their deep-rooted faith. She never fails to offer a great spiritual arc, even when both main characters start out already strong in their faith. The secondary characters are amazing too, and don’t get me started on her ability to weave series together by dropping breadcrumbs throughout each book.
Bentley and her husband (not naming names so you’ll have to find out for yourself) will have plenty of trials. Even when you marry for love you’ll face troubles. Take into consideration that this couple married to glorify God and naturally they’re going to get hit with major problems. Number one, they know little to nothing about each other. Talk about some awkward situations!
Long story short, while Bentley’s point of view is not considered normal, it’s not really about that, at least, not for me. Look at it this way. We are all called to serve God. Everything we do should be for His glory. So, that does include our marriages. Yes, even when you’ve been married for going on eighteen years (pointing at myself on that one).
I’m not saying you should follow Bentley’s example. I’m saying you can read Blessing Bentley and apply the principals to your life regardless of you marital status.
I love this town and the people. I’m looking forward to the next installment. Who’s next on the conviction train? Who do I recommend this book for: anyone…everyone.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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Not from my friend anyway. It all started with a conversation about Bentley…
She pops up now and then—the most ubiquitous (and yet not) of my unpublished characters, you might say. Who is this unsung Bentley, and why should we care about her? For that matter, why has her story been languishing in my “to be edited” pile for over a decade?”
It’s worse than that. Bentley isn’t the only book that’s been sitting there, unedited, waiting for a chance at daylight. There’s also Tait’s story. Andi’s story. Ami’s story… all the unpublished stories. Those don’t even include the partially done ones.
It’s an illness, I tell ya.
Some people may not know this about me, but I plot out my books while I’m driving. I get in the car, turn on my voice recorder, and talk to myself. You can’t know how grateful I am for cellphones. I don’t own or use one, but man I’m glad they exist. Know why? Because people don’t give you weird looks when you talk to yourself in the car now. When I was a kid, that wasn’t true. Not that I know from personal experience or anything. *whistles*
So one trip down south (it’s an hour and a half to go anywhere from my house, and most of my trips are at least three hours one way), I realized that Tait and Bentley’s stories could be merged. It would be awesome. Two books. One stone. If I did that to a bunch of my languishing manuscripts, I could clear out that unfinished file in no time! (Okay, let me dream here. Eternal optimist, remember?)
And that brings us back to Blessing Bentley
I was at my friend Sandy’s house (if you know Celebrate Lit, yes, that Sandy), and I told her I needed a new title. Why? Because now it included Tait and his story.
We talked. We schemed and plotted. Sandy wanted something to happen that just can’t. I’d seriously have to rewrite the entire series. Oh, and then there would be issues with already published books. Ahem.
Then it happened. She said the words. “It needs to be two books.”
I could have put an ice cube down her shirt. Do you remember how excited I was to have two combined into one??? Now we’re back to two books. Still, they were written as two. I just don’t have a satisfactory ending for Tait’s.
That’s when things got fun. Sandy tossed out one idea. I tossed it back. She remolded it and flipped it in the air. I caught it, made a few changes, and voila! We had a BOOK. And it would be adorable.
Then she swore at me.
Okay, so she actually just said, “You really need a third book, friend.”
Anyone who has ever heard her talk, can hear her voice there. I know you can. Still, as sweet and kind as she might have meant to sound, I heard swearing.
Another book. You’ve got to be kidding me! I went from having two books morphed into one being split back in two, and now you want to add one? I’m trying to reduce the to-do pile!
But then I remembered another story that’s been percolating since I wrote 31 Kisses. Carson’s brother is newly single. And well…
Yep. Enter trilogy.
Marriage of Conviction—that was supposed to be the title of Blessing Bentley. Who knew that when I started writing that book fifteen years ago—who knew it would end up being the title of a series instead. Marriages of Conviction. Blessing Bentley, Tempting Tait, and Charming Chloe.
Welcome to a new look on marriage and a wild ride with these characters!
And remember… if you think I have too many series… Well, this one’s Sandy’s fault.