Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate: Book Review with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: Love and Other Mistakes
Author: Jessica Kate
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date: July 31, 2019
There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.
When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?
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There’s a lot to unpack in this book, and I won’t get to all of it here in the review. I do suggest you read it, as it was an enjoyable novel.
There are a few plot strands to keep track of in Love and Other Mistakes. The main one runs between Jem and Nat and revolves around their ruined love. The second comes from Jem’s brother, Mike, along with Mike’s wife, Steph, and daughter, Lili. Both lines were so deep, they honestly could have used their own story. I even hope we get a second novel that focuses on Mike, Steph, and Lili.
Jem and Nat provide a good deal of comedic material throughout the novel, and I found myself laughing several times. And who doesn’t love a book with a baby in it, especially one as sweet as Ollie.
But there is some heavy material, too. I know humans are not perfect, and the hypocrisy in the church should be addressed. It’s a needed element that I won’t argue with and another reason why I want Mike to have his own story. The one thing I wanted from him in Love and Other Mistakes never happened.
Whew, it’s hard to write this review without getting into spoilers.
Jessica Kate’s writing will pull you into the story. The point is, Love and Other Mistakes portrays a bit of real life without apology and shows how we as humans hold people accountable for their actions long after we should have forgiven them. The characters are human, they make mistakes, and they learn from their mistakes. Love and Other Mistakes will make you feel every single one of your emotions.
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
Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.
Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full wit, sass, and grit.
More from Jessica
A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it.
Read an excerpt at https://jessicakatewriting.com/books/love-and-other-mistakes/